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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 164
Gots: 49 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.