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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
outstanding

145 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 166
Gots: 47 | FT: 6
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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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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-09-2012 15:11:42 | More by tbone1384
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 vintage, bottle 137/492. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A: A little cloudy medium-brown body under some coarse tan foam. Decent retention, light lace. Not bad.

S: Smells very, very old: sherry oxidation and earthiness dominate, with molasses and spice also playing prominent roles. I like it.

T: Wow. Huge toffee, sherry, pecan, fruitcake, and molasses. Some booze and spice on the finish. Really rich, really tasty.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. Nice.

O: Strange beer. From the smell, I would have thought it was close to a decade old already. The oxidation was heavy, but in the flavor it complemented powerful residual sweetness quite well. Definitely a sipper due to its sugar content, but not boozy at all. It's crazy that I've had this and still haven't ever tasted the regular version...

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:02:18 | More by woosterbill
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-14-2012 05:16:32 | More by ssjkyle
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Tash2360

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-27-2012 15:50:29 | More by Tash2360
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jedwards for sharing. Bottles 219/492. Pours a dull mahogany hue with no head, just a cluster of bubbles pooling in one corner. Nose expresses bourbon notes, wood and a hint of ethanol. As the brew begins to warm I also get a lightly sugared and toffee-like character. Taste is fairly subtle. While it is somewhat consistent with the nose there is also something else happening in the flavor profile - not quite sour or tart, but definitely a character that cuts through the anticipated sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a mild carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a very drinkable Old Ale with a well-hidden abv. Not my favorite BA Old Ale, but it is quite pleasant and goes down so easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:31:17 | More by Jwale73
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I'm an old ale fan...bias may stand out :)

Well, this is like the Hibernation with a twist. But unlike some BA versions of other beers, the BA on this isn't the center piece. Sure, it adds some vanilla and caramel, some booziness and a bit of oak smoothness. All this complements the old ale qualities of the Hibernation, which I like a lot. This is almost a "better" version of regular Hibernation...and old ale I'd probably find in England as a "normal" old ale.
While this is a great beer, the price just isn't worth it, unless it came is smaller bottles and in a 6 or 4 pack. Highly unlikely, but drinking a 750ml needs more than 1 person. But I don't want to waste it on "people" :P

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:14:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 190 of 492, 2009 bottling; sampled October 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that disappears down to a thin ring fairly quickly. The beer is a murky, concentrated amber color, that shows more of the same just lighter in hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, toasted coconut and raisins, and perhaps a touch of sherry at the first. A second pas reveals smooth whiskey aromatics, smoothly spicy oak that gets a touch more spicy once I move away from the kitchen were some food is braising. This beer is clearly dominated by the barrel influence, there are touches of caramel, which mix well with the ample barrel vanillin notes, there is a slight savory maltiness here, as well as touches of toasted whole grain character and even some grassiness / herbal character somehow; though this last seems mainly to be contributed by the whiskey barrel and actually becomes quite prominent after some time (though it also has an ample green, pepper like note)

Up front flavors of caramelized crystal malt, vanillin, toasted coconut, toasted whole grain, touches of toffee and caramel mix together on the palate. The finish is quite spicy, very woody, and even sort of has a green grassy or spicy herbal note to it; this morphs into a green peppery note as well as a lingering tannic bite.. The beer is fairly light bodied for its strength, though I am not overly surprised as that often happens with beers like this that get aged in barrels; there is some viscous character to this beer, and it even manages to linger a bit on the palate, but the spicy oak character ends up wiping the palate clean. After some time, the finish really starts to taste like a whiskey, spicy, somewhat hot from the alcohol, and it even has that sort of fruitiness that I get in a whiskey or bourbon.

Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more; the barrel character runs a bit roughshod over the base beer. If this had a lot more caramelized maltiness and quite a bit of a richer, hell even sweeter, body that could stand up to the barrel influence, this would be a much better experience. The beer actually seems to do well in very small amounts; if I come back to it after a while I can take a small sip or two that maintains a balance to it, but it ends up getting thin, somewhat too spicy, and a bit too hot after any more than this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:09:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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stumpyiliz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-21-2012 04:59:39 | More by stumpyiliz
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-13-2012 03:41:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

