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RATINGS: 1593   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2221) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (838) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Mollassas with some chocolate aroma, deep red in color with a very light head. A nice sweet taste followed by a caramel after-taste. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to SNOWTIGER. Pours a redish-amber color with a long lasting off white head with good lacing. Aroma of malts and caramel finishes with a roastiness. Flavor is strong with alcohol, also notes of caramel, molassas, and is sweet. Medium to heavy mouthfeel finishes this well rounded, tasty, winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours to a dark mocha color. Very strong-tasting beer. Lots of roasty flavors, nice, strong finish - very good. Also, very strong alcohol wise (at least to me). Creamy, heavy, and very good. A nice change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours with a frothy amber-tan colored head that is a finger and a half thick. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear deep ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of caramel and toffee up front moving to a dry lightly roasted note and a bit of burnt grain astringency. The finish reminds me of toasty brown ale. Perhaps there is a bit of cherry like fruit character as well, but this is fairly subdued.

The beer has a medium full heft to it, but does not really coat the mouth to much. The beer is lightly sweet with notes of toffee and a light molasses. The finish is a mix of toasted malt notes, a bit of coffee, and a roast grain character that also includes a hint of burnt grain astringency. There is a combination of flavors that make me think of Rum; a combination of the sweet malt notes and the slight alcohol heat in the finish.

This beer is actually quite nice, not very many breweries do a English style Old Ales. The malt character is refreshingly unhoppy, and makes for a great sipping beer. This will age pretty well, and I think I will have to pick up a couple bottles for next years holiday season.

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