Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
2011 vintage. Bottle # 2411.
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and shows some solid bourbon barrel aging along with the base beer.
10-01-2013 21:52:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.9/5 rDev -28.2%
So I grabbed this even knowing the price as I love standard hibernation. Grabbed a bottle at the brewery, 2011 at $27 +tax + tip so not a cheap beer.
It pours a very nice hazy beer, not dark but definitely a beer which should have flavor. Noticed the same color with other barrel aged beers, not quite the color of unfiltered beers but close. The smell was of oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. I was somewhat hopeful but wondering where the malt and spice had disappeared to from the original hibernation. Some bourbon but honestly not huge compared to the strait barrel. The flavor to me was just flat, very little from the olfactory sense and nothing from the original beer. I was hoping for more and sadly disappointed. Barrel, bourbon, small dark fruits, and nothing else, Mouth feel, it had a little carbonation. Upon pouring a slight head appears but nothing stuck. Could feel it in mouth which was nice but didn't help with the lack of depth in the taste.
Overall I am disappointed. I love hibernation and plan on buying another case when it comes out. Price to flavor I would say this falls flat and I would recommend against it. Maybe with just 1 year on it, it would maintain but not what I had.
09-16-2013 02:51:27 | More by pattermj
British Columbia (Canada)
3.66/5 rDev -9.4%
2011 bottle, thanks willandperry!
Appearance. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with half a finger of off white head that doesn't last long.
Smell. Whiskey, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, tobacco, chocolate.
Taste. Brown sugar, whiskey barrel, caramel, light and dark fruits with a slight tangyness.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, below medium carbonation.
Overall. A good big beer. Nothing amazing going on, but solid and drinkable.
08-13-2013 00:06:00 | More by Rutager
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.