Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Lunch for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hardywood goblet. Pours dark. The nose has loads of bourbon atop hefty spice and a bit of vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is similarly dominated by bourbon and spice. The bourbon does a good job knocking out some of the spice, but then itself is too strong. Spice and bourbon, not much else.
Dogbones (117) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
knickskicks (606) - - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Dark burnt orange pour. Nose at first is some bourbon, gingerbread, vanilla, booze. Nose becomes more bourbon forward as it warms. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, ash, some ginger but less than I expected. Silky oily medium mouthfeel.
ben4321 (3467) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Pinsky, Thanks bud!, 1/12/13, 2013 Release
Aroma: The nose is bourbon over ginger bread cookies, roasted malt, molasses, and brown sugar
Appearance: A dark brown color, fairly thick pour, and a small ring of beige head with spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is actually extremely well-balanced, the bourbon adds an excellent boozy component to the base beer that leans toward the sweet side, and the spice works nicely here too
Palate: The body is medium, leaning full, it smooth and almost silky, with a dry, bourbony finish
This is excellent. This base beer was really meant for the barrel treatment. I love how the bourbon plays with the sweetness without overwhelming the underlying beer. Truly a world-class offering. Thanks again Pinsky!
Foxbush (1198) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bytemesis (2422) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Beergeek23322 (1953) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
merc7186 (1661) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Smurf2055 (1245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.