Kentucky Christmas Morning
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #16
Ranked #360
4.44 | pDev: 6.53%
Mar 10, 2023
Nov 23, 2015
Kentucky Christmas MorningKentucky Christmas Morning
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coffee and spices
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Rated: 4.33 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 3.01 by rakish from Virginia

Jan 12, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce apothecary bottle into a snifter at 53°.
Presents a deep muddy water black, gave up a little bit of foam that went away too fast.
Smells festive. Nutmeg, bourbon, coffee. Reaching for gingerbread.
Taste is all over the place, IMO, and not focused. As it warmed, the beer offers up subtle hints of its undelivered promises. Should have poured a dot or 2 of maple syrup in it to find balance., The burp brought a wince.,
Feel is underwhelming and quite thin legged.
Overall, I hoped this was gonna be Special, but this just doesn’t hit a high note.
It’s just slightly above ‘meh’.,
Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by SoccerSeuss from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a dark chocolate/coffee brown with a finger of caramel head. Hints of gingerbread and coffee on the nose with a hint of bourbon. Taste follows nose. Smooth and velvety with a hint a bit of booziness to temper the sweet. A very good brew.
Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle from Tavour. 11.6%. Thick black flat pour, a few stray beige bubbles float around. Sweet gingerbread aroma. Taste is warm gingerbread drizzled in chocolate sauce, warm and sweet. Slick, smooth, velvety feel. Excellent across the board.
Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by beerookie from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
First off, barrel aged stout is my favorite type of beer. After years of trying many, many, of them, I think I would say this is the best beer of them all.

It is perfectly done, perfectly balanced, and so very drinkable!

The subtle coffee and spices are so well presented, and so well balanced, I have shared it with people who typically detest barrel aged stout and they like it as well.

Can't wait to get my hands on more!
Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by o29 from Texas

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by jwerner23 from Minnesota

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by rab53 from Washington

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful black pour with a mocha head. The mouthfeel is silky, very rich and substantial. No question this is a dessert beer, quite sweet. I found ginger to be by far the dominant flavor, dwarfing other flavors that I wanted to taste, regrettably. More complexity certainly would elevate this beer. And points off for a couple boozy sips at the bottom of the glass.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2020 vintage:

Poured from a 1pint 9.4 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Black, medium brown frothy head, below average lacing, average head retention.

Smell- Predominantly ginger, slight vanilla/coffee/bourbon.

Taste- Ginger, honey, mildly coffee, bourbon, cinnamon/vanilla finish.

Feel- Full body, syrup like, creamy, smooth, gentle carbonation, mouth warming/coating.

Overall- A ginger forward bourbon barrel aged milk stout with an outstanding feel. This was a delightful Christmas experience.
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nice dark black, a semi vigorous pour leaves a nice head to start. As with most barrel aged beers though the head doesn't last long, ring of tan around the glass and some islands for those misfit toys.

Aroma is bourbon and oak forward; followed by chocolate, coffee, spices and vanilla. An interesting note here I feel like I noticed and recognized ginger immediately in the regular one but in the BA one its more just general holiday spice smell.

Taste is like drinking a holiday spiced mocha latte, though the creaminess is much more restrained. I say mocha for the milk aspect only in feel, it cuts the bourbon and coffee nicely. I notice a lot of chocolate to this beer just as I did in the regular.

Big bodied beer, low carbonation, creamy silky mouthfeel, a coffee like bitterness, a lingering chocolate/coffee mouth coating with an ever so slight warming sensation that stays in the upper esophagus.

I think I enjoy this more than the regular christmas morning, its almost like the barreling toned down some of the dessertier aspects. It still definitely resembles gingerbread/dessert but now it gives the sensation of sipping an after drink spirit after dinner more than just a dessert itself.
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by crobinso from Colorado

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Black on color with a creamy tan head. It looks like the top of a creme brule.

S: Big hit of whiskey up front. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Hints of coffee, and brown sugar in the finish.

T: Rich coffee, followed by bourbon. Vanilla and oak up front, followed by brown sugar, and grain.

M: Medium thick with a lovely creaminess and fairly aggressive carbonation. I think the carbonation is actually working in it's favor though to make it a little less cloying.

