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RATINGS: 1585   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (401) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
It pours brown with a minimal head. It has molasses aromas with alcohol, and a minimal bit of hops. It has a rich texture of a bit of lively carbonation a combination of malt and alcohol and it warms the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
romerofan1971 (1) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
Damn fine olde ale. Robust and malty goodness. Well balanced with a complex hop profile and warm hearty character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (685) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Deep red. Dark fruit, big malty aroma. The taste adds leather, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, maybe some toffee/caramel elements. Smooth and rich texture. A Very good winter brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Old Ale is not a style many breweries are doing as they were traditionally made (i.e. actually aging beer for a significant period of time). Most breweries just brew a barleywine ad call it an old ale, but in the case of Great Divide Hibernation Ale, it appears to be a traditional brew (according to BJCP guidelines, that is). It’s a good beer to drink to appreciate that dedication to classic brewing techniques, and it’s also a good beer to drink because it’s a good beer.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/27/14 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark reddish/brown hue with sediment particles in suspension. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Sweet confectionary aromas, especially chocolate and toffee, but with a strong dark malt base. Some dark fruit notes as well.

Taste: It’s no surprise that the malts are the stars of the show here. Rich sweetness right away in the form of dark fruit notes, similar to that of a barleywine. A general mélange of cherry, fig and raisin as well as distinct syrupy flavors of toffee and chocolate-covered burnt toast. What’s curious is there’s actually quite a strong hop presence in the form of flavor and bitterness. I get light citrus flavors, but a fairly strong dry bitterness. There’s also some tanginess most likely due to oxidation (though this is normal). The alcohol imparts a warming sensation and accentuates the confectionery flavors but creating a slight vanilla character. Overall, it’s a tasty brew and a great example of how this style can be done today.

Drinkability: With a soft mouthfeel and smooth texture, Great Divide Hibernation Ale is quite pleasing to drink. Plenty of body and raw weight at 8.7% ABV, though there’s no abrasive heat from the alcohol. A slight lingering dryness on the tongue. It works well as a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (747) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
Klar, ganska mörk röd-orange med ett snyggt, guld-orange skum. Doft: Malt, alkohol, lite dessert vin, burk persika, inlagda päron, vanilj, fruktsoda. Smak: Malt, lite trä och barr, päron och melon glass, , humle, lite burk persika. Är ganska så färsk och det känns som den vill ha mer tid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
23Skidoo (3) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Very enjoyable malty beer. Aroma: complex; leather, dried fruit. Full body, pleasant bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (914) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
355ml bottle. Dark brown body with a medium white head, leaving loads of lacing on it’s way down. Aromas of roasted malt, wood, nuts, dark chocolate and spices. Malty taste, with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewMstr (103) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Draft at Root Down (Denver airport, C concourse). Reddish brown, minimal foam. Nice winter seasonal, malty coffee, toffee, in a traditional strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
grubypawel (88) - - DEC 11, 2014
Pours dark brown with a great beige head. Hints of toffee and coffee in the aroma and a very malty taste. I guess this beer is what it should be, but I’m not a fan of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
I wonder how true to style this is an an old ale. It’s a nice winter warmer. Has the flavor profile of a toned down/light barleywine.

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