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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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very good

210 Ratings

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

zonker17, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Jet black. Little head, light brown.

S- Roasted, chocolate, a little alcohol.

T- More of the same. A little acidic, a little UK. Very nice.

M- Thick and matches the style.

O- Very nice altogether. I usually don't like Ska, but this is a very good beer.

JohnBender, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Rayek
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Rayek, May 05, 2013
Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jak, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
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
Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

thufflife, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2%

BigBry, May 20, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +2%

jplopez21, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of beergoot
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chunky, foamy head sits atop a deep, dark brown (almost black) body. Roasted, charred grains with hints of chocolate and cocoa nibs; coffee. Very rich, smooth mouthfeel that contains delicious dark grain flavors; bitter chocolate; excellent hop bitterness to tame the sweetness of the malts.

I find this to be an exquisite little foreign export stout. It's packed with flavor and character all wrapped up in a deliciously sweet and heavy body. I'm not sure what the malbec grapes added to this little beauty, but but all the other ingredients sure come together wonderfully. If a big, roast-y "meal-in-a-can" stout is what you're after, this one easily fits the bill.

beergoot, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BAsbill, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thick black pour with 3 fingers of frothy brown head leaving behind ridiculous amounts of lacing. head dissipated slowly. smells of red wine, vanilla, oak, toasted grains, cocoa. the flavor is pretty much exactly like the smell. a nice bitter on the finish. medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel like that of a dry irish stout, moderate carbonation.

a nice stout, better fresh than with a few months age on it. got more wine out of the first few cans. can't wait for the next ska seasonal stout!

facundoCNB, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +2%

brandon911, Mar 14, 2014
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
Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Dactrius, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jklecko2, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kristougher, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +2%

BeerOps, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of katan
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark black, like night. Mocha colored head. Well retained.

S - Light nose, mostly a roasted barley scent. Some hints of chocolate.

T - Smooth and easy in the start, lightly sweet, some hints of roast but not overbearing. Mid-stream gets a little more balanced, but hopping is nowhere to be found. Finishes clean, lightly chocolately. Not sure the malbec grapes make an appearance.

M - Smooth, creamy - velvety. It has almost a nitro approach to it. Hardly any afteraffects.

O/D - A nice and easy drinking stout. I can't argue about the taste, although I'm not sure how much it incorporates the uniqueness they were aiming for. Worth a try.

katan, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hellpop65, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Arsenal0328, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +2%

kew, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

oldvines, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hiphopj5, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Drucifer, Jun 09, 2014
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.