DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #0877.
3.5 A: Dark brown, near black color. Just a quarter finger of beige head formed, but didnít stick around long.
4.25 S: The beer and barrel really integrate well in this one. Leathery whiskey offers a light smokiness, a touch of mineral, apple orchard, and melon. The base offers plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, biscuity graham cracker, light toastiness, brown sugar, and toffee.
4.25 T: Tastes like the nose. Barrel and whiskey contribute leather, smokiness, light mineral, melon, vanilla, and apple. Plum, caramel, tobacco, raisin, toastiness, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuity malts. The only issue is that Iíd like the overall intensity to be upped a bit.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but lacking creaminess. Iíd also like it to be a bit thicker, but itís still good overall. Booze is very well hidden.
4.0 D: Good beer, but not worth the $30 this cost me in Pittsburgh. I guess I should just be happy it made it out to here.
Serving type: bottle
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma is malty, bread, spicy, and woody. Tastes earthy and sweet. A little hot on the back of the tongue.
PhillyCraft (3184) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Jessie and Taylor, pours murky brown with light head, and not much lacing. Super warming in the chest. Notes of barrel, toffee, bread, dark malt, fruits, bourbon, and plum. Light body, almost watery but rich. Not my style, but enjoyable.
brokensail (10782) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Hazed mahogany pour with an off-white head. Booze, bourbon, and pecans on the nose. Vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Notes of dark fruit and brown sugar. Sweet vanilla, toffee, and caramel on the nose. Dark fruits, brown sugar, toasted pecans, bourbon, and oak. A bit boozy but nice otherwise.
jrob21 (2529) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Jack the Ripper tasting, thanks to the ripper himself, 12/05/14.
Murky chestnut brown with moderate off white spotting.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, coconut shavings, spice, light chocolate, tobacco.
Taste comprises toffee, dark fruit rinds, earthy notes, spice, didnít quite live up to the vibrant nose.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze at the curtain call.
haddon90 (1451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 20th Anniversary party. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with little to no head. Thick, malty aroma with a strong whiskey aroma. Whiskey taste with toffee and cherries mixed in. Not much carbonation, Vanilla notes. Amazing how strong the whiskey presence is without overpowering you. Quite a good brew.
drfabulous (3917) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.