wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for a while, thanks to stumpyiliz for this one! says 492 bottles on the label, not 504. pours a very nice deep mahogony body with a smaller head, very nice color and aura. the aroma is very nice, sweet, woody, slightly smokey, all of it subdued and a bit dusty just like the regular hiby. its super smooth, the taste is not nearly as big as you might expect from any beer thats spent 9 months in a barrel. the carbon ation is pretty low but consiseant throughout the bottle and pours. it has a slightly cola/rootbeer thing going on underneath that i dont recall the normal hiby picking up during aging. sweet, smooth, duty, good stuff. great very present but not overpowering barerel profile. this should still be good for another year or two for sure, though i would prefer the complexities because its already so smooth, so i am glad i drank this now.
DuffMan (7572) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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? I’d love to have a second bottle to lay down for a year or two...
Rando7 (771) - Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma malts and a little bourbon. Taste sweet malts with a little oak and bourbon. Palate thin. Finish ’old" hops, ie hops that had lost much of their flavor with aging.
A bit of a disappointment. I didn’t get any "old ale" character at all. Tasted more like an American barleywine that was past its prime.
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice copper pour with good lacing and white head. Aroma was strongly whiskey and oak , with dark fruit. The taste had more of a great chocolate presence plenty of vanilla oak and booze. Big sweetness. Nice BA, but not an elite beer. Full bodied.
swagtimus (1) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2015 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 750ml to pilsner glass due to lack of a snifter. Carbonation immediately fades from a near black pour. Aroma is faint whiskey, and it might be me being under the weather but that is all i smell. I expected an overwhelming whiskey flavor considering the length of the aging process but it tastes like watered down whiskey with a hint of chocolate malts. I can drink this and will feel great afterward with a 10.5 abv but i am not impressed with this beer at all, especially with a 30 dollar price tag. If i ever find this beer available on draft i would gladly try again but i cant see myself buying another bottle.
onceblind (5178) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy deep copper with a thin white cap. Pie-like aroma with chocolaty pecan pie, sweet earthy nutty whiskey, lots of coconut, and milk chocolate. Amazing flavor with some pecans, whiskey, charred oak, coconut, sugary dark chocolate, a bit of brown sugary booze and finishing with some char and more pecan. Amazing.
MadRobin (2262) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap sampler at Whole Foods in Market Square, Fairfax, VA.
Clear, very dark mahogany brown with a light tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of lots of vanilla plus, sweet dark fruits, booze, caramel, oak and licorice.
Taste of vanilla, roasted coffee, slightly tart dark fruit, sweet toffee and a bit of roasted malt.
Medium/light body and low/medium carbonization.
Actually, I thought the standard Hibernation was better.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml Bottle. Reddish brown pour topped with a half-inch of tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits and toasted oak. Flavor is toffee, whiskey and chocolate with a bit of red wine and dark sugars toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation and a final dose of toasted malt and oak in the finish. Relatively smooth and easy to sip considering it’s high ABV.
geologyguy (902) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very chocolaty smell malty and heavy, reddish black appearance that has some sediment in the end, vanilla sweetness, some good complexity and depth, alcohol taste but not super heavy but prominent, appearance more red than in beginning... At least when held to fire...weird..slightly nutty taste
tmoreau (2804) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 2014 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a mahogany highlighted, brown tone, with a presentable layer of off white head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. Roasted, cocoa notes were present in the aroma, but subdued by the more dominant scent of dark fruit, concord grape, dark vinous notes, and barrel induced vanilla. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, sweet, with a warming, bourbony presence, and a bit of tartness to the finish. Preferred the heightened roastiness in the base beer, but can’t complain about the robust results of this version.
HuskerTan (702) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Whisky, fruits, caramel, slightly bitter, malty.
A- Amber color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Whisky, caramel, subtle fruits, malty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, unbalanced finish.
O- I almost paid $27 for a bomber of this but held off and got to try it at the taproom instead. Thank God I did because it was very mediocre. You get some of the barrel aging in the aroma and taste but overall it’s pretty unbalanced in my opinion and not much going on in terms of quality in it.