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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2006
12 oz bottle This was one great brew! Iím not a malt head, but I really enjoyed the rich maltiness along with enough hop bitterness to balance it nicely. The initial aroma wasnít particularly pleasant, smelling of something metallic. As the beer warmed, the malt came through. Nice, rich mouth feel. Note to self: Buy much more of this stuff next year!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Fantastic sweet belgian chocolate and maltaroma(sorry, spacebarbroken). Clear, dark brownpour with a touch of head. Very rich, velvety chocolate andstrong malt taste, complentedbynicebitter hops in the finish. A very finebeer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demitriustown (1118) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Thanks to BierBauch for this one. 12 oz bottle A dark maroon pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is caramel, with big hops, and some toffee and brown sugar. Sweet taste with a definite hoppy texture, caramel, and toffee. Surprised that this is 8.1 % alcohol itís a delight to drink and goes down smooth. Great Ale from the people at Great Divide! Something I will but on my "want" list from now on.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep garnet tinted brown beer topped by 1" of tight light tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, pine/resin, a little bit spicy. Behind that are some lovely complex malts, toast, milk chocolate, toffee and even a bit of earthiness. Flavour is maltier than the aroma would have suggested. Sweet milk chocolate and toast, caramel and a bit of cookie dough. Light bitter finish backed by the grapefruit and pine flavour. Some alcoholic pepperiness. Gets a bit boozy as it warms up but this is still a very tasty brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 25, 2006
This beer is fantastic...itís a shame it has taken me so long to try it. Pours brown brown and has a beautiful white head. Smells of chocolate, roast, and a bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is very full...almost stoutish. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt...hardly any detection of alcohol or hops. Mouthfeel is incredible. Iíll have to have it a couple of more times to make sure I wasnít totally off my rocker.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a dark brown and leaves a sticky beige lace that sticks to the side of the glass. This beer smells of honey, brown sugar, citrus rinds, and lemon grass. As I taste this beer the bitterness from the hops and a slight sweetness from the caramel malt comes out on the palate. I also get a slight aftertaste of the alcohal that lingers on the palate but is really hidden with the sweetness of the beer. Overall this is pretty good beer one that is a def winter time sipper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Draught. Dark ruby brown with bubbly off white head that laced the glass. Aroma is of milk chocolate and subtle hops. Sweet from start to finish, but not cloyingly so. Alcohol flavor is prominent with a hint of chocolate brownies. The chocolate flavor lingers, and there is a bit of a medicinal finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Dark brown/amber. Small, tan head. Bubbles lining the glass. Aroma is roasty, caramel malt, tamed piney, resinous hops. Flavor is hoppy brown ale. Bitter chocolate finish and aftertaste. Alcohol only slightly detectable in the finish. Medium/full body, smooth.Very drinkable at 8.1%, especially after it warms a bit. Very good. Iíd like more alcohol presence in a winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3794) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 (bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy red pour with a very thin tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of malts and cocoa. Lots of cocoa. The taste is very subtle at the beginning and then comes full force with a sweet and chocolaty roasted malt flavor and a slight hop bitterness and a finish of pine, hops and chocolate. Very warming with a nice porter aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This was a decent winter ale, but had a very woody taste from what I can gather. And this was not the oak version. Still worth a try.


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