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RATINGS: 1654   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Thanks nick. Aroma: Warming toasty and inviting. American hop nose spicy and molasses aroma with low diacetyl. Appearance: Mahogany brown with a thick tan head. Flavour: A whack of complex flavours, molasses, burnt sugar, spicy, citrus hop flavour, caramel, alcohol, granny candy (humbugs) toasted bread and licorice. Mouthfeel: full bodied rich and syrupy. overall: Wow, Quite a mouthfull. Rich and inviting aroma followed by an equally full rich and complex flavour. Very moreish. Excellent balance of roasty, malty, sweet, hoppy, bitter and with a long alcoholic hang. Like Old Peculiar on crystal meth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/light brown with orange and light red highlights. Aroma is alot of caramel malt, some dry chocolate. Taste is caramel, bready, lightly doughy, some chocolate, and some bitter hops to balance it out. really nice strong ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2322) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Really nice winter warmer. Hops are there, but nicely hidden by a bountiful amount of malt. Alcohol very well represented. Surprised it took me this long to get to this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (971) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2006
soft toasty alcohol aroma, occasional sharp notes, nice oaken color, thin tan head, a little flattish from the bottle (should have let it warm up a little). the flavors donít quite blend but they4re a good rangeóslightly burnt, almost whiskeysih taste,the hops are there but just bitter, a little thin but quickly warming. keeps the mouth tingling.

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 (1893) - 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.


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