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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a really nice dark amber, almost light ruby color with small head and nice lace. Nose immediately wafts up as I pour.... a bit of noble hop and tons of malt... sweet, wonderful maltiness fills the nostrils. Taste is just as impressive with a slightly sweet caramel flavor followed by a great bitter bite on the sides of the tongue, then back to malt. Really nice, and somewhat dry. This is a fine brew. Iím not sure if there are any spices in this (I canít taste any) but what a fine specimen this is. I didnít realize that this was an 8.1%! The alcohol is hidden very well, and this is actually a really easy drinking beer. A tip of the cap to the brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
Dark red-brown body and a smallish head. The aroma is pretty hefty with caramel and cappaccino. Flavor is very complicated with some oak, caramel, cherries, and sour grapes.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Pours deep cherry wood w/ a shallow creamy froth that recedes to a blanket of dust on the surface with a fluffy lace. Malty aromas of chunky chocolate covered nuts and fresh ground coffee. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creates a lucious creamy texture. Itía big and malty w/ an abundance of nutty caramel going on. Nuances of mocha and roasted coffee bean. The finish is bittered mildly with a lingering coffe roast component. Alcohol is well hidden. A nice specimen. Highly recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
toasty nutty malt, a rich elixer, a smooth and rich beer, nice winter beer smooth finish well done

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2006
2006 bottle from Somerville Super Saver. This one starts off nice with a nutty resin-pine like character but finishes a bit too much on a starchy grassy note which is the smokey end of this beer. I like the aroma better and like the malt profile. I donít care too much for the protruding bitter hops because they donít seem to balance very well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2006
dark cognac brown. smells like honey roasted malts. chewy sweetness which ends upp tasting rich and bitter but still kinda sticky sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Re-Rate...Vintage í06 Pours dark amber/brown with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma of barley, caramel malts, some dark fruit, and fairly strong minty/herbaceous hops. Roasted coffee, and chocolate dominate the flavor upfront, and carry through the fresh herbal hops towards the finish. Palate is medium/ full bodied, and all flavors linger fairly well in a very nice balance. Original rating 8 4 8 3 16 = 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14339) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
Dark amber/brown with little white head. Aroma of roasted malts - caramel - sweet & strong hops (of course:-) Some dark fruits appears as well raisin/plum. Little alcohol feel. Medium carbonation with a filling body. The finish is very pleasant strong hoppy and lasting. Pure Dope!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Interesting brew this is...... Smells like Dried tobbacco. Super dark, amber/brown color. Rich, malty and spicy. Nice mix of wonderful hops and malts. A tad strong and a little burn going down. Probably would age well. Great Divide is a solid brewery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Had at the brewery during 2006 GABF, Dark brown with a nice tan head that lasted a good long time. Nice aroma of rasin and fruity tones and a hint of alcohol. A wonderful complex beer with a candy fruit, carmel and slight hop bitterness. Finishes well with warming alcohol.


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