Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: It started with a solid, creamy head of quite tiny bubbles, but the head quickly deflated. The beer maintained a red-browning color, very clear, and which was an appealing orange-red when held up to the light. No lacing, as the head all but disappeared two sips into the pint. Nothing spectacular. 2.5/5
S: It poured out a dry, chalky-smelling head. Notes of nut and sweet sticky fruit (date/raisin?), a faint maltiness, but it was a very even, balanced blend where nothing overwhelmed. The hops was very, very light, and not forward. 4/5
T: The beer was very easily drinkable, but lent itself to slow sipping and savoring rather than some big gulps, and it tasted thicker than it poured. Very pronounced flavor, much more than the subtle smell, with notes of thick chocolate syrup, espresso, sticky buns, dark molasses, charred oak, cassis; had the feel and relaxing flavor of a caffe coretto, grappa in espresso. Bitter but not a hoppy bitter, and yet not as pungent as a barleywine. 4.5/5
M: Tasted thick and sweet, with a very warming feeling that you'd expect with an 8.7% ABV. Very lipsmacking, balancing nicely with the sticky sweetness of the bouquet. Very mild carbonation, but not creamy. 4/5
O: Great beer, and one I'll try again but not necessarily an all-time fave. I let it rest a few minutes after taking it out of the fridge before pouring, to give it a real English ale feel, and the flavors came out. More of a tasting beer (I did not try it with the label's suggestions of 'Romano, an aged hard Dutch cow's milk cheese, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp with ginger ice cream") but I could see how the tartness and smoothness of the beer would enhance strong-flavored food. I think the malty sweetness would go well with some shoofly pie and some lebanon bologna. I'd like to see how the flavors reduce as an ingredient or if used to deglaze a pan. 4/5
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2012 03:33:49 | More by brother_rat
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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