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RATINGS: 1700   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Poured amber-brown, with foamy tan head, lasted well, very nice lacing. Nose very warm, hops and roasted malts, toch of alcohol. Mhmmm. There is a warming from beging to end. There is saour malts, some dryness from the hops, and more alcohol. I am going to age this a bit more to see if it mellows a bit. re-rate major hops in this how did I miss that the first time??

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown color. Clear. Almost no head to speak of. Rich raisiny sweet. Milk chocolate and toffee. Notes of coffee. The aroma is really pungent and very complex. The flavours is very similar, but perhaps not as complex. Rich chocolatey flavour. Sherry notes. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable. Little bitterness at first, but it kicks in immediately after swallowing. Leaves a drying hoppy feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dark mahogony color full thick well laced tan head w/ visable carbonation. Warm brown sugar aromas light syrups and a hint of alcohol. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. Heavily malted brown sugarars and carmels alcoholic warmth in the swallow a nice piney resinious finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On tap at the Great Divide Brewery Tour 9/28/06. Dark copper, good clarity, good head retention. Aroma is huge malt with some alcohol notes. Flavor - soft maltiness with some toasted caramel notes and hints of smokiness. Hopped to balance, but nothing more. Overall, an interesting beer....kinda like a mix of strong scottish and an old ale. Well made, and clean, but not my favorite type of brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottle. I’ll drink it again, because it’s so wellbalanced. Aroma is hoppy and flavor is sweet with notes of "brown ale" fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a creamy lighter tan head with a good deal of sediment. Sweet bready, toffee aroma...tons of caramel malt...with a touch of smoke and some dates. This is sweet and malty...the caramel and toffee is certinaly dominant...some rum and rasin elements with a small light bitterness of hops. Smooth carbonation over a solid toasty body with a creamy toasty/slightly bitter/clean finish. Pretty decent brew...nice one for dessert, to end the night with or have while hiding from the winter storms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep copper with a white head. Malty aroma with notes of maple syrup and dark fruit. Malty flavors of nuts and raisens. Finish is spicy and bitter. Very smooth strong ale, not sticky like some. Texture a little thin in the middle. Overall, pretty nice though. I would drink this again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Copper color. Light unclear. Light brown head. Caramel, hops and fruit in the aroma. Flavour is floral and dry. Hoppy and cocoa notes. Is sweet. Has a very fruity bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Great aroma of dark malts, hops, toffee, and chococolate, which also come through in the taste. Bittering hops perfectly balance the heavy body. Not particularly sweet, but thick. This is a great winter warmer type of beer that does not need spices to be a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Deep brown amber, with thin offwhite head. Full body and nicely balanced. Rye, caramel, coffee, toast and hops!

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