Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, described by BeerAdvocate as “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle,” is an imperial milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cinnamon, fresh Casselmonte Farm baby ginger and Bearer Farms wildflower honey. Gingerbread Stout is then matured in Virginia bourbon barrels, where it adapts an incredibly mellow character with oak, caramel and bourbon undertones, and emerges 12 weeks later as Bourbon GBS. A festive blend of spice character laces this rich, chocolatey stout, which warms the palate and the soul.

55 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 12-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#447
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
711
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bl00
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christ on a cracker! ...or at least Christmas in a bottle, the beer that's become Hardywood Park's most famous stout has been slathered with bourbon flavor to go along with the ginger, cookie and bready tastes that make the imperial milk stout so irresistible.

Black in its body but tan in its coffee-like creme, Bourbon Barrel GBS floods the nose with a decadent scent of chocolate and whisky coupled with ginger, toast, coffee and molasses. Flavors seamlessly carry over from the nose and splash the early palate with the sweet and savory sensations of blackstrap molasses, spice cake, chocolate and heavy whipping cream.

All that dense cakey goodness nestles comfortably on the middle palate and simmers there in a warmth of whisky and all it vanilla, caramel, campfire, toasty, nutty glory. Ginger begins to balance the sweetness and link up with the whisky spice to balance a portion of the lingering sugars. Coconut and deep roast espresso extend into an exotic gingerbread late palate.

Lavishly full on the palate, the stout's rich and marshmallowy body continues to billow on the finish allowing the simmering warmth of bourbon and chocolate liqueur to tease the after palate with holiday desserts long into the day.

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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Magnify Snulip glass bottled in late 2017. Pours a very attractive dark near black, with a 2 finger dark tan head that leaves a few thin wisps of lace behind, as it slowly settles into a rather thick layer of khaki bubbles that never leave.

Smell is for me the only true weakness, faint ginger, Pepsi, nutmeg, cocoa, and cocoanut Rum, odd.

Taste is much better and more balanced, few the nose was letting me down. A huge hit of ginger bread, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cocoanut, and a solid hit of oaky bourbon.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium, moderate live as you would expect, maybe a tad dry, and goes down fairly easy, but it leaves a mark on your palate.

Overall this is nice, the nose was a tad underwhelming but over this is a nice BA Stout that you will definitely remember. Thanks jzeilinger for this large Stout.

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky176
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of taospowder
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jstnregan
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rristow
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with a light khaki head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, maple syrup, cinnamon. Thick and chewy. Flavors of cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, ginger, coffee. Very well done BA stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown with virtually no head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Ginger bread, sugar cookies, vanilla beans, and mulled spices.
Taste: Ginger bread, honey, nutmeg, mulled spices, with a touch of bourbon barrel.
Mouthfeel: Medium full with lots of complexity.
Overall: A very good barrel aged Christmas stout. Much easier to drink than the base beer, the bourbon rounds it out.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 711 ratings