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RATINGS: 1712   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Great aroma of dark malts, hops, toffee, and chococolate, which also come through in the taste. Bittering hops perfectly balance the heavy body. Not particularly sweet, but thick. This is a great winter warmer type of beer that does not need spices to be a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Deep brown amber, with thin offwhite head. Full body and nicely balanced. Rye, caramel, coffee, toast and hops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2006
A very dark amber color with a yellowish head. A complex mix between malt sweetness, alcohol strength and hops. A good winter warmer !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
Great smell, some coffee and toffee, dark amber, great balance with medium sweetness and bitterness. You could definitely feel the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
(2004)12oz bottle (thanks to beerandblues2) poured a deep reddish color with a nice light brown head. Aroma of mostly sweet caramel malt. Taste was nice and smooth with noticeable age and slight alcohol warmth. Another great beer from Great Divide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2006
Bottled. dark reddish brown, firm white head. Nougat, toffee, spices and orange-peels in the compact aroma. malty flavour of raisins, figs, nougat, sweet oranges and anise. Warming malty aftertaste of nuts and raisins with subtle hop note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3556) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle pours a clear deep mahogany witha thick chunky light tan head. Lacing was blocky and resiliant. Aroma is a great mix of lightly roasted malts, tootsie rolls, chocolate, dark pitted fruit and caramel. Flavor was woody and a bit smokey. Porterish at first and then moving to a slightly ascidic chared flavor. Bittering was not the floral citrusy hoppiness, but a deeper, woodier charcola type. Heavey palate but not syrupy. Moderately carbonated. Very interesting and I wish I had a 22 of this. Thanks to lukin013 for this great American Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Complex, enticing aroma that’s hard to place. Dates, figs, maple, grapes. Big, satisfying maple fruit flavor. Plenty of hops to spice it up. Something you might be tempted to gulp down but will probably get yourself to savor. Big semi-opaque brown with head coating. Traces of alcohol detectable but well suited to the beer. Real nice, even in the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 (Bottle at home) Pours dark, beautiful red with some brown notes. Allmost no white head... Smells fudge, syrupy and sugary malt. Dried dark fruits and some minty alcohol. Some liquorice. Lead. Rum raisins. Taste: not as sweet as the smell. Some chocolate. A bit minty with a coffee sourness. Small to medium body. Some syrup with dried plums and raisins. A whole lot of Great Divide-ish hoppyness in this one. A bit warming, but I had bigger hopes for a beer from this great brewery. Second try: Pours red. Chocolate milk aroma with hazelnuts. Fruits and some flowers. Dry flavour with coffee bitterness. Flower nectar with a relatively big bitterness. Some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3860) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle: Pours deep amber with a little mostly diminishing, tan head. Powerful hoppy aroma with a nice malt nose too. The flavour is with malt, burned caramel, dark chocolate and distinct hops. It’s full bodied. Pleasant bitter Great Divide finish.

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