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RATINGS: 1650   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2908) - 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 (18758) - 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 (1035) - 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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Slight caramel aroma. Pours a dark red. Great malty flavor balanced with great hops. Some rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla, then crisp hops, with a great hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 In the bottle. Pours a rich dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Always one that I look forward to each year. Thick and loaded with heat, this is a real winter warmer. Serious amount of hops are absorbed into a thick and chewy malt monster that his the brakes just this side of barleywine country.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
I thought this was outstanding. Subtle bitter chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Roast is very prevalent and some hops to give it a mild kick. The brown color with a huge tan head is perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Deep muddy brown with a tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, sweet, chocolate, wood, toasted bread, caramel, roast, and dirt giving it a earthiness. One of the more complex aromas I have had the privledge to enjoy. Texture is slightly chewy. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, heavily toasted, roast, even woody. There are some hops in the end, but the sweet malts balance it very well. No bitterness in this one. Decently carbonated. Bought one 12oz for $1.59 to try. I feel cheated I didnít buy more of this gem.

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