Kentucky Christmas Morning | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.46/5
Outstanding
365 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WCKDVBZ on 11-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#251
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
365
pDev:
6.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
78
Trade:
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by Furlinator:
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of HomerSwim
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

"It's like Christmas in a glass." Yeah if your Christmas was filled with an alcoholic relative that started drinking bourbon and coffee at 7am while you opened your presents. And then promptly passed out before breakfast was served only to wake up before dinner. At which they felt the need to tell you what was wrong with everyone. So yeah, Christmas in a glass. And cookies, tastes like alcoholic Christmas Cookies.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First year brewery-only release. Poured straight from the tap.

Look: Bottle is adorable with a marinating gingerbread man emerging from a barrel. The beer has the sexiness that exudes from the surrounding perimeter. Pours slick, lingering and with some definite legs.

Smell: Definitely can smell some boozy bourbon sweetness emerging with lingering coffee notes. Toffee, fudge, cookie dough, ginger, honey, mocha spice, and vanilla are definitely present. Heavy emphasis on the coffee, however.

Taste: Incredible. This is definitely reminiscent of Christmas Morning, but it has a bourbon flavor lingering that gives it a lightly boozy and, almost, cookie-ish flavor to it. Along with the smells noted, the coffee is certainly present while the bourbon adds an attractive texture that makes it almost dessert-like. An incredible variant of the GBS that outdoes most other ones. A definite tie with Apple Brandy GBS (both distant, yet close cousins).

Feel: Syrupy, persistent and lingering. You can taste the coffee thinness that is counterbalanced with a thick and textured dessert flavor that the bourbon yields. Think, gingerbread cookie with bourbon spiked coffee. Delicious and leaves one wanting more.

Overall: Soon to be a world-class off-variant that is well sought after. For those of us lucky to grab this at the first release, this will be sought after for years to come. Keep an eye out.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BEER REVIEW # 1,500!

Appearance - Pours dark brown with some deep auburn highlights. Light tan, quarter-finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a somewhat barren surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, leaving small spotting and a broken line or two on the glass.

Smell - Gingerbread is the prominent aroma, with lesser notes of chocolate, bourbon and spice. Picking up subtle coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose, with gingerbread and chocolatey goodness being the prominent flavors upfront and throughout. Some bourbon character evoking notes of vanilla, oak and booze come through shortly after that initial burst of sweetness, then some cinnamon and other spices round it out. A hint of well-baked pie crust. Faint trace of coffee that only adds the briefest of roast character underneath. As deep and complex as it is, it ends rather abruptly, leaving lingering notes of milk chocolate, gingerbread, spice and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Creamy texture turns a bit slick and slightly dry in the finish, as the booze leaves a bit of warmth in the stomach. Seductive drinkability.

Overall - I'm not so big on milk stouts, but this is one hell of a beer. I'm not even that upset about the lack of coffee coming through despite the promise on the label, though I'm sure it had a fair hand in keeping this brew from being cloyingly sweet. Worthy beer for my 1,500th review. Raising my glass of KCM to 1,500 more!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is 90% gingerbread spices. Remarkably sharp ginger aroma. Some bourbon. Chocolate. Tough to distinguish coffee from the other sharp aromas. Taste has almost as much ginger and cinnamon. Milk chocolate and bourbon. Coffee finally makes an appearance in the back end. Spices are out of control. I'm not opposed to the spices, but in total they're pretty strong. In tiny quantities, it's good. My second pour was rough.

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Photo of usfmikeb
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hardywood has really stepped it up in the past year. The last few releases have been great products, and it feels like they've solved what appeared to be a quality vs quantity issue as they grew and made bigger batches. This beer is a great blend of GBS spices, awesome coffee, and the bourbon. Love it, and I've been hard on Hardywood ratings previously...

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Photo of jlindros
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud

Nice fluffy smaller creamy dark head, long legs, pitch black beer.

Nose is incredible, tons of everything awesome, big ginger, big lush dark choc, creamy cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon graham cracker, nice vanilla, cookie dough, fluffy nougat, big fresh mild coffee, little roasty, nice bourbon in the background, a big vanilla barrel bourbon fresh coffee, caramel candy.

Taste brings big malts again, nice dark malts, juicy caramel, then tons of gingerbread, spicy ginger candy, gingerbread cookie, cinnamon graham cracker again, little booze warmth with the spicy ginger. Mild sweet bourbon, into mild vanilla, and fresh coffee again, mild roasted malt and hint of dark choc, little vanilla icing. Finish little sticky nice lingering spicy ginger, little vanilla icing, bourbon, and mild fresh coffee lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light booze, nice carb, little smooth.

Overall awesome, great base stout, so much gingerbread stout, nice coffee and bourbon, so tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a super thin blanket that faded to leave thin wisps. Nice legs.

S - Aromas of nice coffee roast, great vanilla and bourbon. The chocolate is decent but there is excellent gingerbread aromas. Just incredible gingerbread smell soaked in bourbon. Really nice malts and chocolate too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice coffee roast, the bourbon is lightly sweet, the gingerbread is nice and lightly spicy with good ginger notes. The base beer really was complimented by this coffee and bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was rather delicious. I love the bourbon, however, I think I enjoyed the apple brandy one a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mozif
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and definitely the best variant of GBS ive tried. On tap at KCM and AB GBS release. Pour has way less carb than the regular GBS. Nose is Super coffee forward. I didn't even have to put it near my nose to get coffee....huge. Barrel mellows out ginger and brings our the vanilla and honey big time. This is like a coffee frap. I don't drink them but in beer form its delicious! There is no alcohol bite as I remember and its all coffee and vanilla and spice. This is a true delight. Thick mouthfeel and finish is Super balanced. I would have this over and over. Definitely a world class BA Coffee stout. Seek out.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppity1
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter, dark brown color and ginger greets the nose. No apparent carbonation and little head. Bourbon, ginger, cinnamon and chocolate notes to nose. Well balanced, bourbon, ginger and other notes on the palate. One of the best I've had; well done.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mbo108
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Kentucky Christmas Morning from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 365 ratings