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Great Divide Hibernation Ale - Barrel Aged



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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
Over 9 months in Stranahanís Colorado Whiskey barrels has completely transformed our prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla. Each limited edition bottle is individually numbered, making a special addition to your cellar. If you can take only one beer into your cave this winter, we strongly suggest this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4963) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2015
750ml bottle from some guys I chat with on here once in a while, thanks bros. Poured a muddy reddish deep amber with a dense beige frothy head. Aroma is solid, chocolate, light whiskey, vanilla, dry fruit. Flavor isnt quite as good, fruit, sweet whiskey, barrel, cheap chocolate, berries, earth on the backend. Body is medium to thin with stingy light carbonation and some heat on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Glass. Mouth. Nose is light booze with some vanilla and spiciness. Deep brown pour with minimal head. Taste is moderately vanilla and booze with a soft vanilla note. A touch of alcohol warming. Seems to be a bit thin and lacking in mouthfeel but still very good and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Capped 750 from Wine and Cheese. Pours really dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is chocolate treacle. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, chocolate and something plummy/pruney. Whiskey is present - but not bourbon. Some wood. This is complicated stuff. Heat is detectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with almost no head and a strong treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes dark molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2015
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2014 vintage. The pour is a nice muddy brown with a nice ruby hint to it. There is a light tan head that falls to a collar and leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma is great. There is a beautiful caramel malt and nice whiskey profile. The barrel offers a bit of vanilla and nice oak. Dark fruits are aplenty and carry a little bright prominence to them. The flavor is, well, interesting. It's got a bright cherry thing going on up front and a heavy dose of oak. There is a nice whiskey presence and a hint of vanilla. There is a bit of a funk, approaching sour that I'm not sure is intended. I can't help but wonder if this was infected. The tartness present throws me. Damn. The mouth feel is thin and watery and the carbonation is light and bright. The aftertaste almost carries a cherry tartness to it, and a little woody funk. Really strange. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (621) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is barrel, molasses, dark fruit, bread, malt, maybe gingerbread. Appearance is ruby, dark brown with a light tan head. Taste is....off. Not sure this is how this should taste. Iím getting a very light malt, then tart cherry, it is too light based on aroma. Mouthfeel is thin, right in the middle it morphs from beer to water, itís strange. Overall, I think there is something wrong with this. I hope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1245) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle. Very good. Dark red/brown. Whiskey, toffee, dark fruit, big rich and sticky feel. Balanced and great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2171) - - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle. Dark ruby with off white head. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, whiskey, roasted malt and vanilla. Rich and sticky mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle from Craft. This was absolutely amazing. Drank with Dennis Bell and Knick Knack. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla, hint of cocoa, Wood, Whiskey, Earth and maybe raisin. The blend was awesome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (781) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Boozy taste. Caramel and toffee scent, burnt brown sugar too. Tart /sour taste up front. Palate is thick with sugars that coat the tongue. Not sweet, but lingering. Bottle

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