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Secessionist #1 (Gingerbread Stout) - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Secessionist #1 (Gingerbread Stout)Secessionist #1 (Gingerbread Stout)

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 44.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: champ103 on 02-20-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 143
Photo of breadwinner
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Abysmal stuff, really. Mixes a sort of spiced egg nog on the nose w/ grape cough syrup. Body is far too fizzy, no creaminess, no real texture. And, to top it all off, the palate has an almost sour note, little trace of the roasty base one would hope for in a stout, and a gingerbread character that, if you didn't tell me it was gingerbread, I'd struggle to identify. Have not been impressed by the couple of brews I've had from these guys. Fool me once...

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Photo of L0ne
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Dark brown with a thin tan cap. Lots of ginger in the smell and taste. Smell is great but taste comes across as a bit artificial/chemical in nature. Mouthfeel is kind of watery.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like some of these other reviews, there is A LOT of ginger. Also it was too thin on the body. If there was less ginger incorporated into a bigger bodied stout, this thing would be next to perfect.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Going into this beer, I had the same fear I have for most gingerbread stouts I've tried, not enough gingerbread flavor. This beer suffers massively from the opposite problem, WAY too much ginger. This beer is almost hot there's so much ginger. Any other welcome stout flavors that may have been present like malt, chocolate, coffee etc. were completely overpowered and masked by the insane amount of ginger. Not digging this one at all which is a damned shame. Was really looking forward to it.

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Photo of Premo88
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into snifter/tulip
(Nov. 2014 bottled)

L: black out of the bottle, pushes up very little head, just 1/4-inch of tan foam; thin collar

S: ginger ... and dark malt -- I started the beer off very cold, and for the ginger to be that strong can only mean there's a ton in there; raisin bread

T: juicy first swig -- bourbon, ginger, coffee, espresso, dark chocolate and some red wine/grapes to give it the "juicy" quality, like a wine-barrel-aged stout; yeah, there's some definite red wine/grape flavor in the middle of the dark-roasted malt and ginger, not overly bitter with the ginger spice flavor surprisingly restrained considering the nose; oh, wait ... NOW the ginger starts going overboard as it warms ... wow ... like chewing on ginger root

F: for me: PERFECT! to style: uhhhh ... probably a bit light and lager-like. it's very crisp, well-carbonated no more than a midweight. does have a slight slick feel at the end of the swallow, which seems more to style. I love it.

O: this isn't gingerbread -- this is *GINGER*. it's almost too much at times, for the overdose of ginger overpowers the malt, ruins the chance for some good sweeter flavors to balance it and tastes a bit burnt/medicinal/bitter. i say "almost" because there is a solid base stout in the background trying to keep its head afloat amid all this ginger. could probably use quite a bit more aging, maybe more than a year to give the malt more time to do its thing.

still, Buffalo Bayou's label says there's ginger in this sucker, and they deliver that much for sure.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black like oil with the same type of viscosity. Gingerbread, cinnamon, and spices on the nose; follows onto the palate. Somewhat of a sweet finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle pours nearly black with a small, bubbly head.

The aroma is a nice approximation of actual gingerbread, hinting that the flavor may be over spiced.

Flavor: quite spicy but not overly spiced, creating a nice, lingering gingerbread aftertaste. Higher similarity to actual gingerbread than any other gingerbread beer in my experience.

Full bodied with somewhat lively carbonation.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The 3rd Floor (Houston), poured into a snifter. Deep, dark brown with limited khaki head and a little lacing. Taste and smell of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel with balance towards sweetness over roasted character. Plenty of seasonal spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Very little bitterness. Creamy smooth, fuller body with lighter carbonation. A bit unbalanced toward sweet and spicy to drink much of, but nicely in the spirit of winter seasonal.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out thick and black with no head. Smells big on brown sugar, spices (esp. ginger and cinnamon), and a bit of roast. Taste is VERY sweet, kind of like molasses. Lots of spice, and a good bit of burnt malt. Sugary. Feels flat and thick in the mouth. Sticky. Not a very well made spiced stout.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Black pour with a brown one-finger head. Nice aroma of sweet gingerbread and roasted malt. Taste is sweet with flavors of ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar, cocoa upfront backed by roasted malt and light bitter espresso. Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of burnt malt/espresso flavor.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is great. Smells like freshly baked gingerbread and deep rich chocolaty notes. Big luscious creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate and gingerbread spices come through nicely. This is everything I want in a desert style stout.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, aged for about a year

A- Very dark brown with one finger of tan head.

S- Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant, but as the beer warms up the maltiness from the base comes through.

T- Tastes like you're drinking a gingerbread cookie soaked in beer.

M- Very creamy

O- I think this beer gets a lot better with age. I find that the fresher this beer is, the harder it is to finish an entire serving. Even with some age on it, I could not have finished the bomber by myself; I just can't stomach that much nutmeg. I was surprised though that the base beer shined a little bit as it warmed up.

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Photo of bens0n
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black with a small amount of light tan head, not too much lacing going on.

On the nose I can pick up on some really strong spices and a very small amount of roasted malt.

Flavor wise its got an overwhelming amount of spice in it, not really picking up too much on the gingerbread aspect of it. I would have really expected it to have a much more of a bready malt backbone, but its overpowered by the spice. Its not too boozy or hoppy though which is nice.

