Kentucky Christmas Morning
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #9
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
98
Ranked #280
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
417
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull black with a thin but creamy tan blanket clearing out from the center.

This has a good molasses presence with a hint of cinnamon, although there's also an unexpected note of mint.

That said, it's got a drinkable, light body with a crisp bubbly carbonation that lifts up a good cocoa roast.

Ultimately I enjoy this much more than regular GBS, which I'm not a big fan of. However, Bottle Logic is the undisputed ginger break cookie beer brewer in my little world.

Jan 21, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Too sweet for me. The gingerbread actually overwhelms the barrel aging. Viscous and smooth but syrupy as well. A heavy beer that is best sipped early or late in the session.

Dec 28, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a brownish-black color with an off-white color.

Smell - There was a lot of ginger in the nose combined with burnt sugar, it really smelled like ginger snaps.

Taste - my first impression was huge ginger. The promised coffee was on the light side, with the bourbon being well-balanced with a ginger. The beer was not too hot. It was balanced wonderfully. The gingersnap presence carried to the end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was still very present though modest with a decent amount of viscosity.

Overall - I loved the amount of ginger in this beer. It was great.

May 04, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black with a thin beige head

S - Ginger and cinnamon are present but well adjusted with the coffee and the bourbon

T - The taste follows plus some dark fruits notes : dates mostly. Coconut and vanilla The balance is incredible. Not too sweet

M - Full and very drinkable in the same time

O - A great BA imperial stout

Jan 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft

Jet black, tan colored head. Nice aroma of bourbon, gingerbread, roasty coffee. Nice mix of those flavors in the taste. Not overly sweet. Thicker, full bodied.

Jan 05, 2019
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Sheppard from New York

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with minimal head. Some cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee on the aroma. Coffee is certainly the main player in this along with the bourbon. There's a touch of ginger that is feels a little out of place, even though this is a BBA gingerbread stout. I enjoyed it. It seemed fairly refined.

Jan 01, 2019
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Zraly from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of all of the GBS variants, this one really pushes the cinnamon forward. Nice bourbon nose with the richness of black coffee and spices -- again, the cinnamon takes stage here. Medium-full bodied, slightly sweet but with a creamy feel that makes it great on its own or with nice slice of pecan pie.

Dec 29, 2018
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RyskeeVA from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 came out at 11.6% and might be smoother than ever. Very dark beer. Almost black. Solid head that smells like a great cup of coffee with a twing of bourbon poking through. This tastes and smells exactly like you would expect. They’ve outdone theirselves again

Dec 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

an awesome bottle of beer right here, thanks to my homie for sharing it with me last night! a big boozy stout, aged in a bourbon barrel, and packed with all sorts of holiday cheer. its slick and dark from the bottle, viscous and obviously sturdy, but with quite the head on it, thick and light brown, unexpectedly lively for such a big beer. the aroma fills the room with warmth, baked holiday bread, ginger and cinnamon and maple, sweet corny whiskey and strong roasted barley and fresh brewed coffee, the coffee nose here is incredible and super fresh for a beer that may have been in the bottle a little while. its tastes so good too, warm mulling spices, bitter dark chocolate from the malt, and a ton of the coffee, united smoothly and seamlessly by the whiskey and the char and the oak from the barrel, not overly boozy and super well refined for what it is. a lot of these get too heavy and spicy and sweet and all, but the coffee offsets most of that here, and its not too spiced at all, the flavors of gingerbread and clove marry so well into this, the coffee is huge and delicious and fresh too. incredible beer, one of the beerier adjunct stouts i have had lately in that the additives do not corrupt the base beer, and the quality of the stout underneath is on display the whole time. really superb beer, a great night cap to a great night!

May 02, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter. Had a dark brown / black color and a completely opaque consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of bourbon, gingerbread, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and spices.

T: Tasted of a good shot of gingerbread, some mild roasted malt notes, a small amount of coffee, a decent amount of bourbon, some dark chocolate, light hops, and cinnamon. While the coffee and chocolate aren't overly featured in the flavor, it's still incredibly tasty. Complex, warming, sweet, and flavorful.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-to full-bodied.

O: this is a well made, easy to drink stout. Very tasty and drinkable.

Jan 04, 2018
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Mbo108 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it was okay, but by no means great. Very thin, almost no barrel characteristics at all. The coffee and the sweetness of the gingerbread seemed to cancel one another out. Will pass next time.

Jan 04, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a fragrant sweet cinnamon and bourbon with a hint of coffee. Taste is also a mildly sweet cinnamon and bourbon with a hint of coffee and with very little alcohol aftertaste.

Jan 04, 2018
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 drank on 12/29/17

Overall a really good beer. Some baking spices (not getting the straight gingerbread like the base but something is still there), light barrel, milk chocolate. Nice combo and enjoyable.

