Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
95
world-class
660 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)
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
Ratings:
660
Reviews:
91
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
374
Gots:
242
For Trade:
27
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Richard757
1.9/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Over oaked, flavor is dull, too much alcohol not enough flavor.

63 characters

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ttylicki
2.1/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had hoped for way more with this beer. The gingerbread was way too pronounced. It drowned out any other flavoring and it was thin as all hell.

146 characters

Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -42%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of sliverX
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Jeffo
2.82/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Siddfinch a while back. Drank this one after the regular version. Thanks for the trade dude!

From a cork & caged 750 into a snifter
Vintage 2014
IBU: 55
Milk stout with ginger, honey, cinnamon and vanilla
Aged for 12 weeks in barrels

APPEARANCE: Same as the other version. A clear, light brown pour yields a big, three finger, foamy, looser, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with a bit of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass, but it does eventually end up looking rather flat by the end. Too light a body as well, and the head is rather unimpressive.

SMELL: Milder nose of milk sugars, ginger, and some honey is there. Light toffee notes as well. Perhaps a touch more vanilla from the barrels, but nothing else really. No real roast from the base stout either.

TASTE: Very similar to the base beer. Ginger, some toffee and then some honey at the swallow. Bolder finish of ginger, cinnamon, honey, some milky sweetness and bitter chocolate flavors as well. Cinnamon and ginger linger on the palate with a touch of vanilla and oak from the barrels. This is basically the same as the base with just a touch extra vanilla and wood. Very minimal though.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. Not overly carbonated like the base beer. Better here.

OVERALL: Like the base beer, this is no better than okay. The adjunct character is interesting enough, but the base stout is rather weak and the barrel aging is pretty mundane. Still, these pairs are always fun to try and I’d say this one was slightly more interesting than the base beer, so that’s something at least. Cheers again for the brews SiddFinch!

 1,788 characters

Photo of Hiwy12
2.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of FullObs
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

82 characters

Photo of Sludgeman
3.18/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Lost Dog – North Arlington.

Starts with gingerbread and ends with gingerbread. If you like gingerbread this may be quite the quaffable beer. But not for me. All of those truck chasers who beat me to this bottle over the past four weeks - thanks! I only had to try a glass and not waste an entire bottle. - 3.0

A – Pours a dark, black opaque with a short lived tan head - 3.5

S - Gingerbread maybe some faint roastiness, could not smell the bourbon. - 3.5

T - Gingerbread sweet, a nice bitter finish to somewhat balance the sweet, but not enough. Almost cloyingly sweet. No bourbon. 3

MF -A bit thin, which does not match the medium body and sweet consistency. - 3.25
.

 689 characters

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage; drank 3/19/16 @ the Palace.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Cinnamon & cream notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cinnamon & cream flavors up front; faint booze heat notes on the finish Very thin & quite boring. Not one to seek out.

 282 characters

Photo of phingdong
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of JKV96
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ledouge
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HugeBulge
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dctriman
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of YeastInception
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was pretty let down by the regular version of this beer after falling for the hype, but fortunately, I enjoyed this one a bit more. I have a couple bottles of my own, but someone graciously shared a bottle at SS13, so thanks.

Mahogany brown pour, deep and slightly hazy, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet, and left a little lacing on the glass. The bottle was open well before I got to it, and thus had a few moments to breathe. Sweet aroma, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, booze, more like flavored vodka than bourbon. As in the regular version, there was a definite cookie taste going on, like a Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, but it wasn't as pronounced as I would have hoped, and in this version it was also competing with the vanilla/bourbon/booze flavors. Regardless of that, I do think that this version tasted better, and the bourbon aging improved it, though there was still a bitter, woody unpleasant aspect to the beer. Again, like the original, my main beef with this beer was the body. It's quite thin for a stout, and leaning more towards an English stout or brown ale. It would be interesting to see if they tweak GBS and try to improve it in the future, but considering the hype over it, it's probably not going to change. I definitely wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me, but it's not worth standing in line for however many hours to get it.

 1,386 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.31 out of 5 based on 660 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe