Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -2%
A- Black with a good brown head, good lacing
S- Roasted malt and a slight red wine or champagne aroma.
T- Roasted malt, cocoa, acidic sweetness, raisins, bitter coffee. I don't get the wine coming through through like it did in the aroma. The Stout flavors dominate.
M- Medium body, fine carbonation.
O- The smell of this got me excited but the taste was like a strong stout, good just not what I expected.
03-08-2013 23:43:56 | More by IPA1978
3.38/5 rDev -14%
12 oz can, best by 4/13/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy light brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and some vinous dark fruit.
The flavor is acidic roasted grains, some sweet dark fruits and chocolate, a little oak, and some vinous alcohol leading to a bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin and watery.
Overall, an interesting fruity roasty foreign export stout.
03-07-2013 00:45:05 | More by Beaver13
3.94/5 rDev +0.3%
Handsome near-black beer with a glint of red. The ample head is even a darker beige than many stouts.
Big and bold dark roasted malt flavors with an engaging sweetness. An intriguing swirl of flavors-- part wine, chocolate, burnt sugar, mellow malt, and a touch of hops. Somewhat bitter, in balance with the richness. Thoroughly drinkable and a nice change from the usual sweet and bitter insane RIS monsters.
I think this is a more interesting approach to the "beers of the future." The flavoring is appropriate and the brew has a distinctly beery character. But it's a little different on the creative side. I just had a DFH Noble Rot, so it's from the white wine to the red.
03-04-2013 05:23:34 | More by mactrail
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a black color. Good retention and great lacing. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, grape, slight coffee, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness and an associated thickness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight grape, hint of coffee, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, and decent aroma, body, and feel.
02-28-2013 15:45:13 | More by Tone
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
02-20-2013 02:37:40 | More by JEdmund
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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
02-13-2013 04:11:34 | More by russpowell
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
02-12-2013 04:57:02 | More by AlexFields
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.