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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: 5
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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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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clogger3030

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-06-2014 20:58:20 | More by clogger3030
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet black coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of roast, cream, peat, earth, wood, and subtle char. Very well blended and balanced aromas. Flavors are roast and creamy forward, with a tart and sweet grape note ribboning throughout. Very unique and balanced. Subtle chocolate notes in the background, with hints of smoke and char throughout. Touches of bitter coffee, too. Smooth and robust in mouth, with a bitter and roasted aftertaste of baker's chocolate and booze. The finish is smooth, with a subtle bitter and rich linger. This is a big beer, and a very unique twist on the style. Tasty.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 02:29:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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polopaul20

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-04-2014 15:47:44 | More by polopaul20
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-04-2014 01:15:35 | More by CalbeDacks
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admonster00

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-01-2014 03:11:41 | More by admonster00
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MrPlayboy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-26-2014 00:09:42 | More by MrPlayboy
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Jester King glass. Appearance had a deep purplish color when pouring, but was black once all settled in the glass. A very nice two-finger head appeared with tight bubbles.

The aroma was roasted chocolate notes and caramel upfront with a slight grape/plum sweetness in the background. I didn't get much oak, but the roasted notes were dominant in the nose.

The taste was truly fantastic. Starting with a sweetness, possibly from the Malbec grapes, that transitioned into a roasted coffee flavor. The finish was semi-sweet but still had the nice roasted coffee/baker's chocolate flavors intermingling with the grape sweetness. Very nice indeed. It really made for a nice balance of flavors and nothing ever became cloying.

The mouth feel was actually creamy and the carbonation was a little below moderate.

Overall, this was one of the best "Foreign/Export" stouts that I've had. I will definitely be stocking the fridge.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 19:45:11 | More by Riverwarrior
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BlazedNug

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-22-2014 21:42:54 | More by BlazedNug
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2014 14:57:29 | More by ChicagoNick
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vinifera Stout – Foreign Stout (8%) - Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours an opaque black with just the slightest reddish hues in strong light. Massive three finger head forms, then settles to half finger medium reddish-brown ring with high, sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Nose is firmly stout like with dry roasted grains foremost in aroma. Some slight grape skin like tannic aromas very subtle in the background. Minor alcohol twinge. Bouquet is mild, but takes on a more vinous character as it warms, but it certainly doesn't smell like malbec.

Taste: Grape flavors are mild and most clear on the foretaste, but present through true- and after taste. Mildly sweet, earthy, and not without a touch of acidity. Malt is dark and mostly dry with a hint of dark caramel. Subtle chocolate and oak flavors. Tastes more like stout than anything else, but the grape does add an extra dimension that is simultaneously sweet, tannic, and dry. Roasted as well as grape flavors linger long after swallowing.

Mouth: Full bodied with soft carbonation that allows the complex flavors to play against one another. Alcohol is slightly warming, but not overpowering. Slight dryness from grapes and roasted malts.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 2/19/14.

Serving type: can

02-20-2014 07:09:37 | More by ZoomanCru
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-19-2014 14:13:31 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-19-2014 02:17:33 | More by Christianuriah
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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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TaylorBrake

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-15-2014 03:56:58 | More by TaylorBrake
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arizcards

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at Total Wine in mid-November for $1.99. Best by May 04 2013. Received at Total Wine 10-11-13. Hmmm...last year's vintage...we will see how it goes.

Beer poured dark brown with a robust tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

Taste is chocolate with a touch of grape. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent stout that has a nice little twist with the grape. Well played by Ska!

Serving type: can

02-15-2014 01:13:09 | More by arizcards
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottom of can says Best By 05 May 14

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before slinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich dark roasted malt creates a nice bouquet of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Some traces of oak.

T- Flavor isn't quite as impressive as there's a char that doesn't quite go well with the rest of the profile. I can kind of get the grape juice notes but it doesn't do much to offset the overly prevalent char. The notes found in the aroma are lost to a typical dark roast that's more bitter than sweet and is pretty one-dimensional. That being said, the drinkability is high even after multiple sips. Also, there's a considerable amount of hop bitterness which isn't exactly welcome in this case. Plus I'm struggling to find any oak which was hinted at in the smell.

M- Slightly creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- A good try, although I feel like they should've gone more extreme with the base beer if they were going to age it on oak. Maybe use more grape juice? Instead, what's left is an above-average stout that you wouldn't know saw any time in a barrel. Ska's hoppier, less malty offerings are definitely more where it's at.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 00:04:15 | More by Immortale25
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pinnser

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-13-2014 21:42:31 | More by pinnser
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-12-2014 23:59:26 | More by Gonzoillini
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MisterNic

Wyoming

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Motor oil, dark tan 1 finger head

Smell- Chocolate, some roastiness, vanilla

Taste- Huge hop flavor at the front of the tongue, middle dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon notes, finish is bitter, roasty, dry coffee

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, motor oil thickness

Overall- Overall, this is an excellent imperial stout. I don't pick up any of the malbec grape juice, but I think that's a good thing. I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 21:13:39 | More by MisterNic
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-09-2014 02:44:15 | More by leroybrown10
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-09-2014 00:48:29 | More by inspektor
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2014 13:46:45 | More by JohnnyK
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-05-2014 01:25:41 | More by AngusOg
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.