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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.

(Beer added by: JMBSH on 12-29-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2%

BlazedNug, Feb 22, 2014
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Photo of tjumfrid
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 10 oz. can into a globe.

A: Purple, almost mahogany with very slight lacing on the top.

S: Alcohol, maltiness.

T: A Light stout in flavor. RIght off the bat I detect remnants of grape, adding a nice sweetness overall.

M: Light-bodied. Carbonation dances on the tongue.

O: A good stout. I will get it again, yet not anytime soon.

tjumfrid, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2%

Todd, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

12 oz can, best by 4/13/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy light brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and some vinous dark fruit.

The flavor is acidic roasted grains, some sweet dark fruits and chocolate, a little oak, and some vinous alcohol leading to a bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin and watery.

Overall, an interesting fruity roasty foreign export stout.

Beaver13, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of wlevando
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Drunk from a highball glass filled from a can.

Color: Black, with red tinge near top and bottom when held up to the light

Aroma: Vanilla and cocoa with a Ponderosa or Sequoia somethin something

Taste: Sweet vanilla with fruity-biscuity conveyance

Mouthfeel: A little limp and dry for something with this much going on

Linger: Dry to the point of mildly bitter. Vinous, but not thick

My take: A meal in a can kind of beer. Somewhat complex, with a thick drip-down-the-esophagus feel attendant to the style, and a lingering mouth presence, it should not be sessioned or taken with dinner. I might grab some sharp cheddar for my next gulp.

wlevando, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Guinnsslvr, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%

Medium to big light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear super dark brown to black colored beer.

Heavy dark roasted malts with black licorice and light dark chocolates aroma with a very light dark fruits, such as apricots, coming through as well.

Very dark chocolates, light black licorice, heavily roasted dark malts almost entirely drowned out the dark fruits in the taste of this stout.

A dry aftertaste with some of the heavy roasted taste lingering with this full bodied beer.

A dryish tasting, rich and worthy drink.

LXIXME, Apr 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

DerekQXQX, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tdm168, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

The Hiberdal Vinifera Stout is good. The stout poured an opaque dark in my sniffer. There is a thin tan head which is leaving some lace. The scent is bolstered by espresso with touches subtle hints of red wine. The taste is starts with a typical stout, roasts, earthy, espresso, etc. Then the finish has a dark fruit/black cherry tones. The Malbec presence becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a very interesting stout and a perfect winter warmer.

WoodBrew, Jan 30, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks to dbol for this 12oz can. Into a Delirium snifter.

Matt black look to it with a nice mocha head of foam that has a nice creamy appearance after swirling. A little bit of lacing as it sits at a level just above film.

Roast aroma, backed with plenty of caramel and it takes a while for the malbec influence to come through, but the vinous smell does late and then it is the sole aroma.

Little bit of licorice, caramel and then the malbec juice comes into it. Interesting mix, especially when the oak influence makes its presence. Complex.

Lower and softer carbonation. Nice warming vinous influence later on. ABV though is pretty well hidden.

Impressive stout. Plenty going on, plenty that could go wrong, fortunately it doesn't. Really interesting beer and worth trying. Thanks Dan for the opportunity.

MrKennedy, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

burnzgtm, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

StoutItOutLoud, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aztraz, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

I guess I just about missed this, only single cans left in mixed sixer section at Macadoodles in Joplin..

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing, decent head retention

S: Woody hops, figs, a bit of molasses

T: Follows the nose, dryness, black currant & carob up front. Black currant, woody & leafy hops as this warms, some charred grain notes & a whisper of white pepper & vanilla. Finishes dry, with dark fruit presence, a touch of of chocolate, & with a smidge grape juice acidity & white pepper

MF: Semi-chewy, smooth carbonation

A solid export stout, the grape juice brings some dryness/acidity to the party & that's about it from what I can see. ABV is fairly well hidden, drinks fairly easy

russpowell, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Kegatron, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hiphopj5, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

falconxman, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

zonker17, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured into a Jester King glass. Appearance had a deep purplish color when pouring, but was black once all settled in the glass. A very nice two-finger head appeared with tight bubbles.

The aroma was roasted chocolate notes and caramel upfront with a slight grape/plum sweetness in the background. I didn't get much oak, but the roasted notes were dominant in the nose.

The taste was truly fantastic. Starting with a sweetness, possibly from the Malbec grapes, that transitioned into a roasted coffee flavor. The finish was semi-sweet but still had the nice roasted coffee/baker's chocolate flavors intermingling with the grape sweetness. Very nice indeed. It really made for a nice balance of flavors and nothing ever became cloying.

The mouth feel was actually creamy and the carbonation was a little below moderate.

Overall, this was one of the best "Foreign/Export" stouts that I've had. I will definitely be stocking the fridge.

Riverwarrior, Feb 24, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

kjc111, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

blindpiggie, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

humpty1602, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

fishmich, Jul 19, 2013
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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.