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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Over 9 months in Stranahans 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1948) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2012
October 09 edition. Bottle #83 of 492. Drank 1/13/12. Pours a ruddy dark amber brown with no head and minimal lacing. Good medium carbonation. Nose was a grilled pineapple, oak, some vanilla, subtle chocolate, and a riot of bourbon aromas. Alcohol was very tame on the nose and extremely well integrated in the taste and mouthfeel. Taste of mostly toasted coconut along with some oak, bourbon, toffee, and dried dark fruits...almost Mounds Bar like. Incredibly long and balanced. I had read some reviews with people saying this was past its prime, but there was still plenty of life in this one, but it was cellared properly since I bought it at the brewery in 09. Amazing beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours hazy ruby/mahogany with 1-finger tan head. Nose is heavy oaky bourbon, earthy vienna malt, cacao, fig, vanilla. Tastes earthy, oaky, with malt, whisky, vanilla, cacao, fig, spice, and a complex, rich, delicious finish. This is an excellent old ale. My only beef is that I don;t see individual numbering as advertized, and that pisses me off a little.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4138) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Sample at the RateBeer Party at GABF! Its first rating! Nose of oak, vanilla, floral hops, dark fruit, toffee, and a slight hint of bourbon. Hazy brown with a medium beige, glass lacing head. Flavor of oaky vanilla, toffee, toastiness, and a light bitter hint. Very weel done the bourbon is nice and light and doesnt overpower the ales flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (14479) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Many thanks to Joes for sharing this bottle! Bottle 216 of 492 was written on the label. Dark brown color with a very nice deep dark red glow coming through. Small white head. Smell coffee, wood, whiskey; just very good. Taste soft, velvety, caramel chocolate. Such a good taste! Especially the wood and (light) whiskey are so so good and so well balanced! Superb!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9411) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, celebration for finishing a damn hard course in med school. 2011 bottle number 3061. Dark brownish red, no light through it, tan head, that lasts fairly well surprisingly. Aroma brings notes of big Stranahans, no infection in this one for sure. Dark raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate/cocoa notes, hints of nice toasted/burnt caramel, toffee, slight spice in there as well, this has lots of depth and the Stranahans works perfectly. Taste is very similar but warmer, nice Stranahans notes with whiskey melding into vanilla, chocolate, coffee, burnt toffee, hints of the raisin, fig and plum but its a bit more restrained than the aroma, the whiskey plays well off the sweetness and finishes sweet, slightly dry and slightly bitter, but mostly sweet. Like this beer, but it is honestly my least favorite of the three BA ones they do. That said...its still over a 4. Enough said.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10468) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"12.4% 2011 version. The whiskey covers up some of the base beers complexity, but damn is it good. Whiskey gives way to chocolate, dark fruity malts, oak and vanilla. Wonderfully delicious, and the aroma is a near 10. Decadent, and slightly reminiscent of last years BA Decadence. This could get a 4.5 if I ever revisit, or just feel more generous. Hints of the awesome malty character in the original beer really make this great."

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SteveOrz85 (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Big bottle shared and served in tulip glass. One finger baige head. Little bit of lacing. Beer is a clear mahogany color. Aroma is modest but attractive. Light notes of butterscotch. Taste is mildly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Nice mellow notes of oak and whiskey. Some toffee and chocolate. Medium to full bodied beer with average carbonation. Over all a very good well balanced beer with soke complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. It strong in bourbon for shizzle. However, the malt backbone is there. Brown sugar is strong with this one. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crim (202) - POLAND - APR 13, 2016
mega polecam, genialne piwo mocno deserowe kawa lody czekoladowe wanilia czekolada dużo beczki genialny aromat świetne roztopione lody w smaku, troche karmelu w smaku i aromacie


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