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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours ruby red with a lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma is like root beer. Flavor is well balanced with a subtle warming from the alcohol. A very nice ale for winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2154) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Paid $1.99 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours dark cloudy brown with a small tan head. Lots of ordinary maltiness in the nose. Nice dark fruits and malts in the mouth, but it’s also very metallic, which hurts the rating a bit. Take away the metallic finish and this’d be a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Nice dark dark copper pour with a nice eggshell head. Roasty malt aroma with some chocolate and dried fruit. Very sweet taste initially, with some caramel and nuttiness. Full bodied, and there is a lot of flavor in there... some smoke showing up later. BItter hop finish. Pretty good seasonal. Alcohol hits later than expected, but it’s there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3264) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Year bottled 2005. Ok nose, sweet. Chocolate, nutty, little smoke. Some raisin/fig as it warmed. Clean orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring. Bitter flavors, Like aroma with some grapefruit kickin around. Thicker bodied, creamy oily mouthfeel, dry, that’s the ABV, powdery finish. Nice brew, I might of drank this too fast as I started getting some fruity notes toward the end. Another winner from Great Divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a nice deep brown. Strong flavor, you can slightly feel the alcohol but it is by no means overpowering. Aftertaste has a sweetness to it. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aroma is all malt with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pleasent roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Just a little bit of the dry-hopping comes through Clings to the palate. This is worth the wait every year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Tall head that has bulged out of the top of my tulip. Thick and dense tan head. Roasty, smokey aroma with plenty of malts, caramel, prunes and a hint of terriaki. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Thick palate with more smoke, roasted grains, peat and dark fruit. Nice alcohol warming and tingle. Finish is creamy and warming with a slight sourness. A pretty good strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Garnet tinged brown with a huge khaki foaming head. Rich aroma emphasizes chocolate and walnuts. A light citric hop aroma is present, but it doesn’t have the strong aromatics of a dry hopped ale. The flavor is nicely balanced: a caramelly sweet malt presents first, with a touch of munichy melanoidins, and a full hop bitterness rises to the finish.Citric finishing hops seems to arise the more I get into this beer. Alcoholic kick warms in the chest, but is not very noticeable in the flavor, except as a tingle in the long aftertaste. Good version of a winter seasonal, moderately complex, strong, sippable, demands cellar to almost room temperature drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Very malty and stout like aroma with caramel, chocolate, floral hops, and a nutty character. Has a great strong sweet malty taste that has a creamy but syrupy texture. There is also a strong hop presence (tastes sort of like grapefruit) that balances the malts well. Outstanding bittersweet finish. Excellently balanced winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle poured a clear garnet with a small brown head. Aromas of carmel, toffee,cocoa powder, and spices. Palate was rich and smoooth. Flavors of cocoa, mocha, spices, and a nice bittersweet finish. I could hibernate all winter with this one!

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