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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Smells of toffee vanilla and bourbon. Very fast dissipating tan head. Initial sip is effervescent tree fruit, figs, flavor keeps dancing on the tongue from the carbonation. Finishes with that classic english strong ale aged flavor married to the bourbon wood it was aged in. Donít miss out on this. Best rating of my career so far.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (871) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
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 canít complain about the robust results of this version.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HuskerTan (661) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Draft. 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 itís pretty unbalanced in my opinion and not much going on in terms of quality in it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (934) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Aromas of dark chocolate, smoke, oak, toffee, smoked dark malts, coffee, raisin black licorice and rye whiskey. Appears black with a thin white foam and thin white lacing. Taste is chocolate, dark malts, cocoa,nougat, caramel, wood, roasted malts and deep malts immediately greet the palate. finishes with dry cocoa, whiskey, vanilla, oak, latte and espresso notes. Overall, very nice offering from Great Divide. A rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (582) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2015
This beer is so good. Great flavor, deep and complex. Nice tones from the barrel. Slight heat on the finish from the alcohol. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750, capped and foiled. Pours a dark ebony, completely opaque, with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. Big beautiful sweet milk chocolate nose, but deeply nuanced, not just a sticky dumpling of processed sugar. Caramel and soft herbal notes in the background. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Deep complex chocolate notes on the attack and on the mid palate. Beautifully layered complex sweetness, but chocolate always predominates. Mild, fairly clean finish. Wonderful beer.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Iíve had this before, and it was much better. Vintage 2014 Pours dark cola brown with a etched top of light tans. Smells of dark malts, some tea, some booze, a little oak, some minerals. Overall nose is kinda boring. Flavor is astringent, some malt, lots of tannin and oak, some vitamin, Mildly bitter. medium bodied with moderate carb and brutally dry. I gotta be honest, I feel like thereís a bit of infection going in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (692) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Very nice aroma of vanilla, oak and roasted malt. Full flavored malty but not sticky or sweet. Tons of flavor and complex stout. Really nice without being too much. But the oaky whiskey/bourbon flavors really come through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (1959) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a coke a cola hue, tan head. Big bourbon nose. Some dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, big full but creamy body.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
connor0415 (36) - - FEB 28, 2015
A great beer but not enough whisky flavors for my tastes. Tastes a lot like the original, maybe if they kept it in the barrel longer it?d be better. It has a lot of chocolate, toffee, and spices but tasted too much like the original to warrant spending any extra on this version, Iíve got one cellaring along with a few of the standard ones. Letís see what a few years does to these old ales


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