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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1156) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3356) - 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.

3.8
   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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
750 ml bottle poured a hazy dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, toffee, carmel, vanilla, light spice and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light spice with a smooth dry lingering vanilla oaky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
750ml bottle, $25. viscous dark chestnut body, small off-white head. strong oak nose requires slight aeration and oxidation to relieve some of the petroleum and plastic notes, but after a short time these unwelcome notes subside (they never truly vanish but theyíre at a low enough level to not obscure the rest of the beer). the at-first brash oak tends to subside as well, and with a rich and chewy body only moderately struck by barrel tannins, the sweetened caramel malt core of hibernation tends to play well with the also-sweetened honey accented stranahans whiskey. dense and chewy up front, oily and resinous in the finish, the core of the beer is somewhat masked, as expected, but again the whiskey and wood seem to accent hibernation more than it did with yeti (which clashed) or ruffian (which, while good, was overpowering). overall itís an interesting product with a few minor flaws but thankfully no major flaws, however it certainly lacks depth and at this price point, depth is what is needed.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with almost no head (a vigorous pour produced a little frothiness that quickly went to a thin collar).

The aroma is chocolate and bourbon with dark fruit and molasses. Smells a bit like a decadent rum cake / fruitcake. There is a touch of fusel alcohol. I can smell the original Hibernation but itís been bourbonized.

The flavor is surprisingly subdued. Thereís some chocolatey bourbon and dark fruits leading to a bitter alcohol finish. As it warms, a bit more flavor comes out - but it still tastes like watered down Hibernation with a splash of whiskey. The mouthfeel is full with very little carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, this is not overdone with the alcohol like the bourbon yeti was. Both barrel versions Iíve had have been very lightly carbonated. Iím surprised by how subdued the flavors were for me, given how complex original Hibernation is. Itís interesting to try, but regular Hibernation is better, and this is not worth $25 a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle #376/492 $25. I am a big fan of the regular version so I gave up the $25 for this one which I will say is not as good as the regular version unless you really like whiskey. It might be a shade darker than the standard version or maybe its just hazier. It smells like whiskey, alcohol, really an interesting smell. The flavor is really overwhelmed by the barrel-aging to the point that I can barely tell its Hibernation any more. Whiskey, wood, alcohol, vanilla, intense but just doesnít do it for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-22-2009 04:40:25

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3937) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle bought at the brewery. Light to medium body. Would have liked a heavier body to the beer. Toffee and caramel. Bourbon is there, but doesnít completely change original hibernation. Slight whiskey taste lingers. Good. But probably overpriced.


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