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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is a nice looking pour: reddish brown color with a one finger dirty white head. The mouthfeel is creamy with a very nice clean finish. The flavor has both hoppy & malty elements to it. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Nicely hoppy aroma. Black colour. Nice, creamy flavour, very complex, sweet, spicy, peppery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2006
12 oz bottle (2005) from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (Dec 2005). Dark translucent umber with lasting creamy-smooth tan cap....deliciously fragrant nose, woody and rough, with a myriad of hoppy-spicy notes, including pine and very sharp citrus, pungent barnyardy notes....a bit much, actually....body is quite sweet, almost cloyingly so, with an odd earthy-piney-resinous-spoiled raisin character that, while quite complex, doesn’t really work....the mouth is left with a sticky, gluey, sour feeling, cloying and almost cotton-candy like, with some sour wine near the finish. Whoah. Started out promisingly but at the end...didn’t like it, no sir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Awesome amber color with a beige head that lasted the whole time. Sweet aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is equally rich, sweet malt and hops bust through, with esteryness of a barley wine. Mouthfeel is awesome, very coating and moderately carbonated. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Rather nice mellow ale. Quickly dissipating cream coloured head on a reddish brown clear liquid. Very powerful fragrance of malts, flowery hops and a hint of cofee and chocolate. Huge complex yet agressive flavour of roasted malts, a nice sweetness combined with notes of spice (cinnamon, I believe). Good one to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Part of my 17 Beer Sampler at the Brew Kettle. Dark brown, white head, this tasted damn good, great malty flavor with spiness to it, very wintery, maybe some chocolate, lots of things going on coming together beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
12oz bottle(vintage 2002). A three year old bottle!Make that four years old if I waited 2 more days. Dark red and hazy in color. No seeing through it. Off white head. Strong bready aroma, with a slight bourbon scent also. Hoppy warming flavor, soft sugars, much like nutra-sweet. Very good American Strong Ale. I would recommend this to others, and this means you fool!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (3928) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle, at home. Dark red with beige head, almost diminishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty (bread, caramel, roasted), heavy hoppy (soft flowery). Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Vintage 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of white wispy head. Aroma is very earthy: oaks, smoke, floral, caramel and slight burbony scents. Flavor is sweet, yet very spicey, like taco spicey. Really not a fan of the flavor. Overall, didnt live up to what i had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2004 bottle courtesy of Brock_Landers. Dark brown pour with a decent sized head. Spicy aroma. Nice and smooth now thanks to the age on the bottle, I get a malty almost peanut flavor from it. Really nice. I’ll be buying some to age next time I can find it.

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