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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Poured from a 750 on 12.16.12. This may have been one of my favorite barrel treatments of a beer I already enjoyed ever. The combination of fresh gingerbread stout and the vanilla from the barrel was exceptional. I already like GBS and did not think I would enjoy this as much but what a pleasant surprise. It is a shameit is so hard to get around town or I would be drinking alot more of this one.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks nimbleprop! Dark black pour with tan head, aroma bursted with spice, lots of cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, ginger comes through into the more bread, chocolatey notes with some bourbon, vanilla notes as well. Taste is also spice forward, but there is some vanilla, chocolate, and coffee notes into some sweet lactose, some dark fruit almost into some big ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, a hint of the bourbon comes through but pretty hidden, finishing spicy, slightly sweet. 6 months or so to tame down the spice would do it wonders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7681) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bomber shared by Armin - thanks! This is excellent - Christmas in a bottle is spot on. Dark pour. Big cardamom. Holiday spices. Ginger bread. Slick smooth palate. Yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1959) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle..Pour is black with a tan head..Nose is ginger, bourbon, oak, chocolate, spice...Taste is chocolate, ginger, honey, spice, ginger is a bit much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2015
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a black color with an averaged sized off white head. Vanilla, gingerbread, spices, wood, and bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12178) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, thanks to Bropeyt, 27/03/15. Black with a decent tan covering. Nose is spice, ginger, squirt of WD40 (I don’t take credit for this but it’s bang on!), biscuit, toffee apple. Taste comprises gingerbread, carrot cake, spice, subtle bourbon, dark fruit rinds. Medium + body, oily feel, semi drying close. Decent stuff, definately a top end beer for the style, nice balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
27th March 2015
Swan Song at Bruce’s. Thanks to Paul. Almost opaque dark brown beer, good cream colour head. Mild nose of ginger cake and malt cream. Little WD40 - post application! Palate is airy and soft with mild fine carbonation. Malt cream. Ginger cake. carrot cake. Trace of something medicinal. Modest fruity bourbon brings light spice. Soft finish. Unusual and very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Paul! Bottled 2014 at 10.6%. Pitch black, small foamy tan head. Aroma is crystallised ginger, dettol, shower cleaner, lemonade. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is ginger, spice, dense cake, finishes straw dry. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8548) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s. It pours dark brown with medium light tan head. The nose is bitter-sweet, milky, ginger snaps, butterscotch, WD40, vanilla and carrot cake. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, roasty, light spice, bitter-sweet, earth, bourbon, sweet, sticky, warming alcohol, butterscotch, vanilla, carrot cake and toasty brown sugar with a smooth finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Great aroma and pretty slick all-round. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours rich, deep brown with a creamy, tan head. Nice aroma with some definite cinnamon, toasty bread, bit of WD-40. Medium sweet flavor with some notes of cocoa, burnt gingerbread, burnt toffee, slight earthy bitterness, dusty cinnamon. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Warming finish with some caramel and cinnamon, cocoa, more gingerbread, very slight smoke. Great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, dense, fluffy brown head. Aroma is gingerbread cookies, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malt and light coffee. Taste can be summed up in a word - WOW! I must say, this might be one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time! Gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted malt, caramel, bourbon notes, candy and cocoa. Body is medium-full with a dense, bubbly carbonation and is sticky throughout. Ends with more gingerbread, boozy notes, caramel, cinnamon, spices, vanilla, dark bread, cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt. Absolutely delicious!


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