babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TheBeerGod (5404) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 Iíve 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!
andrew_drinks (196) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with blazay - cheers! Poured into snifter, Black pour, slightly transparent, pale eggshell head. Thick, sweet spiced aroma, huge gingerbread and cinnamon aroma. Medium to light carbonation. Big sweetness along with allspice, cinnamon, ginger, some roast but the sweetness and spices take centre stage. On the finish the barrel kicks in, plenty of vanilla and oak to smooth it out. Itís good, but itís very sweet, and ultimately not as drinkable as Christmas Morning, where the coffee bitterness takes the edge off the thick, sweet base beer.
Ferris (6232) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Itís just gingerbread, which is a good thing. Jet black with a decent light brown head. Gingerbread again. Thank god I like gingerbread, but it is pretty far removed from beer. Nonetheless I love it.
rxeight (1605) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Thanks Richard. Black pour. Lots of gingerbread strong enough that it doesnít allow much bourbon through, but the barrel aging does take off much of the gingerbread harshness that youíll get from the regular. Pretty good, better than the original.
jcartamdg (2265) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Aroma big on ginger, cinnamon vanilla and bourbon to follow. Taste is big ginger, cinnamon, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Nice balance of favors, not too bourbon forward, nice.
jkwood04 (4306) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of vanilla and cinnamon and ginger, some roasted malts, notes of bourbon and oak, light chocolate and hints of milk, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything, but could use more bourbon and oak for sure. Smooth texture. A cool beer but I think the non-aged version might be better if my memory is correct.
drfabulous (4337) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Ken. Same big gingerbread aroma and taste as regular but with more complexity as the bourbon changes the color and overall taste to creamier and darker.
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely beautiful, black with a lacing tan head. The aroma is roast malt with some vanilla and bourbon. The taste is very sweet with the ginger vanilla. This is a dessert beer. I wish I had some vanilla ice cream.
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Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Gorgeous aroma of vanilla and spice. Taste has chocolate, vanilla, Christmas spice. Delicious.
argo0 (11814) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Small beige head atop muddy brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, ginger, light Bourbon/vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, caramel, some Bourbon, alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.