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RATINGS: 153   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4655) - 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 (8499) - 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 (3500) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7386) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
750 ml bottle from the brewery. 2011 vintage, number 0272. Saw this gem in the fridge next to BA Old Ruffian. Pours a hazy, dull brown-amber color with no head. Notes of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, oak, and - unfortunately - a megaton of dark fruit coming through. More than there should be, and some of it has a faint tartness. Definitely past its prime. Medium-bodied, with a muddled, fruity mouthfeel and low carbonation. Donít cellar any longer if you have a 2011 edition.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
2011 bottle #2785 that I got for Christmas last year. 2nd best Christmas gift I received. The pour reminds me of a quad or cola; lots of carbonation but no real head. Big aroma that definitely has some whiskey but also an almost minty quality. Pretty bold flavor that starts with whiskey and dark, tar fruit plus a little coffee and dark chocolate in the end. Lingering finish brings in some warming booze. If you like whiskey, this is for you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Gregís with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big raisins, prunes, grapey, plums, bready, slightly oxidized, cardboard, dark fruits, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is big bread, tangy, dark fruits, raisins, figs, somewhat smoky, toasted bread, cocoa, light earthiness, and coconut. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13620) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6403) - Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by arminjewell). Looks good; an opaque mahogany with off-white lacing. Smells of plum, oak, toffee, and caramel. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Some tartness from the dark fruit presence. Pleasant on the palate. The whiskey comes out more as it warms and opens up. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle - 750mL crowned. 2014 vintage. Murky brown pour with a short tan head. Lots of chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla notes and dark fruit in the nose. Taste is dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, light vanilla, dark fruit and soft booze. Body is medium with a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more chocolate, light vanilla, caramel, hints of brown sugar, toasted malt, dark fruit and light booze.


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