Hibernation Ale - Barrel-Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over 12 months in whiskey barrels has completely transformed our prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. If you can only take one beer into your cave this winter, we suggest this one.

Added by waltonc on 11-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,285
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
380
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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Photo of Tcsox
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Label states 2014 vintage, but the bottling date is 1/5/15. Bottle is 3.5 years old at the time of consumption.

A: Dark chestnut brown with a slight haze. The head settles after a moment and leaves little to no lacing.

S: Molasses and burnt sugar. Milk chocolate and caramel chews. Fruitcake. Subtle, complementary notes of sweet whiskey. Earthy and herbal hops are still apparent too.

T: Milk chocolate and bourbon ball candy up front. Caramel and some sweet whiskey. Subtle oak. Stewed plums and fruitcake. Earthy hops have subsided, but still bring undercurrents of slight pine and garden herb. Wood, whiskey, and chocolate on the finish.

M: Full bodied with some heft. Chewy and a bit coating. Round and smooth. Carbonation is soft and gentle. Warming alcohol soothes.

O: This aged well, and was well-rounded after being tucked away for a few years. The overall impression is sweet, with a lot of milk chocolate, caramel, and whiskey. I drank it with a strip steak, but found it more appropriate for a dessert pairing.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Diura
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 version (2/15/16) poured into a wine glass. Turbid dark brown with ruby highlights, a thin layer of head that retains well on the side of the glass. Smell is delish, a mix of dark fruit, whiskey, fig, and vanilla. The taste is similar, but more mellow and rounded. Soma cola notes. The mouthfeel is medium, not heavy or syrupy, with a low amount of carbonation. It does get a touch sticky when it warms. Been a while since I had the original, but this was worth the go, and the whiskey barrel is an plus addition.

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Photo of HobbNobber
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this bourbon barrel aged old ale

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Photo of glf60
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on label is bottling date of 'APR 27 2017'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Two finger head (light tan) upon pouring settles to thick and creamy cap. Sheets of lacing mostly settle but leave spots and strings on the glass.
Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey barrel, dark fruit, and a whiff of chocolate and vanilla.
Taste is rather sweet, with dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla, and then later the whiskey barrel adds its mark. Has a little alcohol burn. No bitterness.
Medium to creamy mouth feel. A light behind the glass shows moderate level of carbonation (rising bubbles).
A very good winter warmer beer is made more complex with the aging in the whiskey barrels. Good balance and all flavors are allowed to be expressed. Sweet and slightly hot from the barrel.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atone315
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianstrong2
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a thin cap of khaki bubbles that dissipate quickly, minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel and raisins with the bourbon barrel in the background. The flavor is caramel, molasses, raisins, and bourbon. Nice smooth feel with just the right touch of carbonation. Overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a minimum of head and not much lacing. Smell is caramel and dark fruits followed by the whiskey. A slight hops note also there. Taste is much like the aroma. The dark fruits and rich caramel worked in well with the warm and smooth whiskey. Medium body and just below average carbonation. Nice sticky finish.

A fantastic winter sipper. This was a 2016 vintage and it was near perfect. I'm going to seek more of this out.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a two finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla and whiskey.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Caramel, brown sugar, raisins, figs, vanilla and lots of whiskey.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is nice whiskey aged old ale. This is makes a nice sipper on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hibernation Ale - Barrel-Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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