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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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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 165
Gots: 48 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

bbadger, May 11, 2013
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

weonfire, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

freduardo, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Jordantb313, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

strongaf, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

edhaaslovesbacon, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bulldogg915, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

SpdKilz, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

keenanite21, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #0877.

3.5 A: Dark brown, near black color. Just a quarter finger of beige head formed, but didn't stick around long.

4.25 S: The beer and barrel really integrate well in this one. Leathery whiskey offers a light smokiness, a touch of mineral, apple orchard, and melon. The base offers plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, biscuity graham cracker, light toastiness, brown sugar, and toffee.

4.25 T: Tastes like the nose. Barrel and whiskey contribute leather, smokiness, light mineral, melon, vanilla, and apple. Plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, toastiness, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuity malts. The only issue is that I'd like the overall intensity to be upped a bit.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but lacking creaminess. I'd also like it to be a bit thicker, but it's still good overall. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 D: Good beer, but not worth the $30 this cost me in Pittsburgh. I guess I should just be happy it made it out to here.

DavoleBomb, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Thomas_Picton, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rab53, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Whiskey notes up front with some underlying chocolate malt. Light spices with some fruity ale yeast.

T: More of the barrel comes out with some caramel sweetness. Whiskey notes with some spiciness as well. Sweet malt with some mild fruitiness. The barrel takes over mostly.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Very smooth.

O: Pretty solid overall. The whiskey barrel is prominent without being hot or overbearing. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Treebs, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beeradelphia, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

hiphopj5, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MSandahl23, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

aasher, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jonbeer89, Jan 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Tittles, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Lob, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Googs
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, 12.4% ABV poured into a goblet.

A: Thick reddish brown body, minimal amounts of carbonation showing with some lacing on the glass. What I would expect.

S: Really nice. whiskey and oak heavy upfront on the nose, followed by sweet toffee malts.

T: Like the nose, whisky hits you first, and hard. Then come vanilla, cocoa and caramel flavors. The transition ain't the smoothest nor is this the most balanced brew of the style, but it's pretty good barrel-foward beer.

M: Somewhat viscous, but not chewy. Alcohol makes itself known, in taste and the warming in your throat. English take on the style, so it's it's on the dryer side with not much of a hop presence.

O: I payed $32.00 for this beer and I wouldn't do it again. Seems like this beer is somewhat hard to get, and it's pretty good, so I'm not unhappy about the purchase. I had a BA 4D last night as well, and this isn't standing up to it, especially for that price tag. If you like whiskey or boiler makers, get this brew. I enjoyed it because of that, but at the same time prefer a bit more balance and malt/sweetness presence in this kind of beer. Can't wait to try BA Old Ruffian and Yeti.

Googs, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 06, 2013
Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.