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RATINGS: 1547   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


3.3
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3220) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown out of the bottle with a nice sized white head. Aroma is chocolate and hops. Flavor is intense chocolate with a nutty aftertaste. This is probably the most "chocolate" tasting brew i have ever had and it is quite tasty. Alcohol is well hidden which makes this very easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty, hoppy, dried fruit, and a hint of toffee. Taste is malty with spicy hops, light nuttiness, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee. Moutfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth with lots of dryness around the edges. Finish is more nuts, cocoa, spicy hops, light fruits, and creamy malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Thanks to TChrome for this. Pours DEEP ruby with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, nuts, toffee, cognac. Tastes malty, very nutty, with some fruitiness, vanilla, and spices at the finish. Dense at midpalate, giving way to a semi-dry, full bodied, nutty, hoppy, fruity finish. Top notch complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours a hazy dark red with a decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Fruity dark cherry and plum aromas. Bready, nutty, chocolate-caramel and fruit flavors, full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes with a pleasant bitterness, well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2516) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Very interesting brew...thanks to Snowtiger. This one poured out a nice brown color with a thick head. The aroma was very interesting and told of chocolate and slight hop. The taste was very complex and well balanced with notes of roasty malts, chololate, earthy flavors with a slight very slight hop on the finish. Well masked alcohol content and a wonderful winter brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours red-brown with thick tan head. Complex aromas of malt, roast, chocolate, and some spiciness. Not much hoppiness in the aroma. Wow, great flavor! Mild hoppiness, caramel and roasted flavor with some spiciness and alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth. Very enjoyable beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Man this is good shit! Bottle poured dark cloudy brown with a nice head and great lacing. Roasty aroma with hints of matl caramel . Flavor is great! Easy drinking tastes of malt, caramel, chocolate, roast . This beer is really good! I want to run out and get a case!


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