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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 244
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-10-2012)
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Texas

2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

07-28-2013 20:54:32 | More by drummermattie02
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California

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

08-21-2013 05:32:24 | More by drewone
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-27-2013 20:41:22 | More by largadeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-01-2013 14:41:36 | More by Thorpe429
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FullObs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

04-30-2013 15:22:26 | More by FullObs
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-23-2014 15:33:57 | More by vfgccp
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

02-05-2013 03:48:05 | More by phingdong
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

03-22-2014 23:08:25 | More by JKV96
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Brew33

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

01-10-2013 19:51:21 | More by Brew33
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dctriman

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-11-2013 15:58:16 | More by dctriman
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-22-2014 16:43:08 | More by Sspeer1
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-23-2014 14:12:38 | More by YeastInception
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-16-2012 15:39:33 | More by yourefragile
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:01:45 | More by Rifugium
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 18:42:24 | More by drabmuh
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:08:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.