Hibernal Vinifera Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout
BA SCORE
3.93/5
276 Ratings
Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.

Added by JMBSH on 12-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,442
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
276
pDev:
9.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
28
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of drunkciclista
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of lysergicdream
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Chrily
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Christianuriah
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GumDropButtons
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Slick_wick23
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjc111
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MinisterCurry
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - rich, dark brown, seems viscous. Pours slowly and distributes easily into pint glass. Head disappeared rather quickly, but did not detract from aroma. Very little residue on sides of serving pint glass after a few drinks.

S - deep aromas of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. Essence of plum, dark grape, oak and cedar. Even some brown butter later after drinking.

T - initial milk chocolate progresses into notes of darker chocolate, bing cherry, strawberry, oak and hints of black pepper. The grape flavors seem more subtle than the other fruits but are there. Finishes off-dry like dark chocolate or a big red wine with a fading creaminess at the same time.

O - an innovative offering of the style with the Malbec grape juice and oak aging. Pair with grilled and roasted dark meats, purple beats, eggplant, berries, raw shellfish, chocolate cakes and puddings, white cheeses but maybe not bleu or feta.

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Photo of jordanmckell
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone flute. Pours nearly black with a fine one finger dark khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, toasted malt, plums, hint of coffee and oak. Flavor of charred dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, woody oak, a hint of dark fruit; finishes with more charry malt, light hop bitterness and coffee. Medium bodied with good carbonation and mouth feel. A richly flavored, charred malt stout with light barrel character and a deftly handled fruit component. It tasted like plum juice, but must be from the dark grapes. Deceptively straightforward at first taste, but develops a nice range of complex fruit and toasted malt character. This was very good, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I look forward to trying other beers from this brewery. Nicely done.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark black, like night. Mocha colored head. Well retained.

S - Light nose, mostly a roasted barley scent. Some hints of chocolate.

T - Smooth and easy in the start, lightly sweet, some hints of roast but not overbearing. Mid-stream gets a little more balanced, but hopping is nowhere to be found. Finishes clean, lightly chocolately. Not sure the malbec grapes make an appearance.

M - Smooth, creamy - velvety. It has almost a nitro approach to it. Hardly any afteraffects.

O/D - A nice and easy drinking stout. I can't argue about the taste, although I'm not sure how much it incorporates the uniqueness they were aiming for. Worth a try.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium to big light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear super dark brown to black colored beer.

Heavy dark roasted malts with black licorice and light dark chocolates aroma with a very light dark fruits, such as apricots, coming through as well.

Very dark chocolates, light black licorice, heavily roasted dark malts almost entirely drowned out the dark fruits in the taste of this stout.

A dry aftertaste with some of the heavy roasted taste lingering with this full bodied beer.

A dryish tasting, rich and worthy drink.

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Photo of kpowledge
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chunky, foamy head sits atop a deep, dark brown (almost black) body. Roasted, charred grains with hints of chocolate and cocoa nibs; coffee. Very rich, smooth mouthfeel that contains delicious dark grain flavors; bitter chocolate; excellent hop bitterness to tame the sweetness of the malts.

I find this to be an exquisite little foreign export stout. It's packed with flavor and character all wrapped up in a deliciously sweet and heavy body. I'm not sure what the malbec grapes added to this little beauty, but but all the other ingredients sure come together wonderfully. If a big, roast-y "meal-in-a-can" stout is what you're after, this one easily fits the bill.

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Photo of JohnBender
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Jet black. Little head, light brown.

S- Roasted, chocolate, a little alcohol.

T- More of the same. A little acidic, a little UK. Very nice.

M- Thick and matches the style.

O- Very nice altogether. I usually don't like Ska, but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vinifera Stout – Foreign Stout (8%) - Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours an opaque black with just the slightest reddish hues in strong light. Massive three finger head forms, then settles to half finger medium reddish-brown ring with high, sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Nose is firmly stout like with dry roasted grains foremost in aroma. Some slight grape skin like tannic aromas very subtle in the background. Minor alcohol twinge. Bouquet is mild, but takes on a more vinous character as it warms, but it certainly doesn't smell like malbec.

Taste: Grape flavors are mild and most clear on the foretaste, but present through true- and after taste. Mildly sweet, earthy, and not without a touch of acidity. Malt is dark and mostly dry with a hint of dark caramel. Subtle chocolate and oak flavors. Tastes more like stout than anything else, but the grape does add an extra dimension that is simultaneously sweet, tannic, and dry. Roasted as well as grape flavors linger long after swallowing.

Mouth: Full bodied with soft carbonation that allows the complex flavors to play against one another. Alcohol is slightly warming, but not overpowering. Slight dryness from grapes and roasted malts.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 2/19/14.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice heady black with some tinges of mocha in the full quarter-inch head; there's a nice consistent lacing that coats the glass upon consumption

S - coffee; hints of dark chocolate; I can smell very subtle hints of grape

T - mirrors the smell quite well, with those notes of grape coming through in a sweet-oak-coffee combo that is quite delicious; there are pleasant hop notes and the sweet-grape elements make this a really unique flavor

M - very well-balanced and the grape elements create a medium-bodied feel that isn't at all overwhelming or too stouty

O - overall, this is a really tasty beer that hits on multiple flavor notes without seeming like it's trying too hard; the grape/oak/coffee stout is surprisingly balanced and extremely tasty; at 8%, these flavors hide the alcohol entirely: I could session this badboy!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fizz. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and stray lacing. Near-black body, with brownish tinges at the edge.

S - Roasty, with some oak presence. Dark chocolate, some caramel, and molasses. Light notes of dark fruit and perhaps a touch of vinous grape; I'm guessing most of it fermented out though. The oak presence increases significantly as the beer warms up.

T - The taste has a lot more grape presence, with light notes of roasted malts, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Nice balance and integration of flavors and well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium body, with some light alcohol warmth by the end of the snifter. Chewy texture, with fairly minimal oak; lightly sticky in the finish.

D - I liked this quite a bit and I'd be willing to pick up a 4-pack to see how it compares out of the can. Interesting and unique beer; I dug their Merlot stout and this was in a similar vein. I can imagine this might be a bit polarizing, but it worked for my palate. Happily consumed 12oz and could drink a couple in an evening.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 276 ratings
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