Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale
BA SCORE
4.06/5
342 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:
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:
#3,041
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
160
Gots:
117
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of golf4collet
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WCKDVBZ
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Batch

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Padron4KM
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 18, 2016. Aroma is caramel and raisin up front, with lots of oak and vanilla as it warms. Flavor is whiskey, vanilla, spice, creamy chocolate, dark bread, oak. Never gets too boozy, nice whiskey flavor without the heat. $27 a bottle brings it down a bit.

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

The problem with "old ale" is that they rarely exhibit any "old" character, unless cellared properly. But with extended age in bourbon barrels, the Hibernation ale from Great Divide is able to take on the oxidation, develop the fruit, offer a mild acidity and mellow into as smooth yet boozy, savory and sultry mix.

With bourbon, molasses and dark fruit wafting about the nose, hints of sherry, fig and savory sweetness prelude even the first sip. Dark crimson to bark brown, the beer's tawny edges show lightness while its body is deep and dark. And once its savory sweetness splashes on the tongue, a multitude of malt and complexity arises- brown sugar, toffee and molasses carry and rummy spice cake flavor with toasted pecan, dark fruit, dark chocolate and coffee picking up steam.

The middle palate continues to release its secrets to the palate. The sweetness is met with a sharp rebuttal from bourbon. Its caramels, vanillans, cherry, coconut and oaken nuttiness offers tannic support with thinning booze action. Fig, date, raisin, cherry, apricot and plum all seem of the grilled variety and weave into a tangy, spicy brandy-like taste. Peppery late, the beer's peppery hop taste gives it a slight boggish peat character as the finish awaits.

Full, lavish and decadent, the beer's lingering sweetness mixes with whisky for a sweet and spicy affair- one that's well suited as replacement for dessert after a savory and satisfying dinner. Save for cold winter's nights, a good book or great company. A long savory linger of molasses and whisky trail well into the next sip.

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Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Five years aged made this into a rich bourbon gem, with wonderful chai spice tea. Dangerously drinkable. Dark brown and very inviting aroma.

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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of arizcards
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in early June for $26.99. Bottled on 2-16-16.

Beer poured burgundy brown with a nice off white head that is leaving behind.

Nose is chocolate malt with hints of whiskey.

Taste is chocolate forward, hints of dark fruits, and nicely enhanced by hints of whiskey. Initial sips are warming.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a very nice enhancement to the base Hibernation beer which I have enjoyed over the last 10 years or so. The price point is crazy but it was worth a one-time splurge!

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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