Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
Smell is sweet, mildly roast chocolate malt, smells somewhat of lactose though I don't know if there's actually any lactose here. Not really noticing the grapes.
Taste is a little more subdued, I get the lactose flavor again, grapes are present here but only a little, typical range of stout flavors, nothing extraodrinary.
Carbonation is good but the feel is a little thin, fine but not great.
Pretty good beer, nothing special, not as unique as I hoped given the fruit addition.
02-12-2013 04:57:02 | More by AlexFields
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
12 fl oz can served in a Pilsner glass, reviewed live:
A - pours a non translucent midnight black color with four fingers of light tan, bubbly head. Retentions is awful, but somewhat excusable given the high ABV. Appealing but generic.
S - Roasted malt is the star. Artificial grape and light bitter chocolates. Strangely, it works well. Seems sweet. Cream and light caramel are buried in there. Mild in strength. I'm curious....
T - The grape is surprisingly restrained. It's a little welch's like, but it counters the bold roasted malts and coffee. The malt overshadows the grape throughout. Bitter near the finish. Really well balanced . I like it. It'd work better, though, if it had red wine notes instead of artificial juice. No alcohol comes through.
M - Too thin and over carbonated for the style. Missing the full body and creamy mouthfeel.
D -Hides its ABV well and is built well. I'm surprised at this one. With some work, it could be great.
03-12-2013 00:57:44 | More by blakelive784
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.
03-07-2013 00:45:05 | More by Beaver13
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
Appearance- Motor oil, dark tan 1 finger head
Smell- Chocolate, some roastiness, vanilla
Taste- Huge hop flavor at the front of the tongue, middle dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon notes, finish is bitter, roasty, dry coffee
Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, motor oil thickness
Overall- Overall, this is an excellent imperial stout. I don't pick up any of the malbec grape juice, but I think that's a good thing. I would definitely buy it again.
02-09-2014 21:13:39 | More by MisterNic
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.