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RATINGS: 1631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale -- it has been Great Divide’s winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time.

8.1% ABV through 2008
8.7% ABV in 2009


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (370) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a dark Amber brown with a quick dissipating tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, a bit of cherry, faint spice and chocolate. Smells fantastic. Taste is dark caramel, toffee, toast, a bit of fruitiness (light raisins and cherries), and finishes with a bit of chocolate. Lots going on, lots to enjoy. Medium heavy body, high carbonation and a bit of a dry finish. This is good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (633) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours very deep ruby brown with thin off-white head. Nose has vinous and even cidery notes - hints of tannin-like woodiness, oaky caramel, vanilla, smells cellared in that it has an earthy - but not funky - depth. A hint of berry-like hops. Nose is subdued but rich. Palate has low carbonation, which is true to style, and has substantial hop resin and mild alcohol hotness that subside as it warms. Flavor is nutty, with some smoky roastedness at the beginning finishing with pronounced alcohol presence and some bitterness - gets more round and rich as it warms (and become very very good actually - best drinking temp seems to be around 50F).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2509) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. After tasting the Barrel aged version, I decided to give this a whirl. Nice notes of molasses, Earth, bread, coffee and raisin. Not as good as the barrel aged, but still very impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (182) - - FEB 27, 2015
12oz bottle, bottled 10/2/14. Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with hint of ruby. No head. Aroma: Roasted coffee along with leather, toffee, and caramel. Taste: Deep rich malt sweetness with flavors of caramel and molasses, raisins, chocolate, leather, and a hint of peppery spice. Mouthfeel: Medium body with little carbonation. Not quite the viscosity and alcohol warmth. Finish: a slight roastiness and dry peppery spice lingers on the tongue. Overall: A really complex ale perfect for those cold winter nights.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
venettafields (10) - - FEB 21, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle with a bottle date Sep 17, 2014. Consumed 01/03/2015. This pours a murky brown, a little bit of light coming through at the edges, with a 1-2 finger light light tan head. Looks like muddy pond water. Aroma is caramelized sugar, toffee, butterscotch, bready. Taste is where is thing just took me back, yes there’s the toffee, but there’s bittersweet coffee, slight roasty chocolate, and this thing other thing, reminds me of walking into a cigar shop, just wet tobacco. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but it’s killer in this beer. It’s a medium beer, heavier side of medium. Old ales aren’t a great style for me, tend to be pretty one note, but this was exceptional in the style. Love that tobacco.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (661) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Tap at BrewDog Nottingham. Pour is dark with hardly a head, aroma is caramel, coffee. Taste is malty, alcohol, sweet, coffee notes towards the finish. Tasty and interesting

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Keg at BD Shepherd’s Bush tap takeover, London. It pours a dark copper, almost brown color, with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy, with notes of caramel, egg, lactose, nutmeg and dried fruits. Taste is again sweet, lightly roasty and malty, lightly spicy. More notes of lactose, dark chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and nutmeg. Finish lightly bitter and warming, with some alcohol kick. Medium to full bodied with creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, nice old ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (486) - - FEB 14, 2015
Keg at brewdog bar, Leeds. Brown ale with white head. Smells farmy and of pigs! Aromas of nice toffee and tea. Taste is bitter and a little sour. Medium carb and body. Ok stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerJontte (1) - - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Fruity. Long aftertaste. A bit sour in a nice way. Not a lot of carbon. A nice evening at Mallaskukkko, Turku, Finland

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (780) - FINLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Pyöräkadulla 2/2015. Wonderful ale, full bodied, richly hoppied, well balanced.


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