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RATINGS: 112   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2009
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this to last night’s 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Hibernation, BA
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (9995) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
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

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
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.


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