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RATINGS: 1544   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Botlted. Pours reddish copper with a small lingering cream colored head. Also a tad hazy. Aroma is of resiny hops and sweet caramel and bready malt and spice. Flavor was very sweet of caramel hops and dried fruits (cherry?) and minimal hop flavor though the bitterness was quite pronounced. I’ve found this true of most American strong ales: lots of bitterness but little hop flavor. Mouthfeel was full bodied and thick and smooth but a tad bit overcarbonated. Similar to Double Bastard if I remember correctly and equally unimpressive though some age may make them blossom some more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber orange body, creamy beige head. Lots of malt and some hop and spices in the aroma with tones of chocolate and dark fruit. Chocolate dominates the flavor. Malt, hop and spices also and a nice bitter end. Full bodied.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Golden. Slightly hazy. Caramel flavour. Metallic finish. Some fruits in the finsih as well. Not very well-balanced nor elegant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Recieved in a trade with Kevin. The body is a very dark ruby with a large light tan head. The aroma is dry caramel and oak. There is also some There is also some fresh chocolate chip cookie aroma. The taste is rich milk chocolate with some light oak. There is also some brown sugar and caramel in the finish. A nice and smooth beer, especially for the alcohol level.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Cobber coloured. 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. I quite like this. Great Divide make some very good brews and some awesome brews. This is one of the very good brews.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Sweet aroma with lots of fruits. Dry flavour. Very light. Rather bland.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Had a fruity plumb aroma. Body was dark brown but if held to light a ruby red color. Decent tan head with settiment floating arround in the glass. Sweet carmel candy flavor and a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Rust brown color and light beige head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt, possessing a pleasant doughiness. Flavor is simply malt with some hops in the finish; not many nuances are present, perhaps a touch of green tea and Pepsi syrup. Starts out heavy yet thin in the mouth but leads to a strong microscopic carbonation. Certainly a rough and rugged beer, but simple in a thrown-together fashion. (Note to the lurkers: with this one, don’t try to get drunk based on the high abv, you’ll only get Sick)!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Small tan head, fair retention and a bit of spotty lace hangs on. Seriously hazy amber color. Piney, earthy nose with a touch of mint and caramel malts. Med/full body. Decent hop palate, minty, medium sweet malts, caramel and a touch grainy. Finish is mildly sweet. Thanks Brock_Landers!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Lavicous rich ruby red pour, very murky and cloudy, yet beautiful. Topped with a very thin yellowish head. Fruity and fresh bright malt aroma. Great cherry and light toast aromas. Extreme caramel and light malt, backed with a touch of hops. Somehow one dimensional. Carbonation is light. Flavors aren’t complex, mostly a straight forward sugary malt backed with a touch of alcohol. Can’t really find anything creative to say about this beer. It’s warming and round, but not with mouch depth. I thought that I might cellar this, but I’ll pass. Palate is sugary, a little oily and quite satisfyingly coating. Some scotch notes and a little bit of background raisins and almonds.


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