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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1283) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Draft at the American Taproom during a five course meal with Hardywood beers This was the last beer served with the desert. The stout pours a deep ruby brown to black. Nice small tan foam head. The gingerbread is not hard to notice on the nose. Some toffee and dark sugar as well. The stout taste like a gingerbread with bourbon chaser. The alcohol provides a nice warm feeling. This went well with the desert. The medium body stout had soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (3321) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle, huge thanks to Walt for this one! Pours deep chestnut ruby, medium tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coconut. Flavor is the same, plus ginger, medium sweet, little bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
12/7/2013. On tap at the brewery on release. Pours black with a beige head. Sweet spicy aromas with chocolate, dark roasted malt and fruit. The oak ageing adds a bit more dimension to the beer than the regular lease. Great brew for the Holidays.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (988) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 On tap at the release, pours black with low head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and ginger notes, taste is awesome sweet chocolate gingerbread, could use some more body, awesome beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2149) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Cinnamon, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Sweet Bread T: Molasses, Brown Sugar, Mild Bourbon, Mild Cinnamon M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, the flavors really do combine very well to recreate that gingerbread taste and the bourbon sweetens up the flavors just a touch more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Sample from bottle … pours a dark charcoal . Foam level is acceptable .. . Bold spice, burnt rum cake and ash ... Could never do a whole bottle by myself .. . . Time for bed young man!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours deep red with little carbonation. Smell is light oak, vanilla and cherry. Taste is sweet ashy, vanilla and ginger. Bigger taste than the non BA version. Fuller bodied than the regular version. Wasn’t blown away by either this or the regular version, but I didn’t have them fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1777) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Ba bottle share. Less ginger, some more bourbon. One of the few times i like the none ba version more, still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5578) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by mikem409 on 1/1/2013. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have a nice mix of the good stout characteristics: roast, chocolate and caramel with the addition of gingerbread cookies, spices and bourbon/vanilla from the barrel. Everything seemed to work pretty well together; tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with some tan lacing. Aroma of muted ginger, roasted malt and light bourbon. Flavor is of gingerbread, spice and light appertif like alcohols. Christmassy.

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