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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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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 165
Gots: 48 | 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:
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(Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

djrn2, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bifrost17, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

appetiteforparis, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

IPAchris, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

CummingsK21, Dec 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

hollywood_15063, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of MinorThreat
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

MinorThreat, Dec 22, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

mmapes, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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...

4thelvofbeer, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

mfield14, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
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!

woosterbill, Sep 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Tash2360, May 27, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, May 15, 2012
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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

Mebuzzard, Feb 19, 2012
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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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

stumpyiliz, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
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.

thagr81us, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

HopStoopid120, Dec 04, 2011
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.