Hibernal Vinifera Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

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

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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 10 oz. can into a globe.

A: Purple, almost mahogany with very slight lacing on the top.

S: Alcohol, maltiness.

T: A Light stout in flavor. RIght off the bat I detect remnants of grape, adding a nice sweetness overall.

M: Light-bodied. Carbonation dances on the tongue.

O: A good stout. I will get it again, yet not anytime soon.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nice dark black beer. Tan head, initially big bubbles.

Smell: A bit off of what I hope for in a stout. Lager-ish. Not offensive, but not great.

Taste is pretty nice: licorice. Some malt, some bitterness, bit mostly mild and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is moderately rich. A bit lighter than the look, but not bad.

Good finish, well integrated, fits with the beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby almost black if not for a light to hold it up to. A hard pour gave a good sized head that shrank to a nice coating on top. As I drank, a bit of lacing was left on all sides of the glass.

S - A faint but noticible coffee aroma.

T - Coffee, toasted oak, a bit of chocolate. A sweetness that I can't really describe that is followed by the hop bitterness that while not overpowering does seem to hang around a fair bit. After about half of the glass is gone I thought I detected a grape-like flavor that was hidden by the hop bitterness.

M - Not as "thick" as some stouts but it also doesn't seem thin by any means.

O - Very tasty. I suspect the grape juice might have helped with the sweetness that i tasted that complemented the coffee notes. The oak was more noticed as I first tried it. I liked this beer. The only thing I wish Ska had don't was not about the beer but their website. They teased about info about the beer but I followed every link I could and couldn't find anything about it.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at Total Wine in mid-November for $1.99. Best by May 04 2013. Received at Total Wine 10-11-13. Hmmm...last year's vintage...we will see how it goes.

Beer poured dark brown with a robust tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is chocolate and hints of dark fruits.

Taste is chocolate with a touch of grape. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent stout that has a nice little twist with the grape. Well played by Ska!

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