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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

146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 166
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 11-17-2009)
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.7%

06-23-2013 18:47:02 | More by drummermattie02
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:45:38 | More by biboergosum
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:35:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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drlovemd87

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-04-2013 19:41:01 | More by drlovemd87
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

06-03-2013 12:07:36 | More by jriggins6
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 15:45:11 | More by rlee1390
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LSMroz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-28-2013 14:03:21 | More by LSMroz
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zhanson88

California

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 22:41:18 | More by zhanson88
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inkdemention

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-27-2013 14:07:20 | More by inkdemention
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-21-2013 21:50:33 | More by dcloeren
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

05-20-2013 20:00:28 | More by InspectorBob
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-20-2013 16:29:58 | More by jklecko2
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-16-2013 17:59:41 | More by Pecan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-13-2013 03:36:58 | More by Kelp
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-12-2013 02:32:44 | More by Satchboogie
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-11-2013 21:36:27 | More by bbadger
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:16:00 | More by Dope
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-29-2013 01:51:54 | More by weonfire
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1%

04-25-2013 04:48:36 | More by freduardo
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Jordantb313

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-24-2013 05:19:19 | More by Jordantb313
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

04-19-2013 07:53:49 | More by strongaf
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edhaaslovesbacon

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-03-2013 21:03:32 | More by edhaaslovesbacon
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-02-2013 21:28:37 | More by bulldogg915
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

03-25-2013 01:45:20 | More by SpdKilz
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keenanite21

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

03-23-2013 21:36:23 | More by keenanite21
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.