Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.06/5
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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:
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:
#3,143
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
358
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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159
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118
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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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Photo of BeerBeast
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

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

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of thinwhiteduke
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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Photo of nyrblue2
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keng1343
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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

Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 358 ratings
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