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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 305
Gots: 127 | FT: 9
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-10-2012

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, described by BeerAdvocate as “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle,” is an imperial milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cinnamon, fresh Casselmonte Farm baby ginger and Bearer Farms wildflower honey. Gingerbread Stout is then matured in Virginia bourbon barrels, where it adapts an incredibly mellow character with oak, caramel and bourbon undertones, and emerges 12 weeks later as Bourbon GBS. A festive blend of spice character laces this rich, chocolatey stout, which warms the palate and the soul.

55 IBU
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Lost Dog – North Arlington.

Starts with gingerbread and ends with gingerbread. If you like gingerbread this may be quite the quaffable beer. But not for me. All of those truck chasers who beat me to this bottle over the past four weeks - thanks! I only had to try a glass and not waste an entire bottle. - 3.0

A – Pours a dark, black opaque with a short lived tan head - 3.5

S - Gingerbread maybe some faint roastiness, could not smell the bourbon. - 3.5

T - Gingerbread sweet, a nice bitter finish to somewhat balance the sweet, but not enough. Almost cloyingly sweet. No bourbon. 3

MF -A bit thin, which does not match the medium body and sweet consistency. - 3.25
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3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was pretty let down by the regular version of this beer after falling for the hype, but fortunately, I enjoyed this one a bit more. I have a couple bottles of my own, but someone graciously shared a bottle at SS13, so thanks.

Mahogany brown pour, deep and slightly hazy, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet, and left a little lacing on the glass. The bottle was open well before I got to it, and thus had a few moments to breathe. Sweet aroma, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, booze, more like flavored vodka than bourbon. As in the regular version, there was a definite cookie taste going on, like a Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, but it wasn't as pronounced as I would have hoped, and in this version it was also competing with the vanilla/bourbon/booze flavors. Regardless of that, I do think that this version tasted better, and the bourbon aging improved it, though there was still a bitter, woody unpleasant aspect to the beer. Again, like the original, my main beef with this beer was the body. It's quite thin for a stout, and leaning more towards an English stout or brown ale. It would be interesting to see if they tweak GBS and try to improve it in the future, but considering the hype over it, it's probably not going to change. I definitely wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me, but it's not worth standing in line for however many hours to get it.

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body that looks dark brown at the edges. Not much of a head. Thin off white collar.

Smell - Graham cracker and chocolate. Cinnamon. No real barrel. Slightest hint of bourbon among the booze.

Taste - Still no barrel, even less than the nose. Maybe some oak and vanilla. A really tasty graham cracker and cinnamon flavor. Some chocolate but it's mostly adjunct.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda boozy. No real barrel.

Overall - The slighest of barrel characters. Wish there were more, but it's still very good.

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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gift from Lunch, thanks Paul! Beer served in a Hardywood glass (again Thanks Paul!). Beer is dark brown and hazy with a tan head of small bubbles.

Aroma is sweet with hints of ginger and spice.

Beer is medium in body and has this odd coconut flavor to it that grows with every sip until it is all I can taste. I heard this tasted different on draft and I would be interested in trying it but ultimately the beer was not ginger enough, too much coconut or whatever that was and too thin, not a repeat for me.

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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.