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Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JMBSH on 12-29-2012

Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dbol for this 12oz can. Into a Delirium snifter.

Matt black look to it with a nice mocha head of foam that has a nice creamy appearance after swirling. A little bit of lacing as it sits at a level just above film.

Roast aroma, backed with plenty of caramel and it takes a while for the malbec influence to come through, but the vinous smell does late and then it is the sole aroma.

Little bit of licorice, caramel and then the malbec juice comes into it. Interesting mix, especially when the oak influence makes its presence. Complex.

Lower and softer carbonation. Nice warming vinous influence later on. ABV though is pretty well hidden.

Impressive stout. Plenty going on, plenty that could go wrong, fortunately it doesn't. Really interesting beer and worth trying. Thanks Dan for the opportunity.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

S - Coffee, cocoa powder, little fruitiness, mild sweetness.

A - Opaque black. Medium sized brown head holds a nice cap of tight foam. Nice bit of lacing.

T - Tons of complex caramel and chocolate maltiness, smooth/velvety texture. Vinous/ Special B red fruit on the later half. Finishes with a delicious roastiness. Little bit of bitterness near the end. The aftertaste has a lingering sweetness along with all those big caramel malts.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied, ultra smooth, light to medium-light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Quite a delicious brew. All the qualities of a good stout with an added wine-like flavor/feel twist. Very skillfully employed. Smell really popped and flavor had many dimensions.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can served in a Pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a non translucent midnight black color with four fingers of light tan, bubbly head. Retentions is awful, but somewhat excusable given the high ABV. Appealing but generic.

S - Roasted malt is the star. Artificial grape and light bitter chocolates. Strangely, it works well. Seems sweet. Cream and light caramel are buried in there. Mild in strength. I'm curious....

T - The grape is surprisingly restrained. It's a little welch's like, but it counters the bold roasted malts and coffee. The malt overshadows the grape throughout. Bitter near the finish. Really well balanced . I like it. It'd work better, though, if it had red wine notes instead of artificial juice. No alcohol comes through.

M - Too thin and over carbonated for the style. Missing the full body and creamy mouthfeel.

D -Hides its ABV well and is built well. I'm surprised at this one. With some work, it could be great.

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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to boatshoes for sending this can my way!

A: Pours dark cola brown, with a one-finger tan head. Looks fizzy.

S: Chocolate is the main event, with dark caramel malt. Not picking up anything in the way of oak or grape on the nose.

T/M: Chocolate. There is some dark fruit here, though I can't say whether it's from malt or actual grapes. It's sweet, but there's some acidic tartness to keep it interesting. Quite a good combination. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, creamy and thick. That's the beer's best quality.

O: A solid stout with a nice little tart kick. Glad to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.