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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-19-2014 04:51:18 | More by jak
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2013 16:07:53 | More by BigBry
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JohnBender

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 00:25:26 | More by JohnBender
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:49:08 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2%
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!

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 01:27:58 | More by facundoCNB
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-17-2013 21:30:07 | More by BAsbill
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beergoot

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 01:04:13 | More by beergoot
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-14-2014 05:14:03 | More by brandon911
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 00:41:09 | More by JMBSH
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katan

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 20:06:35 | More by katan
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-21-2013 13:49:03 | More by BeerOps
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-11-2014 14:26:07 | More by jklecko2
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-04-2013 03:25:42 | More by Dactrius
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-16-2014 18:02:16 | More by kristougher
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-15-2013 02:48:43 | More by hiphopj5
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-24-2013 20:45:58 | More by Arsenal0328
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-09-2014 14:26:56 | More by Drucifer
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-19-2014 03:21:35 | More by kew
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-25-2013 02:36:17 | More by mportnoy
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Small one-finger straw colored foamy head rises from the deep black brew. Lacing is inconsistent.

Oaky grapes, both are buried in chocolate and molasses.. Roasty, fresh, crisp, sweet, lactic...

Awesome milky smoothness, sweetness is subtle and dry. Grape notes are very light and slightly tart, but complement the body brew greatly.. Oaky, milky, smooth, crisp, dry, and earthy notes are great too. Carbonation is light, as it should be. Nice balance and complexity.

A great brew. For those that say it's boring and undefined, compare it side-by-side to SKA's Milk Stout, you'll see. This brew is a Home Run!! A must try. Well done, SKA..

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 03:46:01 | More by chugalug06
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-20-2013 06:14:57 | More by sprucetip
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-18-2014 01:26:08 | More by oldvines
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-10-2013 19:48:26 | More by LambicPentameter
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-28-2014 02:57:16 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-18-2013 03:56:47 | More by carteravebrew
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.