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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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3.97
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Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by waltonc on 11-17-2009

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 280
Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Airforcehops, thanks. Slightly hazy tawny brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Rich brown sugary caramel with hints of tart pitted fruit. Barrel character adds a nice layer. Tasty.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage consumed about 18 months after bottling date...

Pours a murky brown with a quick fading one inch head. Love the nose....oak, whiskey, and dark fruit. Taste is balanced between the fruit and barrel notes....pick up a lot of raisin and fig. There is a slight tartness to this beer....which is unique for the style. Both feel and carbs are medium. Good beer and worth aging....even with the high price tag.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky dark tan with a medium head that hangs a while. nose; vanilla, dark chocolate, & light oak. taste; chocolate malt, oak, toffee, molasses, hops, & vanilla. slightly vinous and the huge 12.4% abv is hidden remarkably well. medium+ carbonation & mouthfeel. malts aren't as big as i was expecting, but the barrel flavors carry the show well. not super complex. a pretty good beer, but definitely overpriced.

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Photo of phishgator
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The dark amber with almost no head; unfiltered. The smell is of stale dried fruits. The taste is complex. There is the dried dark fruit mixed with chocolate notes, a bit of fig and cake bread. The alcohol comes through as you finish the glass. One of the true old ales made in America. It reminds me of an English Barley Wine.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A pretty beer. Dark red/brown color with a small tan head. There was a bit of lacing.
Boozy aroma. A little chocolate and some fruit.
Whiskey taste, mellowed out by vanilla. Some chocolate and plums.
Very smooth and easy-drinking.

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Photo of KevCan
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ordered on tap at the brewery in downtown Boulder.

Look: Dark brown and very hazy. Small head.

Smell: Smells of toasted malt, Bourbon, oak, and chocolate.

Taste: Tastes slightly of coffee, strong Bourbon flavor, slightly raisiny. High ABV is well hidden. Sweet, pleasant aftertaste.

Feel: Thick and full bodied.

Overall: Excellent.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish murky brown with a bit of particulate and an active head of foam.

Dark fruit, caramel, subtle vanilla/creamy oak notes, and spicy whiskey.

There is definitely some oaky, vanilla, and whiskey coming out, but it's rather overpowered by an interestingly tart dark fruit character. Not nearly as complex or interesting as I was anticipating.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, thick, chewy, and surprisingly tart.

Overall, I hate to say it, but I expected a lot more from this beer and was unfortunately let down. There is an almost bizarre tart and sourness going on aside from a lack of flavor this isn't really something to look at either. Considering the $30 price tag I will not be purchasing this again.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- A nice mahogany with a beige head that was about 1/2" high and light lace

S- Oak, Vanillas, light dark fruit

T- Similar to the nose but more brown sugars, with a very light tartness. Some light chocolate

F- Medium to full.

O- Wont get again, overpriced for me and didn't live up to what I was expecting, worth trying if you get it on-tap or can share the cost.

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Photo of draheim
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opening this one for Super Bowl 50, rooting for the Broncos this year since the Seahawks are out. We'll see how that goes.

750mL (2014) into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany w/ a nice fluffy 1-finger head.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Dates, caramel, molasses, and whiskey (I would just say bourbon, but I think technically the barrels used to make this beer are whiskey barrels, not bourbon).

Taste follows nose. Warm dried stone fruits (dates, figs), brown sugar, whiskey/oak, vanilla, caramel, vanilla. Nicely warming. Sweetness is tempered by a gentle bitter/sour balance that keeps it from being syrupy.

Mouthfeel is balanced, full bodied but again not syrupy or thick. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a really nice barrel-aged old ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Another sucker here for this taste of "Rare" like others I love the regular Hibernation ale it goes down as one of the top old ales I had. Barrel aging it does seem to raise the price almost 10 times the retail so I am not sure how this is factored still I want to try it. 2014 vintage into a goblet

A - As expected this is a much darker version of Hibernation with an impressive 1/2 inch of deep mocha head which seems it held up quite well for almost a year.
S - Toasted oak and bourbon mostly in the nose. Seem the base beer is no longer shining with its bright hops fading months ago. Still its not musty with some char roasts and vanilla bean shining now.
T - Very unexpected taste not really soured but slight wine barrel like sourness greets the palate. Next is bourbon warmth followed by toasted marshmallow, vanilla bean and the finish with some faded citrus hops. The sour wine aspect catches me off guard every time but it is somewhat enjoyable.
M - 12.40% or what the bottle reads as 10.5% either way its quite smooth silky sweet with balanced hops and bourbon notes its downright dangerous.

