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RATINGS: 1547   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
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours dark amber/brown, with a tan head. Aromas are hops, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, malt, caramel, and sone bitter hops. A little less hops would make this better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pleasant deep amber with ruby highlights, creamy head with excellent lacing. Aroma was a bit of milk chocolate, along with some sprucy hops, also pleasant. Flavor is nicely hop oriented, with big spruce and earth flavors intermingling over a caramel malt background. Medium bodied and surprisingly easy drinking. Delightful lingering bitterness. Highly enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Opaque-like glimmer of burnt reddish brown. Soft, medium-sized cap of dark tanned froth lathers the top. A residual light skim blankets the top once the cap fades as does a firm collaring. Small, wimsical fabrics of lace line the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Very caramel loaded. Dark malt base mainly with a lisp of roast. Some controlled burnt hop edges are within lending some chewy pine sap, fresh leafy cones, and grain sugars. Smidgeons of chocolate, plum, and dark cherry snoops in as it warms as does a bit of black malted alcoholic vapor. Taste has length with a long dark malt detainment of indifferent blackenedness. Caramel smooth underneath. Slight roast and heat attached sweetness trailing on and on to where smidgeons, as the aroma eluded to, of chocolate, plum, and cherry play its small part. Dark and peculiar. Bitterness holds off til late with a leafy roasted hop sap. Orange laced acids feather at the tonsils. It has a broad range of length, substantially so, but a bigger energy and character was needed to boost it to the next level of greatness for me. Perhaps here is where the problem lies as its body is a bit low and not as full or bold as I thought it was gonna be based off its aroma. A somewhat weaker medium body makes it seem solitary and conserved. Carbonation is nice. Solid smoothness with just the right amount of give for the style, aptly rough enough in areas, and the right amount of hints to the alcohol. One nice aspect of the Hibernation is its gradual warming feel that slips across your memory as you decide to open another. That, I liked. So, as it goes, this brew is not fully impressionable but has that satisfyingly casual appeal that makes for a nice experience and keeps a favorably easy drinkability to its disposition worthy of Great Divides’ reputation.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Sweet aroma with lots of fruits. Dry flavour. Very light. Rather bland.

   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.

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