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Rum Barrel GBS | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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4.3/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,389
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
136
pDev:
8.14%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
38
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition. Had 7/7/18.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of rum, chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, malt, some vanilla and oak, caramel when warm. The flavor is similar- malt, rum, ginger, chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, cinnamon as it warms, light oak. A little alcohol bleeds through. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

This is in the top tier of the BA GBS series. The barrels are prevalent, but allow the spices to come through clearly. Great aroma and flavor. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 750ML corked & caged bottle from a compatriot’s cellar cleansing, which sounds like palate or colon cleansing, but is completely different. Split with my wife.

The pour is solid state black. The nose is rum, honey, booze, & that vague spicing I associate with GBS variants.

Rum Barrel GBS, if held in the mouth, is like the old Pop Rocks & Coke trick. I can feel the excessive carbonation bubbling, trying to find a way out, but there is no escape from the iron jail of my teeth. The beer itself is nicely integrated: the rum is just north of subtle, with touches of ginger, honey, fruit cake, & brown sugar. One of the few beers that is leaving my glass faster than my chugging-champ wife’s glass. Smooth.

A very good beer without any qualities that reach out to grab you by the nutsack (if you have one – no need to discriminate against our non-nutsack listeners). If there was a rum barreled beer you’d want to sip after dinner every day, it would be this one.

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Photo of Bryant1985
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of user785335
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluebird218
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny black to dark brown with a paper thin but solid tan film.

Smell is total gingerbread house with a potent molasses backing--this really hits the nail on the head with that classic toasty cookie all the way.

Hot white rum undertones run along some really toasty, serious gingerbread cookie. Holy shit. You better fucking love gingerbread cookies, because that's what you're going to get here in spades. Unfortunately, I’m not really a fan of the cookie and it’s so spot on I can't fully enjoy this, but I can recognize they definitely did well to emulate what they were after.

Medium-light body with a frothy carbonation, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gls12
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This year's addition is a bit over-powered with the rum. But I think it does a nice job of highlighting vanilla flavors at the finish.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.04/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2016 version. I guess I'm just not (usually) a fan of rum barrel aging. This has a weird, almost fruity smell and the taste is also kind of odd. There is a nice gingerbread component going on but that's about it. Disappointed because Kentucky Christmas Morning GBS was one of my favorite beers I've had in 2017.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rum Barrel GBS from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 136 ratings