Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a New Belgium globe.
The beer is espresso bean black with a mocha head. The head recedes to a thick film and leaves moderate lacing initially.
The beer smells very aromatic and wine-like. Grape juice and oak come through.
The beer starts out rich and sweet. Almost a sugary, lactose creaminess holds up the body, while a drier, oak and alcoholic burn come out in the finish. As the beer warms, a lot of rich, dark chocolate can be found.
The mouthfeel is thick and almost sticky.
Overall, this is a sipper for sure, and I don't think I'll be getting through the sixer anytime soon. Almost like a wine.
Serving type: can
01-19-2013 15:05:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Forms a really nice, tan head—lots of those small bubbles that form a tight head, much like an Old Rapsutin.
Good cocoa scent. A bit oaky. Maybe some grape, but it’s hard to tell.
Smooth and easy drinking. Was expecting a harsher roast quality, but that oak aging must have smoothed out its edges. Somewhat light in the beginning, but it finishes strong with roasted malts, oak, and a tannic bitterness that must be the grape juice. It’s a nice flavor overall, though a bit small compared to what I’m used to (though to be fair it is only 8%). Not really getting a strong grape flavor, though some in the aftertaste. If I didn’t know they were in here, I never would have guessed. Body is just a tad thin.
Enjoyable, easy-drinking, though it wasn’t quite as interesting as I had hoped given the addition of grapes. Glad I just picked up a single. Worth a try though.
Serving type: can
02-20-2013 02:37:40 | More by JEdmund
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.