Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.49/5 rDev +11.4%
Appearance: huge head with a mild pour, however it dissipated quickly. Darker shades of brown with dark red highlights on the edges.
Smell: dark fruits, vanilla, bread, and slight liqueur.
Taste: bourbon soaked vanilla wafers! Yum! Followed by a slight tart cherry/plum aftertaste. You can definitely tell that this spent time in a barrel. Right in my wheelhouse, even though I'm not usually a fan of the dark fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: the huge head that I seen on the pour scared me in to thinking that this would have a very thin body. Not the case whatsoever. While its not "chewy", I wouldn't categorize it as thin in any way. I'm not well versed in this style, but I'm assuming that it shouldn't have the heavy feel of a BA stout.
Drink ability: FTowne cannot give a proper rating in this category, because everything up to and including Black Tuesday is highly drinkable to me. I will try to pace myself and enjoy this bottle for more than an hour.
Overall (with minimal knowledge of the style) I'd rate this at a 4.5.
07-12-2013 03:11:38 | More by FTowne
3.96/5 rDev -1.7%
750ml foil-wrapped and capped bottle. Thanks to doktorzee for the Mile High hookup...er, that sounds a little weird, eh? 2011 edition, enjoyed while spending my first Father's Day at the homestead with my Dad, looking out over the rolling Southern Alberta prairie.
This beer pours an opaque, orangish-brown dirty dishwater colour, with one skinny finger of thin, bubbly beige head, which leaves little beyond some sparse islet lace around the glass as it weakly checks out.
It smells of semi-sweet rye whiskey - spicy grain, vanilla, and caramel - musty toffee, wet ash, an oily nuttiness, aged black fruit, some dusty cellar, and a yeasty cracker essence. The taste is reservedly sweet caramel, musty dank wood, of the aging rye whiskey sort, bittersweet cocoa, middling, muddled dark fleshy fruit - plum and cherry, predominantly - a bit more sodden, mouldy ash, and a subtle flinty, metallic alcohol edge.
The carbonation is fairly understated, just a wee fuzziness throughout, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth, in a bridled boozy sort of manner. It finishes rather sweet, the caramel, vanilla, wood, fruit, and sublimated alcohol all present and glad-handing each other.
A rather pleasant barrel-treated old ale, the big selling points of each side hefty, but agreeably integrated. This took a long time to put back, familial interactions and all that, so rendering the big ABV a surprisingly moot point. If you think your typical old ale could use a bit more booze and grainy wood, then this is the beer for you.
06-16-2013 23:45:38 | More by biboergosum
4.19/5 rDev +4%
750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2011 bottle #3993.
Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Nice off white head. Thick collar.
Smell - Awesome oak, vanilla, and bourbon aroma. Super oaky. Deep brown sugar. Wet sock kinda aroma.
Taste - Bourbon. Lots of brown sugar. Earthy malts add depth. Hot alcohol. Extremely oaky. Tannins as it dries out. Very oaky finish.
Mouthfeel - Hot. Good body before it dries out. Very oaky finish.
Overall - Really nice barrel character. Overpowering, almost. A very nice treatment.
06-15-2013 02:35:08 | More by Alieniloquium
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
A 2011 bottle
A-Almost black in the glass, clear ruby when pouring, not much carbonation, one finger head.
S-Oak, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and malt.
T-Oak, caramel, vanilla, not much bourbon but still there. Molasses. Balance isn't quite there though.
M-Medium bodied, slightly watery, not much carbonation either.
O-For the price not worth it, however because it was aged for a while that could have been the issue.
06-01-2013 15:45:11 | More by rlee1390
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
2009 vintage, bottle 333/492.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep auburn color. Just a trace of khaki head forms, which has minimal retention and lacing. Right after it poured I was a bit concerned about the carbonation level, but it seems to be fine, albeit minimal, after a bit of study.
Smell: Smells of caramel and dark fruits, with barrel flavors rounding everything out. Definite wood and whiskey notes still apparent after several years of aging. Light hints of oxidation as well, but minimal and not as bad as I had feared after reading some recent reviews of the '09 vintage.
Taste: Lots of dark fruit flavors with lighter caramel notes as well. Mid palate and into the finish, the barrel influence kicks in. Whiskey notes still remain pretty dominant. Also a bit of vanilla along with oak tannins. Finish is very warming. Light oxidation present, but not too noticeable.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium-full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Pretty slick. Overall this was a good old ale, and I was very glad to get the chance to trade for it and try it. Held up pretty well with age. Definitely a dessert-type beer, as it does have a good amount of sweetness. It probably drinks harder than the ABV would suggest. Definite sipper.
05-27-2013 22:41:18 | More by zhanson88
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
2011 batch. Bottle 1499.
A: Pours a beautiful mahogany. Small fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes away quite fast, leaving zero lacing at all. Well, maybe a dot here and there. Not much to talk about. Small ring of foam remains but that's it.
S: Big big whiskey notes. Caramel and dark fruits abound with some oaky vanilla. Get some decent brown sugar and spices too, swear I get cinnamon sometimes. Smells more like a barrel aged winter warmer than an old ale.
T: More whiskey and lots of it. Warming caramel and toffee. Dark fruits likes plums, raisins and prunes, almost a little tart at times - possibly a result of slight oxidation (sherry-like). Glad I did not age this one. Chocolate mixes in briefly too in the middle. Sharp alcohol burn in the finish with boozy whiskey lingering in the aftertaste. A little spiciness in the aftertaste too.
M: Lower carbonation, heavy and sticky.
O: Hmph, I have to say that I think regular hibernation is better than this one. Barrel aging doesn't seem to have improved it much, it ends up being very sharp and boozy while also tasting a bit oxidized which does not help. Barrel overwhelms too, in my opinion. Overall still quite good, but not an improvement. Especially for the price and and difficulty to obtain.
04-29-2013 02:16:00 | More by Dope
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.