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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 8
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:
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%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
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
Photo of biboergosum
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, rock, 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, dry 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
Photo of zeff80
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a real strange installment of the stout series. aged in oak with malbec grape juice added. the pour looks alright, jet black and thicker, with an inch of tan head with nice retention. maybe im seeing what i want to see here, but there appears to be a faint purple color to it when held to the light. the smell is of a sweet stout, maybe not quite a milk stout, but there is plenty of residual sugar in this one, as well as a sturdy but not too black roasty malt base. the grape juice can hardly be smelled or tasted. it just tastes like a sweet stout to me, i dont even get much oak. i get a hint of grapey acidity towards the end, but thats about it. its got a strange aftertaste of fruit, which i think clashes with the large dark malt profile rather than adding anything desirable. full body and a very funny feeling beer in the stomach. im glad i got a single instead of a 6pack, as this is not as easy beer to put down. i dont dislike it, but i dont think it came together quite the way it was intended to. maybe more time in oak would bring the flavors together in a more congruent way, or maybe they should just scrap this and go back to the mole stout, because that was darn good.

StonedTrippin, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Kegatron, Mar 18, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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

russpowell, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fizz. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and stray lacing. Near-black body, with brownish tinges at the edge.

S - Roasty, with some oak presence. Dark chocolate, some caramel, and molasses. Light notes of dark fruit and perhaps a touch of vinous grape; I'm guessing most of it fermented out though. The oak presence increases significantly as the beer warms up.

T - The taste has a lot more grape presence, with light notes of roasted malts, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Nice balance and integration of flavors and well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium body, with some light alcohol warmth by the end of the snifter. Chewy texture, with fairly minimal oak; lightly sticky in the finish.

D - I liked this quite a bit and I'd be willing to pick up a 4-pack to see how it compares out of the can. Interesting and unique beer; I dug their Merlot stout and this was in a similar vein. I can imagine this might be a bit polarizing, but it worked for my palate. Happily consumed 12oz and could drink a couple in an evening.

MasterSki, Jan 30, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev +2%

MarkyMOD, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This came to me in a box from BigBry which I just opened today, despite its having arrived a couple of months ago. I am seriously behind in my CANQuest (TM) reviews, but I am getting caught up pretty quickly.

From the CAN: "Recycle -Solstice - Origin - Produce - Hgeshtin-Ana - Recycle - Brother - Divine - Wrath - Irrigate - Cultivate - Balance"; "Hand-Crafted"; "Seasonal Stout"; "Oak-Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice".

The Crack was followed by an inverted Glug which produced both a pseudo-cascading action as well as two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head with great retention. As the head began to fall, lacing began to form almost immediately. In pouring it, I could see that the color was a purplish-brown, like a really bad bruise. once in the glass, however, it was allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled of raisins and chocolate and I was instantly reminded of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut chocolate bar! Wild. Mouthfeel was medium and I am going to go out on a limb here and declare the taste as "vinous". Call me crazy ... All joking aside, the grapiness was immediately evident with a kind of sour/tart flavor, followed by a smoky chocolatiness.The finish was semi-dry and I was reminded of the homemade wine that my uncle makes, especially the Zinfandel in 1989. Wow! What won't they think of next? This was totally unexpected and quite the drink. One would be plenty for me, but for the vino crowd, this could be a bridge.

woodychandler, Jun 24, 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting take on a stout.
Pours dark grape juice, dark purple. Nice looking head on it, rocky, foamy, good lacing.

Aroma is a touch odd. Some oak and vanilla. Vinous. Hints of cocoa and caramel. Dark plum

Flavor is thin for an export stout. The malbec juice shows the fruitiness of the beer. Dark plum is there, without much sweetness. Oak a bit. Chocolate a bit. Some toffee. Booze is well hidden.

Feels a bit dry, but also smooth. This is an easy drinking stout.

Mebuzzard, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tdm168, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. Good retention and great lacing. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, grape, slight coffee, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness and an associated thickness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight grape, hint of coffee, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, and decent aroma, body, and feel.

Tone, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.