O: Overall this is a darn fine beer. Coffee, good, bourbon, good, stout, goooood.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by mdfb79 from New York

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.89 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Brew: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery - Kentucky Christmas Morning

Intro: 750 mil. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Moderate head maybe 2 inches. Moderate lacing as I drank

Smell: Barrel up front, followed by coffee, chocolate and maybe ginger

Taste: Followed the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Went down smooth. It was enjoyable.

Conclusion: First offering I’ve had by this brewery. Ginger was slightly off putting but enjoyable overall. Would like to try others but this will be one and done
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excited to try this one after all these years! Matte black with a finger of tan foam. Very artsy milk stout nose: bourbon allows the gingerbread, honey, coffee, to dance with much vigor, accenting the oak, toasted caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla nuances. All together it is complex, alluring and warming. Taste is much sweeter than expected, probably from the honey, gingerbread and bourbon do their thing beautifully, but the coffee hits hard, bringing the spices with it. It's very good but way more muddled than the masterpiece that is GBS. Feel is medium bodied, lighter barrel presence, coffee and spices make themselves known, but otherwise smooth and but not as creamy as expected. Prefer GBS but this is still a wonderful beer
Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by WDJersey from Colorado

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by chiefz1 from New York

Jan 04, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into a goblet. 2020 release, Tavour shipment.

Looks magnificent in the glass. Jet black body with a decent tan head which, despite the high abv, persists in very good form throughout. Several small patches of lacing.

Light aromas of coffee and booze.

On tasting, the first few mouthfuls had that green pepper touch you get from badly roasted or poor coffee. However, as it warmed, this went away. Delicious coffee notes, warmth from the barrel, and nicely sweet.

Mouth close to full, finish boozy and sweet.

Overall, was alarmed by the green pepper, but thankfully it didn't last. Enjoyed this sweet warm coffee boozy sipper over a couple hours.
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
There isn't a precise bottle date indicated, but there is a year printed at the top left of the label, over the name: "2020"

Appearance: It has a black body and a short, foamy, khaki head. The head quickly fades out to a visible ring around the glass. No lacing.

Aroma: There is a scent of bourbon and some barrel wood aroma. Not much going on otherwise.

Taste: Up front there is a nice chocolate flavor mixed with some green pepper and cinnamon. Towards the middle of the palate there is a good deal of cinnamon coming through. The back of the mouth has a bit of dark chocolate flavor. It is boozy throughout. There is a pleasant charred flavor throughout. Wet oak in the aftertaste, especially after taking a few consecutive sips.

Mouthfeel: It is on the lower edge of full bodied but it is very smooth.

Overall: The label states that this is an "IMPERIAL MILK STOUT AGED IN KENTUCKY BOURBON BARRELS WITH GINGER, VANILLA, HONEY, CINNAMON AND COFFEE" and that it contains "ALCOHOL 11.6% BY VOL." There is a nice bourbon barrel flavor and aroma, and cinnamon definitely comes through. The ginger doesn't seem to be present and the vanilla and honey are also hidden. There doesn't seem to be any coffee character, however there was a bit of green pepper flavor which could be it. There doesn't seem to be a lot of participation from a lot of these ingredients. This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Christmas Morning, but it seems to be crushing the beer it was derived from. The flavor alone is good enough to recommend this beer, but I would recommend the non-barrel aged version over this. I could still drink it again.
Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by DanBrenda from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Ordered from Tavour in their Christmas pack. Poured into a sniffer.

Look: deep dark (almost black) with small less that’s finger-width head that quickly disappears and no lacing.
Smell: intense vanilla (almost like extract), bourbon, light gingerbread cookie.
Taste: sweet on the front end, intense vanilla and light bourbon in the middle, end notes of light (old) coffee in the nose with a lasting vanilla For an 11% it hides the ABV well and there is no hoppy character.
Feel: carbonation is light but sticks around, syrup(y-ish), thick and full mouthfeel. No drying at all.

If you like BBS this is a nice beer. Not super syrupy or sticky, but definitely full flavor. The old coffee flavor is a nice after note that comes well after the BB, vanilla and gingerbread cookie. Out of all their gingerbread line, this is by far my favorite.
Dec 25, 2020
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