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RATINGS: 1582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 When I 1st drank this I didnít realize that it was 8.1. I would not have guessed it was a strong ale. The Hops didnít stand out, but balanced well. Roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Creamy. 1st rated this Nov.26th 2005. Been drinking this every holiday and enjoying more and more. Wonderful smooth roasty flavors. Had to kick the rate up a few notches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Deep ruby-red body, thick light tan head. Piney, citrusy hops aroma with sweet/tart malts, toast, hints of chocolate, fruit, and spice. Quite complex. The flavor was surprisingly toasty with notes of chocolate attempting to balance bitter piney, grapefruit rindy hops. Hints of dark fruit. The alcohol was detectable. Chocolatey and earthy compared to most ASAs, not too bitter, but still dominated by PNW hops. Good, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
A big, hoppy seasonal that manages to go down quite smoothly, although behind the hoppy veil itís a bit of an alcohol fest. Fair head, pretty warm reddish tinge, and an overall pleasant outing in my glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2005
This is a very smokie beer. Very dark in color and very rich tasting. I would put this in my good beer catagory

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Clear deep reddish colour with a small light brown head. Light roasted malt aroma with some chocolate sweetness and a faint coffee bitterness. Nice chocolate sweet flavor with notes of coffee and earth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Lots of malt in the nose, a light roast, some bitter chocolate, the smell of toasted bread, very nice! Deep red to crimson body with a half inch thick creamy off-white head. Thick malt flavor, lots of toffee, roasty hints, nice earthy hoppyness which reminds me of beautiful brown leafes, light alcoholic touch in the end. Very good ale, with high drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Deep reddish brown color was almost an exact match for the label on this 12 oz. longneck bottle. The body was clear, and the head creamy, one finger thick, and beige in color, and lots of lace, too. The earthy sweet aroma was that of chocolate, hazelnuts, and toffee, all standard fare for a Strong or Old Ale. The taste was sweet and mellow, with a brown sugar and vanilla flavor up front, a hint of mocha, which was followed by a nutty character. The hops were more noticeable with the classic Great Divide flair, and added an extra layer of citric and leafy complexity. The beer was velvety smooth in texture with a lingering faintly woody aftertaste. Well crafted beer that felt more vigorously drinkable than the other stodgy examples of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours murky red with a nice khaki head and thick creamy lacing. It has nice malt and chocolate nose with notes of caramel and jaggery. Smooth and balance in flavor with a nice hop bite in the finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2005
I smell chocolate malt and spices. Reddish-brown in color with little snowdrifts of head. Blasted with rich malts in the first sip..chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel. Very tasty and would also work well as a dessert beer accompanying any sweet dish. Where is the alcohol? This taste like 4% not anything close to 8.1% so the alcohol is very well masked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours bold red with a persistent beige head. The aroma is kind of like pine lumber and malt. The flavor surprised me: a LOT of toast, a lot of cedar, kind of caramely malt, and general hoppiness. This really grew on me after the first few sips... I like it.

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