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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JMBSH on 12-29-2012

Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.
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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 55
Photo of nphillips
2.31/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sickeningly sweet, over-carbonated, and way too thin to be enjoyed by this stout enthusiast!

Photo of RuckusDu
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Ainjyll
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of timlyon
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

6.6/10

Photo of blakelive784
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Birmz
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterNic
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.