Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.23/5 rDev -19.9%
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with almost no head (a vigorous pour produced a little frothiness that quickly went to a thin collar).
The aroma is chocolate and bourbon with dark fruit and molasses. Smells a bit like a decadent rum cake / fruitcake. There is a touch of fusel alcohol. I can smell the original Hibernation but it's been bourbonized.
The flavor is surprisingly subdued. There's some chocolatey bourbon and dark fruits leading to a bitter alcohol finish. As it warms, a bit more flavor comes out - but it still tastes like watered down Hibernation with a splash of whiskey. The mouthfeel is full with very little carbonation and is a bit watery.
Overall, this is not overdone with the alcohol like the bourbon yeti was. Both barrel versions I've had have been very lightly carbonated. I'm surprised by how subdued the flavors were for me, given how complex original Hibernation is. It's interesting to try, but regular Hibernation is better, and this is not worth $25 a bottle.
11-25-2009 06:25:49 | More by Beaver13
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Tried this beer at Donnelly's in Fairport, New York. Exceptional taste and surprisingly high in ABV, despite it not tasting like it should be. I would definitely recommend this beer to those looking for a very flavorful beer that's not incredibly heavy.
01-03-2011 03:01:03 | More by Lookalive07
3.96/5 rDev -1.7%
750ml foil-wrapped and capped bottle. Thanks to doktorzee for the Mile High hookup...er, that sounds a little weird, eh? 2011 edition, enjoyed while spending my first Father's Day at the homestead with my Dad, looking out over the rolling Southern Alberta prairie.
This beer pours an opaque, orangish-brown dirty dishwater colour, with one skinny finger of thin, bubbly beige head, which leaves little beyond some sparse islet lace around the glass as it weakly checks out.
It smells of semi-sweet rye whiskey - spicy grain, vanilla, and caramel - musty toffee, wet ash, an oily nuttiness, aged black fruit, some dusty cellar, and a yeasty cracker essence. The taste is reservedly sweet caramel, musty dank wood, of the aging rye whiskey sort, bittersweet cocoa, middling, muddled dark fleshy fruit - plum and cherry, predominantly - a bit more sodden, mouldy ash, and a subtle flinty, metallic alcohol edge.
The carbonation is fairly understated, just a wee fuzziness throughout, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth, in a bridled boozy sort of manner. It finishes rather sweet, the caramel, vanilla, wood, fruit, and sublimated alcohol all present and glad-handing each other.
A rather pleasant barrel-treated old ale, the big selling points of each side hefty, but agreeably integrated. This took a long time to put back, familial interactions and all that, so rendering the big ABV a surprisingly moot point. If you think your typical old ale could use a bit more booze and grainy wood, then this is the beer for you.
06-16-2013 23:45:38 | More by biboergosum
4.19/5 rDev +4%
750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2011 bottle #3993.
Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Nice off white head. Thick collar.
Smell - Awesome oak, vanilla, and bourbon aroma. Super oaky. Deep brown sugar. Wet sock kinda aroma.
Taste - Bourbon. Lots of brown sugar. Earthy malts add depth. Hot alcohol. Extremely oaky. Tannins as it dries out. Very oaky finish.
Mouthfeel - Hot. Good body before it dries out. Very oaky finish.
Overall - Really nice barrel character. Overpowering, almost. A very nice treatment.
06-15-2013 02:35:08 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
This one is courtesy of Schmittymack, cheers Dan!
Bottle 138 of 492 pours ann effervescent brown/chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice oily sheen, average head retention & lacing
S: Bourbon notes & figs
T: Follows the nose with nice toffee & vanilla notes, plus dryness, figs & leafy hops up front. Figgyness, bourbon boozeyness & oaky dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky, fruitty & with a bit of Bourbon twang
MF: Hefty & sticky with minimal carbonation, carbonation picks up a bit as this warms
Great drinkability, a luxury that alas may not stack up to many other Old ales, barrel aged or not; if you are seeking value for your dollar. Thrilled to have tried this, but was expecting more to be honest
04-06-2010 03:18:39 | More by russpowell
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Big thanks goes out to Rake who sent me this one in a past trade! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, very sweet alcohol, toffee, subtle brown sugar, and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, wood, toffee, caramel, and subtle brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly solid brew. The barrels really shined through on this one and made their presence known. I wasn't expecting this as the brew had been aging in my cellar for this long, but was pleasantly surprised what I did find. A solid offering from Great Divide and I look forward to trying the bottle of BA Old Ruffian I have in my cellar to conplete the set.
