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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 260
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 -9.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

drummermattie02, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

outoffocus, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

LambicKing, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

chefduff2, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

heavenlyStash, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Morey, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

smakawhat, Jun 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

KaslD, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Dark brown body with a small light brown head. Leaves the glass slightly spotted and oily on the way down. Pretty enough and appropriate for the style. Doesn't look particularly thick, heavy, or viscous, however.

Very nice Christmas aroma. There is definite gingerbread house, Christmas spices, molasses, and brown sugar here. A tiny bit of alcohol emerges in the aroma, especially as the beer warms. Definite caramel and baked, crispy brownie crust as well. Everything comes together nicely. This is a great smelling beer.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. There is a wonderful combination of gingerbread cookies, molasses and slightly burnt brown sugar, bread crusts, and a little bit of chocolate. A little bit of oak, but very little, if any, bourbon character.

This would be where the beer disappoints, if it disappoint anywhere. A fairly thin mouthfeel, even for the style, with very low carbonation.

Very tasty, and a beer I never thought I'd get a chance to taste. Much appreciated, and quite tasty.

ehammond1, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Schlais, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rvajohn, May 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

KohlbeckM, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

SpecialN32, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

josephwa, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mkirkland80, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

beernads, May 09, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to scalzo for this one!

Great looking stout. Dark chocolate brown body with minimal clarity. A fat pillow of khaki head retains well, creating a fresh set of lace after each sip.

All types of inviting aromas coming off the glass... sweet bourbon layered with chocolate, fresh ginger, a touch of nutmeg/cinnamon spice, fudge... as was the case with regz GBS, I'm amazed by how non-Christmas-y this stuff smells... which is awesome. It's not dominated by spice of ginger root. Everything is thoughtfully integrated... brown sugar and vanilla, maple syrup... very dynamic but still approachable.

The taste delivers as well. Rich, bittersweet milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of ginger. The sweet, mellow bourbon character makes for a delicious addition. The finish is probably my favorite thing about the whole beer. It's dry with a subtle sweetness that allows each flavor to evolve and mingle with the rest of the beer.

This is absolutely fantastic. My favorite offering from Hardywood to date.

yamar68, May 01, 2013
Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.