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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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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-27-2013 03:11:20 | More by enelson
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-25-2013 23:48:13 | More by drummermattie02
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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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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2013 03:25:51 | More by RudnicsMEB
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Kansas

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
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Dorkbug


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-20-2013 02:17:03 | More by Dorkbug
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aflies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2013 14:12:11 | More by aflies
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-18-2013 03:56:47 | More by carteravebrew
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-18-2013 01:11:53 | More by Whiskeydeez
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pooogy

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-16-2013 16:26:55 | More by pooogy
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Stoshua

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-15-2013 18:29:06 | More by Stoshua
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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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markmcconv

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-13-2013 19:32:35 | More by markmcconv
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Serving type: can

02-13-2013 04:11:34 | More by russpowell
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell is sweet, mildly roast chocolate malt, smells somewhat of lactose though I don't know if there's actually any lactose here. Not really noticing the grapes.

Taste is a little more subdued, I get the lactose flavor again, grapes are present here but only a little, typical range of stout flavors, nothing extraodrinary.

Carbonation is good but the feel is a little thin, fine but not great.

Pretty good beer, nothing special, not as unique as I hoped given the fruit addition.

6.6/10

Serving type: can

02-12-2013 04:57:02 | More by AlexFields
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JRBecks

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-11-2013 20:59:03 | More by JRBecks
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another intriguing canned stout from Ska... lets give it a try. Poured into snifter. Pour is black, medium visual weight with a collar of tan head. Moderate amount of lacing left behind The nose has that nice roasty foreign stout character that emphasizes roasted barley and black patent. The malbec grape character integrates nicely with the sweet malt components of the aroma. A bit of oak is present as well which gives off a somewhat dry aroma. The taste starts with grape sweetness that presents itself delicately. I was concerned that this brew would be a sweet mess given the ingredients. The grape lends nicely to the sturdy roast of the base, very nice balance. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and oak come through with hints of white grape juice throughout. The grape quality makes one last appearance on the finish. mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is very unique and well executed. At 10.99 a six pack, it also offers a good value. Worth a try!

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 08:36:23 | More by homebrew311
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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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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-09-2013 01:31:04 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Circleo12

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-09-2013 00:53:49 | More by Circleo12
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Efay

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 02:25:23 | More by Efay
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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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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-07-2013 16:52:01 | More by Listers
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-05-2013 22:56:58 | More by Texasfan549
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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