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RATINGS: 1716   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3791) - 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 (4026) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2006
Colour is brown. Head is off-white, creamy and lasting. Has a hopped aroma, some milk-chocolade. Flavor is heavy hopped, bitter. Long finish, real nice. Dry texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Strong scent of cocoa and maltiness intermingled with chocalate/ spices. Pours out a dark cloudy colour with bits of sedimentation rolling through and has a mild to nonexistent head. Taste is a fine seasonal with chocolatey spiciness that rests well upon the palate and all the way down... Hops is very noticable and adds an inviting layer of flavour that balances well with the other elements. Overall an excellent brew, reminiscent of a hoppy well made home-brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2006
Creamy offwhite head with some larger bubbles over deep dark red body with some ongoing carbonation. Lovely rye malt aroma with well balanced resiny hop background. Roasty malt cocoa in aroma. Deep sweet powerfully roasty chocolatey taste with resiny hop notes. Oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste is burnt and hoppy. Some alcohol heat. Excellent balance. Roasty cocoa notes. Excellent! A real star! (0.35l bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a clear dark amber with a slightly tanned head. Sweet with aromas of caramel, light chocolate and resin. Dry, slightly earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
bottle. dark amber color. meduim tan head. malty aroma. malts and caramel. bit sweet and earthy. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep, reddish-copper body with a medium-sized yellowish tan head. The aroma is moderately toasty and nutty with some subtle orange hops. Nice flavours - quite spicey and resinous (grapefruit). There are also sweet caramel notes. The palate is yeasty and warming though the alcohol isn’t over the top. Very good.

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