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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (813) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Aroma: cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, ginger, caramel, coconut Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4188) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Draft at Mekong. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Solid bourbon notes on the nose along with the ginger. I think the barrel aging muted the big ginger and chocolate notes on the tongue though it's still tasty. Finished clean. Hides it's booze well. It's solid but I prefer the standard version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Smells delicious, like a gingerbread man. Taste is pretty much all chocolate malt and gingerbread cookie. Medium body, medium carbonation, mild foam, and very slight alcohol heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (3801) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2015
bottle shared at our big bottle share tasting. poured darker black colour with a tanned head on top. aroma is bursting with spices, herbal ginger, nutmeg, roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, can’t detect any bourbon in there because it’s overpowered by all the spices. not my cup of tea

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1784) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
2014 bottle. Black with brown foam. Aroma certainly as advertised. Gingerbread spices and vanilla. Bourbon notes backing it up. Light fruits at the edges. Taste starts with sweet cocoa, bourbon and spice notes then kick in. Drying, woody finish. Taste is a bit harsher than aroma but still nice. An impressive creation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schaetzakowski (10) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Had a vertical of 2013-2015. 2014 was drinking the best. 2013 was a bit past its prime and really didn’t get as much Ginger bread. I recommend sitting on this beer for year. So my rating is for the 2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5962) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to rich. Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Nose is holy cinnamon gingerbread sweetness chocolate marshmallow roast malts. Taste is more of the cinnamon gingerbread roast malts plenty sweetness and some barrel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
How: Bottle (750 ml) at tasting. From Frank, thanks!

>>> A good barrel-aged spicy stout that, despite not being easy drinking even for the style, is rather cohesive and well "balanced".

+ Spices, bourbon, caramel, and vanilla share the spotlight in a rather cohesive way
+ The barrel treatment is well executed and not overwhelming
Despite being rather well balanced, a flavor profile like this one make the beer cloying quickly
Although it’s deeper and more complex than the regular version, it still only have an average body for the style
Much better than the non barrel-aged version, which was really thin

Flavors: Ginger, bourbon, roasted malts, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours dark brown with low-medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of spices, alcohol. Taste is of spices, alcohol. Palate: Medium body. Light-medium carbonation. Overall: Quite good. Way better than regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3316) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2015 Pours a dark brown with a small beige head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of gingerbread and ginger. Taste is of ginger, moderately sweet, slightly fruity and end on gentle bourbon flavors. Body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Pretty good.

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