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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (10060) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Many thanks to Joes for sharing this bottle! Bottle 216 of 492 was written on the label. Dark brown color with a very nice deep dark red glow coming through. Small white head. Smell coffee, wood, whiskey; just very good. Taste soft, velvety, caramel chocolate. Such a good taste! Especially the wood and (light) whiskey are so so good and so well balanced! Superb!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
been waiting for this one for a while, thanks to stumpyiliz for this one! says 492 bottles on the label, not 504. pours a very nice deep mahogony body with a smaller head, very nice color and aura. the aroma is very nice, sweet, woody, slightly smokey, all of it subdued and a bit dusty just like the regular hiby. its super smooth, the taste is not nearly as big as you might expect from any beer thats spent 9 months in a barrel. the carbon ation is pretty low but consiseant throughout the bottle and pours. it has a slightly cola/rootbeer thing going on underneath that i dont recall the normal hiby picking up during aging. sweet, smooth, duty, good stuff. great very present but not overpowering barerel profile. this should still be good for another year or two for sure, though i would prefer the complexities because its already so smooth, so i am glad i drank this now.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, celebration for finishing a damn hard course in med school. 2011 bottle number 3061. Dark brownish red, no light through it, tan head, that lasts fairly well surprisingly. Aroma brings notes of big Stranahanís, no infection in this one for sure. Dark raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate/cocoa notes, hints of nice toasted/burnt caramel, toffee, slight spice in there as well, this has lots of depth and the Stranahanís works perfectly. Taste is very similar but warmer, nice Stranahanís notes with whiskey melding into vanilla, chocolate, coffee, burnt toffee, hints of the raisin, fig and plum but its a bit more restrained than the aroma, the whiskey plays well off the sweetness and finishes sweet, slightly dry and slightly bitter, but mostly sweet. Like this beer, but it is honestly my least favorite of the three BA ones they do. That said...itís still over a 4. Enough said.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7099) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"12.4% 2011 version. The whiskey covers up some of the base beers complexity, but damn is it good. Whiskey gives way to chocolate, dark fruity malts, oak and vanilla. Wonderfully delicious, and the aroma is a near 10. Decadent, and slightly reminiscent of last years BA Decadence. This could get a 4.5 if I ever revisit, or just feel more generous. Hints of the awesome malty character in the original beer really make this great."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours thick black with creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Flavor is amazing, rich dark chocolate and coffee, perfectly balanced, with a sweet bourbon flavor on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1057) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. It strong in bourbon for shizzle. However, the malt backbone is there. Brown sugar is strong with this one. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle #0928, vintage 2011 from Belmont Station, with Carla. Pours a hazy amber brown with practically no foam. Smells sweet with lots of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Tastes slightly nutty with a slight syrupiness and hints of maple, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon ending with alcohol, though not alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
750ml bottle, 2011 edition, #3529. pours a deep, murky, brown with shades of garnet capped by a razor thin head of beige that leaves slivers of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of caramel, toffee, pralines, and smoke backed by dark chocolate, whiskey, dark fruits, and subtle red wine. flavor is delicious, absolutely no signs of oxidation, with heavy, sweet toffee, caramel candies, molasses, and chocolate malt balls backed by rich oak, bourbon, and hints of cinnamon bread as it warms. palate is full bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated with a lingering finish of dry oak and whiskey. another excellent barrel aged brew from great divide.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2170) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a coke a cola hue, tan head. Big bourbon nose. Some dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, big full but creamy body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage bottled 2/6/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged old ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Much more dark fruits and less hop character than the regular version, with great barrel balance. A highly enjoyable offering.


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