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RATINGS: 1554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (828) - 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 (1009) - 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 (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
It could be that this keg didn’t 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 - I’ll 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 (5841) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
I recently purchased a 2004 batch. After sampling 2 out of the 6 bottles, I will definitely let the remaining 4 age for 60-90 days before re-sampling. Overall , it is a fine full-bodied ale. Quite an astringent front on the palate, but finishes surprisingly smooth. The classifiction of an ASB is not what I have experienced from the first 2 samplings. A barleywine character better resembles what I have tasted thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Dark brown, nose is chocolate, caramel, cherries. Anise, chocolate and cherries in the flavour. Quite a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Dark in colour, medium sized head. Nose is malty and gritty. Nothing too exciting to say about this one. Only got a small taste of this thing.

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