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Great Divide Hibernation Ale - Oak Aged

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Aged with oak chips.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
On tap at brewery. Nice dark cocoa-brown color with a small tan head. Nose is very roasty with the oak peaking through with a touch of hops. Full mouthfeel and some nice caramelish maltiness.....definitely some oakiness to this flavor...very tasty. Nice bitter choco-malt finish. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Tap at brewery
Pours deep brown with an aroma of oak, vanilla, and earth. Maybe a tad bit of roasted malt in there as well. Flavor is caramel, oak, and a bit of wine with spice in the finish. Palate satisfies. Interesting beer; I’d try another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours deep brown w/ a lite brown head. Sourish vanilla oak aroma with some hints of earthy hops. Med.-heavy body. Flavors are vanilla and sour w/ a heavy caramel maltiness. Very dry bitterness. Excellent balance of oak and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 On draft at the brewery: poured cola brownish with a medium off white head. Caramel and light fruit aroma. Full bodied, the flavor is somewhat malty with a slight oak flavor imparted. Light chocolate notes as well. Good but I may like the regular better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
On draught at the brewery, 9/30/2005. Pours a murky, unfiltered maroon to deep chocolate brown-beige with some darker espresso-yellow hues on the edges. Nice to see a creamy, well-retained tan-beige head with some light auburn flecks in there. Great Divide always seems to do very well with appearance/head retention, even in their oak-aged beers and this is no exception. Left spotty lacing on the glass as it receded, but it was a heavy, almost limp liquid that did not produce sheets of lacing. Aroma smelled of very sweet, soft vanilla-cream, butterscotch and hints of bakers chocolate. Notes of dates, old cherries and gingerbread, with a pleasant, almost vinous mix of raisins and cola and more butter toffee. Fairly dry overall, and the oak chips are well restrained. The flavor begins with a mix of light alcohol notes, not sharp and offensive, but strong and warming. Cherries, dates, toffee and buttercream, with a moderate amount of woodiness and lightly bitter chocolate on the end. Very easygoing mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation, with the texture ranging from sweet and lightly sticky, to lightly slippery on the end. The oak chips seem to replace the spices, and sweet cream and chocolate seem to dominate the finish, with a low hops bitterness and flavor. Served very cold to start, it’s an easy, simple drink and needed a good deal of warming before the many subtle flavors of this English Old ale meets American oak-aged strong ale came forth. Medium-full body overall, though never heavy or burdensome on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at brewery to start Day 2 of the GABF party:

Hazy amber hue with a small head and a bit of lace. The aroma has notes of carmel, toffee, spicy and grassy hops, earthy esters and some oaky notes. The taste starts quite balance with the woody character working well with the light bitter and spice notes. Nice malty and light sweet fruit background as well. The feel is velvery smooth and slightly sticky. A very good beer and well wood aged. The mjames spit take beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
09.30.05 Tap at brewery. I love this like I love my nougat...sweet and chewy. Cocoa, grass. Plum and raisin. Pecan and a long chocolatey finish. Buttery and woody. It’s like a delicious liquid candy bar aged with wood. Yum.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8215) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dang, am I the only one that thought this smelled like peanuts? Had a weird, funky BO or moldy peanut scent mixed within a light oak flavor and behind a little but of some starchy berries. Small bite at the back of the tongue. I thought it would be better, but I was pretty dissappointed. Sorry about spitting it all over you Facto.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Tap at brewery. Honey and tannic undertones with a malty backbone. Slightlly bitter and musty with a strong hint of dried cherry. Finish is a little sticky with a bittersweet bite. The oak brings out the already tannic, woody, and aged flavor. Very nice. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Draft at Great Divide. Immensely enduring beige head keeps the goal over the hazy caramel colored ale. Beefy, chewy cereal, caramel and biscuity malts are gently offered compliments by polite earthy and floral hops. The peachy and plum whispers fit into the vanilla laden like old mates. Medium bodied, silky smooth, no acidity, engaging light carbonation. Exceptional barrel-aging work that never appears aggressive, they might be one of the greatest at this.


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