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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

159 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 163
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of pattermj
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of DLucky
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

DLucky, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jivex5k, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bmmortale, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 +11.7%

Kopfschuss, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Nobcefus
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nobcefus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of FTowne
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

FTowne, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Zuidman, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Duff27, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

egrace84, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -25.6%

drummermattie02, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of drlovemd87
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

drlovemd87, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jriggins6, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

rlee1390, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of LSMroz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

LSMroz, May 28, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

zhanson88, May 27, 2013
Photo of inkdemention
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

inkdemention, May 27, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

dcloeren, May 21, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jklecko2, May 20, 2013
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.