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RATINGS: 1712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Had this beer lots of times, and it’s always a favorite. I had know problem pouring the first half vigorously enough to gurgle it, making sure that I had 1-1.5 inches of thick foamy head. Aroma in this fresh bottle is much different than when I had my last bottle in July. Very hoppy: lots of grass, herb and vegetable qualities, like this beer was plucked fresh from the garden. Underneath that, some mild plum, and caramel notes. Tastes smacks you kindly with some toast, caramel, toffee and roast elements all at once. There’s still that pervasive veggie-hop flavor to it as well. Finishes roasty, and pleasently bitter, almost smokey. I can still breath that hoppy taste, which I know will disappear from this beer by July. I’ve always loved this beer. Nothing balances the line between barleywine and imperial stout quite like this beer, even if it is slightly mellower than either. An essential winter beer, which I highly recommend drinking as fresh as possible for that pungent hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Pours a translucent deep reddish copper with a think lasting tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is dried fruit and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with perfect amount of carbonation. Taste of caramel, toffee, and raisins with slight hop bitternes in the finish. Pleasant alcohol warming. This is one fantastic, near perfect beer. Oh how a wish this were available year round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at Ølbaren. Deep red - white head. Nutty, chokolate, dried fruits, caramel. Nice hoppy. Smooth - very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Deep brown color with a touch of read. Rich dark fruit malty flavors...almost Belgian like. Some coffee notes come though. Sweet malts. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
(2006 Edition) The beer pours with ease and that action creates a pillowing head. Dark brown in color with red highlights which makes for a sexy brew. The palate is full bodied and reminiscent of a mocha latte. The palate is very warming with a touch of alcohol that does not distract. It’s an incredibly chocolaty beer that seems to encompass most aspects of what makes a winter ale a winter ale. The finish is long and full of strong coffee and dark fruity chocolate. I must say this a very enjoyable pint as it warms it gets more complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6532) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2006
[Bottled] Copper colour. Small beige head. Warm aroma with hoppy citrus and dried, sweet fruits. Very malty and sweet flavour with fine dry-hopping. Fruity citrus.

   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.

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