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Great Divide Hibernation Ale - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 158   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3397) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage bottled 2/6/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, toast, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, nuttiness, leather, raisin, plum, fig, light herbal, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged old ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, oak barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Much more dark fruits and less hop character than the regular version, with great barrel balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle purchased at the Beverage Source. Hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bourbon and light hop. Caramel and bourbon flavor with a slightly dry finish. As it warms Iím getting a little bit of funkiness that suggests this one may have been on its way to infection. Glad I drank it early.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1055) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. It strong in bourbon for shizzle. However, the malt backbone is there. Brown sugar is strong with this one. Awesome.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Courtesy of Brandon

Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit/banana, roast, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and cola. The finish has buttery bourbon with some sour fruit and roast. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, Iím assuming this is infected.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
umich03jm (2761) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to Brandan. Somethingís off on this one. Some sort of infection I think. Kinda smells like garbage and rotten fruit. Tastes the same. Iíll revisit this again with a better bottle

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle - 750mL crowned. 2014 vintage. Murky brown pour with a short tan head. Lots of chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla notes and dark fruit in the nose. Taste is dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, light vanilla, dark fruit and soft booze. Body is medium with a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more chocolate, light vanilla, caramel, hints of brown sugar, toasted malt, dark fruit and light booze.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
poisoneddwarf (1951) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
750 ml foiled bottle. Aroma is extremely oaky, earthy, nutty, garbage. Pours murky mud puddle brown with a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is garbagey, raisins. WTF happened here.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anderson01 (235) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Cloudy in appearance. Black in color with minimal lacing and minimal head. Aroma is oak, slight alcohol and some cherry. Lightly sweet. Leaves a nasty aftertaste. Taste like working at the dump. THIS BEER IS GARBAGE.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brenn79 (1723) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2015
750 ml bottle- Pours very dark brown with a off white head that reduces to a blanket and collar. Aroma is oaky, vanilla, raisins, a bit boozy. The taste is oak, pungent, vanilla, coconut, a bit odd.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7996) - 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? Iíd love to have a second bottle to lay down for a year or two...


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