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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750, capped and foiled. Pours a dark ebony, completely opaque, with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. Big beautiful sweet milk chocolate nose, but deeply nuanced, not just a sticky dumpling of processed sugar. Caramel and soft herbal notes in the background. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Deep complex chocolate notes on the attack and on the mid palate. Beautifully layered complex sweetness, but chocolate always predominates. Mild, fairly clean finish. Wonderful beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law and my wife. Murky sienna body, creamy light golden head. Aroma of chocolate milk, toffee, vanilla, hints of spice and funk. Soft, chocolatey palate, sweet whiskey is paired gently, vanilla, prunes, just a hint of acidic funk in the finish. Very smooth and full bodied. My bottle was bottled January 2015-- I wonder what will happen to the minimal funk character over time? I’d love to have a second bottle to lay down for a year or two...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9148) - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (532) - - 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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4123) - 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!!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1904) - 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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6192) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1763) - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1489) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2016
750ml bottle pours dark reddish brown with light red edges and 2 finger head. I expected this to be good but not this good! Nose and taste are delicious with goey maple, caramel, butterscotch, some dark cocoa and bourbony fruits, raisin, light oaky vanilla, layered, nice sweetness level that isn’t overdone. Finishes with dark fruit sweetness, creamy body, cocoa and caramel. Buy this!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1241) - 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.


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