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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 160
Gots: 61 | FT: 9
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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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03/12/14 From bottle.

Where to start?

Let's go with the science. 12.4 ABV.

I have come across the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels before. That was with the Breckenridge Well-Built which is a superlative ESB.

This bottle was dated 2011 & numbered.

There was a familiar aroma/initial taste that pulled me in. It was very different from my previous experience, but I cannot come to a preference without being side-by-side & better judgement dictates that I don't do that.

Bottom line: If circumstances allow, open the bottle & call a cab because this one kicks butt. It will be worth it, promise.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium tulip. 2011.

Murky burgundy, a thin amber at the edges. Almost no head, just a thin hint of bubbles rises after the pour and becomes a minuscule ring.

Great barrel character. Tons of toasted coconut, maple, milk chocolate, a little toasted bread, a hint of earth hops. Rich.

Mostly barrel in the flavor, too, which makes sense -- hibernation is a subtle ale. The mix of flavors is great -- toffee, subdued coconut, milk chocolate, toast. A bit of fig. Goes down easy.

Medium body, mild massaging carbonation. The alcohol content should be intense, but it's not. Lingering moderate bitterness.

Crazy that the beer picks up this much alcohol. The regular hibernation is around 8 percent ABV; the BA version is over 12. Great showcase of the whiskey flavors.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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.

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