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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12078) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at the Jack the Ripper tasting, thanks to the ripper himself, 12/05/14. Murky chestnut brown with moderate off white spotting. Nose is dark toffee fudge, coconut shavings, spice, light chocolate, tobacco. Taste comprises toffee, dark fruit rinds, earthy notes, spice, didnít quite live up to the vibrant nose. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze at the curtain call. Solid stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 21, 2014
From the 20th Anniversary party. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with little to no head. Thick, malty aroma with a strong whiskey aroma. Whiskey taste with toffee and cherries mixed in. Not much carbonation, Vanilla notes. Amazing how strong the whiskey presence is without overpowering you. Quite a good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4251) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle from 2011 - thanks Sean! Shared as bottle #2 at the tasting. Pours hazy chestnut, minimal head but some lacing. Aroma is woody again, initially a bit sharp and acetic, but that fades quickly as the beer breathes. Oak, molasses and bourbon remain. Flavor is light sweet with a faint touch of tartness and very light bitterness. Woody and malty. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, just a bit hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3064) - Conifer, 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 itís not any better than the original.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (770) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2823) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Shared 2014 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a mahogany highlighted, brown tone, with a presentable layer of off white head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. Roasted, cocoa notes were present in the aroma, but subdued by the more dominant scent of dark fruit, concord grape, dark vinous notes, and barrel induced vanilla. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, sweet, with a warming, bourbony presence, and a bit of tartness to the finish. Preferred the heightened roastiness in the base beer, but canít complain about the robust results of this version.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4622) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8495) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2010
750ml bottle, #264 of 492. The pour yields a dark chestnut to mahogany colored body that shows translucent, crimson glints when backlit. A small, swirly film of dark tan froth is accompanied by a bubbly edge. Jagged lines and scattered spots of lacing mark the glass. The aroma kicks off with smooth, sweet bourbon and toasted oak spice. Layers of caramel, brown sugar, dark toffee, and cocoa follow, as do notes of walnuts and vanilla beans. Flavors largely follow suit, with smooth brown sugar and toasted toffee notes showing amidst sour mash bourbon, cocoa nibs, and vanilla laden wood. A hint of raisin lends some fruity depth that isnít present in the nose. The palate is a little thin for the style and perhaps a bit too boozy, though it does finish pretty smooth and round. This oneís a must for vanilla lovers, as the oak really proves dominant here. Itís a very nice brew, but I slightly prefer the base beer for itís balancing hoppiness and calmed alcohol levels.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3489) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige suds. Nose is chocolate, whiskey, oak and caramel. Medium body with subdued carb. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits and caramel but dominated by the whiskey.


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