Saturday, October 16, 2010

Great Divide Hibernation Ale (2007)

Remember this little number? Jimmy and I reviewed our second beer ever and wondered at the end how we "would love to see how aging would effect it." Well, 2.5 years later, we found out, and we couldn't be more pleased.

Appearance: Much darker than amber, almost brown, lots of yeast sediment and little head.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted nut, and raisin/currant aromas dominate, with all notions of hops scent away (see what I did there?)

Taste: Nice chocolate taste, extremely mellow, no bitterness, and gets much better as it warms up. Completely different from our original review, which had hops out the wazoo. This was one of the most noticeable effects of aging.

Mouthfeel: Still medium bodied, still perfectly carbonated, but an added dry finish and very little to not at all alcoholic aftertaste. Those last two observations would be the other effects of aging.

Drinkability: Jimmy: A strange cross between a porter, stout, and barleywine, would might be a little early in the day for it, but would be a great nightcap. Mike: Perfectly balanced, great brew anytime. 8.1% abv 9.25/10

Glass type: Dogfish Head bullet/pint glass
Serving type: Bottle, 12 oz.