Overall call it herbal or slightly sour it doesn't seem to be infected so I assume this is the way they wanted it to taste. Can't say it was bad at all but me thinks I still should have sprung for the Barrel aged Old Ruffian. Enjoy able Halloween Brew!

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A lovely bubble show builds an impressive beige head; the liquid is a hazy chestnut; impressive clumps of lacing

Smell: Caramel, whiskey, fig, molasses, nuts and plum

Taste: Caramel and molasses forward and, out of the blue, a vinous, sour character overwhelms; plum and red wine grape tones in abundance, elbowing out the other flavors detected in the aroma; in the finish, the whiskey becomes more noticeable but the damage to the palate is already done

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Loved the regular Hibernation but tremendously disappointed in this, particularly given the price

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Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
bottled on: Jan 05, 2015


A: Very dark mahogany, opaque, 1 fingers width of light tan head dissipates away quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4

S: Cocoa, chocolate fudge, dark fruits, barrel notes with charred oak and vanilla, subtle booze. Big sweetness, but the booze balance keeps it from being cloying. Fantastic nose. 4.5

T: The aroma doesn’t translate into the taste as well as I’d hoped. The same characters are there but its kind of a messy conglomerate. The upfront taste is a somewhat harsh, very vinous red wine-like dark fruit notes; it kind of dominates. I also get semi-sweet cocoa, some roasty characters, herbaceous notes, and lots of oak. Booze on the back end. Its decent, but the aroma is so glorious, and it just doesn’t come through in the taste. 3.5

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end which is appropriate, ABV is noticeable but not in a bad way, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Its an interesting beer, and I enjoy interesting. I do wish the vinous, red wine like characters in the taste were a little muted. Worth a drink, but not worth that heavy price tag IMO. 3.75

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

look: Deep mostly clear ruby with a creamy, full tannish head and messy lacing.
smell: Gotta say that I love the base beer and i love barrel aged big beers but at least the nose is not improved by the barrel aging imo. The whiskey is overwhelming the aromatic spices in the base beer. The nose is weirdly enough less complex and interesting with the barrel aged treatment.
taste: Much like the nose, the base beer characteristics and the whiskey barrel treatment are working against each other.
overall: Man I would love to see what a "double" base beer recipe and barrel aging would do.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

All whiskey, all the time. Soda taste, cola, liquorice. Wood barrel, tangy around the edges, astringent. The taste follows the nose, but a little weaker. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation.

Very drinkable for 10.40% (not 12.40% like BA says), but far from exciting. Reasonably priced at $20 at a bar but I will not revisit.

I enjoyed Barrel Aged Old Ruffian a lot more

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage bottled 2/6/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged old ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Much more dark fruits and less hop character than the regular version, with great barrel balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good, not great....trim tab old ale tastes just as good and pretty much the same and is way cheaper I'm sure there are regional equivalents that are equally valid

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Eh! I had this on my wants list and was gifted 2! I am not a fan! Smells like coffee And taste like citrus! I thought I was drinking a bad version of Starbucks reserve clover cofffee! Maybe n 2yrs the other bottle will be better. I don't think I want to finish this bottle!!

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage
4 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours very dark mahogony, deep amber/brown w/ hints of ruby, redish hues. Frothy, creamy, one-finger thick head, dissipates to soapy layer. Fair amount of lacing present.

Aroma- Nutty, chocolate notes, sweet milk chocolates w/ some hints of dry cocoa. Creamy vanilla, earthy, oaky, subtle whiskey notes. Some bittersweet fruitiness on back end.

Taste- Toasted nutiness, slighty roasty even, big chocolate and vanilla notes. Spicy oak, earthy, spiciness to the whiskey notes too, not overly boozy. Sweet, fruity, and creamy.

Feel- Medium mouthfeel, can actually feel a bit think in spots but does carry a certain creaminess. Too much carbonation.

Overall- Barrel presence is fairly subdued but noticeable enough. There is a wonderful spicy quality to the whiskey notes as well as the oakiness, and the sweetness from the whiskey notes really compliments the chocolates and vanilla underneath. Lots of layers, but pretty well balanced. Carbonation is too high, but thankfully doesnt mask flavors.

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Photo of hardy008
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky brown with a two finger khaki head. The aroma has chocolate, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. I am disappointed that I cannot smell any barrel characteristics, especially for such an expensive beer. Hopefully the barrel shows up in the taste.

