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RATINGS: 1660   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle from Premier in Buffalo. Dark brown body with a solid creamy off white head (4+). Aroma is caramel malt with a tantalizing glimpse of hops, light notes of fruit and alcohol. Flavour is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Woody almost smokey character up front distracts from a caramel and malt middle. Hop bitterness and alcohol lingers. Medium to full bodied palate is quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
Dark reddish brown, tannish head, medium sweet aroma, flavor is intensely malty, notes of ripe fruit, some chocolate, and spice. Smoky as well. Interesting, complex flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 1, 2006
35,5 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Reddish dark amber colour with a nice small head. Great aroma of heavy caramel-malt and a solid hoppieness. Great flavour of toffee, caramel, hops and ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours a ruddy ruby/rust color with a nice display of head, thick with lacy sides. The smell is huge and rich with malty toffee, subtle mocha, earth, and robust hops to boot, this smell like a hell of a beer. The taste is a bit acrid and I wonder if it’s because the beer is Ice cold. Me thinks this beer would taste a lot more bodied and less Hopfensive if it were a bit warmer, but none-the-les, a developed ber with strong malts, masked alcohol and a ripping hop sense. Surprisingly easy mouthfeel lets it go down easy. Dont turn it down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
on tap at richos gravity head 2006. dark copper with a white head that leaves great lacing. aroma of nuts caramel and chocolate. deep bittersweet roasted nutty malt with a hint of hops and lots of chocolate. full body. long nutty chocolate finish. great winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
This ale pours a dark amber color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of cherry. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are caramel, chocolate, dark cherry and raisins. Hops are earthy and piney. Not a lot of bitterness. Very smooth taste. Lots of chocolate flavors. Nice carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol bite at the finish, but it hides the alcohol well. There is a nice alcohol warming from this beer. Nice holiday ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
(draft) This beer was simply hard to drink. Part of the problem was that it really clashed with the beer I’d just finished, but most of the problem was that it tasted like cranberry juice. It did get better toward s the end of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 23, 2006
slightly hazy reddish-brown colour with a little foam; aroma of overmatured red fruits, very malty with light notes of alcohol, some caramel and chocolate appear too; a good malt body, some sweetness and a low bitterness; the finish is long and fruity with strong notes of anise

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Bottle. Dark brwon with light head. Barley "wineish". A lot of malt - nice and roasty - a mild hop taste and a touch of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of me. Hazy amber colour with a small head. Aroma - I wrote "BURNT!" in big letters. Lots of bitter chocolate, some leather, and roasted malt. Flavour has notes of coffee and chocolate, rich malts, and a warm, boozy finish. I’d prefer it if the alcohol was reined in a tad, but it’s still a pretty fine beer.

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