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RATINGS: 1547   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bjorn74 (3) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
An interesting aroma of mould and chocolate - a hint of hops. Nice head on pouring, but it does’nt last. Deep brown, chestnut colour. The chocolate is in the flavour as well, along with malt notes, and a strong hoppy bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2005
Dark red colour. The head is off-white. Aroma of malt molasses and bitter chocolate. Malty and a little sweet flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel aswell. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Very warming and nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2005
this beer kicks a bit of ass! i had this before my main course at an indian restaurant in bloomington, il / muddy brown body; raisin, caramel, crisp, rich, smooth, and tasty... it’s actually deep. / i’ll have to rate again for my memory is lost within my notes!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Slight caramel aroma. Pours a dark red. Great malty flavor balanced with great hops. Some rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla, then crisp hops, with a great hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 In the bottle. Pours a rich dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Always one that I look forward to each year. Thick and loaded with heat, this is a real winter warmer. Serious amount of hops are absorbed into a thick and chewy malt monster that his the brakes just this side of barleywine country.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
I thought this was outstanding. Subtle bitter chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Roast is very prevalent and some hops to give it a mild kick. The brown color with a huge tan head is perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Deep muddy brown with a tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, sweet, chocolate, wood, toasted bread, caramel, roast, and dirt giving it a earthiness. One of the more complex aromas I have had the privledge to enjoy. Texture is slightly chewy. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, heavily toasted, roast, even woody. There are some hops in the end, but the sweet malts balance it very well. No bitterness in this one. Decently carbonated. Bought one 12oz for $1.59 to try. I feel cheated I didn’t buy more of this gem.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2005 bottle. An attractive deep burgundy-amber color with a dense, frothy head. Nose was a bit subtle, but aromas of caramel, toasted malt, wood, chocolate and faint hops were present. Full, chewy mouthfeel with a smooth restrained carbonation level. Initial flavors of dark dried fruits, nuts, roasted malts and a pleasant musty earthiness prevail. Alcohol warms things up nicely combined with a moderate hop bitterness to finish things off. Gotta enjoy this one in the cellar temp ranges of 55-60* to really get the full enjoyment. Another tasty offering from GD. A super Winter Warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Malty, earthy aroma of musty wood with notes of pine and sweet malts. Flavor starts sweet with tastes of raisins, caramel, sweet malts but gives way to notes of roasted malts, toast and earthy grains. The finish is all hops — bitter and lasting. Medium body that thickens creating a sensation of thin syrup. Medium carbonation. Overall, a good, multi-flavored winter ale.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (796) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Bottle. This beer pours with a nice looking creamy head. It has a lot of chocolate in the aroma along with sweet malt. Tasting this beer is where it truly shows it character: roasted, smoky malt and a superb palate! I wasn’t impressed by the aroma, but when my tongue got a hold of this beer, we slowdanced ever so quickly, and now my glass is empty...why does fate have to be so cruel??? Re-rated this one and got a somewhat different result in aroma, taste and palate, but since it was at a bar after some hoppy Mikkeller, I’ll have to do a third rating, before I change this first one.


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