Its got a decent body without too much carbonation, nice and slick.

Not a huge fan of this, was expecting something a little breadier, and the spice character completely overpowers this beer. 'Malt Liquor with Spices' is a fitting description, not really a fully bodied stout that I expected.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pouring this one it comes out black and thick with a dark brown head that is lively and settle slowly leaving a decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is tangy with the notes of ginger, cinnamon, burnt toast, sweet malt and light hops.

The beer has a nice rich moutfeel that is extremely satisfying and enjoyable from what you expect from this beers description.

The taste is excellent with the strong flavor of hops that is dominant but not overwhelming. The balance works extremely well with the additional flavorings in combination with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, ginger, cinnamon, bread, toast and roasted malt.

Overall I Love this beer and really enjoyed. This stout is a nice twist for results that exceeded my expectations. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a murky near-black color with a moderately sized tan head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is nutmeg, chocolate, roast, cinnamon and some sugary sweetness. Overall smells pretty similar to Pumpkinator, though a little bit more gingerbready and sugar.

Taste shows waaaay more spice than the nose would indicate...in fact it is pretty overboard on the nutmeg - enough to make me wonder if I can get through this whole bottle myself after the fist couple sips even. Very sharp with the spice, alcohol and roast leading the charge. More cocoa powder than chocolate. It is certainly interesting, not sure if I am really a big fan though. The opposite of subtle, thats for sure...but it is growing on me as it warms.

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Photo of boogercrack
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

buffalo bayou gingerbread stout

22oz bottle, red wax, served into lost abbey teku

a: super dark brown, nearly blackish on the pour. some head forms with a standard pour, but a small dark beige foam comes to the top while it settles. recedes to an island with a thin ring quickly.

s: straight up gingerbread. i guess the name delivers. nothing too over the top though. maybe a little chocolate and allspice.

t: cinnamon, ginger, a little chocolate, some nutmeg/allspice... i'm glad it's not over the top clovey. kinda toasty.

m: kinda thin, kinda dry, only lingers with spice

o: pretty good for a spiced beer. not all i'm looking for with a stout though. would drink again, but not for the admission price.

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Photo of snargles
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours black, spicy scent, nice umber head, very tasty, lotta flavor.. substantial mouthfeel and body, lots of spice, cinnamon, ginger, and slight chocolate. The bottle I'm enjoying is from the batch released July 2013. I had this on tap last year and it seemed even better. If you've had St Arnold Pumkinator or Sam Adams Merry Mischief, you know what you're getting into, almost interchangable, but if pressed I'd pick this over Mischief, the ginger isn't as piercing. Maybe even a bit tastier than Pumkinator (especially on tap), but at the steep 14+ bomber price, I'll go wif Ahnold. can't wait to see what happens when they start barrel aging this stuff (you know they will)

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Photo of lnashsig
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for #TBS27 "Christmas in July". I'm generally not a huge fan of spiced/christmas beers, but I've been holding on to this one for a little less than a yr, so why not. Poured from bottle into HF signature glass. Pours a nearly pitch black color- decent thickness. Tan/Brown head gives an initial 2-3 fingers of head and then disperses pretty quickly. It remains only around the edges of the glass after the pour. I'm wondering if this was bottle conditioned, but betting it was not based on the appearance and the head. Smell- gingerbread. I wish I had a better way to describe it, but that's exactly what I get on the aroma. That, and maybe some chocolate (milk choc). The spices aren't too in your face (they might have been when this was fresh, I don't know- never had it fresh), but some all-spice, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg is there. Taste- a milky chocolate start- very light mouthfeel now that it's on my tongue. Some of the spices bounce off my tongue- I do get all-spice and cinnamon. Not a lot of sweetness- kind of surprises me for the abv. I actually might have enjoyed a little more to balance out the nearly distracting spice presence (but once again, not a spiced beer guy). Carbonation helps finish this a little dry- I get no real roasty malt qualities that I might have also enjoyed. For what it is, this is a decent spiced stout, but it's a one-off for me.

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Photo of Erik
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Hay Merchant. Poured very dark brown, almost black into a 13oz tulip glass. Very creamy and solid head. Thick and smooth with tastes of gingerbread, cinnamon and chocolate. Amazing flavor and spice combination. It reminded me of a smoother DR9. I am very impressed with Buffalo Bayou's choice of brew for being a new establishment, and look forward to their other products.

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Photo of Kornoms
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Valhalla. Pours very dark and opaque with a nice head. The smell is a pleasant gingerbread. The taste has a Christmas feel- gingerbread, nutmeg with a hint of pine and some toasted malt. A very smooth mouthfeel. Overall we really enjoy this beer. For a brand new brewery, with this being it's second beer, we thought it was a bold choice and it turned out well.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Little Woodrow's in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, baked bread. Cinnamon spice, nutmeg, and clove. I like it, kind of a toned down Pumpkinator.
T: Follows the nose with roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, toasted malts. Big cinnamon and spice flavors. A bit unbalanced in that respect, but still very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. Very smooth, like silk. While I do enjoy this, it is not something I am going to reach for all the time.

This is a very nice imperial stout with some nice spice to it. I do enjoy it, but find that there are other beers that I would reach for before having another one of these. Still very much worth a try.

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Secessionist #1 (Gingerbread Stout) from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.