Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by waltonc on 11-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
339
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
116
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 98
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of golf4collet
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buckyp
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of seedyone
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

03/12/14 From bottle.

Where to start?

Let's go with the science. 12.4 ABV.

I have come across the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels before. That was with the Breckenridge Well-Built which is a superlative ESB.

This bottle was dated 2011 & numbered.

There was a familiar aroma/initial taste that pulled me in. It was very different from my previous experience, but I cannot come to a preference without being side-by-side & better judgement dictates that I don't do that.

Bottom line: If circumstances allow, open the bottle & call a cab because this one kicks butt. It will be worth it, promise.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ordered on tap at the brewery in downtown Boulder.

Look: Dark brown and very hazy. Small head.

Smell: Smells of toasted malt, Bourbon, oak, and chocolate.

Taste: Tastes slightly of coffee, strong Bourbon flavor, slightly raisiny. High ABV is well hidden. Sweet, pleasant aftertaste.

Feel: Thick and full bodied.

Overall: Excellent.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep brown with a light tan head

Smell: heavy on vanilla notes, bit ashy, with hints of maple syrup

Taste: vanilla pops out immediately, hints of oak, syrup, and the always present whisky notes. Surprisingly smooth for the high alcohol content.

Feel: thick and bubbly

Overall: fantastic sipping beer with complex flavors and smells; very well balanced

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4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is just amazing! I love regular hibernation ale and it is better with a year on it, the barrel blends amazingly with the base beer. It's still got the big toffee Carmel malts mild winter spice and a pleasant hoppiness on the finish being complimented by the vanilla and oak from the barrel. I wish this was easier to find at a better price. Even though it's incredible at $10 for a 12 oz bottle, I think I'd rather have a 6 pack of the regular, I'm still very happy I tried it.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle (2/2016) poured into a stemless wine glass.
Look - dark opaque mahogany in color with a sizable head for an aged beer and decent retention/lacing.
Smell - whiskey heat is pretty strong, brown sugar, bitter coffee, vanilla, some notes of dark fruit.
Taste - vanilla, semisweet chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit round it out, but all of this is enveloped by strong hints of whiskey that linger in the aftertaste.
Feel - good carbonation, full body, and a smooth finish (especially for the style).
Overall, this beer does not disappoint. The selling point is extremely high (was given as a gift), but the complexity (almost) matches the price.

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4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Signature Series Great Divide glass at near room temperature bottled in April of 2017. Pours a beautiful chestnut with a massive 3 finger off white head that leaves big thick lines of lace, as it slowly settles into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is biscuit, toffee, vanilla, worthers candy, and a little hint of bourbon tickles the nostrils.

Taste follows toffee, biscuit, vanilla, worthers, caramel, and a very nice shot of bourbon and molasses.

Mouthfeel is big, but like velvet, moderate amount life, maybe a touch dry, and at 11.5% ABV excellent drinkability.

Overall I love this beer, the regular version is excellent, but this is sublime. A treasure.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at Donnelly's in Fairport, New York. Exceptional taste and surprisingly high in ABV, despite it not tasting like it should be. I would definitely recommend this beer to those looking for a very flavorful beer that's not incredibly heavy.

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Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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