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RATINGS: 1719   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 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 (6726) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9594) - 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 (2901) - 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.

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