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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
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145 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 50
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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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

07-07-2014 13:58:19 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 23:55:57 | More by BMMillsy
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

06-28-2014 22:06:58 | More by Lare453
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rand

California

2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 06:17:41 | More by rand
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-03-2014 02:02:34 | More by thegerm87
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osuskin

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

04-29-2014 22:52:20 | More by osuskin
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-28-2014 13:06:13 | More by KVNBGRY
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-27-2014 20:26:24 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-27-2014 20:08:14 | More by kylehay2004
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-03-2014 21:46:56 | More by vinny21bal
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

03-22-2014 04:42:14 | More by megamass
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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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khargro2

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

03-17-2014 00:01:48 | More by khargro2
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-15-2014 19:19:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-15-2014 15:41:11 | More by liamt07
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-10-2014 04:25:08 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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dkw0063

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-03-2014 16:57:44 | More by dkw0063
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 16:58:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:27:07 | More by sweemzander
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-30-2013 00:48:48 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-29-2013 15:24:58 | More by david18
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

11-30-2013 19:24:50 | More by plumcrazyfx
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2013 02:07:19 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-25-2013 01:14:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Evan

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

11-18-2013 03:54:15 | More by Evan
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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.