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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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 This bottled brew made in 2003 poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was dark and hazy with finely granulated sediments floating in the body and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of smoky caramel roasted malts chocolate and was very nice. Its mouth feel is tingly mild vinous bubbly with a palate and a smooth aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinous dark beer brown malts dark malts Irish red malty notes and was very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and sweet malts. Chocolate, spices, and carmalized sugar all come through in the taste. Finishes with a small hop bitterness that lingers pretty well. I must revisit this one before the Winter is over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Libertyville, IL. 8.1% ABV. Clear dark amber ale having a small diminishing head. Soft carbonation. Earthy, spicy, and caramel aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with spice, conifer (juniper?), wood, smoke, caramel and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Interesting deeply spicy complex flavors which some may find overwhelming. This is a very good warm and spicy drinkable winter brew. Warming this beer to near room temperature is necessary for full flavor development.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2005
2005 vintage: Deep brown hue. Sweet fruity nose, caramel, grain, hops. Pale tan head, mostly diminishing leaving some lace. Soft palate, toasty grain, caramel, cocoa, cherry, nutty, medium body, with nice hopped up finish. Quite bitter, pungent hops, spicy and in your face. Quite enjoyable I must say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 10 oz. pour at the brewery followed by a pint at Illegal Peteís. I was looking forward to revisiting this one. Itís near black with a tall light head. The aroma is a little different from the norm with hints at seaweed, rice, leather, fresh oak and chocolate. The palate is medium heavy and creamy. There is a sharp crisped rice cereal character with an almost smoky backdrop. Notes of earth, cacao nibs and slight dark fruits are in the flavor. Great winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Rich chocolate malts. I healthy medium hop bitterness. Thick surupy mouth feel with a low carbonation. Perfect winter ale. Has that hearty richness you need on a cold day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber...seemed cloudy and hazey at first, but clarified fairly quickly. Frothy white head disappeared soon after pour. Aroma is very interesting...at first you notice the fruity hops and a little spice...then you notice something distinctly sweet: and I canít place exactly what it is. It reminds of Christmas cookies or a sweet drink of sorts...or maybe something out of a scratch and sniff book...itís peculiar and very interesting. The tastse is great, too...initial hop bitterness melts into malty sweetness. Itís not just well-balanced, the muliple facets of flavor flow into each other without boundary. A great winter ale!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bjorn74 (3) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
An interesting aroma of mould and chocolate - a hint of hops. Nice head on pouring, but it doesínt last. Deep brown, chestnut colour. The chocolate is in the flavour as well, along with malt notes, and a strong hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18904) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2005
Dark red colour. The head is off-white. Aroma of malt molasses and bitter chocolate. Malty and a little sweet flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel aswell. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Very warming and nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 15, 2005
this beer kicks a bit of ass! i had this before my main course at an indian restaurant in bloomington, il / muddy brown body; raisin, caramel, crisp, rich, smooth, and tasty... itís actually deep. / iíll have to rate again for my memory is lost within my notes!

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