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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Over 9 months in Stranahan’s 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750, capped and foiled. Pours a dark ebony, completely opaque, with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. Big beautiful sweet milk chocolate nose, but deeply nuanced, not just a sticky dumpling of processed sugar. Caramel and soft herbal notes in the background. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Deep complex chocolate notes on the attack and on the mid palate. Beautifully layered complex sweetness, but chocolate always predominates. Mild, fairly clean finish. Wonderful beer.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2015
I’ve had this before, and it was much better. Vintage 2014 Pours dark cola brown with a etched top of light tans. Smells of dark malts, some tea, some booze, a little oak, some minerals. Overall nose is kinda boring. Flavor is astringent, some malt, lots of tannin and oak, some vitamin, Mildly bitter. medium bodied with moderate carb and brutally dry. I gotta be honest, I feel like there’s a bit of infection going in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1108) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Very nice aroma of vanilla, oak and roasted malt. Full flavored malty but not sticky or sweet. Tons of flavor and complex stout. Really nice without being too much. But the oaky whiskey/bourbon flavors really come through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2474) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a coke a cola hue, tan head. Big bourbon nose. Some dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, big full but creamy body.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
connor0415 (65) - - FEB 28, 2015
A great beer but not enough whisky flavors for my tastes. Tastes a lot like the original, maybe if they kept it in the barrel longer it?d be better. It has a lot of chocolate, toffee, and spices but tasted too much like the original to warrant spending any extra on this version, I’ve got one cellaring along with a few of the standard ones. Let’s see what a few years does to these old ales

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep nut brown, mahogany color with a tan head. Aroma is complex, mix of toasted malts, dark fruits, raisin, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor has a mix of light bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits. Overall a very nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours hazy ruby/mahogany with 1-finger tan head. Nose is heavy oaky bourbon, earthy vienna malt, cacao, fig, vanilla. Tastes earthy, oaky, with malt, whisky, vanilla, cacao, fig, spice, and a complex, rich, delicious finish. This is an excellent old ale. My only beef is that I don;t see individual numbering as advertized, and that pisses me off a little.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Dark reddish, light brown appearance with an off-white head. Nice complex aroma of dark fruits, oak, vanilla, chocolate, earthy hops, light roast and dark malts. Medium sweetness and light bitterness. Pretty smooth, but in my opinion it’s not any better than the original.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (739) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Cola colored with a thin tan head. Big Carmelly vanilla nose. Sweet oaky boozy vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7666) - Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by arminjewell). Looks good; an opaque mahogany with off-white lacing. Smells of plum, oak, toffee, and caramel. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Some tartness from the dark fruit presence. Pleasant on the palate. The whiskey comes out more as it warms and opens up. Good beer.


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