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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5714) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2017
Dark brown color. Sweet unbelievable refined, oak, vanilla, gingerbread, coconut, and fudge. Very lucious sweet mouth with tons of coconuts, oak, bourbon, gingerbread and dark amazing. The bourbon is so refined and well integrated. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (2066) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Poured from bomber. Thanks to Maxbier for sharing. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Wonderful gingerbread flavor with sweet vanilla, chocolate, ginger, cinnamon and followed by a bourbon and oak flavor. Really fantastic!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3672) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2017
On tap at Barrel & Bushel. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is light bourbon, medium body, medium carbonation, and thick small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark chocolate, ginger, some bourbon, fruity, and a little ash.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (949) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Aroma chocolate chip cookie in a bourbon barrel. Very unusual, very tasty. Like a fudge bake shop in a bourbon barrel house. Some cocoa bitter. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13956) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Spices, chocolate, coffee, cookies, sweet, full-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (1485) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Poured from bottle 2016 release received in a reddit secret santa 2016 swap. Dark chocolate pour with a nice creamy tan head. Aromas of luscious vanilla caramel ginger molasses. Taste is sweet creamy wonderful mouth feel and follows flavor with the ABV well hidden. This is a nice treat and I will need to get more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1540) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2016
750ml bottle pours dark brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose and tast have lots of spice, of course, pretty good level of chocolately roast and cocoa to back up the spice. nice creamy mouthfeel, bits of vanilla, ginger, cinnamon. Dont really get much in the way of bourbon or oak barrel character from the beer other than perhaps a bit more nutty vanilla on the finish, not substantially different than regular GBS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (1306) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a taster showing thick translucent coffee rims with a pitch black center and a finger of latte colored foam. The nose shows a strong gingerbread forwardness upon a moderately intense bourbon background. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Gingerbread forward flavors with gingerbread spices of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with a caramel finish. Moderate ginger spiciness throughout the beer. Surprisingly little bourbon barrel influence.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strap (899) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2016
very good stuff. chocolate and malty aroma, some ginger and other spices. i really liked this one. alcohol warming made this a good sipping brew

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darwenus (1098) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Hardywood continues to impress with barrel aging. This barrel aged version of Gingerbread Stout is complex, its spinning a lot of plates at once. But it doesnt drop a single one, and the show is glorious. This beer pours big and brown with average head. The aroma is just a series of clamoring nosegasms. Everything you might think could possibly be there is there in spades, with vanilla and ginger and spice and raisins all blending perfectly into that delicious stout malt base. The flavor manages to pack it all in there, keep the tones bright and distinct, and not lose a bit of it. This aint noise. This is music. At once there is a rush of bourbon barrel aging, cinnamon, candied fruit, candied nuts, and big, sweet malt. It never gets old. It never becomes cloying. Its crazy. I am so completely Hardywoods bitch right now, and if anyone gave me shit about it, Id point to beers like this. If I ever have another child, Im naming that kid Hardywood.


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