Rum Barrel GBS
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.3 | pDev: 7.91%
Dec 22, 2019
Dec 20, 2014
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Rated: 4.46 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 17, 2019
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

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.
Mar 07, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by rcjennings from Ohio

Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

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.
Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.71 by Bryant1985 from North Carolina

Aug 14, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by user785335 from Florida

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by krome from Illinois

May 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by Grackos from Florida

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by DavidHume from Virginia

Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Bluebird218 from Virginia

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Radcpa from Washington

Jan 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

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.
Jan 22, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 18, 2017
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Rated by Gls12 from Virginia

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.
Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Jason_cs from Florida

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

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.
Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by craftaholic from New York

Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by Jlabs from New York

Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Aug 21, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

May 18, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, quarter-finger width head that fizzes away nearly as fast as it's poured, leaving an almost completely barren surface and a broken, razor-thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Needless to say no lacing to be found.

Smell - Gingerbread spice, sweet vanilla and rum booze notes. Also some faint roast, but comes through moreso with slightly burnt gingerbread cookies. Smells good though.

Taste - Follows the nose. The gingerbread spice is prominent, but finds itself darted with notes of molasses, vanilla, roasted and toasted malt and a tiny sliver of chocolate until most of these bleed out into the finish. The aftertaste is greeted with a tame punch of rum spice, but ultimately delivers much of that rum-soaked gingerbread it promises on the label. God is it good.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth but very velvety texture with a creamy, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Wow, this one's a keeper! Easily the best of the three variants. I can't even really be bothered about it except to say if you come across this one do yourself a favor and hoard it.
Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by rossracing from Illinois

Mar 16, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Slack from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep brown in color with a minimal amount of head that forms a bit of a circle.

Nose is sweet rum booze, molasses, vanilla, minor cinnamon, minor ginger, and minor clove.

Taste is similar to the nose with rum a bit more prominent. Ginger, cinnamon, vanilla are all there. A bit of oak as well.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is higher than average. Finish is semi sweet.

Truth be told this is probably my favorite GBS variant. The vanilla is very strong from start to finish. The rum barrel adds alot of complimentary elements to the base GBS. Very drinkable, very shareable.
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Duff27 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2017
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