Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #16
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #508
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
780
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
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Winter
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SCORE
97
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Notes: 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
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Reviews by Phineasco:
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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cdunk11 for this Last Bottle Standing from a long-ago trade as I continue some clean-up. 750ML corked & caged bottle split with my wife & as a side note, I like barrels on labels.

The pour is black hole dark & the copious bubbles cannot escape the gravitational well, but they try. The nose may have faded some with age as it’s light: vague spice that might clock in at cinnamon, honeyed sweetness, but I get more clove than anything else.

Gingerbread Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged: the cast of Shrek would be horrified & the little guy probably needs two new legs now. Gingerbread + gingerbread! Spicy, doughy, cinnamony, with a framework of sweetness that’s likely a combo of the malts & honey. The mid-palate brings the vanilla from the barrel & hefty tablespoons of ginger. The alleged bourbon is no more than a rumor. Slick & oh-so-drinkable; I couldn’t do quite as much of this as I could do of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but it’d be a photo finish.

Honestly? You couldn’t fit more than a wisp of ginger’s difference between this version & the regular version. I don’t know if the bourbon has faded that fast - I’ve never experienced it going so quickly - or if it is just supremely tame, but it doesn’t add much except perhaps another layer of vanilla sweetness. But hey - the base ain’t no slouch & this is still an excellent beer.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the bourbon version noticeably more than the standard version. The standard in my opinion is better with some age because its a little too much for me fresh, but this is a perfect blend of the spices and a nice oaky, vanilla and bourbon taste.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is Christmas in a bottle. It's more mellow than it's regular cousin. I like it a lot more and the fact that the bourbon become a flavor not the dominate force is it's strongest attribute.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a dark brown with a solid three quarter finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Scattered lacing cloaks the sides of the glass.

S. My most precious childhood memories lovingly dipped in a viscous Belgian chocolate concoction. Fresh ginger and cinnamon effervesce out of the glass, cocoa with marshmallow topping, honey dashed with orange zest, and fresh-from-the-oven Christmas cookies. Yum

T. Gingerbread house, glazed chocolate, honey, some coconut, and subtle char from the bourbon barrel.

M. Full bodied, higher than normal carb keeps it from becoming overly saccharine, loaded with bold, well-integrated flavors.

O. In years past, I've criticized this variant of GBS for not adding anything to the base beer. I stand corrected. The subtle complexity added by the barrels here makes this an improvement over the original, albeit a very slight one. Bourbon GBS is a remarkable beer, derived from a similarly remarkable beer from a brewery that knows it has a golden goose on its hands and is squeezing every penny they can out of it. And they should, as this is utterly unique and inspires years' worth of sentiment and fond feelings of Christmases past, present, and to come.

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Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BreweryRun
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimbigner
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Rammed96
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bourbon (or just age?) smooths over the spices a bit, but still not my cup of tea.

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Photo of earlholman
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy and chocolate. Flavor is bourbon and gingerbread cookie. Has a nice mouthfeel and overall is really good.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with a light tan head.

Smell - The nose was comparably light, but had definite notes of booze and ginger.

Taste - The beer’s taste began with a heavy dose of chocolate. This was followed by coconut, ginger, and light warming booze. I was also getting a seemingly unintentional impression of mint. It was a little off-putting The rich chocolate and coconut were strong enough to last through the finish.

Mouthfeel - in terms of the body, this beer was thick and full bodied.

Overall - I really enjoyed the base beer, but also enjoyed this one. It is tough to rate one variant of a classic over another.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brown with a finger of dark brown head. Looks black in the glass.
A: sweet Carmel Apple, cinnamon and ginger. Not much barrel or bourbon
T: nice sweetness. Like the nose, Carmel
Apple pops.
F: thin, but smooth and drinkable.
O: this ba bourbon version brings a sweetness to the base beer which I like.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of C_Pel
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 780 ratings