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:
#399
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
701
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 100
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, gingerbread, Christmas spice, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with dark gingerbread and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great gingerbread and barrel aged presence that comes across much better in the smell to me.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a rich silky looking black beer with a nice mocha colored head on it. The smell is loaded with spice and subtle barrel notes to it. Very warming and perfect for winter consumption. The taste also has the same elements as the nose of the beer, loaded of ginger and cinnamon in there. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, definitely a sipper though. Overall it's a great winter beer.

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4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: This one is quite sweet with bourbon and vanilla right off the bat. I'm getting some spice and a chocolate note. There is also a dark fruit component with the bourbon.

Taste: The bourbon is quite apparent, but it's not particularly hot. I'm getting sweet roasted malt along with a chocolate note. The Christmas spice is there, but it blends in rather than dominating. The finish has a slight bitterness to it along with some oaky bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body could be thicker. There is a good amount of tingly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I prefer this to the regular version. The balance was spot on. The spice level was great. I'd definitely have more.

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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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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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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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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 701 ratings
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