arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #376/492 $25. I am a big fan of the regular version so I gave up the $25 for this one which I will say is not as good as the regular version unless you really like whiskey. It might be a shade darker than the standard version or maybe its just hazier. It smells like whiskey, alcohol, really an interesting smell. The flavor is really overwhelmed by the barrel-aging to the point that I can barely tell its Hibernation any more. Whiskey, wood, alcohol, vanilla, intense but just doesnít do it for me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2009 04:40:25
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oaky vanilla on the nose with caramel. Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Caramel malts, oak, hints of whiskey, with cocoa, very smooth.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brune body with a tan head. Boozy, whiskey tones, vanilla and oak hints. Sweet with sugar tones, malty, and a boozy vanilla warming. A decent BA ale.
joergen (19341) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Hazy red-brown coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops.
djd07 (2745) - 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.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, #316/492, poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark hazy mahogany that shines through as a dark amber with a decent head thatís made up mostly of big bubbles that linger around the edges after a while.
The aroma is dominated by wood and bourbon...and not a whole lot else. There is a hint of dark fruit and toffee but itís tough to find under the barrel character. There is also some stale, cardboard-like aromas coming through that puzzled me.
The taste is just more whiskey - tons of vanilla, oak and bourbon, which leaves a big burn going down. Iím finding a hard time getting the underlying Hibernation - no chocolate or brown sugar sweetness to speak of. Maybe some dark fruits as it warms.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick with a subtle, soft carbonation. It feels and burns almost like a whiskey.
Iím a big fan of the regular Hibernation and, to me, this isnít quite as good. Itís completely dominated by the barrel character, which overshadows the solid beer underneath. Iím hoping (and expecting) this one to age well and get better with a little time.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a dark brown with a dense head. Aroma has alcohol, sweetness and some musty accents. Flavor is sweet, caramel, molasses, wood and bourbon. A bit odd flavor as the alcohol is not hidden here.
fletchfighters (995) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-- Poured a deep, dark mahogany color. Just touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Very little carbonation showing. Light brown head that went to film and stayed at film through drinking. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Rich and full smell. Buttery vanilla, rum, molasses,
brown sugar, and dates. Just slight bits of oak in this.
T-- Warm, melted brown sugar, butter, vanilla, rum, and dark fruits.
M-- Mid palate is very thin. Kind of sad really. Get just short bursts of what it was. A bit slick and sweet and and a rum spice finish but just lacking zest and too many gaping holes in this. Not much of the barrel though.
O-- Knocking off one of my biggest wants and realize I am getting to this about a year late. Flashes of how good this was does make this worth it for me though.
Edit: Really picked up with a lot of air. Thin gaps disappeared more but still evident, so a slight correction in rating.
GT2 (7691) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL. Full haze, deep amber. Bubbles. No head formation. Nose is rich caramel, buttery bourbon. Taste is sticky tomato paste, sugar, lemon tea, citric bite. Not my thing.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this to last nightís 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