Hibernal Vinifera Stout
Ska Brewing Co.

Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout
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From:
Ska Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
278
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 04, 2019
Added:
Dec 29, 2012
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  27
Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
"Best by 5/9/15"; drank 5/1/15 (phew!) @ the Yarchives.

Dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a decent tan head; a curtain of lace.

Fresh earth & red wine notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & fresh earth flavors up front; dry red wine finish. Booze notes emerged as this warmed.

Unique & very enjoyable; a nice surprise.
Apr 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by Knobs303 from Colorado

Jul 03, 2018
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Rated by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours black with chocolate milk head. Heavy lacing. Chocolate and smoke flavors with a hint of grape. Taste buds strain to get more.
Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by MasterRigger from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Black with brown edges and a large tan frothy head. Flame-shaped peaks of surround the entire glass.

Lots of roastiness fills the nose, followed by coffee, cocoa powder, wood, raisin, and nuts.

Taste is bakers chocolate and heavily roasted malt verging on toasted sesame with prune and hints of grape and blueberry.

Body is thinner than expected, lightly fizzy, with a semi-dry finish
Dec 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Dec 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Oct 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.92 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2015
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Reviewed by crob3888 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark brown color with brown-mahogany edges and light brown head. Smell is immediately of red wine and American stout. Roast espresso, light chocolate flavors, and red wine. Nice mouthfeel, overall a very surprising blend of flavors that works better than expected.
Oct 09, 2015
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Reviewed by deleted_user_357747

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Ink black with a firm head of light mocha-colored foam on top. Powerful aroma; burnt black malt, herbal hops, coffee, chocolate, currants, hickory or oak. Impressive smells, not what I'm used to in export stouts. Tasting brings out a sweeter character that it's aroma might have suggested. Carmalized borwn sugar seems to be a dominant flavor, but also espresso, an almost rum-like character to it. A tad woody, a tad smokey, mostly roasty and inviting. Hops play a passive role, adding a bit of roundess to the taste, keeping the sweetness from overpowering the more nuanced tastes. Finishes on a sticky, lasting bittersweet note.

Overall, I really like this stout. Full bodied, lots going on. Not your typical stout, more sweet and more earthen-like flavors. A great seasonal from the usually lackluster Ska Brewery. Wish I knew what the hell the name meant.
Oct 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.32 by BcOneSeven from Michigan

Oct 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.17 by kpowledge from New Mexico

Sep 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Csoundguy from New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Yumm. Didn't really realize exactly what I was ordering...I only knew it was the rotating Ska stout on tap. My companions went with pilsners and lighter beers on a fairly hot end of August afternoon, but I have never been disappointed in any Ska beverages in my glass and was not disappointed. As I mentioned, all I knew was that this Ska was a stout and nothing else about it, not even the whole name. Under the circumstances, a late lunch on the restaurant patio in late summer, I feel like it was the perfect stout to have. Not as heavy, creamy, or bitter as many stouts, I found it refreshing. The dominant flavor to me being a sweet, carmel-ly, coffee, with none of those three adjectives being dominant or overwhelming. A hint of carbonation made me wonder if it was on nitro, but it was not. I imagine it would be wonderful if it was on a nitro tap!
About 2/3rds through my pint, our Bavarian pretzel appetizer came with both slightly spicy mustard and beer cheese that seemed to pair really well. That was when I also began to question the ABV. I'm not a big fan of many high ABV beers that I feel like I can taste the alcohol, if that makes sense. So when I asked our server about it and he told us he thought it was only 5 to 6%, I figured it must have been my empty stomach making me feel the effects.
The misinformation about ABV also gave me less inhibition about joining in for a second round with my meal and my fellow companions. Although plenty flavorful, my tastebuds did not get overwhelmed by the second glass. It also paired nicely with my blackened salmon sandwich.
Looking back, after looking up the details of what I drank, I'm sure some of the sweetness was from the grapes....makes sense....though I'm glad I was able to try it without preconceived expectations. The complexity of the flavors gives the beverage just a taste of fruitiness.
Sep 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.26 by dankabier1 from Colorado

Aug 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.33 by ctwybeerguy from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerBrose from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 12oz can to a miniature snifter.

Look: Deep dark black with a tan head that retains quite well while leaving a sexy lacing down the glass. Looks inviting!

Smell: Roasted malt, phenolic fruit, sweet grape and sharp oak. nice!

Taste: Sweet back note to a nice bitter roasted malt. Acidic wine and dry oak flavor on the back end. Very well balanced. This is by far the best wine/stout I've had, well done Ska!

Feel: Great full body and little carbonation. The oak and wine help dry out the finish but leave your taste buds tantalized!

Overall: One of my favorites. Great format, great price, and perfectly what it is suppose to be!
Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by AlvinLin from New York

Jul 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by jordanmckell from Texas

Jun 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by durlta from Iowa

Jun 26, 2015
Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 278 ratings