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RATINGS: 1676   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
2003, 12oz. bottle. Hazy reddish/brown color with a small beige head. Really nice malty aroma. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and a strange, but pleasant, florally perfume. Mildly sweet on first sip, but quickly dries. Caramel, brown sugar, oak and a bit of hop bitterness. A bit of oxidation, but does not detract from the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Wow ,what an aroma,big malty alcohol dark fruit biggey, sparkling amber color, malty oaky , dark fruit taste, and as warming as can be. Didnt get all the hops everyone else was . For a winter warmer, it really does the job. This was great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma is ripe fruit, caramel, brown sugar and almost a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by brown sugar though roasted malts and floral hops are evident and the finish has a bit of dry chocolate on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duation. Beautiful dark amber color. Strong sweet and hoppy aroma. Taste is distinctive alcoholic but not at all in a bad sense. Very good taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
2005 Bottle. Very sugary, sweet aroma with lots of brown sugar, maple, and caramel aromas. There is also some floral hoppiness which is pretty mild. I am also detecting a bit of tabacco as well. Very pleasant and complex aroma. It’s a transparent garnet/amber color with a small off-white head. Lots of chewy caramelly malts, which then turn more sweet with lots of the brown sugar flavor coming out. There is some tobacco at the end and more of the mildly floral hop bitterness. Tobaco follows this once again. I get some lingering woodsiness and oakiness. This is the quintessential "cigar beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottled 2005. Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. Fruitcake, date and fig notes. Well established head leaves a coat of lacing on the glass. Smoked bread and pine with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle from Premier in Buffalo. Dark brown body with a solid creamy off white head (4+). Aroma is caramel malt with a tantalizing glimpse of hops, light notes of fruit and alcohol. Flavour is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Woody almost smokey character up front distracts from a caramel and malt middle. Hop bitterness and alcohol lingers. Medium to full bodied palate is quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
Dark reddish brown, tannish head, medium sweet aroma, flavor is intensely malty, notes of ripe fruit, some chocolate, and spice. Smoky as well. Interesting, complex flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 1, 2006
35,5 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Reddish dark amber colour with a nice small head. Great aroma of heavy caramel-malt and a solid hoppieness. Great flavour of toffee, caramel, hops and ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours a ruddy ruby/rust color with a nice display of head, thick with lacy sides. The smell is huge and rich with malty toffee, subtle mocha, earth, and robust hops to boot, this smell like a hell of a beer. The taste is a bit acrid and I wonder if it’s because the beer is Ice cold. Me thinks this beer would taste a lot more bodied and less Hopfensive if it were a bit warmer, but none-the-les, a developed ber with strong malts, masked alcohol and a ripping hop sense. Surprisingly easy mouthfeel lets it go down easy. Dont turn it down.

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