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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Jack. Vintage 2011. Pours lightly murky amber-brown with a fine, fast-fading off-white tan head. Lightly tangy, leathery fruits on the nose, some toffee. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, meaty, with some tangy wood, old berries, ripe orange, alcohol, toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Warm to hot finish with further tangy berries, other leathery fruits, cherry, plum, tangy wood. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1359) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2009
tap at brewery. deep, thick brown pour with thin head and lacing. caramel, oak, toffee, dark fruit aroma. rich. light oak. awesome malt body. a bit mellow. I prefer the original

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3361) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 750ml bottle. Thanks to Shane for picking this up for me... Pours a dark mahogony caramel brown with a thin soapy light beige head... Assertive vanilla, toffee, and bourbon aroma with a lasting sweet sugary confection... Flavors of assertive whiskey and caramels with a peppery bitterness in the finish. Thinner body and I don’t recall the regular version having that much body to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6743) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 bottle#230/492 light cloudy amber/brown, light tan head aroma of thin wood and oak barrel, vanilla and some dark chocolate nibs. flavors, chocolate malts, sweet vanilla and the BA is light with some hints of smoked malts. Overall profile remains light for 11% beer. drinks easy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
750ml bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. 2011 Vintage, Bottle #1479. Pours a deep brown body with a bit of a ruby hue. Finger-width, fizzy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramels and pretty woody up front with some toasted coconut, whiskey, tootsie roll chocolate, vanilla, hints of dark fruit, and a light toffee. Flavor is pretty nice. Caramel, wood and whiskey, and vanilla up front before a deeper tootsie roll chocolate comes in as well as some toasty coconut, dark fruits, a hint of roast, and some toffees. Wood grows a bit towards the end alongside the richer caramels and chocolates before drying nicely with a touch of vanilla and whiskey. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, this was a solid beer, but I was hoping for more. The wood and whiskey balanced the rich malts of the base while helping it dry out and adding a nice vanilla note, but it doesn’t have the depth that I loved in the BA Old Ruffian or Yeti. Nonetheless, this was enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
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 I’ll probably never get to try this again). Hazy dark brown color. Little off-white head. Little loose lace. Smooth, light carbonation. More dry. Doesn’t have the same big balanced body and smooth easy-drinking texture that regular Hibernation has, but still solid, and what I’d 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2326) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1001) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Tap. Pours dark brown with off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and oak. Taste of dark chocolates and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7052) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jackl, it pours cloudy dark brown with a small light tan. The nose is rich, woody, raisin, fruit cake, sultana, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and bruised banana. The taste earthy, brown bread, fruit cake, raisin, sultana, booze, wood, leather, vanilla, coconut, cherry skin and brown sugar with a dry, warming finish. Fullish body and fine, prickly carbonation. Pretty tasty gear.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1982) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
2011 bottle through recent trade. Pour has a muddy brown color with a thick coating of off white head that slowly fell away. Aroma has sweet malt, whiskey barrels, vanilla, and some oxidation. Mouth feel is hefty with thick coating and good carbonation for a huge barreled beer. Flavor is hefty with dark fruit, sweet malt, whiskey, vanilla, and again papery oxidation.


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