48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage enjoyed while camping. Brown pour with little head and little retention. Nose of caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, and booze. Taste follow the nose with a slight hint of sour. Decent amount of oak notes. A bit thin for my liking for the style.
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy copper with small frothy beige head that lasts awhile. The aroma is oak, booze, and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with strong oak and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Very good.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Jessie and Taylor, pours murky brown with light head, and not much lacing. Super warming in the chest. Notes of barrel, toffee, bread, dark malt, fruits, bourbon, and plum. Light body, almost watery but rich. Not my style, but enjoyable.
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black with creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Flavor is amazing, rich dark chocolate and coffee, perfectly balanced, with a sweet bourbon flavor on the finish.
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. Muddy Mississippi River pour with a white head. Hints of the old jailhouse mattress. Sweet up front with all kinds of watery caramel malts that quickly dry up and finishes with wood and boozy heat. Decent body and mouthfeel.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love me some old ales, great sweet molasses and whiskey flavors, really dig it
JStax (4122) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma is malty, bread, spicy, and woody. Tastes earthy and sweet. A little hot on the back of the tongue.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #0877.
3.5 A: Dark brown, near black color. Just a quarter finger of beige head formed, but didnít stick around long.
4.25 S: The beer and barrel really integrate well in this one. Leathery whiskey offers a light smokiness, a touch of mineral, apple orchard, and melon. The base offers plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, biscuity graham cracker, light toastiness, brown sugar, and toffee.
4.25 T: Tastes like the nose. Barrel and whiskey contribute leather, smokiness, light mineral, melon, vanilla, and apple. Plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, toastiness, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuity malts. The only issue is that Iíd like the overall intensity to be upped a bit.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but lacking creaminess. Iíd also like it to be a bit thicker, but itís still good overall. Booze is very well hidden.
4.0 D: Good beer, but not worth the $30 this cost me in Pittsburgh. I guess I should just be happy it made it out to here.
Serving type: bottle
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a thin biege head. Aroma of whiskey, malt, and caramel. Taste is caramel malt, whiskey, fruit, a bit of chocolate, and wood. Very good.
DrSilverworm (9102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (#2479 - pretty sure it was 2011 vintage), shared. Full disclosure: I found this bottle in a port-a-potty at DLD Day, about 4/5 full and still sort of cool to the touch. I took it with me and told a couple people I passed along about it, and at least a half dozen people had no hesitation in having a sample. After that, I cautiously took a sample my self. Yeah, I feel kind of weird about it now 2 days later, but I may as well upload my notes (especially considering Iíll probably never get to try this again). Hazy dark brown color. Little off-white head. Little loose lace. Smooth, light carbonation. More dry. Doesnít have the same big balanced body and smooth easy-drinking texture that regular Hibernation has, but still solid, and what Iíd expect for a 12.4% barrel-aged beer. Just a light bite, which is expected. Dark fruit, light molasses, wood, light vanilla. Solid. No hints of human-piss in the flavor profile, thankfully.