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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 161
Gots: 62 | FT: 10
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 750 ml bottle at Euclid Hall in Denver, poured 6-29-14. Pours dark brownish amber, slightly murky, with a small off white to khaki head. The head recedes quickly and there is just a rim around the edges by the time I take a sip. Aroma is big bourbon notes, heavy caramel malts, light molasses, vanilla, oak, and more bourbon. Flavor follows the aroma rather closely with a nice caramel molasses feel, supported by bourbon in the background. Light vanilla notes are there, but not as strong as when fresh I would guess. Body is thinner than expected--especially after loving regular hibernation so much--but maybe a slight nitpick. Still some decent carbonation in this one. Definitely a beer to seek out if you can find it. Not sure it was worth the $54 price tag at the restaurant, but hey, you only live once.

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Lookalive07
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle.

A- Thin oatmeal-colored head fades quickly. The body is a deep dark brown. No visible carbonation but yeast is floating around. 4

S- Deep caramel flavor and something kind of funky and like feces. Odd, but not necessarily bad. 3.75

T- Still kind of funky and poo-like. Odd but the sweet malts give some redeeming qualities. There's tobacco and oak that I enjoy but this is still off. 3

M- Funky, thick on the mouthfeel, but there's some solvent quality. It's smooth but kind of scattershot in flavors and feel. 3

A disappointment because of the price and expectations.

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.