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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

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

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Ratings: 673 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of teromous
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle date listed. This bottle says "ALCOHOL 10.6% BY VOL" which differs from what is listed here.

Appearance: The body is black in the glass. It has a short khaki head that quickly dissipates. The lacing doesn't stick around but there are a few spots.

Aroma: It smells just like bourbon, oak, and alcohol.

Taste: It has a wonderful oatmeal cookie and cinnamon flavor that pops up almost instantly. That oatmeal cookie flavor is absolutely fantastic. There is just a light dusting of bourbon flavor across the palate but it lingers mostly towards the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste. There is a light vanilla and oak flavor towards the end which is very uplifting. The flavor is perfect.

Mouthfeel: The body floats on the lighter side of medium but it is smoother on the palate than its body would otherwise suggest. It finishes light with a touch of sweetness and just a small bite from wood tannin. The beer is very easy to drink and there is never any alcohol burn.

Overall: At first I was a bit wary because there wasn't a lot of aroma coming from the beer. This concern was quickly replaced by elated joy as the flavor burst into the foreground of this beer. It simply tastes fantastic. This is a completely different beer from the standard version of GBS. If you enjoy GBS then I would highly recommend seeking out this beer. I would definitely drink it again.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fishguyac
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sheppard
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, tan head that dissipates quickly. Getting a lot of vanilla on the nose. May be a touch of ginger. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, and coconut. The latter the most prominent to me. There's a touch of ginger and molasses on the finish. The body is smooth but thick enough to provide a very nice, luscious mouthfeel. I know that this has gotten less and less rare, but it was a really nice beer to easily pick up at Whole Foods.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black color. 2015 release bottle.

The gingerbread spice is on point. Not overpowering. Bourbon, oak, vbaiy, and spice. This is holiday liquid barrel aged delight. Medium to full bodied. This is a treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release.
Poured into a snifter.

Pours a rich opaque brown that shows a little mahogany around the edges. The minimal tan head leaves some lacing and legs are visible on the glass.

The strong nose is fantastic! The gingerbread really comes through along with Nutmeg and French Toast! This smells like Christmas morning! There is a bit of alcohol aroma as well but not much. The gingerbread flavor is not as strong as the nose and the overall taste is less spicy than the nose let's on. I get sweet molasses, vanilla, some chocolate and I think a hint of orange. The bourbon flavor is barely noticeable but this may have to do with the age of the bottle. The finish is long but not cloying. The feel is silky, smooth and viscous, sitting on the light side of full bodied. It surrounds the tongue like a soft pillow.

A great sweet stout. I would love to have a bottle of this for the holidays.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of schinebd
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jheimbigner
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that everyone goes bat-crazy for and I think it is "just OK". Had on tap at a barrel-aged event at POPE in Philly.

Looks alright but a little flat. The smell is all cinnamon and spices and Christmas dessert.

In the mouth, the bourbon is more prominent and balances out all the spice and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is rather flat and eventful, but the drinkability is off the charts for a 10.20% imperial brew.

Nice enough, but I don't get the hysteria.

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4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 Release

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with a foamy head of khaki; streaky, leggy lacing lines the chalice while the head retains at a quarter of an inch

Smell: Gingerbread soaked in Bourbon, with undertones of vanilla, caramel and oak

Taste: Gingerbread flavors burst forward on the palate, with cinnamon and ginger prominent; caramel, honey and vanilla tones build, through the middle, with a slightly boozy blend of Bourbon, oak and milk chocolate bringing up the rear; vanilla and gingerbread tones linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: By far, my favorite of the GBS series; the barrel treatment is exemplary

Thanks, jonnyybp, for the opportunity

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4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet. An opaque ruby-brown color with a modest tan head that quickly receeded to a wispy cap. Wow - the aroma was there right at the uncorking: ginger cookies, caramel, toast, vanilla, and maybe a hint of whiskey. The first sip was as predicted with huge gingerbread flavor. The complexity built quickly with layers of bourbon, vanilla, wood, cherries, and coffee. A smooth chocolatey finish with a nice comforting warming on the palate. A beautifully balanced beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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: 4.36 out of 5 with 673 ratings
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