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RATINGS: 1672   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2006
Colour is brown. Head is off-white, creamy and lasting. Has a hopped aroma, some milk-chocolade. Flavor is heavy hopped, bitter. Long finish, real nice. Dry texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Strong scent of cocoa and maltiness intermingled with chocalate/ spices. Pours out a dark cloudy colour with bits of sedimentation rolling through and has a mild to nonexistent head. Taste is a fine seasonal with chocolatey spiciness that rests well upon the palate and all the way down... Hops is very noticable and adds an inviting layer of flavour that balances well with the other elements. Overall an excellent brew, reminiscent of a hoppy well made home-brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6893) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2006
Creamy offwhite head with some larger bubbles over deep dark red body with some ongoing carbonation. Lovely rye malt aroma with well balanced resiny hop background. Roasty malt cocoa in aroma. Deep sweet powerfully roasty chocolatey taste with resiny hop notes. Oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste is burnt and hoppy. Some alcohol heat. Excellent balance. Roasty cocoa notes. Excellent! A real star! (0.35l bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3542) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a clear dark amber with a slightly tanned head. Sweet with aromas of caramel, light chocolate and resin. Dry, slightly earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
bottle. dark amber color. meduim tan head. malty aroma. malts and caramel. bit sweet and earthy. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep, reddish-copper body with a medium-sized yellowish tan head. The aroma is moderately toasty and nutty with some subtle orange hops. Nice flavours - quite spicey and resinous (grapefruit). There are also sweet caramel notes. The palate is yeasty and warming though the alcohol isn’t over the top. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUN 30, 2006
Caramel, nuts, resin, very compleks. Dark amber, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, With a hint of ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11643) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2006
Clear dark red colour with very big creamy white head. Aromas of alcohol and sweet berries. The taste begins very vinious then changes into caramel and fruit. The taste stays for a long time. It has notes of chocolate as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 This has been in the cellar for six months. Aroma is toasted with some mild coffee, raisin and port. Head was creamy that completely vanished in 15 seconds. Hazy brown. Medium to full body. Not as much of an alcohol taste as 6 months ago. Upon further inspection, this was not bottled in Dec ’05 BUT IN Dec ’04. So it took 1.5 years for this to show some improvement. This should be even better in another 6 months. Had another one of these last night (10/26/06). This has really changed. It now has a very distinctive oak aroma and flavor. I was very surprised. This was hard to drink fresh, but it’s now MUCH better. Will increase my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle (2001) - Pours deep ruby red with medium foamy light tan head with lacing from the top to the very bottom of the empty glass. Aroma is piney and citrus hops with some malty sweetness. Palate is medium in body with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Taste is complex and well balanced. Notes of malt and chocolate upfront with some bitter piney and citrusy hops on the follow-through. Alcohol warming and hops in the aftertaste but not too bitter. Overall, an excellent American Strong Ale with a lot of what seem like contrasting flavors that balance out very well.

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