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RATINGS: 1666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 (bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy red pour with a very thin tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of malts and cocoa. Lots of cocoa. The taste is very subtle at the beginning and then comes full force with a sweet and chocolaty roasted malt flavor and a slight hop bitterness and a finish of pine, hops and chocolate. Very warming with a nice porter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This was a decent winter ale, but had a very woody taste from what I can gather. And this was not the oak version. Still worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Poured dark amber, quite opaque. nose consisted of malty, candied sugar, molases, a hint of coco and mostly hop backbone. Mouthfeel was considerably lighter than I hoped but it didn’t compramise on taste. Fairly smooth papate, quite bitter (too bitter for me) with it being somewhat unbalanced. Otherwise enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pours a clear dark ruby with thick white head that hangs around for a while and leaves substantial lacing on the sides of the glass. Big chocolate aroma with noticeable hop bitterness. Flavor is astringently bitter, grainy, dry, and somewhat chocolatey. Smooth and creamy palate. Unpleasantly astringent bitterness; otherwise hard to complain about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 When it comes to winter warmers, not much takes precedent over Great Divide’s cautiously sweet Hibernation Ale. This winter marked the first set of cold months since I hurdled over the 21 years age requirement, so I was looking forward to finding a good belly warmer and settling with it for the cold days to come. What I found was neither a normal stout, or a disappointingly thin “winter ale”. At last, a winter seasonal apposite to a blizzarding day! Only one other beer I had through November and December contends with Hibernation Ale (that being Hitachino New Year’s Ale). The clear but furious glowing coal red colored ale floats beneath a dark custard head, intimating the details of the taste with a tempting smell of roasted malts and chocolate without the cloying bitter qualities. The taste is surprisingly sweet; enough to satiate my youthful palate but not so light that it doesn’t kindle a glowing warmth in my stomach. Also, the 8.1% ABV makes me a bit drowsy, so I’m prepared to settle into a deep chair for a brief respite from waking, cold hours. Alongside the comforting textures and taste I can understand why they call this Hibernation Ale; a hearty beer with an alluring taste and a soporific finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Head leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is roasty and hoppy with hints of flowers, pine and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with a well balanced hoppy taste that is creamy with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
On tap at Mr Goodbar in Buffalo. Very deep red.brown/chestnut color with a moderate and firm tan head. Looks great. Pleasant on all fronts, strong roasted and chocolate prescence, followed by very green yet not very bitter hops. On the sweeter end, earthy, well balanced, fuller bodied, alcohol is pretty well hidden. I’ll definitely get this again if it’s still around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Pours a darker ruby red with an average size off whie head that laced down the glass nicely. Aroma of cocoa, a slight piney yet flowery hop, earthy and alcohol. The flavor is interesting on this one. Roasted yet hoppy. Almost like a porter in some respects, but then there are the hops in there just changing it all up. An interesting experience and I have to say one I enjoyed. It looks like this beer gets some mixed reviews but I have to say I enjoyed it for sure. Creamy palate to help out as well. Very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma is quite sweet. Some hops, malts, and maybe a little yeast are present as well. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Some roasted maltiness as well. This beer reminds me of a sweet IPA with some roasted malt qualities. Bitter finish. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2006
The visual is rather attractive, tan fluffy head and a dark burgundy body. The aroma has some nice flowery hops and a big maltyness, toffee, caramel, peat, very earthy yet the flavor has a big metallic presence. There is a lot of alcohol heat to the beer; it has some legs in the finish?? There is a hint of vegetables, odd DMS like suggestions, and a strange astringent like hoppyness that sneaks up on me in the finish…. I might be in the minority of those that really don’t particularly care for this beer…. I really expected to like it more…. I just don’t like the way it all plays out.. too much in some spots and too little in others... it all falls apart for me somewhere??

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