Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottle into a New Belgium tulip. 2011.
Murky burgundy, a thin amber at the edges. Almost no head, just a thin hint of bubbles rises after the pour and becomes a minuscule ring.
Great barrel character. Tons of toasted coconut, maple, milk chocolate, a little toasted bread, a hint of earth hops. Rich.
Mostly barrel in the flavor, too, which makes sense -- hibernation is a subtle ale. The mix of flavors is great -- toffee, subdued coconut, milk chocolate, toast. A bit of fig. Goes down easy.
Medium body, mild massaging carbonation. The alcohol content should be intense, but it's not. Lingering moderate bitterness.
Crazy that the beer picks up this much alcohol. The regular hibernation is around 8 percent ABV; the BA version is over 12. Great showcase of the whiskey flavors.
07-29-2014 04:49:09 | More by Phelps
4.16/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-03-2014 23:55:57 | More by BMMillsy
2.7/5 rDev -33.2%
Picked up a 2011 bottle from KnB, decided it was aged long enough so I'm pouring it the next day into a snifter
A: An opaque mahogony in appearance, it's complexion seems light and effervescent for the style and ABV. A good amount of suspended yeast floats around the glass.
S: Strong, powerful aromas. Lots of burnt sugar, oak and caramel, driven by hot volatiles of alcohol. Vinous, hop essence around the edges gives the bouquet an earthy aspect. Notes of ripe cherry linger as well, perhaps some phenols.
T: A little more hop-forward than the nose, and boozy as all hell. Splashy flavor profile, with sugary, almost cloying malts driving ripe past the astringent and boozy aspects. The oak notes reflect distinct cherry phenols, a little too medicinal in tone. Alcohol is at the forefront throughout the sip, and carries to a long, sweet finish.
M: Strangely light in its feel, can't tell if it's the carbonation or lack of oily complexion.
This doesn't work on any level. Way too boozy, way to sweet. Flavor profile is disjointed and splashy. Hibernation is a decent winter sipper, nothing to get excited about but satisfying if you're in the mood for such a brew. Barrel-aging renders it almost undrinkable.
05-05-2014 06:17:41 | More by rand
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
i always passed this one up because of the price tag, but thats been a mistake, what a wonderful brew this is, tasting not a whole lot like its original base beer, but becoming something entirely different, more like a barleywine than anything i think. deep rustic brown color, glowing amber, but deep and darker than that. think light khaki head on top caps it off. the nose on this is awesome, layers of sweet oak and molasses come out, warming alcohol, rich caramel malt, and of course bourbon, a lot of bourbon. the taste too starts off with a warming alcohol vanilla hit, followed by waves of sweet grain and old oak. i even get a little charred spice in there towards the finish. the alcohol is so subtle here, its there, but way back. a perfect winter beer, especially when its warm. it takes regular hibernation to a whole new level. the barrel has not only added flavor and strength, but a refinement of the feel. carbonation has settles, body has amplified, and this drinks like a glass of cognac. really special stuff from great divide. among their best.
01-15-2014 16:58:07 | More by StonedTrippin
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage. Thanks for sharing Matt!
(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color. Minimal off-white froth dissipated quickly.
(S)- Sweet yet oaky caramel meets leathery tobacco and toffee. Barrel is subtle but there. A sexy aroma for sure.
(T)- A little bit of fig meets caramel and subtle leathery oaky tobacco. Plenty of barrel on the finish.
(M)- A surprisingly higher carbonation level for the style sadly, which keeps this from being great for me; it gets in the way of the sweet and rich flavors this has. I do love the leather and tobacco notes this has. Gets to be a bit hot as it warms up.
(O)- Overall, it has alot of rich rustic flavors to it, but that really high carbonation level gets in the way of total enjoyment for me. Glad to have finally tried this one.
01-05-2014 21:27:07 | More by sweemzander
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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