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Great Divide Hibernation Ale - Barrel Aged

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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2016
A beautiful gorgeous beer. A nice aroma with the bourbon. Flavor is thick and chewy with some chocolate, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Really good stuff. Worth the high price.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1488) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (518) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle (750ml $26): Mostly clear with thin tan head. Whiskey aroma. Taste was sweet raisin with whiskey. Quite good, but maybe not worth the price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9304) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2016
Tap at Great Divide. Very cloudy, deep brown with maroon tints, lace. Huge bourbon ose, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins. Sweet toffee / treacle flavor, fudge, vanilla, bourbon. Oily, smooth body. Nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Itzjerm (2296) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2016
At the brewery's new barrel house. Vanilla caramel and hibernation. This will get me through any winter. Malt lots of Carmel and light hop on tongue. What how oh my goodness. Thin ring lasting head. Wow wow wow. Aroma taste mouthfeel oh my ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 1, 2016
2014 bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, caramel, and whisky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2016
(En fût au Bottlecraft Little Italy): La texture est impeccablement confortable, j’ai rarement vu un liquide fondre à ce point. Par contre c’est un peu trop sucré, trop pour être parmi la crème. Les saveurs sont de l’ordre de la pâte à biscuit, du pudding au chocolat et d’un bouquet d’épices boisées.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6181) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3784) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle shared by Airforcehops, thanks. Slightly hazy tawny brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Rich brown sugary caramel with hints of tart pitted fruit. Barrel character adds a nice layer. Tasty.


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