There is very little of the barrel in the taste. A little whiskey, some coconut, and a little vanilla. That is it for the barrel. Otherwise the taste is much like the aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. I can also taste just a little bit of tartness. There is not a lot of tartness, but I'm sure it would have been very noticeable if I kept this for a few more months.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer is overpriced for what the consumer is getting. I would not recommend.

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Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The best way to describe this beer is intense. Strong oakey and vanilla flavors with the high alcohol percentage makes this beer a little hard to drink. I love great divide but im not gonna spend 25 dollars on this one again.

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Photo of Jjski
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review of fresh bottled 1/6/15. BTW it is labeled 10.5 % abv , not the above mentioned 12.4%

Brown semi opaque with ruby highlights

Aroma of brown sugar and whiskey

Flavors of roasted malts that render a cocoa background with caramel and blunted whiskey finish. Vinegar and soy sauce notes on the tail end. Alcohol presence is completely non existent, which at least is a vote in its favor. It is extremely smooth, almost to the point of blandness in the realm of big beers.

I am a huge fan of really big barrel beers: BCBS, Barreled Bigfoot, Berskerker , Old Stock Cellar reserve, double DBA, Bois, Sucre, etc. At this price, this beer will be graded with comparables of equal price.

This one is a yawn. brown sugar bomb, lacking defining character (IMHO) Not worth the $30. Boo, boo bummer. I have much less expensive barreled beers that exude more character and nuance than this brew. The only cellar potential I hope for with my other bottle is that residual sugar subsides. Not green, hot or rough enough around the edges to hope for more complexity to develop. Sweet and lacking depth, with cocoa & Kikkoman flavors

maybe if this years batch was 12.4% abv, the heat could balance the sweet. As is it now, enjoyable but underwhelming. It took me three days to finish the bottle, as I would have a small glass and then decide I wanted a better beer, so I'd grab a Backwoods Bastard or a Hopslam ( cork the Hibernation and stick it back in fridge)

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Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This damn beer was on my wants list for almost five years & then I walk into a local shop & there it sits. $25? Who cares! Come home with me, sexy, I have been looking for you all of my life. 750ML bottle split with my wife, 2014 vintage bottle on 1/5/15.

The pour is a dark, bastardized reddish-brown mixed with clay pulled off the bottom of the Mississippi. Just enough carbonation to make this not look like churned-up water. The nose is lighter than Peeps, in fact, there’s virtually nadda flowing up my nose. Caramel? I wouldn’t know this had grazed a barrel if it didn’t say so on the label.

Hibernation – Barrel Aged reminds me instantly of Surly Eight. The barrel is not shy at all. Whiskey violates every inner surface of my mouth, reaching up behind my eyes, basting my brain pan, warming me all the way to my inner thigh. Trying to get past the barrel, one finds alcohol akimbo, but from there it gets pretty quiet. Mild caramel, reduced maple syrup, nice bit of drying wood. Nice & full, but pretty happy that I’m sharing this one.

Eh. This is a disappointment after Great Divide’s fine lineup & their world-class barrel aged treatments of Yeti & Old Ruffian, kind of like looking at before & after pics of Courtney Cox. Pretty good.

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Photo of vic21234
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 2/6/15.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a nice amount of khaki head that hangs around awhile.

S- Chocolate, dark fruit and oakey whiskey on the nose.

T- Smell carries over into the taste, with chocolate and dark fruits up front followed by the slight hints of whiskey barrel. Vanilla is noted as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, lighter on carbonation, decent barrel character.

Not a bad beer, but the barrel character is not as up front as I expected.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown in color with just the faintest trace of a fingernail of khaki head around the rim. A touch of light seeps through when held up to light. Light Brussels lacing. I smell plenty of sweet whiskey along with vanilla and caramel. The taste is packed with sweet whiskey and dark malt. The mouth is bone dry and sticky. There's a warming from the alcohol in the fade with a gentle burn. 2014 vintage.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2014 Vintage with a bottled on date of January 05, 2015.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with hints of amber. About one finger of beige head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A rich, toasty, and nicely boozy malt forward aroma with good hints of bourbon, caramel, and chocolate. Good barrel presence with some upfront hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with bready hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A very good toasty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a nicely toasty, as well as a little hint of leather. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, and dates. Also some earthy hop hints rich, and boozy malt driven taste with good notes of whiskey, chocolate, and caramel. Good barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with good bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, toffee, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Solid dark fruit esters with undertones of fig, dates, and raisin. Also some notes of leather and tobacco as well as some earthy hop bitterness. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side. Carbonation is moderate. Rich and slightly slick. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A very good barrel aged version of an already good malty beer. Nice mix of whiskey flavors with the toasty malt and fruit undertones.

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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