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RATINGS: 1640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (905) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Smells good & looks good but doesnít 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 doesnít 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
Iíve 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 yearís. Thereís more depth to the brew and Iím 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. Thereís 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 (4943) - 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 didnít have to! I sampled this twelve ounce beer purchased at Whole Foods in Tysonís Corner, Virginia on 18-September-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1961) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark brown pour. Hardly any head. Very nutty heavy aroma. The taste of this was absolutly delicious. Fucking outstanding. I am slightly buzzed rating this but I still think it is an outstanding beer. When I saw the alcohol content I figured I would be dissapointed but this was nothing but impressive. I am a huge fan now. MASSIVE thanks to Kawa for delivering this outstandiing brew to me. Much appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
All this thing is missing is the logs on the fire and the cheesy Bing Crosby tunes. This is a perfect drink on a cold winter night, and those of you in Houston know exactly what Iím talking about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 2001, sampled at Great Divide Brewery (and then sampled again from fridge in Jan 05!). Just like I remembered...a very nice ale. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with an extremely small, fleeting head. Some fruit tones in the nose along with some brown sugar. Initial smell is that of plums. Taste is malty and rich with enough alcohol present to let you know its there, but blended in well. Flavors of dark chocolate, toasty malt, with a light coffee touch. Great mouthfeel. While not ’hoppy’, there is an enjoyable bitterness on the back end of this that tells you to slow down, sit back and savour this. Nicely balanced. I’ll have to save a few of these for the cooler months. Iíd like to try a bottle from 2004, just to compare the old and young versions.

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