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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 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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Pours (almost) black with a small beige head. Very, very nice sweet aroma of choclate, sweet coffee, whisky, wood, raisins and warming alcohol. Well balanced taste with again chocolate, raisins, vanilla, whisky. Warming, soft alcohol. Complex, but very soft, like velvet. This is superb!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (8999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Many thanks to Joes for sharing this bottle! Bottle 216 of 492 was written on the label. Dark brown color with a very nice deep dark red glow coming through. Small white head. Smell coffee, wood, whiskey; just very good. Taste soft, velvety, caramel chocolate. Such a good taste! Especially the wood and (light) whiskey are so so good and so well balanced! Superb!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Tap at Saraveza sometime last year from notes: dark brown in appearance with surprisingly thin tan head and almost no lacing. Nice aroma of toffee, caramel and booze, very inviting. Tastes very sweet up front with the toffe and caramel, gets a little boozy midway through and finishes with a smooth melding of the two. Great beer, especially for the colder months.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this to last night’s tasting. I have now completed the GD BA trifecta, mostly thanks to Paul. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a moderate brown color and is slightly murky. Nose contained a good amount of toffee as well as some light caramel. Some brown sugar and light barrel character there as well. Not super complex, but the barrel character was seriously nice, coming through particularly well in the finish, which was exquisite. Taste was caramel and bourbon. Nice. Mouthfeel was ridiculously smooth and lacked nearly any alcohol presence. Low carbonation and a medium body. A nice offering, and the mouthfeel was really killer. Big highlight for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-21-2011

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
Bottle 223 of 492 thanks to ditmier for sharing. Pours out brown topped with a cream head. Aroma was of caramel, sweet malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, and some bourbon. Taste was more of the sweetness along with the barrel.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Bottle # 200 of 492. The beer pours a watery dark brown with not much retention. The head is light tan, rises only about a half finger but then is gone right away leaving some on the outside of the glass. The lacing is light. The aroma is medium and starts out very sweet. There are really nice notes of vanilla, caramel and cherry. At the end you pick up a bit of the bourbon. The taste starts off kinda plain not a whole lot there. You get some sweet a little vanilla then a lot of bourbon to finish. For a beer that was 9 months in a barrell I’m surprised its stronger. The feel is super watery, which is annoying with a light warm finish. The drinkaility is ok. Overall, this was pretty decent. The ale is a little to light and the flavor didn’t really soak up the oak and the bourbon as much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010 Floral malt aroma. Bronze coloured very strong in alcohol and malty with a hint of dryness in a bitter lasting malt finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark red brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, licorice confekt, wood - oak, dusty, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, akvavit - caraway. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20101119]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, nearly brown, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Bourbon and honey on the nose, slight peatiness.   Sweet bourboney maltiness up front, honey comb like cereal, caramel malts, tasty!   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a big bourbon and honey comb cereal like maltiness.   Also hints of caramel and vanilla.   Much better than the already good Hibernation.   This is one sweet malty beer.   Thanks Trevor for providing such a treat!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
malt, karamel, kaffe, chokolade, grape, portvin, fyrrenål, træ, harpiks. Brun med lidt rød, uklar, tæt, kort skum. Let sød og let bitter. Livlig og olieagtig.


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