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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8904) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with almost no head and a strong treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes dark molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and whiskey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (509) - - MAR 25, 2016
750 mL bottle. Red plum color with a tan head. Caramel plum whiskey sugar chocolate aroma. Whiskey booze up front with a chocolate plum finish. Heavy sticky body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4047) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2016
12 June 2016, bottle. ruby/brown. nose is meaty, tobacco, woody. med body and middle fizzy. sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, tobacco, brown sugar, raisins. outstanding!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle shared by AirForceHops. Bottled Jan 5th ’15. Pours semi clear brown. Notes of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla tempered by some leather work glove. Sweet with some leather notes. Whiskey notes. Dark alcohol soaked fruits. Body is medium, you would think full. Thanks Chris. Awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
750 ml, vintage 2014, bottled in Jan, 2015. Deep reddish, darker brown in color. Aroma of oak, caramel, dark fruit, and light old molasses.

Layers of malt, dark fruits, molasses, spiced cake, and all the sweetness is cut by a mellow whiskey finish. Full-bodied without any real trace of alcohol. The finish is oaky with the whiskey helping to balance the malts. Pretty nicely done and glad my friend pick this up for me at the brewery because it is pricy in distribution! Thanks going to Adrien on this trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1717) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2016
On tap at the GD Barrel Room. Colour... dark amber with a thick ecru head. Nose...burnt brown sugar, dark toffee and whisky soaked oak. Palate...dry, oaky and sweet! Lots of turbinado hits the mid palate and butterscotch follows. The finish is dry, long and laden with whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle from bvc yeah ho! Fucking Tampa! Nose is of coffee, chocolate, floral earthy hops. Bourbon and wood are there but more subtle than many BB aged beers. A touch of alcohol shows up. Murky brown pour beige ring on top, light lace. Chocolate, roast, earth, pine. Bourbon is there and provides sweetness. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. Good body for ba beer. Sweet malty flavors linger. Chocolate. Wood and sweet barrel notes. This is solid. Like how the base beer held up to barrel. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1235) - Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
750ml foiled cap from alagnak. Chocolate brown with a haziness to it, the head is very loose, ’swiss cheese’ like. Roasted nut, light cocoa, coffee, cherry wood, vanilla, toffee, raisins. Lightly carbonated creamy feel on the body, really quite nice. Sweet, soft chocolate prune maltiness, ashy coffee, cola. I am really impressed with how this beer has held up to th barrel. Not sure how the abv has jumped so much, but if it is in fact truly 11.1%, it is sneeky. Thanks Chris for sending this my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a murky brown. Nose is big whiskey, sweet malts and fruit esters. Flavor is ripe fruits, raisin, bread, toffee, caramel, whisky and wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 bottle 291/492. The pour is similar with a somewhat clear, deep garnet color with an average, pillowy, frothy, yellowish-beige head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy froth. The nose is amazing with the additional sweet notes from the oak complementing the malt richness and the oak wood notes supporting the hops; notes of sweet oak, rustic/piney hops, hints of dried apricot, toasted caramel, light spicy alcohol/whiskey warmth, lots of toffee, some molasses, and hints of almonds. The flavor is similar but seems to lose some of the malt richness towards the finish; fairly sweet and oaky to start with toffee, molasses, sweet oak, toasted caramel, light raisin, and roasted almonds but dries out with more than moderate bitterness and spicy whiskey notes. The palate is nice with a medium to full body, soft to lively carbonation, and a round, coating mouthfeel but the dryness is a bit much. Finishes with some toffee and toasted oak, whiskey, almost herbal, and lingering almond and pine. I did like this one in a collaboration between two organizations which I love, but some of what made the original so great great was lost in the flavor of this beer. The malt richness was drown out a bit by whiskey notes and the great bitterness from the hops seemed insignificant. I am beginning to dislike whiskey-aged beers more and more because the whiskey notes do not always meld well with the beer itself, and this is from a whiskey drinker. The original is so fantastic but this one is just good.

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