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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Malty nose with some carob/chocolate/soda-shop-malt floating around in the air. This beer smells and tastes much like a light stout - not so much the ale I was expecting. Visually it is superior - great head and lacing and a deep brown/amber color. The flavor is quite malty with moderate sweetness and some caramel flavoring. The hops comes out more strongly in the relatively long finish. The palate is very creamy and syrupy - not a light beer. Very rich. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2005
(Taster at BJCP Class) Lite on the malt aroma no hops in the nose. I get a little caramel with a light fruity aroma in the nose also. Dark reddish brown color great head. Strong fruit like flavor almost grapefruit flavor. Strong in the finish just a barley wine should be. A good old ale that sat long enough to be a good beer. Need to have a rich food to drink this with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, with some peppery alcohol. Taste is malty, nutty, almost like an old ale. Medium alcohol warming aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 I’m not sure but i think this was a little expired, but do beers at 8.1% expire? It had that pear fruity taste. There were some citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice, clear, deep chestnut color. Very nice light tan head forms and fades slowly, leaving fantastic lacing behind. Aroma is overwhelmingly like chocolate. I have never smelled it so distinctly. Medium bodied. Chocolate all over flavor, decent hop play in the finish to keep it interesting. Very well done. Going to get more.

   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!

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