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RATINGS: 1660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 25, 2006
This beer is fantastic...it’s 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. I’ll have to have it a couple of more times to make sure I wasn’t totally off my rocker.

   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.

   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.

   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. I’d like more alcohol presence in a winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3863) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Poured dark amber, quite opaque. nose consisted of malty, candied sugar, molases, a hint of coco and mostly hop backbone. Mouthfeel was considerably lighter than I hoped but it didn’t compramise on taste. Fairly smooth papate, quite bitter (too bitter for me) with it being somewhat unbalanced. Otherwise enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pours a clear dark ruby with thick white head that hangs around for a while and leaves substantial lacing on the sides of the glass. Big chocolate aroma with noticeable hop bitterness. Flavor is astringently bitter, grainy, dry, and somewhat chocolatey. Smooth and creamy palate. Unpleasantly astringent bitterness; otherwise hard to complain about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1222) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 When it comes to winter warmers, not much takes precedent over Great Divide’s cautiously sweet Hibernation Ale. This winter marked the first set of cold months since I hurdled over the 21 years age requirement, so I was looking forward to finding a good belly warmer and settling with it for the cold days to come. What I found was neither a normal stout, or a disappointingly thin “winter ale”. At last, a winter seasonal apposite to a blizzarding day! Only one other beer I had through November and December contends with Hibernation Ale (that being Hitachino New Year’s Ale). The clear but furious glowing coal red colored ale floats beneath a dark custard head, intimating the details of the taste with a tempting smell of roasted malts and chocolate without the cloying bitter qualities. The taste is surprisingly sweet; enough to satiate my youthful palate but not so light that it doesn’t kindle a glowing warmth in my stomach. Also, the 8.1% ABV makes me a bit drowsy, so I’m prepared to settle into a deep chair for a brief respite from waking, cold hours. Alongside the comforting textures and taste I can understand why they call this Hibernation Ale; a hearty beer with an alluring taste and a soporific finish.

   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.

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