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RATINGS: 1666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
Klar rødbrun farve med råhvidt skum. Dufter og smager af choko, kaffe, kirsebær, møeke tørrede frugter og rugbrød. Dejlig lang eftersmag af bitter choko og kaffe noter, dejlig fyldig. En super lækker øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KPMycoskie (15) - USA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottle, bought from brewery (green). Dark malty foretaste, roasted malt finish. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and pumpkin spice. Great winter beer - keeps you warm inside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a small tan head. The aroma is malty with chocolate and coffee plus a bit of spice. The flavor is malty with a dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a pretty red color, with a pinkish tan head. Nose is malt, chocolate, and toffee, with spiced hops and mild alcohol sharpness. The flavor is of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, herbs, and earth. The herbs and the earth come from hops -- they’re not very citrusy at all, but they’re a perfect strength to balance the sweet overall character. On the palate, this beer feels delightful. It’s not very carbonated, but still feels bubbly. The sweetness leaves some stickiness behind, but I’m ok with that. Sips finish with chocolate. "Massive flavors" is pushing it a bit, but yay. Thumbs up for this one, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8931) - 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.

Second rating.
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.

Bottle from Systembolaget.
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Clear dark red to copper color. Bitter grainy scent. Grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

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.

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.
2010 vintage:
Clear copper color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Sweet, grainy, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel going to smooth, medium bitterness.
2008 vintage:
Clear borwn color, small tan head. Sweet, cocoa scent, some raisins. Grainy, cocoa taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4995) - 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.

   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.

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