Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A couple of up front notes here. This year's vintage is labeled as 8.7%, as opposed to the 8.1% of last years. Also, I'm reviewing a new and cellared version side by side (bottled on Sep 22 2009, and Nov 12 2008.) **Score will be given on the cellared version.**
Both pour a color that is best described as a chocolate ruby, with a tan/light brown head. The older one has a bit less head, and ends up lacing drastically less than the fresh one.
A lot of smokiness and cocoa on the nose on the fresh one, whereas the aged one has a lot of dark fruit and cinnamon on the nose. Very interesting and dramatic difference.
The alcohol really is prominent on the fresh one, and there's almost a cacophony of spices on the tongue, very jumbled. There's a touch of bread and chocolate, and a strange bitter lingering aftertaste.
The aged one is markedly smoother and teeming with bread and cocoa flavors, with noticeable cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, and a dash of brown sugar.
The mouthfeel is very similar on these 2, with a full creamy body and a healthy carbonation. Its probably slightly lighter on the carbonation with the aged one, but its not detrimental at all.
I was not a big fan of Hibernation last year when I first tried it, but this has thoroughly changed my mind. I lost a bet last year (football related) and "donated" 2 6-packs to a friend who ended up cellaring them. He let me try a few bottles this year, and I was absolutely blown away. His patience has paid off immensely, and I will absolutely now start cellaring some beers. The aged version of last year's Hibernation may be one of the best beers I have ever tried. As far as this year's goes... its not the worst winter beer I have ever had, but its incredibly hot for the 8.7% it lists, and probably could also use a year in the basement.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2009 04:56:09 | More by sevopie
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