Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russpowell:
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Serving type: can
02-13-2013 04:11:34 | More by russpowell
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4.4/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A- Pitch black. Poured an awesome 1 finger, creamy, khaki colored head. Great lacing.
S- Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, toffee, grape, slight coffee, and light vanilla. Seems like there might be some oats, too. Oak gets stronger as it warms.
T- Very nice. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, and oak hits first. Midway, these flavors are met by the grapes, which ties the flavors together wonderfully. Finish is a mix of coffee, rich chocolate, and roasted malts. Beautiful balance and an awesome mix of flavors. As refreshing as a stout could be.
M- Medium light body, which works well to compliment the flavors. Slightly drying with a light, charred aftertaste. Good crisp carbonation.
O- I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I'm typically not a fan of grapey tasting stouts, so I wasn't expecting much. But here, the grape adds a wonderful accent and acts more as a binding agent than anything else. I would definitely have this again.
Serving type: can
04-30-2014 21:33:10 | More by tmm313
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.