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RATINGS: 1714   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Deep red with almost no head. Slightly bitter aroma with some dried fruit. I could immediately taste the hops in this and I picked up a slightly metallic finish at first. As the beer warmed, the metallic taste sort of went away and the beer ended up being rather fruity. Decent beer but nothing too spectacular.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours a fantastic rubey red, with thin off white head that quickly retreats to outside of the glass. I wish this beer tasted as good as it looks. Assertive malts with a raison flavor, and no real show from the "complex" hop finish that the bottle boasts. Maybe a year or two in the cellar would help me appreciate this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours a reddish brown brew with a thin layer of foam. For some reasons I get a raisin nose and flavor from this.It is more tho’as the malts come out with some nice earthy notes.Thick on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Wonderful deep copper with a fine bubbly tan head. Floral hop aroma followed by a malty note. Medium mouthfeel with a malty, burnt caramel flavor, followed by spicy hop flavorWtih a bitter hop finish. I love beers with a real hoppy kick, and this one certainly has that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
09.30.05 12oz bottle Mahogany pour. Malty and rich, it’s loaded with bitter fruits like over-dried raisins, underripe plums. Big resinous hops are drying and, frankly, brutal with the big peppery alcohol and spicy yeast. This stuff could use some time on wood. Glory be! They did it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12122) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
22oz bomber-pours a rich, thick, tan head. Color is dark reddish/brown. Aroma is malt, chocolate and sweet. Taste follows, OK but not my taste. 2.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Out of a bottle, 2004 vint. Aroma interesting, slight raisin, roast malt and piney hops. Pour was a ruby-esqe with a quick dimminishing head. Flavor was good nice malt complex, caramel and raisin and then wack a nice dose of sweet hops. Palate was nice, medium fullness that finished hoppy. Overall nice I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium baige head. Caramel malty, Pine tree, dark fruits aroma and a sweet hoppy fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle (2004). Clear deep ruby pour with a short beige head. Wonderful aroma picks up rich malts (dark fruits and caramel primarily), pine needles, and spices (including nutmeg)... notably stronger as it warmed. Full and rich on the palate too. Coffee, citrus/pine hops, wintery spices, and bread found the tastebuds... and danced well together. Dry finish wih a nice hop array and some chocolate. Glad I busted this one out tonight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle from 1998. Pour is dark brown and murky w/ much sediment. Smooth tan head. Nose of tart bread and malt, some light apple notes. Taste is some dry chocolate, dates, caramel, and a nice dry finish.

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