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
Ratings:
664
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
240
For Trade:
26
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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 hypnotoad1
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerRay
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A very alluring aroma of gingerbread, malt, oak, and bourbon.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, a whole bunch of ginger, some vanilla, a bit of bourbon (not as much as you would expect), some honey, and caramel. An incredibly complex flavor that's easy to drink. The bourbon isn't quite as prominent as you would expect, but this isn't a problem. This is a great flavor.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Definitely a likable and powerful beer. Lots of character and power.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 edition, consumed December 2016. I gave this high marks for its look and feel, but only average marks for all else, including taste. The Gingerbread stout is a unique and well-crafted beer, no doubt. But for the barrel-aged version, I was very disappointed at the fade of the barrel after one year. Quality BA stouts retain the barrel flavor better than this did. I have the 2016 edition, and I plan to consume quickly.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HopBomb515
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, tan head that builds to a medium height and lacing that fades. Aromas of Christmas, Gingerbread Cookies and Bourbon. Notes of Gingerbread cookie, oak, vanilla, burnt inside of barrel, and Christmas. Full feel, slick, coats the pallet and finishes with a fantastic thick linger. What an amazing stout. Unique Gingerbread flavor and that bourbon cloak that makes this absolutely exceptional.

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Photo of Riff
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid black with about a finger of dark brown head that dissipated fairly quickly, no lacing. Smells of gingerbread, a little bit of oak, and a hint of bourbon. Tastes of gingerbread with an overarching flavor of bourbon. A few hints of vanilla and a tiny bite of alcohol. Smooth, creamy feeling in the mouth. Overall an excellent stout, the bourbon barrels smooth out the edges in the gingerbread stout.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iheartgeist
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Paired with gingerbread layer cake. Smooth and velvety.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vande
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout) from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.31 out of 5 based on 664 ratings.
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