Dec 30, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 750mL bottle poured into a Hardywood tulip Christmas Morning!

Deep brown body with a nice light brown head that sticks around for a while.

Aromas are full of winter spices and vanilla, gingerbread, toffee. On the tongue, tons of vanilla-maple, cinnamon, cocoa notes. Coffee is muted. Medium body and carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer. Would love to try fresh.

Dec 26, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a sampler glass.
L - Pours a dark brown with a tan head.
S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, gingerbread and bourbon.
T - Taste matches the smell, lots of coffee, chocolate, gingerbread and bourbon.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Delicious stout.

Dec 23, 2017
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Appearanceswc from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 GBS was weaker this year. Not a strong base to start with so this beer didn't turn out as good because the GBS base was weak. Still a solid BA stout and I'll look forward to my next bottle

Dec 23, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter/tulip style glass. Real serious bugger to get this cork out, but she comes after some time, even with a little hiss.

Deep walnut body color and opaque, hints a little dark fudgey consistency, with a very nice easily two finger tall head, dark with almost mocha brown colors, and a little small retention. Settles to a small crown and collar, lightly bubbly like a milk chocolate bar. Very nice looking stout.

Excellent aroma. Light mix of fudge chocolate and rich coffee. Hints a little spritzy though on the nose and a bit of cinnamon like bark aromas. Comes off sensing a light body perhaps as well. Unfortunately doesn't have much barrel sensing character, but still quite nice.

Palate seems to go for a different angle. Very light bodied, but hits with a good amount of interesting boozy flavors. Anise and black licorice notes, hinting with spicy almost rum like flavors interestingly. Soft gingerbread, and a good spicy finish that almost burns with ginger and hot lemon quality. Milky coffee mixes through a bit as well, but not as pronunced.

Real nice mix of flavors, but much imperial richness and oaky characters seem to be slammed a bit. If this aged longer I think it could be real spectacular.

Dec 19, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had the Kentucky Christmas Morning 2016 bottle.

nice gingerbread smell, nice gingerbread taste, great body. Pours nice and dark. Not very thick but it worked pretty well.

Nov 30, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this with some friends at a bachelor party share. Tried alongside some other spiced stouts and although this was good it was last of the 3. A little thin and not as well balanced as the others

Aug 20, 2017
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black no head. No lacing

Aroma gingerbread cookie dipped in bourbon. Nuff said

Taste follows aroma perfectly.

Smooth mouth feel.

Overall- my first hardywood beer. Top notch all the way.

Jul 22, 2017
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating 2016 version. This beer is fabulous! The additional ingredients really transform the gingerbread stout into a thing of beauty. Get cinnamon and cloves with a smooth flavored stout. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but it's so good that I'll still rate it a 5. Very good!

Jun 09, 2017
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml poured into a snifter. Pours black with small tawny head. Smells of gingerbread and coffee. Taste follows with added notes of cinnamon and barrel. Great beer even with some age on it

May 07, 2017
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wulfie85 from California

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hardywood did an excellent job with this one. The base gingerbread stout works really well with the coffee to create a brew reminiscent of christmas morning. The barrel character takes it to a whole nother level with the bourbon flavors topping it all off

May 02, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cejaev for this 750ML corked & caged bottle, whose description activated my drooling mechanism. Nice parchment label. Split with my wife.

Out comes the cork & the beer. Black. Smells like I just crawled out of the belly of a bourbon dragon that’s been feasting on a spice store. Lovely.

Kentucky Christmas Morning makes me wish I’d been born southeast o’ here. Great hit of bourbon right up front that does a slow burn all the way down my to my thighs. Teaspoons of spices mixed in: cinnamon, ginger, bit of pepper heat (is that supposed to be here?). Big oak staves, vanilla, cocoa powder. No roast detected by the spectrometer. Finish is big, slick, doughy, spicy. This is a sipping beer that I could sip by a warm fire (if only DJT would shut up) all night.

Hardywood has found magic in this Gingerbread Stout base & this is no exception. While the promised coffee & roast is missing, who’s going to send out a search party? Let it perish in the snow. Another excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

Mar 01, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the share, Andy. '16 vintage.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like a fresh pot of roasty coffee, with vanilla frosting, fresh ginger, roasted malt, chocolate fudge, cinnamon, and caramel, with just a hint of bourbon.

This is really quite astonishingly good. It's decadent, and quite reminiscent of dipping a gingerbread man into a cup of fresh coffee, jacked up with bourbon. The coffee flavor is obviously not quite as strong as the base, but it's still quite delicious nonetheless, fresh, roasty, and chocolatey. The heavy spicing of the base is muted by both the barrel aging and the turn in focus towards the coffee.

This has a fairly good body to it, chewy, but not incredibly thick, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is super nice. It's interesting that basically all of the variants on Gingerbread Stout are much better than the actual base beer.

Feb 27, 2017
Kentucky Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 417 ratings