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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 257
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, gingerbread, Christmas spice, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with dark gingerbread and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great gingerbread and barrel aged presence that comes across much better in the smell to me.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Thorpe429, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, Wednesday at 12:06 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

GRG1313, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SocalKicks, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: This one is quite sweet with bourbon and vanilla right off the bat. I'm getting some spice and a chocolate note. There is also a dark fruit component with the bourbon.

Taste: The bourbon is quite apparent, but it's not particularly hot. I'm getting sweet roasted malt along with a chocolate note. The Christmas spice is there, but it blends in rather than dominating. The finish has a slight bitterness to it along with some oaky bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body could be thicker. There is a good amount of tingly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I prefer this to the regular version. The balance was spot on. The spice level was great. I'd definitely have more.

oline73, Dec 24, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beernads, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

oriolesfan4, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

imperialking, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

yourefragile, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

orangesol, Dec 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

duceswild, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't make it to the release today, so Paul graciously hooked me up. Thanks man! Served in a Hardywood glass, because it was there.

The beer is opaque with a thick beige head. The head lasts for a few moments before fading to nil. The aroma offers cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, oak barrel. The flavor is a step up from the aroma. Lots of holiday spices with only a touch of bourbon. Silky smooth on the palate. Beautifully balanced. Like eating a gingerbread cookie. Sweet but never cloying. A great beer for the holidays.

Huhzubendah, Dec 16, 2012
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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.