01-06-2012 00:11:21 | More by RandyBoBandy
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-24-2011 07:32:42 | More by jophish17
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Rake who sent me this one in a past trade! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, very sweet alcohol, toffee, subtle brown sugar, and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, wood, toffee, caramel, and subtle brown sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly solid brew. The barrels really shined through on this one and made their presence known. I wasn't expecting this as the brew had been aging in my cellar for this long, but was pleasantly surprised what I did find. A solid offering from Great Divide and I look forward to trying the bottle of BA Old Ruffian I have in my cellar to conplete the set.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 14:57:41 | More by thagr81us
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-04-2011 18:18:16 | More by HopStoopid120
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-30-2011 05:19:54 | More by imperialking
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 04:28:51 | More by JAHMUR
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bellce0

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

11-19-2011 00:35:50 | More by bellce0
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kbnooshay

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-18-2011 20:29:12 | More by kbnooshay
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 03:17:19 | More by JMBSH
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 23:44:59 | More by kkrez
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claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 127/492 shared at a recent tasting.

Pours a murky moderate brown color with little to no head leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a good amount of toffee as well as some light caramel. Some brown sugar and light barrel character there as well. Not super complex, but the barrel character was certainly present and quite dominant.

The taste begin with a great deal of dark caramelized malts, sweet toffee and barrel. Lots of dark fruits, bourbon boozeyness and oaky dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky, fruit-forward with a bit of Bourbon pop.

The mouthfeel was ridiculously smooth and lacked nearly any alcohol presence. Low carbonation and a medium body.

Overall this was a nice offering, but lacked the overall quality I was hoping for with this beer. The whiskey barrel really overwhelmed the base beer leaving the flavor profile slightly one dimentional. While is was tasty, I won't be seeking out any more with great effort in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 16:07:43 | More by claspada
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claytong

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

appearance - ruby brown in color, minor bubbles with minor lacing and minor sticking.

smell - a variety of malts, old malts, roasted malts, brown malts, oak, vanilla, figs and chocolate

taste - same story with the malts, vanilla...past its prime i think, but good.

mouthfeel - thin and not much carbonation, yikes. heres where the age murdered the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 06:14:18 | More by claytong
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mulder1010

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 128/492 Poured into a Great Divide Globe ( Just had to)

Thanks to Rake for the In person trade

A-- Poured a deep, dark mahogany color. Just touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Very little carbonation showing. Light brown head that went to film and stayed at film through drinking. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Rich and full smell. Buttery vanilla, rum, molasses,
brown sugar, and dates. Just slight bits of oak in this.

T-- Warm, melted brown sugar, butter, vanilla, rum, and dark fruits.

M-- Mid palate is very thin. Kind of sad really. Get just short bursts of what it was. A bit slick and sweet and and a rum spice finish but just lacking zest and too many gaping holes in this. Not much of the barrel though.

O-- Knocking off one of my biggest wants and realize I am getting to this about a year late. Flashes of how good this was does make this worth it for me though.

Edit: Really picked up with a lot of air. Thin gaps disappeared more but still evident, so a slight correction in rating.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 15:40:54 | More by mulder1010
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Lunch

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 431/429 received in a great trade with JMBSH, thanks!

Served in a Great Divide snifter because I can and I will. Pours fairly thick and I can already smell the Stranahan barrels. Mahogany brown in color with a light tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell is sweet malts with notes of brown sugar, toffee, caramel and oak surrounded in whiskey. Taste follows nicely with rich flavors providing a fairly sweet Old Ale that is thick with low carbonation. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 18:17:38 | More by Lunch
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andre for splitting this one.

Bottle 208 of 492.

18 months in a Stranahan's bottle and 18 months in bottle.

Cloudy brown body beneath a light tan head.

Aromas of rum soaked fruit cake, raisin, fig, a touch of oak and some oxidation beginning to develop.

Toffee, molassas, rum raisin, fruit cake, spice, more like rum than Stranahan's, light oak.

The body becomes thin on the mid palate and that's my primary complaint.

Darn good and yet, I am dissapointed. Maybe its past its prime. I don't dislike it, but its not as good as I was hoping for. A bit too boozy, a touch too thin, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:18:04 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was shared by Paul (King of all that is barrel-aged) last weekend. Thanks man!

Bottle 431 / 492

The beer is dark brown and for the most part, transparent. The tan head stands in at 1/4" and leaves a decent amount of lacing in its wake.

The aroma brings sweet malt, alcohol, oak, caramel, toffee.

A very enjoyable brew, and a fine choice for sipping on the deck during the last days of winter. The beer is slightly sweet, with alcohol and barrel flavors prominent throughout.

The feel is creamy and smooth, remarkably so given the 11.1% abv.

Overall, a very tasty offering. I'm glad to have tried it and would certainly enjoy having it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:03:02 | More by Huhzubendah
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.