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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 254
Gots: 62 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

08-19-2013 19:36:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-24-2014 19:22:32 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.1%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-14-2013 00:05:13 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

01-14-2013 17:46:02 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-13-2013 07:36:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-07-2013 02:30:55 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-13-2013 06:04:49 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-27-2013 06:14:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-07-2013 15:27:01 | More by SocalKicks
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

01-26-2013 23:01:45 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-24-2012 03:46:51 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-12-2014 14:22:21 | More by mendvicdog
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 16:00:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-09-2013 06:14:24 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-11-2013 18:01:47 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-25-2014 13:07:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-16-2013 04:13:50 | More by orangesol
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drewone

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

08-21-2013 05:32:24 | More by drewone
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-15-2012 17:25:34 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-16-2012 04:26:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-24-2013 02:32:37 | More by smakawhat
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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.