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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (490) - - 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 (1423) - 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 (9215) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1559) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave, Harris and Jordan on 4/11/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown black.
Aroma: Aroma of cinnamon, light bourbon.
Taste: Gingerbread, cinnamon, bourbon, light chocolate.
Palate:Medium body, lightly sticky.

Summary: Thanks to Jordan for sharing this rare treat! I had the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout at their launch party, and this was great to try too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anthony850 (253) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap good milk stout with gingerbread cookie overtones ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (959) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a medium brown. Heavy gingerbread aroma with chocolate. Thin body’ very sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4419) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a biege head. Aroma was of chocolate, cinnamon, ginger and coffee and bourbon. Falvor was similar, very smooth boutbon, but did not get much complex gingerbread underneath

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark black with a 3 mm head. Smells great. Where the hell is Mr. Gingerbread? Love this beer. Regular is cool. BB is sooooo much better. Too bad they lost 50 barrels of this in 2013 due to a clamp!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (753) - - JAN 18, 2014
2012 bottle. Dark burnt orange pour. Nose at first is some bourbon, gingerbread, vanilla, booze. Nose becomes more bourbon forward as it warms. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, ash, some ginger but less than I expected. Silky oily medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (4016) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Location: 750 ml bottle from Pinsky, Thanks bud!, 1/12/13, 2013 Release

Aroma: The nose is bourbon over ginger bread cookies, roasted malt, molasses, and brown sugar
Appearance: A dark brown color, fairly thick pour, and a small ring of beige head with spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is actually extremely well-balanced, the bourbon adds an excellent boozy component to the base beer that leans toward the sweet side, and the spice works nicely here too
Palate: The body is medium, leaning full, it smooth and almost silky, with a dry, bourbony finish
Overall Impression: This is excellent. This base beer was really meant for the barrel treatment. I love how the bourbon plays with the sweetness without overwhelming the underlying beer. Truly a world-class offering. Thanks again Pinsky!

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