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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.

(Beer added by: JMBSH on 12-29-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

pinnser, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MEW, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of tjumfrid
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 JMBSH
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby almost black if not for a light to hold it up to. A hard pour gave a good sized head that shrank to a nice coating on top. As I drank, a bit of lacing was left on all sides of the glass.

S - A faint but noticible coffee aroma.

T - Coffee, toasted oak, a bit of chocolate. A sweetness that I can't really describe that is followed by the hop bitterness that while not overpowering does seem to hang around a fair bit. After about half of the glass is gone I thought I detected a grape-like flavor that was hidden by the hop bitterness.

M - Not as "thick" as some stouts but it also doesn't seem thin by any means.

O - Very tasty. I suspect the grape juice might have helped with the sweetness that i tasted that complemented the coffee notes. The oak was more noticed as I first tried it. I liked this beer. The only thing I wish Ska had don't was not about the beer but their website. They teased about info about the beer but I followed every link I could and couldn't find anything about it.

JMBSH, Dec 29, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at Total Wine in mid-November for $1.99. Best by May 04 2013. Received at Total Wine 10-11-13. Hmmm...last year's vintage...we will see how it goes.

Beer poured dark brown with a robust tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

Taste is chocolate with a touch of grape. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent stout that has a nice little twist with the grape. Well played by Ska!

arizcards, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of IPA1978
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Black with a good brown head, good lacing

S- Roasted malt and a slight red wine or champagne aroma.

T- Roasted malt, cocoa, acidic sweetness, raisins, bitter coffee. I don't get the wine coming through through like it did in the aroma. The Stout flavors dominate.

M- Medium body, fine carbonation.

O- The smell of this got me excited but the taste was like a strong stout, good just not what I expected.

IPA1978, Mar 08, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and some very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted and charred malts with lighter aromas of oak, chocolate, and dark fruit (red wine grapes).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and charred malts with some light to moderate flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The dark fruit/red wine grape starts out as a light flavor but builds to a moderate flavor as the beer warms up. Very light amounts of initial sweetness that quickly fades into a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink - I could see myself having one to two of these in an evening and finding it quite pleasant. I like the mixture of the wine grapes and the stout flavors and aromas with a nice note of the oak barrels from aging. Well done and I will probably grab another couple of these the next time I see them.

dbrauneis, Mar 12, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Drinkin' a beer with Malbec grapes, watching a documentary that mentions Baalbek. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dusty cocoa powder, light oak, and a vague sense of flavored alcohol, as though I sniffed a Solo cup left over from some random college party where they were drinking who-knows what in these cheap-ass vessels. The taste rings with a sharp red wine grape covered in cocoa and mild coffee. Hints of vanilla bean and oak dart in and out at various points. Though a bit of booziness pervades, it doesn't wholly interfere with things, rather opting to occasionally create a sense of cough syrup every now and again. Somehow, this jumble works. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate (verging on moderate) carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice stout, one that blends the wine grapes well with the roasty surroundings.

TMoney2591, Jan 31, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottom of can says Best By 05 May 14

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before slinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich dark roasted malt creates a nice bouquet of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Some traces of oak.

T- Flavor isn't quite as impressive as there's a char that doesn't quite go well with the rest of the profile. I can kind of get the grape juice notes but it doesn't do much to offset the overly prevalent char. The notes found in the aroma are lost to a typical dark roast that's more bitter than sweet and is pretty one-dimensional. That being said, the drinkability is high even after multiple sips. Also, there's a considerable amount of hop bitterness which isn't exactly welcome in this case. Plus I'm struggling to find any oak which was hinted at in the smell.

M- Slightly creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- A good try, although I feel like they should've gone more extreme with the base beer if they were going to age it on oak. Maybe use more grape juice? Instead, what's left is an above-average stout that you wouldn't know saw any time in a barrel. Ska's hoppier, less malty offerings are definitely more where it's at.

Immortale25, Feb 14, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome near-black beer with a glint of red. The ample head is even a darker beige than many stouts.

Big and bold dark roasted malt flavors with an engaging sweetness. An intriguing swirl of flavors-- part wine, chocolate, burnt sugar, mellow malt, and a touch of hops. Somewhat bitter, in balance with the richness. Thoroughly drinkable and a nice change from the usual sweet and bitter insane RIS monsters.

I think this is a more interesting approach to the "beers of the future." The flavoring is appropriate and the brew has a distinctly beery character. But it's a little different on the creative side. I just had a DFH Noble Rot, so it's from the white wine to the red.

mactrail, Mar 04, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to boatshoes for sending this can my way!

