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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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2352) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Another one I never thought I would come across. Thank you HMOG 2014. Murky brown color. A little bit of whiskey on the aroma. The malt body dominates the flavor with a lot of caramel toffee and candy sugar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle bought at the brewery. Light to medium body. Would have liked a heavier body to the beer. Toffee and caramel. Bourbon is there, but doesnít completely change original hibernation. Slight whiskey taste lingers. Good. But probably overpriced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
750ml bottle, $25. viscous dark chestnut body, small off-white head. strong oak nose requires slight aeration and oxidation to relieve some of the petroleum and plastic notes, but after a short time these unwelcome notes subside (they never truly vanish but theyíre at a low enough level to not obscure the rest of the beer). the at-first brash oak tends to subside as well, and with a rich and chewy body only moderately struck by barrel tannins, the sweetened caramel malt core of hibernation tends to play well with the also-sweetened honey accented stranahans whiskey. dense and chewy up front, oily and resinous in the finish, the core of the beer is somewhat masked, as expected, but again the whiskey and wood seem to accent hibernation more than it did with yeti (which clashed) or ruffian (which, while good, was overpowering). overall itís an interesting product with a few minor flaws but thankfully no major flaws, however it certainly lacks depth and at this price point, depth is what is needed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2010
750ml bottle, #264 of 492. The pour yields a dark chestnut to mahogany colored body that shows translucent, crimson glints when backlit. A small, swirly film of dark tan froth is accompanied by a bubbly edge. Jagged lines and scattered spots of lacing mark the glass. The aroma kicks off with smooth, sweet bourbon and toasted oak spice. Layers of caramel, brown sugar, dark toffee, and cocoa follow, as do notes of walnuts and vanilla beans. Flavors largely follow suit, with smooth brown sugar and toasted toffee notes showing amidst sour mash bourbon, cocoa nibs, and vanilla laden wood. A hint of raisin lends some fruity depth that isnít present in the nose. The palate is a little thin for the style and perhaps a bit too boozy, though it does finish pretty smooth and round. This oneís a must for vanilla lovers, as the oak really proves dominant here. Itís a very nice brew, but I slightly prefer the base beer for itís balancing hoppiness and calmed alcohol levels.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige suds. Nose is chocolate, whiskey, oak and caramel. Medium body with subdued carb. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits and caramel but dominated by the whiskey.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Bottle # 200 of 492. The beer pours a watery dark brown with not much retention. The head is light tan, rises only about a half finger but then is gone right away leaving some on the outside of the glass. The lacing is light. The aroma is medium and starts out very sweet. There are really nice notes of vanilla, caramel and cherry. At the end you pick up a bit of the bourbon. The taste starts off kinda plain not a whole lot there. You get some sweet a little vanilla then a lot of bourbon to finish. For a beer that was 9 months in a barrell Iím surprised its stronger. The feel is super watery, which is annoying with a light warm finish. The drinkaility is ok. Overall, this was pretty decent. The ale is a little to light and the flavor didnít really soak up the oak and the bourbon as much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Bottle 359/492. Pours a cloudy amber with a small, rough off-white head. Sweet caramellish Bourbon aroma. Solid body, a little skewed barrel, caramel and overripe fruit. Heavy Bourbon with a boozy finish. 220312

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
750ml bottle #2870 courtesy of and shared with Headbanger, poured into a Snifter at 43į. Color is hazy brown with good carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Aroma of oak and a bit of whiskey. It has a bolder medium body with a thin mouth feel. Flavor jumps out with the oak, a touch of vanilla, some dried fruit and the whiskey bring up the end. After taste is dry with the oak standing out. Overall its a good brew, lighter then I was expecting making it an easy drinker.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (667) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2011 vintage enjoyed while camping. Brown pour with little head and little retention. Nose of caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, and booze. Taste follow the nose with a slight hint of sour. Decent amount of oak notes. A bit thin for my liking for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
750 ml bottle from the brewery. 2011 vintage, number 0272. Saw this gem in the fridge next to BA Old Ruffian. Pours a hazy, dull brown-amber color with no head. Notes of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, oak, and - unfortunately - a megaton of dark fruit coming through. More than there should be, and some of it has a faint tartness. Definitely past its prime. Medium-bodied, with a muddled, fruity mouthfeel and low carbonation. Donít cellar any longer if you have a 2011 edition.


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