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RATINGS: 194   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6103) - 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
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks for sharing Brandon; bottle 248 of 492; pours dark brown with off-white head; espresso, chocolate, rich, dry and ashy; sweet bourbon, cookies, vanilla; love the chocolate notes and barrel is nicely muted and complementary; thin texture with bourbon sweetness and chocolate; quite sweet without being an overbearing sugar bomb; yummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle 98/492 shared by Greg - thanks!! Rich nose vanilla dark fruits. Smooth, warm with just a little booze in the taste. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aroma of sweet bourbon, chocolate, slight salt and a pumpernickel bread. Tastes great with salty chocolate, great bread, and a malty cherry. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6044) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
On draft at hops and pie in Denver CO. Pours a cloudy brown with an off white head. Oak and vanilla aroma. Intense vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Older bottle, 2011 I think. Pours a cloudy medium brown with pretty much no head. Aromas of big vanilla, some caramel and dark fruits. Sweet taste with a slight heat to it still after all these years. Pretty darn good, held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2011 750 ml bottle at Euclid Hall in Denver, poured 6-29-14. Pours dark brownish amber, slightly murky, with a small off white to khaki head. The head recedes quickly and there is just a rim around the edges by the time I take a sip. Aroma is big bourbon notes, heavy caramel malts, light molasses, vanilla, oak, and more bourbon. Flavor follows the aroma rather closely with a nice caramel molasses feel, supported by bourbon in the background. Light vanilla notes are there, but not as strong as when fresh I would guess. Body is thinner than expected--especially after loving regular hibernation so much--but maybe a slight nitpick. Still some decent carbonation in this one. Definitely a beer to seek out if you can find it. Not sure it was worth the $54 price tag at the restaurant, but hey, you only live once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (810) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Cola colored with a thin tan head. Big Carmelly vanilla nose. Sweet oaky boozy vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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