Hibernal Vinifera Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.26/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - rich, dark brown, seems viscous. Pours slowly and distributes easily into pint glass. Head disappeared rather quickly, but did not detract from aroma. Very little residue on sides of serving pint glass after a few drinks.
S - deep aromas of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. Essence of plum, dark grape, oak and cedar. Even some brown butter later after drinking.
T - initial milk chocolate progresses into notes of darker chocolate, bing cherry, strawberry, oak and hints of black pepper. The grape flavors seem more subtle than the other fruits but are there. Finishes off-dry like dark chocolate or a big red wine with a fading creaminess at the same time.
O - an innovative offering of the style with the Malbec grape juice and oak aging. Pair with grilled and roasted dark meats, purple beats, eggplant, berries, raw shellfish, chocolate cakes and puddings, white cheeses but maybe not bleu or feta.
Serving type: can
04-03-2014 04:23:10 | More by MinisterCurry
4.04/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: This beer has a pretty head, particularly for a stout. The beige foam swells up as soon as it is poured from the can to about a finger’s width. The retention is pretty decent as it slowly settles down into a wispy cap that reveals just a peak of beer that is pretty much straight black underneath it. The lacing is outstanding, covering 90% of the back of the glass.
SMELL: Roasty, coffee-like malt aromas dominate while hints of dark chocolate and grape.
TASTE: The dark chocolate of the nose seems more like a rich, milk chocolate on the palate. The coffee flavors are still present, but they are much more subdued, especially up front. The medium, roasty bitterness is perfectly balanced with the chocolate and subtle grape flavors.
MOUTHFEEL: Again, this is a very well balanced beer. Begins sweet and slowly fades into a more bitter finish. At 8%, the Vinifera drinks like it’s a 10%-plus Imperial Stout with a nice, medium to big body. Rich, silky and smooth.
OVERALL: Of the seasonal stouts, I have to say this is my favorite. The body of this beer is just right and hits the spot either on a cold winter night or on a mild, sunny, late-winter afternoon here in Colorado. Great decision for their Hibernal beer.
Serving type: can
03-15-2014 19:43:05 | More by StoneTSR
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and some very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted and charred malts with lighter aromas of oak, chocolate, and dark fruit (red wine grapes).
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and charred malts with some light to moderate flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The dark fruit/red wine grape starts out as a light flavor but builds to a moderate flavor as the beer warms up. Very light amounts of initial sweetness that quickly fades into a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Enjoyable and easy to drink - I could see myself having one to two of these in an evening and finding it quite pleasant. I like the mixture of the wine grapes and the stout flavors and aromas with a nice note of the oak barrels from aging. Well done and I will probably grab another couple of these the next time I see them.
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 18:52:25 | More by dbrauneis
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.