Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with almost no head (a vigorous pour produced a little frothiness that quickly went to a thin collar).
The aroma is chocolate and bourbon with dark fruit and molasses. Smells a bit like a decadent rum cake / fruitcake. There is a touch of fusel alcohol. I can smell the original Hibernation but it’s been bourbonized.
The flavor is surprisingly subdued. There’s some chocolatey bourbon and dark fruits leading to a bitter alcohol finish. As it warms, a bit more flavor comes out - but it still tastes like watered down Hibernation with a splash of whiskey. The mouthfeel is full with very little carbonation and is a bit watery.
Overall, this is not overdone with the alcohol like the bourbon yeti was. Both barrel versions I’ve had have been very lightly carbonated. I’m surprised by how subdued the flavors were for me, given how complex original Hibernation is. It’s interesting to try, but regular Hibernation is better, and this is not worth $25 a bottle.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml, pours dark ruby with small off white head. Nose of oak and vanilla, caramel, mild smoke. Flavors of vanilla, oak, caramel, with a vegetal finish. Thin body, just an odd tasting beer.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Lot of oak, dark fruit, alcohol, and soured fruit aromas. Charred oak whiskey strong flavors Alcohol and burnt wood is a bit overbearing. Slick body charred chocolate alcohol finish. Hard to drink with all the booze. 7/3/7/3/13 3.3.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Skyview Tasting, 2/23/13. Not a lot going on here. I am not a huge fan of regular Hibernation. The barrel aged version ups the alcohol character while keeping malt base with moderate hop bitterness. Whiskey is prominent in the flavor and aroma. Hot.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Hibernation, BA
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: muddy brown, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet brown sugar and vanilla aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, light bourbon, touch of oak and vanilla
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, sent from Perrin515 (thanks Pat), pours a murky amber-tinged brown with just a few bubbles for head. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, whiskey barrels and booze. Flavour of rich sense syrup, with extremely high viscosity, whiskey barrels, and alcohol. Extraordinarily thick body. The whiskey barrels take the cloying sweetness out of the base beer. Good stuff, but nothing special.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 190 of 492, 2009 bottling; sampled October 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that disappears down to a thin ring fairly quickly. The beer is a murky, concentrated amber color, that shows more of the same just lighter in hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, toasted coconut and raisins, and perhaps a touch of sherry at the first. A second pas reveals smooth whiskey aromatics, smoothly spicy oak that gets a touch more spicy once I move away from the kitchen were some food is braising. This beer is clearly dominated by the barrel influence, there are touches of caramel, which mix well with the ample barrel vanillin notes, there is a slight savory maltiness here, as well as touches of toasted whole grain character and even some grassiness / herbal character somehow; though this last seems mainly to be contributed by the whiskey barrel and actually becomes quite prominent after some time (though it also has an ample green, pepper like note).
Up front flavors of caramelized crystal malt, vanillin, toasted coconut, toasted whole grain, touches of toffee and caramel mix together on the palate. The finish is quite spicy, very woody, and even sort of has a green grassy or spicy herbal note to it; this morphs into a green peppery note as well as a lingering tannic bite.. The beer is fairly light bodied for its strength, though I am not overly surprised as that often happens with beers like this that get aged in barrels; there is some viscous character to this beer, and it even manages to linger a bit on the palate, but the spicy oak character ends up wiping the palate clean. After some time, the finish really starts to taste like a whiskey, spicy, somewhat hot from the alcohol, and it even has that sort of fruitiness that I get in a whiskey or bourbon.
Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more; the barrel character runs a bit roughshod over the base beer. If this had a lot more caramelized maltiness and quite a bit of a richer, hell even sweeter, body that could stand up to the barrel influence, this would be a much better experience. The beer actually seems to do well in very small amounts; if I come back to it after a while I can take a small sip or two that maintains a balance to it, but it ends up getting thin, somewhat too spicy, and a bit too hot after any more than this.
Koelschtrinker (9876) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weicher, fast schon zu milder Beginn von dezent holzigen Malznoten. Die Whiskeynoten wirken nicht stark aromatisch, dann aber doch so, als wäre Whiskey hinzugegeben worden, kratzig, rau. Besonders im Abgang cremig malzig, erstaunlich mild, verschwindend geringe Röstnoten. Dann wieder leichte Alkoholnoten. 10/11/11/9/11/9
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Victory Lane.
Appearance: Opaque brown, thin tan ring.
Aroma: Light fruits, some wood, very faint.
Taste: Syrupy dark fruits, light bourbon on the finish.
Palate: Thick body, light carbonation.
Overall: Very disappointing, tastes like a castrated version of Hibernation Ale.
MikeTheWizard (13) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 2011. Past it’s prime. Major oxidation but still can taste how good it would have been. Lots of dark fruit, leather and whiskey. Tobacco and wet cardboard dominate, but smooth for 12.4%. Wish I opened it last year.