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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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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 164
Gots: 72 | FT: 10
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

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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 62
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bottle label info: BOTTLE NUMBER 2517

Hazy, cola-colored body with a thin but lasting head. The aroma blends maple, cherries, and licorice with a whiskey edge. The taste mimics the aroma along with additional twinges of caramel sweetness; an interesting sourness and boozy trait builds at the finish. Heavy body; rather thick with little carbonation on the palate.

One can't help but love a big beer with a multitude of aroma, taste, and textural elements. Depth and complexity hit you with every sip. The best point might be how well everything ties together and results in a great tasting, relatively easy drinking beer. Quite the find and worth the price of admission...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle.

A- Thin oatmeal-colored head fades quickly. The body is a deep dark brown. No visible carbonation but yeast is floating around. 4

S- Deep caramel flavor and something kind of funky and like feces. Odd, but not necessarily bad. 3.75

T- Still kind of funky and poo-like. Odd but the sweet malts give some redeeming qualities. There's tobacco and oak that I enjoy but this is still off. 3

M- Funky, thick on the mouthfeel, but there's some solvent quality. It's smooth but kind of scattershot in flavors and feel. 3

A disappointment because of the price and expectations.

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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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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.