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RATINGS: 1675   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
This ale pours a dark amber color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of cherry. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are caramel, chocolate, dark cherry and raisins. Hops are earthy and piney. Not a lot of bitterness. Very smooth taste. Lots of chocolate flavors. Nice carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol bite at the finish, but it hides the alcohol well. There is a nice alcohol warming from this beer. Nice holiday ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
(draft) This beer was simply hard to drink. Part of the problem was that it really clashed with the beer I’d just finished, but most of the problem was that it tasted like cranberry juice. It did get better toward s the end of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 23, 2006
slightly hazy reddish-brown colour with a little foam; aroma of overmatured red fruits, very malty with light notes of alcohol, some caramel and chocolate appear too; a good malt body, some sweetness and a low bitterness; the finish is long and fruity with strong notes of anise

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Bottle. Dark brwon with light head. Barley "wineish". A lot of malt - nice and roasty - a mild hop taste and a touch of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of me. Hazy amber colour with a small head. Aroma - I wrote "BURNT!" in big letters. Lots of bitter chocolate, some leather, and roasted malt. Flavour has notes of coffee and chocolate, rich malts, and a warm, boozy finish. I’d prefer it if the alcohol was reined in a tad, but it’s still a pretty fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Mahogany color; thin creamy head. Malt aroma, some hop resins, candies, light coffee, chocolate. Good body structure (maybe the carbonation is a bit too much aggressive on the tongue), good malt (but a bit thin and metallic at the end), not thick; caramel, quite big bitterness. Good and balanced, but with some off-flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Very dark ruby red color with tiny light tan head. Aroma is malty, spicey, with cinamon, vanilla, oak, and a faint note of citrusy hops. Flavor is malty, sharp, hints of black pepper, burnt caramel, with significant hop flavor present. A little too much hop flavor for the style, in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a dark copper with a diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, caramel, spices and some hops. Flavour is quite roasty with lots of hops, chocolate and alcohol. For 8.1% the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Another great Great Divide beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, courtesy of Greg. Neat malt, dry baker’s chocolate, and burnt aroma. Dark copper pour, decent sized bubbly head. Lovely alcohol, malt, more dry chocolate and an interesting burnt aspect to the taste. Lingering burnt alcohol in the finish. A great sipper and a pleasure to drink, man I like this brewery...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - GregClow’s bottle. Poured deep clear bubbly mahogany with a small foamy tan head. Roasty aroma of leather and old pipe tobacco, baker’s chocolate and roast malt with leafy dry hops. The taste is grainier with the roast malt seeming a touch sour (hint of red currant juice), and there’s quite a bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is alcoholic, slightly lively and decently thick - not their best, but another solid GD offering.

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