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RATINGS: 1662   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Thanks to TChrome for this. Pours DEEP ruby with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, nuts, toffee, cognac. Tastes malty, very nutty, with some fruitiness, vanilla, and spices at the finish. Dense at midpalate, giving way to a semi-dry, full bodied, nutty, hoppy, fruity finish. Top notch complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours a hazy dark red with a decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Fruity dark cherry and plum aromas. Bready, nutty, chocolate-caramel and fruit flavors, full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes with a pleasant bitterness, well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Very interesting brew...thanks to Snowtiger. This one poured out a nice brown color with a thick head. The aroma was very interesting and told of chocolate and slight hop. The taste was very complex and well balanced with notes of roasty malts, chololate, earthy flavors with a slight very slight hop on the finish. Well masked alcohol content and a wonderful winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours red-brown with thick tan head. Complex aromas of malt, roast, chocolate, and some spiciness. Not much hoppiness in the aroma. Wow, great flavor! Mild hoppiness, caramel and roasted flavor with some spiciness and alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth. Very enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Man this is good shit! Bottle poured dark cloudy brown with a nice head and great lacing. Roasty aroma with hints of matl caramel . Flavor is great! Easy drinking tastes of malt, caramel, chocolate, roast . This beer is really good! I want to run out and get a case!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Really one of the better offerings from Great Divide. Not in line with the usual ESA, this has a nice hop character and deep spicy flavors that are really well crafted. A very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Malt and caramel aroma. Flavor is malty sweet with a touch of alcohol and a bit of a hop finish. A good winter beer that will warm you up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
GABF 2004, at the brewery. The bottle was from 2001. Caramel and port on the nose, seemed like a raisin appertif. Chunky lace on the side of the glass, caramel color. The flavor was layered, light at first and watery, with flavors of plum and prune; it strengthens into the fruit during the swill, and the finish lingers for a while. Caramel malty sweetness in the front, a bit of acid tang, this had some nice complexity to it; I even felt a little unidentified spiciness. The finish, unfortunately, developed into a funkiness that was unpleasant, and I found the body a bit watery for the flavor. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
03 bottle. Small white head with beautiful dark red brown color. Only complaint would be the strong taste of alcohol. I like it more hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle marked produced in 03. Small ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, very little carbonation, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, chocolate, sweet, and mild alcohol aroma. Very, very aromatic. Flavor was malty, sweet, caramel, chocolate and vinuous but not overly so. Delicious. Smooth palate. Medium body. Extremely quaffable and highly recommended. Hope to have this one again sometime.

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