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RATINGS: 1641   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Head leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is roasty and hoppy with hints of flowers, pine and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with a well balanced hoppy taste that is creamy with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
On tap at Mr Goodbar in Buffalo. Very deep red.brown/chestnut color with a moderate and firm tan head. Looks great. Pleasant on all fronts, strong roasted and chocolate prescence, followed by very green yet not very bitter hops. On the sweeter end, earthy, well balanced, fuller bodied, alcohol is pretty well hidden. I’ll definitely get this again if it’s still around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4591) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Pours a darker ruby red with an average size off whie head that laced down the glass nicely. Aroma of cocoa, a slight piney yet flowery hop, earthy and alcohol. The flavor is interesting on this one. Roasted yet hoppy. Almost like a porter in some respects, but then there are the hops in there just changing it all up. An interesting experience and I have to say one I enjoyed. It looks like this beer gets some mixed reviews but I have to say I enjoyed it for sure. Creamy palate to help out as well. Very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2635) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma is quite sweet. Some hops, malts, and maybe a little yeast are present as well. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Some roasted maltiness as well. This beer reminds me of a sweet IPA with some roasted malt qualities. Bitter finish. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2006
The visual is rather attractive, tan fluffy head and a dark burgundy body. The aroma has some nice flowery hops and a big maltyness, toffee, caramel, peat, very earthy yet the flavor has a big metallic presence. There is a lot of alcohol heat to the beer; it has some legs in the finish?? There is a hint of vegetables, odd DMS like suggestions, and a strange astringent like hoppyness that sneaks up on me in the finish…. I might be in the minority of those that really don’t particularly care for this beer…. I really expected to like it more…. I just don’t like the way it all plays out.. too much in some spots and too little in others... it all falls apart for me somewhere??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(by way of trade from 1faststi)appearance was a headless semi murky reddish/brown.aroma was mostly earth,followed by cloves,brown sugar,and cinnamon.the flavor was an interesting mix for sure.black liquourice,root beer,chocolate,earth,brown sugar,and some hops all make up the flavor.interesting and good....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 From Bottle

Poured light brown with ruby highlights, with a off white head. Aroma is floral. Taste is spicy and hoppy, with a nice sweet caramel aftertaste. Slight alcohol as it warms, but good, not offensive at all. I didn’t think I would like this one but I did. Great winter brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is a nice looking pour: reddish brown color with a one finger dirty white head. The mouthfeel is creamy with a very nice clean finish. The flavor has both hoppy & malty elements to it. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13995) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Nicely hoppy aroma. Black colour. Nice, creamy flavour, very complex, sweet, spicy, peppery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2006
12 oz bottle (2005) from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (Dec 2005). Dark translucent umber with lasting creamy-smooth tan cap....deliciously fragrant nose, woody and rough, with a myriad of hoppy-spicy notes, including pine and very sharp citrus, pungent barnyardy notes....a bit much, actually....body is quite sweet, almost cloyingly so, with an odd earthy-piney-resinous-spoiled raisin character that, while quite complex, doesn’t really work....the mouth is left with a sticky, gluey, sour feeling, cloying and almost cotton-candy like, with some sour wine near the finish. Whoah. Started out promisingly but at the end...didn’t like it, no sir.

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