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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Gingerbread and chocolate aromas. Gingerbread, chocolate, vanilla and a little bourbon flavors. Overall fantastic! Thanks Rob!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Super dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of christmas cookies, bourbon, spice, molasses. Sweet and freaking delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5686) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1222) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 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. EDIT: 2014 bottle release had noticeably less "bourbon" character, and much more notes of vanilla and coconut. Which were absolutely delicious, and its still my favorite varietal, but its worth noting that it does not taste quite the same as those previous vintages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (5175) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark black with a 3 mm head. Smells great. Where the hell is Mr. Gingerbread? Love this beer. Regular is cool. BB is sooooo much better. Too bad they lost 50 barrels of this in 2013 due to a clamp!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (4101) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Draft at Rustico Ballston. Pours a dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, ginger, mint, cinnamon. Tasting notes of bourbon, ginger, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Bourbon notes seems to have faded compared to when I had this fresh at the Hardywood release.

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