Kentucky Christmas Morning
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #7
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
98
Ranked #287
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
431
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Kentucky Christmas MorningKentucky Christmas Morning
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coffee and spices
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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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teromous from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -20.6%
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
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DanBrenda from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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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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 Virginia

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
Kentucky Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 431 ratings