beernoevil (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. I absolutely loved this beer! I found the oak in this to be quite strong (which I like). A dark red-brown with small tan head. The oak starts to come through in the aroma. Flavor - roasty, nutty, vanilla, caramel and did I mention oak? I could drink this beer all night long sitting by a roaring fire after an afternoon of hitting the slopes...
burg326 (3765) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Brass Tap, pours a dark brown with some red highlights in a snifter. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Taste is much like the aroma with a touch of chocolate. As the beer warms, more of dark fruits and camel come out, and all the favors blend very nicely together.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter glass. Color is a deep rich mahogany. Aroma is very sweet and chocolatey, almost like a rich chocolate syrup. Has a somewhat earthy, woody character in the nose, kind of like coffee and cream. First taste is full throttle, with the richness of the beer slamming you back in your seat. Rich chocolate starts, before giving way to an amazing roasted caramel character in the middle. Mild spicy alcohol warmth finishes the beer. A very unique beer, almost like a scotch ale minus the peat, or something like a cross between a robust porter and barleywine. Very complex, but never muddled and quite enjoyable.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, caramel, florals, earth, and citrus. Flavor of oak, herbs, grass, and caramel malt with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fluffy cotton batting head is slightly off-white. Aroma is intense with a fresh hop scent. Cat urine amarillo hops are prevalent. Dark reddish amber color. Very fruity flavors of pomegranates and bing cherries but Iím not getting very much oak in it. As it warms thereís a little bit of oakiness to the aroma but not to the taste. The heat is well-disguised in this one.
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewery during GABF week 2009. Nose is full of oak, deeply toasty malts, faint toffee, roast and earthy hop, along with lighter notes of caramel and dark bread. Opaque medium amber-brown color with a light dusting of sediment and a nearly subsiding head. Flavor profile is toasty and bittersweet, with more toffee and light roast, cocoa, honey and faint vanilla, finishing semi-dry with a twinge of bitterness and wood. Actively but smoothly carbonated mouthfeel, body is medium-full. Really quite nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Great Divide. Pours hazy brown with an average, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, roasted grain), light hop (herbs), average yeast (broth, leaves, earth) with notes of prune, date, wood, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, gritty texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ brewery during the 2006 GABF open house. Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon, spice, and a hint of oak. Taste is brown sugar, coffee, mild oak, cinnamon. Tastes like a holiday ale. The oak is complimentary, not dominate, a well done oak aged beer.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As if the hibernation ale wasnít good enough. This has all the good qualities of the regular but with added richness. A very pleasent oaky vanilla flavor.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the brewpup a while ago. poured a deep mahogony with white head. aroma had nice caramel, vanilla, with chocolate and nuts. flavor has nice big malt back bone with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and nuts. very tasty but i still prefer hibernation with some age.
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic, great winter brew. One of the best ASAís Iíve had. (On tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta.)