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RATINGS: 1660   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 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 (4065) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5136) - 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 Armanetti’s, 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.

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