Hibernal Vinifera Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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12
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28
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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another intriguing canned stout from Ska... lets give it a try. Poured into snifter. Pour is black, medium visual weight with a collar of tan head. Moderate amount of lacing left behind The nose has that nice roasty foreign stout character that emphasizes roasted barley and black patent. The malbec grape character integrates nicely with the sweet malt components of the aroma. A bit of oak is present as well which gives off a somewhat dry aroma. The taste starts with grape sweetness that presents itself delicately. I was concerned that this brew would be a sweet mess given the ingredients. The grape lends nicely to the sturdy roast of the base, very nice balance. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and oak come through with hints of white grape juice throughout. The grape quality makes one last appearance on the finish. mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is very unique and well executed. At 10.99 a six pack, it also offers a good value. Worth a try!

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolaty nose. Thick black stout with a definite feel of the sweet grape on the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep and dark; slight purplish. A little lacing.

S: Grape and oak smells.

T: Strong oak and grape flavors. With nutty, malt, and earthy undertones.

M: A strong oak-aged stout that shows its alcoholic flavor at times.

O: Tasty and rich in moderation, too many may become too much. Great and interesting beer though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Hiberdal Vinifera Stout is good. The stout poured an opaque dark in my sniffer. There is a thin tan head which is leaving some lace. The scent is bolstered by espresso with touches subtle hints of red wine. The taste is starts with a typical stout, roasts, earthy, espresso, etc. Then the finish has a dark fruit/black cherry tones. The Malbec presence becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a very interesting stout and a perfect winter warmer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer has a pretty head, particularly for a stout. The beige foam swells up as soon as it is poured from the can to about a finger’s width. The retention is pretty decent as it slowly settles down into a wispy cap that reveals just a peak of beer that is pretty much straight black underneath it. The lacing is outstanding, covering 90% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Roasty, coffee-like malt aromas dominate while hints of dark chocolate and grape.

TASTE: The dark chocolate of the nose seems more like a rich, milk chocolate on the palate. The coffee flavors are still present, but they are much more subdued, especially up front. The medium, roasty bitterness is perfectly balanced with the chocolate and subtle grape flavors.

MOUTHFEEL: Again, this is a very well balanced beer. Begins sweet and slowly fades into a more bitter finish. At 8%, the Vinifera drinks like it’s a 10%-plus Imperial Stout with a nice, medium to big body. Rich, silky and smooth.

OVERALL: Of the seasonal stouts, I have to say this is my favorite. The body of this beer is just right and hits the spot either on a cold winter night or on a mild, sunny, late-winter afternoon here in Colorado. Great decision for their Hibernal beer.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dbol for this 12oz can. Into a Delirium snifter.

Matt black look to it with a nice mocha head of foam that has a nice creamy appearance after swirling. A little bit of lacing as it sits at a level just above film.

Roast aroma, backed with plenty of caramel and it takes a while for the malbec influence to come through, but the vinous smell does late and then it is the sole aroma.

Little bit of licorice, caramel and then the malbec juice comes into it. Interesting mix, especially when the oak influence makes its presence. Complex.

Lower and softer carbonation. Nice warming vinous influence later on. ABV though is pretty well hidden.

Impressive stout. Plenty going on, plenty that could go wrong, fortunately it doesn't. Really interesting beer and worth trying. Thanks Dan for the opportunity.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can poured into a FW tulip @ room temp. BB May 2014

Pours an opaque black with a big beige head. Nice looking stout pour. The smell is very in your face with malts and chocolate right as you open the can...and i can get a hint of grape juice flavor too. very nice nose! The taste is quite creamy and chocolately...a bit light though. Tad thin. Exceptionally easy to drink but by no means a big beer. ABV of 8% of almost impossible as it tastes like a normal 5% stout. impressive? perhaps but i was expecting more of a body. Still the taste is right and this could honestly be sessionable and guzzled...but at 8% might be a bad move.

Overall great nose and good flavor...body quite light.

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Photo of maniaczak
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thick black pour with 3 fingers of frothy brown head leaving behind ridiculous amounts of lacing. head dissipated slowly. smells of red wine, vanilla, oak, toasted grains, cocoa. the flavor is pretty much exactly like the smell. a nice bitter on the finish. medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel like that of a dry irish stout, moderate carbonation.

a nice stout, better fresh than with a few months age on it. got more wine out of the first few cans. can't wait for the next ska seasonal stout!

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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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