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RATINGS: 1585   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Mahogony color, dissipating head that leaves some sticky lace. Aroma is estery/fruity with woody, resinous hops front and center. Candyish sweet maltiness, balanced (or rather, compensated for) by big hop flavors and a respectable bitterness. The assertive hops are not quite enough to scrub the cloying sweetness from the palate. Big full body. Pleasant, lingering finish. A bit like a Bigfoot Jr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
03'fresh bottle: Dark amber.Small head leaves patchy head. Very sticky lacing. Oh yeah,big malty aroma(nuts,toffee)with huge hops in the aroma as well. Thick mouthfeel. Silky texture,big body. Malts flavors right off the bat,up front. Cocoa powder,caramel/toffee,nutty malt flavors. Seems to be some smoke in there as well. Finish is malty,slightly hoppy. Good balance of hops/malt in the finish,but I would like a touch more hops. Even though it has killer spicy,hop burps.Kick ass winter beer! Well done!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick light beige head. Aroma and flavor have high malt with a bit of nuttiness and some caramel tones. