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RATINGS: 1588   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a dark copper with a diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, caramel, spices and some hops. Flavour is quite roasty with lots of hops, chocolate and alcohol. For 8.1% the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Another great Great Divide beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, courtesy of Greg. Neat malt, dry baker’s chocolate, and burnt aroma. Dark copper pour, decent sized bubbly head. Lovely alcohol, malt, more dry chocolate and an interesting burnt aspect to the taste. Lingering burnt alcohol in the finish. A great sipper and a pleasure to drink, man I like this brewery...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - GregClow’s bottle. Poured deep clear bubbly mahogany with a small foamy tan head. Roasty aroma of leather and old pipe tobacco, baker’s chocolate and roast malt with leafy dry hops. The taste is grainier with the roast malt seeming a touch sour (hint of red currant juice), and there’s quite a bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is alcoholic, slightly lively and decently thick - not their best, but another solid GD offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Clear, copper with red streaks and a fluffy, off-white head. Creamy cocoa and caramel swirls mix with pine, toasted nuts, earthy malt, brown sugar, light alcohol, pumpernickel bread and a touch of coffee. The body is large, soft and supple. The dominate player in the mouth is obviously the malt--chewy, bready, toasted, slightly sweet, decadent malt. The hops offer some semblance of balance, but the sweet malt reigns supreme. A nice winter warmer with just barely perceptible alcohol, layered malts and a nice hop balance. I’d drink a lot of this in the winter, perhaps next go-around...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2006
12 oz bottle This was one great brew! I’m not a malt head, but I really enjoyed the rich maltiness along with enough hop bitterness to balance it nicely. The initial aroma wasn’t particularly pleasant, smelling of something metallic. As the beer warmed, the malt came through. Nice, rich mouth feel. Note to self: Buy much more of this stuff next year!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Fantastic sweet belgian chocolate and maltaroma(sorry, spacebarbroken). Clear, dark brownpour with a touch of head. Very rich, velvety chocolate andstrong malt taste, complentedbynicebitter hops in the finish. A very finebeer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demitriustown (1090) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Thanks to BierBauch for this one. 12 oz bottle A dark maroon pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is caramel, with big hops, and some toffee and brown sugar. Sweet taste with a definite hoppy texture, caramel, and toffee. Surprised that this is 8.1 % alcohol it’s a delight to drink and goes down smooth. Great Ale from the people at Great Divide! Something I will but on my "want" list from now on.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep garnet tinted brown beer topped by 1" of tight light tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, pine/resin, a little bit spicy. Behind that are some lovely complex malts, toast, milk chocolate, toffee and even a bit of earthiness. Flavour is maltier than the aroma would have suggested. Sweet milk chocolate and toast, caramel and a bit of cookie dough. Light bitter finish backed by the grapefruit and pine flavour. Some alcoholic pepperiness. Gets a bit boozy as it warms up but this is still a very tasty brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 25, 2006
This beer is fantastic...it’s a shame it has taken me so long to try it. Pours brown brown and has a beautiful white head. Smells of chocolate, roast, and a bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is very full...almost stoutish. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt...hardly any detection of alcohol or hops. Mouthfeel is incredible. I’ll have to have it a couple of more times to make sure I wasn’t totally off my rocker.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a dark brown and leaves a sticky beige lace that sticks to the side of the glass. This beer smells of honey, brown sugar, citrus rinds, and lemon grass. As I taste this beer the bitterness from the hops and a slight sweetness from the caramel malt comes out on the palate. I also get a slight aftertaste of the alcohal that lingers on the palate but is really hidden with the sweetness of the beer. Overall this is pretty good beer one that is a def winter time sipper.


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