Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
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
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
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.