robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black with creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Flavor is amazing, rich dark chocolate and coffee, perfectly balanced, with a sweet bourbon flavor on the finish.
50belair (2954) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. Muddy Mississippi River pour with a white head. Hints of the old jailhouse mattress. Sweet up front with all kinds of watery caramel malts that quickly dry up and finishes with wood and boozy heat. Decent body and mouthfeel.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love me some old ales, great sweet molasses and whiskey flavors, really dig it
JStax (3771) - 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.
DavoleBomb (1522) - 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 (4261) - 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 (8540) - 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 (1842) - 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 (4955) - 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.