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Gingerbread Stout Aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6806) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
750 ml bottle from RABinCO back when he was RABinVA - thanks again, Ryan! Pours a deep amber color with a small tan head. Lighter in color than the regular Gingerbread Stout. Notes of gingerbread, caramel, brown sugar, wood, earth, pepper, honey, vanilla, earth, and bourbon. But the bourbon is pretty light overall, just adds some sweetness to the regular one. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, spicy, malty mouthfeel. Good treatment, but I just don’t think the base beer is as strong as it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy gingerbread aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty woody spicy gingerbread flavor with hints of bourbon. Has a roasted malty woody gingerbread finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Just about black with a khaki head. Definitely some gingerbread aromas. Molasses, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Mild whiskey and clove. Strong ground ginger aroma. Flavor has a nice spicy ginger character to it. A bit of roast, molasses sweetness, and vanilla. Some sweet bourbon and toffee maltiness. Nice cocoa powder, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2117) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Shared at RBSG 2014. Thanks Peter! Nose us an amazing gingerbread cookie and light booze. Light black with brown tones. Taste is a bourbon ball crossed with gingerbread cookies. A touch warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Draft at Rustico Ballston. This one poured a near pitch black color with little more than a wispy, small tan head to it. Aroma was some light spices, roasted and sweet malt characters, and what appears to be gingerbread, lots of boozy notes - oak barrel. Flavor is still strong with the holiday spices - lots of dried fruits, bourbon character is perhaps a bit subdued compared to fresh, but it’s still there. Lots of booze. Enjoyable, pretty smooth, just a touch rough. Hope to try this one again when it’s released at the end of the year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Draft at Rustico Ballston. Pours a dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, ginger, mint, cinnamon. Tasting notes of bourbon, ginger, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Bourbon notes seems to have faded compared to when I had this fresh at the Hardywood release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3629) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
On draft at Rustico in Arlington. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of bourbon and some cola. Gingerbread is not very evident. Boozy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (514) - - MAY 8, 2014
On tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a still opaque black with ring of bubbles at glass. Maroon hue when backlit. Aroma is ginger, bourbon and cinnamon. Flavor is roasty sweet with spicy complexity. A clean finish, awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Draft at EBF, overflowing bourbon sweetness, slightly burn molasses flavor, not my thing at all, really boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle... darkguardian’s & biggsbowler’s West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Murky dark brown pour with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. Not much of an aroma here. The barrel has stripped the beer of any gingerbread component and added virtually no bourbon character. Full-bodied and creamy with prickly carbonation. The flavor offers subdued sweetness, chocolate and deep-roast malts, but no gingerbread facet remains. Finishes carbonic, sweet and then bitter. Good stuff, but I enjoyed the untreated base beer far more. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

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