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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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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 166
Gots: 47 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009)
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 23:44:59 | More by kkrez
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-04-2011 18:18:16 | More by HopStoopid120
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-23-2012 02:33:10 | More by hollywood_15063
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kbnooshay

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-18-2011 20:29:12 | More by kbnooshay
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edhaaslovesbacon

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-03-2013 21:03:32 | More by edhaaslovesbacon
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seedyone

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03/12/14 From bottle.

Where to start?

Let's go with the science. 12.4 ABV.

I have come across the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels before. That was with the Breckenridge Well-Built which is a superlative ESB.

This bottle was dated 2011 & numbered.

There was a familiar aroma/initial taste that pulled me in. It was very different from my previous experience, but I cannot come to a preference without being side-by-side & better judgement dictates that I don't do that.

Bottom line: If circumstances allow, open the bottle & call a cab because this one kicks butt. It will be worth it, promise.

08-16-2014 20:39:11 | More by seedyone
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-14-2012 05:16:32 | More by ssjkyle
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-21-2014 03:01:54 | More by afsdan
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DLucky

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-05-2013 01:04:24 | More by DLucky
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Lookalive07

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

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
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-28-2013 17:57:11 | More by hiphopj5
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beerman999999

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-30-2013 10:45:08 | More by beerman999999
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stumpyiliz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 04:59:39 | More by stumpyiliz
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jivex5k

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-26-2013 17:03:24 | More by jivex5k
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-01-2013 07:38:27 | More by Beeradelphia
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waltonc

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Consumed at Great Divide tap room tonight. Pours dark caramel in color with ample tan head. If this is bottle conditioned, Great Divide did a great job ensuring it's properly carbonated. Beautiful aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, and a hint of tart dark fruits. Taste follows - all of the same traits as the smell. Somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Whiskey is not overpowering. This is a well rounded, focused barrel aged old ale. Reminds me a bit of Anchor Our Barrel Ale in that it's not a blow-out-the-palate whiskey bomb. Though this is definitely bigger than OBA. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Great brew overall.

Note: if you don't like barrel aged beers, or are expecting this to taste like regular Hibernation, don't bother with this one, as the barrel aging has completely changed the character of the beer from regular Hibernation. But if you like BA brews, you'll probably like this one a lot.

11-17-2009 03:59:01 | More by waltonc
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-29-2013 22:20:07 | More by Kopfschuss
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 03:17:19 | More by JMBSH
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bifrost17

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-01-2013 19:00:14 | More by bifrost17
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QuakeAttack

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-21-2013 20:57:12 | More by QuakeAttack
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 04:28:51 | More by JAHMUR
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-25-2013 04:40:26 | More by Zuidman
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mentor

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Pulled out of my cellar, Bottle 488/492. Pours a thin layer of dark tan head over a dark brown liquid. Smells wonderful. Nice vanilla, caramel oxidation, lemony-piney hops, bourbon and oak, and brown malt. Strong alcohol is clean and enticing as it carries some pear esters and fig newton cookie.

Tastes delicious. Great oak, bourbon, malt, and fruity in comparable intensities and somewhat complementary. Could use a bit more melding, but still quite nice. Malt is brown and some toast. Vanilla, caramel, waxy wood, and a dash of cherry. Esters are pear and fig with some fibery flavor to it. Finish dries from alcohol sting and a bit of bourbon zip. Aftertaste is a bit waxy with nice retro-nasal dry chocolate and hazelnut. Warming in the belly.

Creamy md-light in the mouth with mild carbonation. Great drinkability and this will improve in a couple years as the alcohol heat settles more and the flavors meld together.

10-28-2010 01:39:32 | More by mentor
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-24-2011 07:32:42 | More by jophish17
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FTowne

Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +11.1%

Appearance: huge head with a mild pour, however it dissipated quickly. Darker shades of brown with dark red highlights on the edges.

Smell: dark fruits, vanilla, bread, and slight liqueur.

Taste: bourbon soaked vanilla wafers! Yum! Followed by a slight tart cherry/plum aftertaste. You can definitely tell that this spent time in a barrel. Right in my wheelhouse, even though I'm not usually a fan of the dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: the huge head that I seen on the pour scared me in to thinking that this would have a very thin body. Not the case whatsoever. While its not "chewy", I wouldn't categorize it as thin in any way. I'm not well versed in this style, but I'm assuming that it shouldn't have the heavy feel of a BA stout.

Drink ability: FTowne cannot give a proper rating in this category, because everything up to and including Black Tuesday is highly drinkable to me. I will try to pace myself and enjoy this bottle for more than an hour.

Overall (with minimal knowledge of the style) I'd rate this at a 4.5.

07-12-2013 03:11:38 | More by FTowne
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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.