12-06-2011 14:57:41 | More by thagr81us
British Columbia (Canada)
3.66/5 rDev -9.2%
2011 bottle, thanks willandperry!
Appearance. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with half a finger of off white head that doesn't last long.
Smell. Whiskey, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, tobacco, chocolate.
Taste. Brown sugar, whiskey barrel, caramel, light and dark fruits with a slight tangyness.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, below medium carbonation.
Overall. A good big beer. Nothing amazing going on, but solid and drinkable.
08-13-2013 00:06:00 | More by Rutager
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Consumed at the brewery, lucky first day release. The first thing noticed was the slow forming head as it was poured into our goblet glass. Beautiful dark autumn leaves colored head building into a tightly beaded crown of bubbles. The aroma was a wave of comfort. Baking spices, ginger bread, subtle whiskey and an undeniable element of oak. One of those beers where the first sip is delayed because of the time spent just admiring the lovely smells.
The taste was full of graceful integration of wood and malts. A bold flavor of charred American oak was distinct and a bit sharp but a soothing, nearly blissful, combination of caramel, milk chocolate and toasty hops made for quite the long finish. One of the best parts of this beer was the delicious after taste. Warm and complex with a great luscious booze-soaked-bunt-cake quality. The beer continued to open and change a bit as we got through the bottle. The oak was still obvious and the whisky never stood out as being to 'hot'. I was amazed at how many regular Hibernation characteristics could still be found.
So many barrel aged beers can be a bit too 'rough around the edges' with their big punch of oak or bourbon. Using the local Stranahan's whisky barrels helped from over taking the soft subtle perks of Hibernation. Not too rich nor too sweet, Stranahan uses no corn for their spirt and I really think that helped infuse the whisky/beer qualities nicely.
An amazing beer that would be perfect for those cold nights by the fire. Or just any time worth remembering.
11-19-2009 17:21:20 | More by Bardwashrind
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
Ditmier is again a badass.. 223/492 Very cool... Eric is a good guy... good taste in beer, and better in bacon.
Pours a deep clear amber with an okay off white head.. only okay retention... no lacing.
Aroma shows good caramel and a bit of bourbon... the malts seem restrained with a little bit of cocoa.
The flavors are nothing to write home about.. toasty malt is carried by the oak and vanilla in the barrel. cocoa is there toward the finish.... so is a little honest bourbon..
The big problem is there is not enough malt mid palate.. seems pretty damn thin for the brew that I was expecting and for the ABV... boozy goodness is okay, but the flavors in the middle are more malt extract with barrel presence t.
Thanks Eric.. again, another brew that I would never try and trade for.
01-16-2011 08:56:56 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
A huge thanks for getting this one out to me. I had been trying to track it down forever. Served as might nightcap last night, bottle number 319, served in a snifter (which incidentally my wife broke today), this one was consumed on 03/05/2010.
The pour was decent, though I admit I was looking for a little bit more. Nice even caramel brown in color with a small, fleeting head on top. Quickly left bare there was really not much left to it after a few moments. Aroma is dominated by bourbon and wood. Sweet vanilla notes, hints of oak, a light caramel touch. Not as strong as I have seen some BA beers, but it worked still, nicely done. Warming, soothing taste. Light oak and vanilla caress the palate and warm into an earthy and bourbon filled flavor. Not overpowering, subtle with the alcohol very well hidden leaving it to be consumed a bit faster then one had anticipated.
Overall a nice change up for me. I thought it could have been a little bigger, for the time it spent in the barrel it was very mellow and nicely done. Maybe with a year or so on it it will really start to flourish.
03-07-2010 02:05:51 | More by mikesgroove
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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