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 didn’t 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 I’d like the overall intensity to be upped a bit.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but lacking creaminess. I’d also like it to be a bit thicker, but it’s 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
RobertDale (3475) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a thin biege head. Aroma of whiskey, malt, and caramel. Taste is caramel malt, whiskey, fruit, a bit of chocolate, and wood. Very good.
DrSilverworm (6420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (#2479 - pretty sure it was 2011 vintage), shared. Full disclosure: I found this bottle in a port-a-potty at DLD Day, about 4/5 full and still sort of cool to the touch. I took it with me and told a couple people I passed along about it, and at least a half dozen people had no hesitation in having a sample. After that, I cautiously took a sample my self. Yeah, I feel kind of weird about it now 2 days later, but I may as well upload my notes (especially considering I’ll probably never get to try this again). Hazy dark brown color. Little off-white head. Little loose lace. Smooth, light carbonation. More dry. Doesn’t have the same big balanced body and smooth easy-drinking texture that regular Hibernation has, but still solid, and what I’d expect for a 12.4% barrel-aged beer. Just a light bite, which is expected. Dark fruit, light molasses, wood, light vanilla. Solid. No hints of human-piss in the flavor profile, thankfully.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, 2011 edition, #3529. pours a deep, murky, brown with shades of garnet capped by a razor thin head of beige that leaves slivers of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of caramel, toffee, pralines, and smoke backed by dark chocolate, whiskey, dark fruits, and subtle red wine. flavor is delicious, absolutely no signs of oxidation, with heavy, sweet toffee, caramel candies, molasses, and chocolate malt balls backed by rich oak, bourbon, and hints of cinnamon bread as it warms. palate is full bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated with a lingering finish of dry oak and whiskey. another excellent barrel aged brew from great divide.
mikem409 (1487) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
bottle bought at hollingshead deli. pours murky brown no head. tart whiskey aroma. taste is also tart raisin and lots of sugar. possible infection
JK (4441) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Skyview Tasting, 2/23/13. Not a lot going on here. I am not a huge fan of regular Hibernation. The barrel aged version ups the alcohol character while keeping malt base with moderate hop bitterness. Whiskey is prominent in the flavor and aroma. Hot.
Iphonephan (3272) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2012 vintage.
A: Pours a murky brown color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some splotchy lace.
S: Whiskey notes up front with some underlying chocolate malt. Light spices with some fruity ale yeast.
T: More of the barrel comes out with some caramel sweetness. Whiskey notes with some spiciness as well. Sweet malt with some mild fruitiness. The barrel takes over mostly.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Very smooth.
O: Pretty solid overall. The whiskey barrel is prominent without being hot or overbearing. Definitely enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, sent from Perrin515 (thanks Pat), pours a murky amber-tinged brown with just a few bubbles for head. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, whiskey barrels and booze. Flavour of rich sense syrup, with extremely high viscosity, whiskey barrels, and alcohol. Extraordinarily thick body. The whiskey barrels take the cloying sweetness out of the base beer. Good stuff, but nothing special.
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet bourbon, chocolate, slight salt and a pumpernickel bread. Tastes great with salty chocolate, great bread, and a malty cherry. Fantastic.