Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 340 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by waltonc on 11-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,027
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
340
Liked:
284
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
10.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
160
Gots:
117
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Prost76
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Another sucker here for this taste of "Rare" like others I love the regular Hibernation ale it goes down as one of the top old ales I had. Barrel aging it does seem to raise the price almost 10 times the retail so I am not sure how this is factored still I want to try it. 2014 vintage into a goblet

A - As expected this is a much darker version of Hibernation with an impressive 1/2 inch of deep mocha head which seems it held up quite well for almost a year.
S - Toasted oak and bourbon mostly in the nose. Seem the base beer is no longer shining with its bright hops fading months ago. Still its not musty with some char roasts and vanilla bean shining now.
T - Very unexpected taste not really soured but slight wine barrel like sourness greets the palate. Next is bourbon warmth followed by toasted marshmallow, vanilla bean and the finish with some faded citrus hops. The sour wine aspect catches me off guard every time but it is somewhat enjoyable.
M - 12.40% or what the bottle reads as 10.5% either way its quite smooth silky sweet with balanced hops and bourbon notes its downright dangerous.

Overall call it herbal or slightly sour it doesn't seem to be infected so I assume this is the way they wanted it to taste. Can't say it was bad at all but me thinks I still should have sprung for the Barrel aged Old Ruffian. Enjoy able Halloween Brew!

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A lovely bubble show builds an impressive beige head; the liquid is a hazy chestnut; impressive clumps of lacing

Smell: Caramel, whiskey, fig, molasses, nuts and plum

Taste: Caramel and molasses forward and, out of the blue, a vinous, sour character overwhelms; plum and red wine grape tones in abundance, elbowing out the other flavors detected in the aroma; in the finish, the whiskey becomes more noticeable but the damage to the palate is already done

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Loved the regular Hibernation but tremendously disappointed in this, particularly given the price

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Photo of mbeerdino21
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zac16125
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
bottled on: Jan 05, 2015


A: Very dark mahogany, opaque, 1 fingers width of light tan head dissipates away quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4

S: Cocoa, chocolate fudge, dark fruits, barrel notes with charred oak and vanilla, subtle booze. Big sweetness, but the booze balance keeps it from being cloying. Fantastic nose. 4.5

T: The aroma doesn’t translate into the taste as well as I’d hoped. The same characters are there but its kind of a messy conglomerate. The upfront taste is a somewhat harsh, very vinous red wine-like dark fruit notes; it kind of dominates. I also get semi-sweet cocoa, some roasty characters, herbaceous notes, and lots of oak. Booze on the back end. Its decent, but the aroma is so glorious, and it just doesn’t come through in the taste. 3.5

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end which is appropriate, ABV is noticeable but not in a bad way, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Its an interesting beer, and I enjoy interesting. I do wish the vinous, red wine like characters in the taste were a little muted. Worth a drink, but not worth that heavy price tag IMO. 3.75

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Photo of coastiebob
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

look: Deep mostly clear ruby with a creamy, full tannish head and messy lacing.
smell: Gotta say that I love the base beer and i love barrel aged big beers but at least the nose is not improved by the barrel aging imo. The whiskey is overwhelming the aromatic spices in the base beer. The nose is weirdly enough less complex and interesting with the barrel aged treatment.
taste: Much like the nose, the base beer characteristics and the whiskey barrel treatment are working against each other.
overall: Man I would love to see what a "double" base beer recipe and barrel aging would do.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLDucky
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corm44
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

All whiskey, all the time. Soda taste, cola, liquorice. Wood barrel, tangy around the edges, astringent. The taste follows the nose, but a little weaker. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation.

Very drinkable for 10.40% (not 12.40% like BA says), but far from exciting. Reasonably priced at $20 at a bar but I will not revisit.

I enjoyed Barrel Aged Old Ruffian a lot more

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage bottled 2/6/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged old ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Much more dark fruits and less hop character than the regular version, with great barrel balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Prospero
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good, not great....trim tab old ale tastes just as good and pretty much the same and is way cheaper I'm sure there are regional equivalents that are equally valid

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Photo of beerinmybelly
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 340 ratings
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