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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4547) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
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 03-19-2013 02:54:26

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (4103) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Hazed mahogany pour with an off-white head. Booze, bourbon, and pecans on the nose. Vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Notes of dark fruit and brown sugar. Sweet vanilla, toffee, and caramel on the nose. Dark fruits, brown sugar, toasted pecans, bourbon, and oak. A bit boozy but nice otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3046) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Another one I never thought I would come across. Thank you HMOG 2014. Murky brown color. A little bit of whiskey on the aroma. The malt body dominates the flavor with a lot of caramel toffee and candy sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1575) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5167) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4074) - 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.

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