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RATINGS: 1554   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aroma is all malt with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pleasent roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Just a little bit of the dry-hopping comes through Clings to the palate. This is worth the wait every year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Tall head that has bulged out of the top of my tulip. Thick and dense tan head. Roasty, smokey aroma with plenty of malts, caramel, prunes and a hint of terriaki. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Thick palate with more smoke, roasted grains, peat and dark fruit. Nice alcohol warming and tingle. Finish is creamy and warming with a slight sourness. A pretty good strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Garnet tinged brown with a huge khaki foaming head. Rich aroma emphasizes chocolate and walnuts. A light citric hop aroma is present, but it doesn’t have the strong aromatics of a dry hopped ale. The flavor is nicely balanced: a caramelly sweet malt presents first, with a touch of munichy melanoidins, and a full hop bitterness rises to the finish.Citric finishing hops seems to arise the more I get into this beer. Alcoholic kick warms in the chest, but is not very noticeable in the flavor, except as a tingle in the long aftertaste. Good version of a winter seasonal, moderately complex, strong, sippable, demands cellar to almost room temperature drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Very malty and stout like aroma with caramel, chocolate, floral hops, and a nutty character. Has a great strong sweet malty taste that has a creamy but syrupy texture. There is also a strong hop presence (tastes sort of like grapefruit) that balances the malts well. Outstanding bittersweet finish. Excellently balanced winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle poured a clear garnet with a small brown head. Aromas of carmel, toffee,cocoa powder, and spices. Palate was rich and smoooth. Flavors of cocoa, mocha, spices, and a nice bittersweet finish. I could hibernate all winter with this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Malty nose with some carob/chocolate/soda-shop-malt floating around in the air. This beer smells and tastes much like a light stout - not so much the ale I was expecting. Visually it is superior - great head and lacing and a deep brown/amber color. The flavor is quite malty with moderate sweetness and some caramel flavoring. The hops comes out more strongly in the relatively long finish. The palate is very creamy and syrupy - not a light beer. Very rich. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2005
(Taster at BJCP Class) Lite on the malt aroma no hops in the nose. I get a little caramel with a light fruity aroma in the nose also. Dark reddish brown color great head. Strong fruit like flavor almost grapefruit flavor. Strong in the finish just a barley wine should be. A good old ale that sat long enough to be a good beer. Need to have a rich food to drink this with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, with some peppery alcohol. Taste is malty, nutty, almost like an old ale. Medium alcohol warming aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1380) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 I’m not sure but i think this was a little expired, but do beers at 8.1% expire? It had that pear fruity taste. There were some citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice, clear, deep chestnut color. Very nice light tan head forms and fades slowly, leaving fantastic lacing behind. Aroma is overwhelmingly like chocolate. I have never smelled it so distinctly. Medium bodied. Chocolate all over flavor, decent hop play in the finish to keep it interesting. Very well done. Going to get more.

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