GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gingerbread and chocolate aromas. Gingerbread, chocolate, vanilla and a little bourbon flavors. Overall fantastic! Thanks Rob!
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of christmas cookies, bourbon, spice, molasses. Sweet and freaking delicious.
babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
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.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 Sampled on draft at the Hardywood beer dinner at Popkins Tavern, as well as on draft at the brewery. While this is quite tasty, as with so many bourbon aged beers, I prefer the basic version. however, I have been told that the bottled version of the bourbon GBS is the best, but i have yet to try it. Pours a very dark black with decent khaki head. Not quite as sweet as the base beer. Earthy, smokey, and not as ’gingery’. Smoother than the original. Very VERY good. EDIT: Finally had it in the bottle. Its even better than on draft. A truly amazing brew.
maxwelldeux (2696) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a strangely light color. Nose has some strong gingerbread notes to it. Taste is much like a cookie, and seems very sweet. Smooth, but a tad odd.
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
b3shine (3488) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (BIG thanks mikem409). Looks good; a mostly opaque caramel with off-white lacing. Smells good too; bourbon and gingerbread. Good on the palate too. Damn fine, and even better than the base.
alexsdad06 (3805) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours dark brown with medium tan head. aroma of gram cracker and ginger. taste is medium lots of spice and slight barrel
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, graham cracker, ginger, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some oange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate ginger, cinnamon, bourbon, and light vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.