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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
2017 edition: 10.6%

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3.7
kraddel (9419) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2018
Pours clear, very dark, nearly black. Small, off-white head with a creamy textrure and average to slightly above average stability. Smell is intense, as bourbon aroma's start filling up the room. The actual glass sniffing gives loads of the gingerbread spices. Cinnamon is represented most here. Taste is clearly spiced, one might say, overly spiced. Cinnamon - at a much to high intensity for my personal preference - is backed up by the vanilla and the chocolaty aroma, makeing the total at least interesting and drinkable (but still... Stop using these amounts of cinnamon, please !) . Mild boozyness. Medium thick body, average carbo. aftertaste is fading spices. Not too much left of the basebeer, spices really took over here. Bourbon is noticable, but mostly just brings some boozyness to the whole aspect. Worth sipping, for sure, but perhaps not one I'd seek out.

4
koleminer20 (4258) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2018
From notes. 2-man share at Mr. ebone1988’s abode on January 20. 750 mL bottle shared with Eric. 2014 vintage. The pour is a nice dark brown/black color with a thick khaki colored head and a couple spots of lace as it fades down to a thin cap. This one looks a bit thin. The aroma is pretty damn good .There is a heavy cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg right up front. There is a light vanilla and a hint of lactose sweetness underneath that. The bourbon creeps in a little on the finish. The flavor matches this pretty well. Lots of ginger and cinnamon up front with a growing chocolate and almost cookie-like addition to it. There is a good sweetness through the middle and a nice bourbon that rounds it out. A light oaky vanilla ties the end up well. The mouth feel is a medium body with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly bourbon-heavy cookie finish. I like this one quite a bit. These beers have never let me down, I don’t think. 8 4 8 4 16

4
ebone1988 (2285) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2018
Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2014 vintage. Aroma is Christmas cookie, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, lactose, roasted malt, great. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head, poured thickish. Taste is Christmas cookie, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, lactose, bourbon, barrel, slightly oxidized but still great. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, Christmas cookie bourbon aftertaste. Overall, quite fucking solid.

4.1
nickd717 (5008) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle pours darkest brown with a one-finger tan head. Aroma is gingerbread, roast, dark chocolate, coconut, light bourbon and barrel notes. Flavor is sweet, bourbon-soaked gingerbread, considerable spice to it. Fuller body, lower carbonation. Really solid!

4.6
RRistow12 (993) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with a light khaki head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, maple syrup, cinnamon. Thick and chewy. Flavors of cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, ginger, coffee. Very well done BA stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
BroadestTom (457) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2017
Aroma bourbon, Appearance black, Taste medium sweetness, Palate full body, thick feel, Overall a very smooth stout with flavors of coconut. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4.2
PhillyCraft (8306) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2017
Tap at BBE, pours a dark brown/black color with coffee colored head. Notes are Rich coconut shaving, fudge, oak, bourbon, vanilla bean, cinnamon bobka, and gingersnap. Not overly boozy or cloyingly sweet for the percent. Another tasty one from Hardywood.

4.2
hershiser2 (3876) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2017
$13.49 bomber from Wine Warehouse. Treating myself on a Monday of a long upcoming week. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is gingerbread cookies, smoked wood, bourbon, vanilla, raisin, chocolate, coconut. Flavor is... oh that's nice. Milk chocolate, gingerbread cookie, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel, alcohol, dark chocolate. Lots of sweet spice without being cloying. Effing delicious. Good way to start the week.

4.1
GregMooreNH (368) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Pours black with no head. Aroma is bourbon, roast and gingerbread. Taste is sweet chocolate, moving to gingerbread and finishing with bourbon. A great imperial stout.

4.2
MarcoDL (5525) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2017
At tasting. Aroma of chocolate, caramel fudge, vanilla, mocha and bourbon. Taste has ginger, vanilla, caramel fudge, chocolate, booze, oak,christmas cookie, mocha and a long chocolate bourbon ginger finish. Very nice.


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