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RATINGS: 1666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 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 (11589) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9826) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Tasty, well-spiced unique winter warmer. Without an x-mas and iverally snowy picture on the front. Body is a bit light, and a nice toastiness, all making it more drinkable. Carmel, nicely moderatley hopped. Must have again. This is 2005. Alcohol hammers by the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Very full deep flavor. Rich and bold. Not too sweet but with lots of malt. Adequate hop flavor and nice finish. A good craft beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Nice, rich, full-nosed aroma, filled with sweet, herbal hops and caramel, cherries and even some maple. The flavor is nearly as complex as the aroma, with particularly strong herbal notes. Clean finish with a perfect amount of bitterness that makes this highly refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
Powerfull sweet malty aroma. Nice dark amber colour and off white head. The head wil - typical for Great Divide - last for hours (almost). Very powerfull malty flavour, with a dry piney hoppyness. The isn’t the most full-bodied beer I have ever tasted, but the high alcohol contributes to a very warming winter beer. Cheers...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Typically hoppy American strong ale, but there was more malt presence it it than i was expecting. Nice raisiny/toffee characters (sweet), balanced by the aromatic lightly spicy, piney hops. Warming finish, and sweet the whole way through, with some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2006
A nearly perfect winter ale - nice dark body, with just a touch of white lace - aroma of roasted nuts, fresh-baked cookies, brown sugar - full-bodied and warming, but no real alcohol burn to speak of - tastes like spices and holiday pudding all rolled together - doughy, chewy malt character - a very well done beer, but gets a little overly sweet as it warms.

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