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RATINGS: 1537   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
Bottle obtained from Ernest, thanks! Dark caramel to orange hue, very foamy off-white film presents decent lacing as the norm wants with GD. Interesting caramel malt, earthy and slightly alcoholic. Vegetal and mellow hops blend in with ease. The aroma feels a bit soft. Itís not trying to impress you, itís well contained, woody, earthy, well rounded caramel and fruits, bready with a growing green hops bitterness. A bit watery toward the ending, but medium bodied and creamy besides. Unexceptional, but another respectable GC offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Bottle. Deep clear amber in colour with a lasting beige head. The aroma was mostly sharp citrus hops, slightly sweet, malt in back. Flavour of light beady malts, citrus hops (oranges). Fizzy mouthfeel, medium-large body, high carbonation. FInishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Thanks Crosling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
Surprisingly, just o.k. I really expected more from this one - had a growler from The Six Pack Store at Tyson & the Blvd (great idea guys, keep the new beers coming). I thought of it more as a winter warmer than a strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (987) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Bottled 1999 version had a deep amber color with low head but alcoholic aroma. Medium-bodied with a toffee flavor and dry, malty finish. The hops seemed faded as did the accompanying flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
It could be that this keg didnít travel well to the East coast, but this was not a very drinkable strong ale. Tasted like wet paper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Liked the rich ruby/mahogany body with thin tan head. Aromas of caramel malts and fresh hops are joined by molasses and chocolate notes. Some nuttiness and chocolate through the slightly sweet flavours mingle with a well balanced hop bitterness. Finishes long with what seemed to my crazed taste buds to be some ginger. Overall impression is of a malty brew with some hops for character - Iíll need to try more to know if I loved it or just thought it was solid. Could probably have aged more too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
This is a beer that has a rich roasted malt base note with an nutty flavor and interesting bitter back bite. I was surprised by the complex interplay of malty sweetness, nutty flavor notes, and hop bitterness. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004 edition. Pretty mahogany color with small off-white head. Aroma is of caramelized malt and busuits. Taste starts out smooth with the same caramelized malt flavor, some roastiness, and a bitter finish with some lingering malt. I will save some of this to age because I think it will do that nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5485) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Very dark maroon with a firm tan head and a big piney aroma. Very rich flavors tingle right away ... heavy roasted malt, bitterly alcoholic, with a sour chocolate finish.

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