A: Pours dark cola brown, with a one-finger tan head. Looks fizzy.

S: Chocolate is the main event, with dark caramel malt. Not picking up anything in the way of oak or grape on the nose.

T/M: Chocolate. There is some dark fruit here, though I can't say whether it's from malt or actual grapes. It's sweet, but there's some acidic tartness to keep it interesting. Quite a good combination. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, creamy and thick. That's the beer's best quality.

O: A solid stout with a nice little tart kick. Glad to have tried it.

CharlatanSin, Mar 10, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet black coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of roast, cream, peat, earth, wood, and subtle char. Very well blended and balanced aromas. Flavors are roast and creamy forward, with a tart and sweet grape note ribboning throughout. Very unique and balanced. Subtle chocolate notes in the background, with hints of smoke and char throughout. Touches of bitter coffee, too. Smooth and robust in mouth, with a bitter and roasted aftertaste of baker's chocolate and booze. The finish is smooth, with a subtle bitter and rich linger. This is a big beer, and a very unique twist on the style. Tasty.

GarthDanielson, Mar 06, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with a nice lasting brown head and good lace.

Aroma and flavor very nice, an up-close smell hints of a bigger stout than it actually is (no shortage of aroma). However, balance is the word for this tasty beer. Burnt, toasted, roasted, and dark fruit flavors balance nicely, with just enough bitterness to make for a very well rounded stout.

Alcohol is well hidden and the medium to full body is surprisingly drinkable. Good job Ska, I've yet to have one of your beers that I didn't like.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 06, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body, with a hue of dark coffee brown on the edges of the glass. A thick head of foam, but with lots of air in it. Not much head retention but there was lacing.

S- Very earthy. A nose of charred malt, with lots of oak coming through. Lastly there is some fruity acidity, probably from grapes, but its not distinguishable from other acidic fruits.

T- Initial hoppy bitterness that is stressed due to the bitterness of the charred malt. Tastes of toffee is apparent, with some coffee flavor also. Grapes aren't distinguishable but the beer has that acidity to it.

M- Light for a stout, and moderate carbonation.

O- Overall a good beer, but it would have been better if the grape was more outstanding so it could compliment the bitterness from the hops and malt.

Efay, Feb 08, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, a souvenir from the mixed-pack glory that are liquor stores on South Colorado Blvd in Denver.

This beer pours a pretty solid black abyss, in terms of 'colour', with slight cola-tinged basal edges, and a fistful of puffy, rocky, and densely bubbly brown head, which leaves some stellar dark forest spooky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bittersweet powdered chocolate, roasted caramel/toffee malt, sort of sour milk, fruity red wine lees, a bit of oaken vanilla and wet wood stave astringency, coffee grounds, and a dry earthy mustiness. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, hard toffee, medium-dark chocolate, muddled dark fruit (ok, maybe a bit grapey) esters, a soft lactic sweetness, hints of woodsiness - both barrel and hop in orientation - and minor leafy, floral bitters.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous in its understated meanderings, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, the only tic seeming to be a rousing ('bout time, eh?) booziness. It finishes on the sweet side, as the cocoa, caramel, fruit, wood and booze all conspire to act civil and all that.

A pleasantly quaffable foreign stout, the wood and wine grape treatment adding a further bit of zest, but not overstepping their bounds at any time. Heady, hearty, and wholly unworthy of this gentile fall weather we're 'enduring' at the moment - maybe I should have saved this one for a few months.

biboergosum, Oct 15, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and grapes.

T - Tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and raisins. Rich and decadent.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with dry, finish.

O - This is a really tasty stout. I really like this series of stouts from Ska.

zeff80, Feb 05, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Beer is a dark brown black color with no head and therefore no lacing.
S - 4.00 - Dark malts, dark fruits, grape, some alcohol. Roasty notes. Dark chocolate.
T - 4.00 - Dark, roasty malts, dark fruits, grape and some alcohol - basically the same as the smell.
M - 4.00 - Medium - heavy. Some alcohol taste. Aftertaste is roasty, little bit of alcohol, some dark fruit type tastes.
O - 4.00 - It's somewhere between a belgian stout and an imperial stout. I like it. It's a little light bodied, but that's probably due to the grape juice drying it out.

ISmith87, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Todd, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

falconxman, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BlazedNug, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

blindpiggie, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

enelson, Feb 27, 2013
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.