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RATINGS: 1546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Small tan head, fair retention and a bit of spotty lace hangs on. Seriously hazy amber color. Piney, earthy nose with a touch of mint and caramel malts. Med/full body. Decent hop palate, minty, medium sweet malts, caramel and a touch grainy. Finish is mildly sweet. Thanks Brock_Landers!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Lavicous rich ruby red pour, very murky and cloudy, yet beautiful. Topped with a very thin yellowish head. Fruity and fresh bright malt aroma. Great cherry and light toast aromas. Extreme caramel and light malt, backed with a touch of hops. Somehow one dimensional. Carbonation is light. Flavors arenít complex, mostly a straight forward sugary malt backed with a touch of alcohol. Canít really find anything creative to say about this beer. Itís warming and round, but not with mouch depth. I thought that I might cellar this, but Iíll pass. Palate is sugary, a little oily and quite satisfyingly coating. Some scotch notes and a little bit of background raisins and almonds.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Dark ruby body, creamy light tan head, spotty lacing. Sweaty sweet fruit malt, some oaky hops in aroma. Flavor is a strong alcohol woody hops with some caramel malt to sweeten up the hop and alcohol. Peppery medicine-like finish with a touch of chocoate. Watery, dry, and slightly fizzy body. Its okay, and may be nicer as a winter warmer (which is its intent), but it lacks a great flavor that would make it good anytime.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma is malt, oak? dark cloudy brown. flavor is malty, with an unpleasant oak/medicine/tannin aftertaste. bleh. just too sweet and dense for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 [Vintage 2000, sampled October 2004] A deep red-brown beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet with loads of overripe fruits as well as slight hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and overripe fruit. This beer has really aged well - and definately improves by aging. [Vintage 2003 sampled September 2004] A hazy red beer with a nice creamy orange-brown head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy which also includes notes of hop-oils and grass. The flavor is sweet is quite spicy and contains notes of berries, prunes, and fruit in the start, which in the latter part is being overtaken by roasted almost smoked notes, to give it a dry end. [7/4/7/3/13]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle from 2002 purchased at the end of 2004 from Liquor Barn, Louisville, KY: pours a rich cloudy brown color with streaming carbonation. Light fluffy tan head. Big malt aroma at first with some caramel. Big malty flavor with hints of fruit, tobacco, and chocolate. The hops may have died down with this one since it was bottled but still very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
The aroma is fresh and very sweet clementine oranges and bubble gum. The ale pours very dark mahogany red with a clingy and foamy tan head. A somewhat complex flavor. Definately some burnt coffee, nuts, and carmel with a orange and toffe finish. Excellant brew! Big thanks to Crosling for the hookups!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
Deep brown almost black color. Malty aroma with a sweet yet roasted coffee flavor that feels smooth like chocolate in your mouth. This is a very good brew with a decent hop taste at the end. Very good beer. Iíll buy this one again if I can find it. Fantastic!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
Wow! What an awesome winter-warmer! This brew is big and sticky, presents a really good looking head and pours a brilliant dark wood color. The alcohol in this brew is present but not overwhelming. This brew has a nice roasted toffee and candy flavor. There is a decent hop kick as well. I canít wait for winter to come again! I love this beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Nutty and lightly roasty with caramel malt character and earthy, vegetal, spruce and orange hops in the nose. Opaque dark tan-brown with some ruby tones and a lasting cover of tan head that leaves some light lacing. Sweet caramel flavours blend with earthy, green hops and a low dark fruit flavour with moderate bitterness. Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Bottle enjoyed with Claude, MartinT and Rastacouere.


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