Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale
342 Ratings
Barrel Aged Hibernation AleBarrel Aged Hibernation Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of godawgs
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught, served in a large tulip glass.
L: Dark bronze colored body with 2 fingers head.
S: Smoky and complex, dark fruits and chocolate.
T: Little whiskey taste, oak from the barrels, malt and a touch of vanilla & chocolate.
F: Full bodied, alcohol
O: My first experience with this beer was from a bomber, I like the draught better. Not a beer for the novice. The price for the pint on tap was a mere $4.00. The Anchor didn't have much profit on this one.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL foil wrapped capped bottle. Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Dark brown, almost black. Off white, khaki colored head. Settles to a nice cap of foam, the leaves a good amount of lace behind. Looks great.

Smell: BOOZY! Notes of cocoa, tannic dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Some musty cellar notes, and distinct spicy oak. Vanilla beans and bourbon can be detected as well.

Taste: Warm buttery toffee flavors right up front that give way to dusty cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Some dark fruits linger in the background, but this is all brown sugar/toffee/maple syrup up front. There is some coffee or dark fruity like tannic bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Quite soft, and a touch oily. Carbonation is light, body is medium heavy with a bit of sticky/syrupy quality.

Overall: Pretty rad. Booze is quite apparent. Flavor is great.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2016 bottle. I have to concur that I'm not getting a ton of barrel flavor, and that's okay, but it's somehow less than satisfying.

I'm a big fan of the base beer and I love bourbon barrel aged beers, but these haven't quite come together right... At least not at this price point.

Still, I'm not upset about drinking it. Love GD.. Cheers!

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Photo of bobhits
2.19/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

You know I'm getting a lot of sour notes, leather, super over oaked beer, citrus coffee beans, brown sugar flavor but not feel. The feel is of a sour ale really in texture and cold I get flavors.

The look is what you'd expect, old ale over oak with move abv, so kinda muddy and sorta flat with less legs than 12% should do.

Mouth feel is about the same too, thinner than you'd want.

But really this was in bourbon barrels? I get oak barrels but ZERO bourbon.

Even as it reaches room temp, less sour but still not bourbon, too much citrus and sour notes. I'm starting to get some vanilla flavors at the finish but nothing indicate this was in a bourbon barre. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if they changed things up.

I'm a know harsh grader but on this one, I'm really being nice. 23 bucks and this is just not good. Even at a buck a beer I'd pass on another. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but this is not just below great divide's standards but below professional brewery standards. I'd score it lower but I like oak a lot and I don't hate the over oaked effects but they're completely wrong here. This flavor is more at home with a home brew.

Just to add I know this review is all over the place, I'm sorry but I'm just not sure how to review this one. It's either a bad beer or I have no idea what they were doing or why it tastes so off.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016

A: Pours a deep reddish brown/mahogany color with a surprising 2 fingers worth of head that sticks around for a good while

S: Lots of maltiness, whiskey, vanilla, and caramel up front with hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate. A bit of oak in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the malt and whiskey and slowly goes through the caramel, dark chocolate, and dark fruit notes. Oak comes out towards the end along with some lingering whiskey notes. The whiskey and oak cut a lot of the initial malt sweetness, as does the alcohol. Finishes with lingering oak, whiskey, and malty notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is a perfect sipper for a cooler night around a fire or just in general. The alcohol is hidden decently and provides plenty of warmth. An enjoyable BA old ale that hits the spot

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky r brown with an off white head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing
S - big chocolate malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla
T - pretty harsh bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and caramel malts, really just needs some age
M - medium-heavy mouthfeel, alcohol present, aftertaste is bourbon, oak
O - can't give this one a bad rating in good conscience. It's pretty damn good but a little harsh/has some burn. Just needs a little age.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Airforcehops, thanks. Slightly hazy tawny brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Rich brown sugary caramel with hints of tart pitted fruit. Barrel character adds a nice layer. Tasty.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage consumed about 18 months after bottling date...

Pours a murky brown with a quick fading one inch head. Love the nose....oak, whiskey, and dark fruit. Taste is balanced between the fruit and barrel notes....pick up a lot of raisin and fig. There is a slight tartness to this beer....which is unique for the style. Both feel and carbs are medium. Good beer and worth aging....even with the high price tag.

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

Photo of Jeffwise
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

pours a murky dark tan with a medium head that hangs a while. nose; vanilla, dark chocolate, & light oak. taste; chocolate malt, oak, toffee, molasses, hops, & vanilla. slightly vinous and the huge 12.4% abv is hidden remarkably well. medium+ carbonation & mouthfeel. malts aren't as big as i was expecting, but the barrel flavors carry the show well. not super complex. a pretty good beer, but definitely overpriced.

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Photo of n2185
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of phishgator
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The dark amber with almost no head; unfiltered. The smell is of stale dried fruits. The taste is complex. There is the dried dark fruit mixed with chocolate notes, a bit of fig and cake bread. The alcohol comes through as you finish the glass. One of the true old ales made in America. It reminds me of an English Barley Wine.

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Photo of baggedlunch
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

A pretty beer. Dark red/brown color with a small tan head. There was a bit of lacing.
Boozy aroma. A little chocolate and some fruit.
Whiskey taste, mellowed out by vanilla. Some chocolate and plums.
Very smooth and easy-drinking.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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