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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

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 167
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%

i always passed this one up because of the price tag, but thats been a mistake, what a wonderful brew this is, tasting not a whole lot like its original base beer, but becoming something entirely different, more like a barleywine than anything i think. deep rustic brown color, glowing amber, but deep and darker than that. think light khaki head on top caps it off. the nose on this is awesome, layers of sweet oak and molasses come out, warming alcohol, rich caramel malt, and of course bourbon, a lot of bourbon. the taste too starts off with a warming alcohol vanilla hit, followed by waves of sweet grain and old oak. i even get a little charred spice in there towards the finish. the alcohol is so subtle here, its there, but way back. a perfect winter beer, especially when its warm. it takes regular hibernation to a whole new level. the barrel has not only added flavor and strength, but a refinement of the feel. carbonation has settles, body has amplified, and this drinks like a glass of cognac. really special stuff from great divide. among their best.

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color. Minimal off-white froth dissipated quickly.

(S)- Sweet yet oaky caramel meets leathery tobacco and toffee. Barrel is subtle but there. A sexy aroma for sure.

(T)- A little bit of fig meets caramel and subtle leathery oaky tobacco. Plenty of barrel on the finish.

(M)- A surprisingly higher carbonation level for the style sadly, which keeps this from being great for me; it gets in the way of the sweet and rich flavors this has. I do love the leather and tobacco notes this has. Gets to be a bit hot as it warms up.

(O)- Overall, it has alot of rich rustic flavors to it, but that really high carbonation level gets in the way of total enjoyment for me. Glad to have finally tried this one.

sweemzander, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -1%

Evan, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev -1%

kristougher, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

beerman999999, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of QuakeAttack
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

QuakeAttack, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of cfh64
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

cfh64, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

greg4579, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

xnicknj, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of RWNay
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

RWNay, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of pattermj
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.

pattermj, Sep 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

DLucky, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jivex5k, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

bmmortale, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Kopfschuss, Jul 29, 2013
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.