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RATINGS: 1715   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2006
dark cognac brown. smells like honey roasted malts. chewy sweetness which ends upp tasting rich and bitter but still kinda sticky sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Re-Rate...Vintage ’06 Pours dark amber/brown with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma of barley, caramel malts, some dark fruit, and fairly strong minty/herbaceous hops. Roasted coffee, and chocolate dominate the flavor upfront, and carry through the fresh herbal hops towards the finish. Palate is medium/ full bodied, and all flavors linger fairly well in a very nice balance. Original rating 8 4 8 3 16 = 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15488) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
Dark amber/brown with little white head. Aroma of roasted malts - caramel - sweet & strong hops (of course:-) Some dark fruits appears as well raisin/plum. Little alcohol feel. Medium carbonation with a filling body. The finish is very pleasant strong hoppy and lasting. Pure Dope!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Interesting brew this is...... Smells like Dried tobbacco. Super dark, amber/brown color. Rich, malty and spicy. Nice mix of wonderful hops and malts. A tad strong and a little burn going down. Probably would age well. Great Divide is a solid brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Had at the brewery during 2006 GABF, Dark brown with a nice tan head that lasted a good long time. Nice aroma of rasin and fruity tones and a hint of alcohol. A wonderful complex beer with a candy fruit, carmel and slight hop bitterness. Finishes well with warming alcohol.

   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 (1414) - 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

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