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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of a generous RB at tpd975ís throwdown in December, 2009. Pours a hazy amber to cola brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, light floral esters. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, wood, hints of smoke. Medium body with a malty booze finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750mL bottle, #316/492, poured into a snifter. Pours a dark hazy mahogany that shines through as a dark amber with a decent head thatís made up mostly of big bubbles that linger around the edges after a while. The aroma is dominated by wood and bourbon...and not a whole lot else. There is a hint of dark fruit and toffee but itís tough to find under the barrel character. There is also some stale, cardboard-like aromas coming through that puzzled me. The taste is just more whiskey - tons of vanilla, oak and bourbon, which leaves a big burn going down. Iím finding a hard time getting the underlying Hibernation - no chocolate or brown sugar sweetness to speak of. Maybe some dark fruits as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick with a subtle, soft carbonation. It feels and burns almost like a whiskey. Iím a big fan of the regular Hibernation and, to me, this isnít quite as good. Itís completely dominated by the barrel character, which overshadows the solid beer underneath. Iím hoping (and expecting) this one to age well and get better with a little time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 bottle 291/492. The pour is similar with a somewhat clear, deep garnet color with an average, pillowy, frothy, yellowish-beige head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy froth. The nose is amazing with the additional sweet notes from the oak complementing the malt richness and the oak wood notes supporting the hops; notes of sweet oak, rustic/piney hops, hints of dried apricot, toasted caramel, light spicy alcohol/whiskey warmth, lots of toffee, some molasses, and hints of almonds. The flavor is similar but seems to lose some of the malt richness towards the finish; fairly sweet and oaky to start with toffee, molasses, sweet oak, toasted caramel, light raisin, and roasted almonds but dries out with more than moderate bitterness and spicy whiskey notes. The palate is nice with a medium to full body, soft to lively carbonation, and a round, coating mouthfeel but the dryness is a bit much. Finishes with some toffee and toasted oak, whiskey, almost herbal, and lingering almond and pine. I did like this one in a collaboration between two organizations which I love, but some of what made the original so great great was lost in the flavor of this beer. The malt richness was drown out a bit by whiskey notes and the great bitterness from the hops seemed insignificant. I am beginning to dislike whiskey-aged beers more and more because the whiskey notes do not always meld well with the beer itself, and this is from a whiskey drinker. The original is so fantastic but this one is just good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a murky brown. Nose is big whiskey, sweet malts and fruit esters. Flavor is ripe fruits, raisin, bread, toffee, caramel, whisky and wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9734) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Murky, dark brown ale with little to no head. The aroma is a decadent swirl of coconut, caramel, and aged hops. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with fading carbonation. Sweet caramel, brown sugar and buttery toffee is balanced decently by alcohol and hop bitterness. Boozy, warming finish. So very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1173) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
750ml foiled cap from alagnak. Chocolate brown with a haziness to it, the head is very loose, íswiss cheeseí like. Roasted nut, light cocoa, coffee, cherry wood, vanilla, toffee, raisins. Lightly carbonated creamy feel on the body, really quite nice. Sweet, soft chocolate prune maltiness, ashy coffee, cola. I am really impressed with how this beer has held up to th barrel. Not sure how the abv has jumped so much, but if it is in fact truly 11.1%, it is sneeky. Thanks Chris for sending this my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle from bvc yeah ho! Fucking Tampa! Nose is of coffee, chocolate, floral earthy hops. Bourbon and wood are there but more subtle than many BB aged beers. A touch of alcohol shows up. Murky brown pour beige ring on top, light lace. Chocolate, roast, earth, pine. Bourbon is there and provides sweetness. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. Good body for ba beer. Sweet malty flavors linger. Chocolate. Wood and sweet barrel notes. This is solid. Like how the base beer held up to barrel. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
750ml, pours dark ruby with small off white head. Nose of oak and vanilla, caramel, mild smoke. Flavors of vanilla, oak, caramel, with a vegetal finish. Thin body, just an odd tasting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 750ml bottle. Thanks to Shane for picking this up for me... Pours a dark mahogony caramel brown with a thin soapy light beige head... Assertive vanilla, toffee, and bourbon aroma with a lasting sweet sugary confection... Flavors of assertive whiskey and caramels with a peppery bitterness in the finish. Thinner body and I donít recall the regular version having that much body to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
750ml, bottle #311/492, with a big thanks to Brewthusiast! Pours a clear dark iced tea color with burgundy highlights and a moderate tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, and light bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavor is more chocolate, caramel, bourbon and light vanilla and oak. A bit thin too. Not a bad beer, but was was fairly unexciting and hoping for more complexity. Thanks again Travis!

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