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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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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 161
Gots: 62 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009

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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.

Photo of DaftPatrick
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

Photo of cozmo
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

Photo of kkazemi
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle label info: BOTTLE NUMBER 2517

Hazy, cola-colored body with a thin but lasting head. The aroma blends maple, cherries, and licorice with a whiskey edge. The taste mimics the aroma along with additional twinges of caramel sweetness; an interesting sourness and boozy trait builds at the finish. Heavy body; rather thick with little carbonation on the palate.

One can't help but love a big beer with a multitude of aroma, taste, and textural elements. Depth and complexity hit you with every sip. The best point might be how well everything ties together and results in a great tasting, relatively easy drinking beer. Quite the find and worth the price of admission...

Photo of spoony
3.9/5  rDev -3%

Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Jstonerock24
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle.

A- Thin oatmeal-colored head fades quickly. The body is a deep dark brown. No visible carbonation but yeast is floating around. 4

S- Deep caramel flavor and something kind of funky and like feces. Odd, but not necessarily bad. 3.75

T- Still kind of funky and poo-like. Odd but the sweet malts give some redeeming qualities. There's tobacco and oak that I enjoy but this is still off. 3

M- Funky, thick on the mouthfeel, but there's some solvent quality. It's smooth but kind of scattershot in flavors and feel. 3

A disappointment because of the price and expectations.

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.