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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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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 164
Gots: 70 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009

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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 61
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kongbuiltt22
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This damn beer was on my wants list for almost five years & then I walk into a local shop & there it sits. $25? Who cares! Come home with me, sexy, I have been looking for you all of my life. 750ML bottle split with my wife, 2014 vintage bottle on 1/5/15.

The pour is a dark, bastardized reddish-brown mixed with clay pulled off the bottom of the Mississippi. Just enough carbonation to make this not look like churned-up water. The nose is lighter than Peeps, in fact, there’s virtually nadda flowing up my nose. Caramel? I wouldn’t know this had grazed a barrel if it didn’t say so on the label.

Hibernation – Barrel Aged reminds me instantly of Surly Eight. The barrel is not shy at all. Whiskey violates every inner surface of my mouth, reaching up behind my eyes, basting my brain pan, warming me all the way to my inner thigh. Trying to get past the barrel, one finds alcohol akimbo, but from there it gets pretty quiet. Mild caramel, reduced maple syrup, nice bit of drying wood. Nice & full, but pretty happy that I’m sharing this one.

Eh. This is a disappointment after Great Divide’s fine lineup & their world-class barrel aged treatments of Yeti & Old Ruffian, kind of like looking at before & after pics of Courtney Cox. Pretty good.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SurlyUtopia
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vic21234
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 2/6/15.

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a nice amount of khaki head that hangs around awhile.

S- Chocolate, dark fruit and oakey whiskey on the nose.

T- Smell carries over into the taste, with chocolate and dark fruits up front followed by the slight hints of whiskey barrel. Vanilla is noted as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, lighter on carbonation, decent barrel character.

Not a bad beer, but the barrel character is not as up front as I expected.

Photo of eawolff99
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mychalg9
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Lucnifter
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Perhaps a bit past it's prime.

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.

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

Photo of Greywulfken
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: brown ale, essentially opaque displaying low viscosity; a bubbly half-finger of tan foam rested atop briefly; clean shine left down the glass

S: sweet molasses and caramel and warm nuttiness, delicate airs of whiskey barrels; vaguely earthy and herbal with hints of vanilla

T: like light brown biscuit and bread malts with nuts and light brown sugar, distant suggestions of dark soft fruit like raisin and fig; whiskey gracing all the flavors; drying wood and chewy herbs throughout

M: slim-bodied and smooth, slips quick across the palate; not a trace of alcohol other than the airy vapors of whiskey and wood

O: super take on the style, which always benefits from barrel aging - stays light and easy to drink despite the decent abv - finely crafted and highly recommended

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011...750 ml bottle

Murky, thinned, oaky, vaniila and oxidized dark fruits. No reason to wait on opening these bottles.

Photo of moneynoobject
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersnake1
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbeers84
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.