1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

169 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 169
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 163
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Whiskey notes up front with some underlying chocolate malt. Light spices with some fruity ale yeast.

T: More of the barrel comes out with some caramel sweetness. Whiskey notes with some spiciness as well. Sweet malt with some mild fruitiness. The barrel takes over mostly.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Very smooth.

O: Pretty solid overall. The whiskey barrel is prominent without being hot or overbearing. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jonbeer89
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Tittles
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Googs
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, 12.4% ABV poured into a goblet.

A: Thick reddish brown body, minimal amounts of carbonation showing with some lacing on the glass. What I would expect.

S: Really nice. whiskey and oak heavy upfront on the nose, followed by sweet toffee malts.

T: Like the nose, whisky hits you first, and hard. Then come vanilla, cocoa and caramel flavors. The transition ain't the smoothest nor is this the most balanced brew of the style, but it's pretty good barrel-foward beer.

M: Somewhat viscous, but not chewy. Alcohol makes itself known, in taste and the warming in your throat. English take on the style, so it's it's on the dryer side with not much of a hop presence.

O: I payed $32.00 for this beer and I wouldn't do it again. Seems like this beer is somewhat hard to get, and it's pretty good, so I'm not unhappy about the purchase. I had a BA 4D last night as well, and this isn't standing up to it, especially for that price tag. If you like whiskey or boiler makers, get this brew. I enjoyed it because of that, but at the same time prefer a bit more balance and malt/sweetness presence in this kind of beer. Can't wait to try BA Old Ruffian and Yeti.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bifrost17
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hollywood_15063
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam and Brian for setting me up with this, you guys are the best! Served from a 750ml into snifter

A- Pours a murky, muddy brown with no head and/or lacing. High abv so not surprised on the lacing/head. The really long time in the barrel has to be the reason this looks pretty unappealing.

S-Boom goes the whiskey! Straight up Stranahan's whiskey with figs, prunes, molasses and brown sugar-fruit cake. I mean that in a great way. Booze bomb but a really nice nose.

T-The barrel really pulls to the front on this. Lots of boozy vanilla and oak with raisins, figs and treacle sweetness holding it all together with a little heat in the chest after each drink. Its bold and boozy but again in a nice way.

M-Viscous and creamy, low carbonation and some booze make it really smooth as a sipper

O-I love whiskey so this is right up my alley, it is 100% whiskey barrel forward and can be fatiguing in quantities over 6-8oz but a nice barrel aged winter warmer.

Photo of mmapes
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a 2011 vintage in December of 2012 (bottle 2001). Pours dirty brown. Cloudy. A little ugly, actually.

Smells of barrel, carmel, whiskey, maybe some funk.

First sip is rich, sweet, with a sharp finish that tapers. Wood and whiskey are noticeable. More flavorful on second taste. Probably explodes with flavor when warmer (we started with refrigerator temps).

Would probably be good with a blue cheese (sweetness and richness would go well), maybe with a steak, or as a standalone dessert.

Would buy again, even though it's pricey.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friend for sharing and going out of his way to get this beer, which I am told is somewhat hard to acquire. Popped this bottle on Dec 3, 2012.

I love barrel aged beers. I really expected a lot more from the beer..expectations were high, but at best, this was maybe slightly above average and needs some work by Great Divide. A: cloudy dirt brown. S: nothing special. T: tastes were muted and bland, very average...I really really wished and hoped there were more, but it just was not there...it seems the barrel aging gave this beer a kinda musty taste. M: somewhat weird combined with the off tastes, not that enjoyable. O: a let down...

Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.