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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 First rating.
Initial Rating Date: 11/13/2006
Chocolate scent with hints of orange, like some flavored chocolate bar. No hops that I could feel in the smell. Clear dark brown color, beige head. Clean malty chocolate moving on to raissin and then coffee. Long lasting coffee aftertaste. Mdeium to high bitterness. Some initial fruitiness. Mdeium body and co2. Coffee is very dominating, maybe a bit too sharp initial bitterness from the hops.
7/3/7/3/14=3.4

Second rating.
(Bottle)
Lots and lots of chocolate, some strawberry, milk chocolate, nuts, flavoured coffee, scent. Chocolate taste with a bitter bite, alcohol. Dry hoppy citrus flavor. Alcohol taste as well. Red to copper color, tan head.
8/3/8/3/16=3.8

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Bottle from Systembolaget.
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Clear dark red to copper color. Bitter grainy scent. Grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/3/7/4/13=3.4

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Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, on Christmas Eve 2012.
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, raisin, caramel, citrus taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Sweet, malty, fruity scent.
7/3/8/3/15=3.6

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At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. 2012 (thanks ekstedt) vs 2010 (thanks Johan, not on ratebeer) vs 2008 (thanks Johan, not on ratebeer). All from bottles.
2012 vintage:
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, citrus scent. Sweet, malty, bitter taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/3/7/4/14=3.5
2010 vintage:
Clear copper color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Sweet, grainy, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel going to smooth, medium bitterness.
8/3/7/4/14=3.6
2008 vintage:
Clear borwn color, small tan head. Sweet, cocoa scent, some raisins. Grainy, cocoa taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
8/3/8/4/16=3.9

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
12 oz. bottled in 2005 from Plaza liquor - Pours a brown color with a good size light tan head. Lots of nice lacing. Love the aroma. Has a chocolate mint scent to it. The flavor is much of the same. Semi-sweet chocolate. A smooth, warming, medium to full body beer. An excellent beer. I’m gonna go buy the rest. At a $1.65, you can’t go wrong. A must try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Pours a dark amber/copper with clarity; head is full, off-white, creamy/pillowy, and well lasting with nice lacing. Nice nose with toffee and molasses, roasted nuts, earthy and slightly piney hops. Nice malt base, notes of molasses throughout with toffee, slight nuttiness, and a touch of raisin. Hops have a medium bitterness to balance with flavors of earth and pine towards the end. Finishes mostly bitter with some molasses hanging around and moderate length. Palate is soft, creamy, and medium-fullwith only a slight warming character from the 8.1% ABV. Very well done winter warmer from a brewery that has yet to disappoint me. Nothing that will blow you away, but every aspect was well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Pours a dark red, amberish color, with a big tan head. Smells of prunes, caramel. Malty, with again prunes, yeast, and a bit of caramel. This quite superb, another great by great divide.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4950) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
04 bottle. Aroma of malt, dark fruit (raisins), caramel, and alcohol. Pours a dark reddish brown with white floaters and a decent caramel colored head. Flavors of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, bread, caramel, and finishs with a little bit of alcohol. Worth a try, but not the best.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
New seasonal intake at the Systembolaget in Sweden Appearance: Chestnut brown with appealing tan marshmellow head that lasted. Aroma: Wow there’s a lot going on here. Definate liquorice, roasted malt, wonderful floral hops and caramalised sugar. Brown Ale meets American IPA. Flavour: And here’s where it started to go wrong for me. A very chewy malt backbone to this beer, unfortunately complemented by a beef stock cube/meaty flavour I found hard to deal with. Would be a good beer to marinade meat for a BBQ. Palate: Strangely soft, with a kiss (alright, more like a snog) of alcohol and slightly oily from the malt. Tounge-curly hop at the end, but it’s the whiskyish residual alcohol heat that marks this beer down for me. Overall: A complex and powerful beer, but not one I’m going to rush back to. As refreshing as a run up stairs, and the lingering raw spirit taste is a turn-off for me. The bottle cap proclaims ’Great Minds Drink Alike’. Well in this case, apparantly not.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (21416) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2006
Bottled. Clear copper colour, rich, firm head. Strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and malty. Potent flavour of chocolate sauce, tar, grapefruity hops and salt. Solid and warming with fairly soft mouthfeel. Long salty bitter finish. An excellent, hoppy winter warmer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006
Aroma: fantastic, fruitcake, raisins, sourish, alcohol, bitter malt, cardboard, sherry, dark bread, very lovely, some hops. Appearance: lovely raisin-/amberred (pretty dark), yellowtinted head. Almost clear. Flavor: bitter, rough, powerful malt, some sourishness, pretty full-bodied. Palate: dry, mealy, slightly thin...

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.


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