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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
12 oz bottle, Chicago’s Maproom (2004 version): toasted brown-garnet. Lasting and incredibly full off-tan cream on top. Grape-nut and plum aromatics with a huge hop presence as well as a large quaff of refined digestif alcohol…Dark fruity hop juices – plums with whole hop flowers, dark red apples all soaked in grapefruit juice and pine sap, WOW. Lasting fruity alcoholic bitterness warms the belly and the soul, great one to try on a blistery Chicago night…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. aroma is roasted chocolate, fruit and malt. Flavor is sweet with that chocolate really coming out strong. Palate is nice and the alcohol is noticable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
This one pours a deep brown with a reddish hue and has a nice thick tan head. The body looks a bit murky with some bits of stuff swimming around in it. It has decent head retention and leaves a nice lace about the glass. The aroma is strong with dark fruits and chocolate and as it warmed the citrus hops and alcohol seemed to stand out more. Very malty taste with a fruity sweetness standing at the front and a bit of hops to tame down the sweetness so it doesn’t overpower the flavor. There are also nice hints of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a good with a nice full body and a lingering flavor. Great beer that is highly drinkable, pick one up if you haven’t already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (901) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Smells good & looks good but doesn’t taste as good. Slightly hoppy at first giving away to roasty flavors. Sounds like it would be really good but something is off. There are better beers out there that do the same thing. Kind of thin too. Just another Great Divide brew that doesn’t have much to offer. I suspect my rating will be misleading due to the high marks for aroma & appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
I’ve been after this one for 2 years. What a let down. Nothing complex nor amazing. Modest hops,mild malts with a touch of nuttiness and subtle pine needles to boot.. Good but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 RERATE 11/28/05: The 2005 version of this beer is even better than last year’s. There’s more depth to the brew and I’m getting more rich chocolate and toffee tastes. The palate is also more full. Great Divide deserves a compliment for improving an already good beer.

Watch out, this stuff will "gitcha". Aroma is complex with plenty of nuttiness. Pours a cloudy dark brown with reddish tint. Nice, long-lasting tan head. Big malt in the initial taste followed by aromatic spiciness & fruitiness. There’s an alcoholic tang in the background. Some nice spicy hops in the finish. Not a weak-kneed beer by any means. Putting two of these away in a row sets one up for quite a buzz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle pours a deep red with an off white head and some residual lace. The aroma is somewhat roasty, spiced, and floral. The flavor is sweet, malty, lingering spice, hops, a touch nutty, and warming with a good rich body. Overall, this is now one of my favorite Winter Ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2004
Deep amber borwn with small head. Roasted malt chocolate, coffee, and some piney hops. Heavey in the mouth w/sweet mid palate and piney bitter finish. Chocolate, coffee, pine, toffee, and come creamy malt flavors. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Aroma is sweet, candied, a little acoholic and roasty. Dark red color with a thin head. Immediate roasty taste in the palate, followed by a sweeter cherried taste. Some nuttiness and chocolate in the finish. Rock on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jgb9348 (4927) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Dark brown coloured body with a small, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel and cardboard. Medium-bodied; Strong nut flavour with major malt, no hops and some smoked peat thrown in the mix. Aftertaste is also harsh and bitter! Overall, not a great beer at all...fairly bad and will never be sampled by me again. Thanks to Jon[R888710] for buying this one so i didn’t have to! I sampled this twelve ounce beer purchased at Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia on 18-September-2004.

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