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 | website

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
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
Wants:
12
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27
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 276
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is espresso bean black with a mocha head. The head recedes to a thick film and leaves moderate lacing initially.

The beer smells very aromatic and wine-like. Grape juice and oak come through.

The beer starts out rich and sweet. Almost a sugary, lactose creaminess holds up the body, while a drier, oak and alcoholic burn come out in the finish. As the beer warms, a lot of rich, dark chocolate can be found.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost sticky.

Overall, this is a sipper for sure, and I don't think I'll be getting through the sixer anytime soon. Almost like a wine.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Small one-finger straw colored foamy head rises from the deep black brew. Lacing is inconsistent.

Oaky grapes, both are buried in chocolate and molasses.. Roasty, fresh, crisp, sweet, lactic...

Awesome milky smoothness, sweetness is subtle and dry. Grape notes are very light and slightly tart, but complement the body brew greatly.. Oaky, milky, smooth, crisp, dry, and earthy notes are great too. Carbonation is light, as it should be. Nice balance and complexity.

A great brew. For those that say it's boring and undefined, compare it side-by-side to SKA's Milk Stout, you'll see. This brew is a Home Run!! A must try. Well done, SKA..

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Photo of wlevando
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drunk from a highball glass filled from a can.

Color: Black, with red tinge near top and bottom when held up to the light

Aroma: Vanilla and cocoa with a Ponderosa or Sequoia somethin something

Taste: Sweet vanilla with fruity-biscuity conveyance

Mouthfeel: A little limp and dry for something with this much going on

Linger: Dry to the point of mildly bitter. Vinous, but not thick

My take: A meal in a can kind of beer. Somewhat complex, with a thick drip-down-the-esophagus feel attendant to the style, and a lingering mouth presence, it should not be sessioned or taken with dinner. I might grab some sharp cheddar for my next gulp.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting take on a stout.
Pours dark grape juice, dark purple. Nice looking head on it, rocky, foamy, good lacing.

Aroma is a touch odd. Some oak and vanilla. Vinous. Hints of cocoa and caramel. Dark plum

Flavor is thin for an export stout. The malbec juice shows the fruitiness of the beer. Dark plum is there, without much sweetness. Oak a bit. Chocolate a bit. Some toffee. Booze is well hidden.

Feels a bit dry, but also smooth. This is an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased for $2 I think, made sure to buy a single because I bought a sixer of the last cocoa stout ska did and was unhappy. Dark black color, nice head, good stout appearance. nice roasted stout smell, sort of rich, nice. Flavor was more rich stout, hints of cocoa, not a trace of grapes that my palate could detect. I could also not detect any oak but I wasn't let down because it was still a tasty stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a real strange installment of the stout series. aged in oak with malbec grape juice added. the pour looks alright, jet black and thicker, with an inch of tan head with nice retention. maybe im seeing what i want to see here, but there appears to be a faint purple color to it when held to the light. the smell is of a sweet stout, maybe not quite a milk stout, but there is plenty of residual sugar in this one, as well as a sturdy but not too black roasty malt base. the grape juice can hardly be smelled or tasted. it just tastes like a sweet stout to me, i dont even get much oak. i get a hint of grapey acidity towards the end, but thats about it. its got a strange aftertaste of fruit, which i think clashes with the large dark malt profile rather than adding anything desirable. full body and a very funny feeling beer in the stomach. im glad i got a single instead of a 6pack, as this is not as easy beer to put down. i dont dislike it, but i dont think it came together quite the way it was intended to. maybe more time in oak would bring the flavors together in a more congruent way, or maybe they should just scrap this and go back to the mole stout, because that was darn good.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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 JMBSH
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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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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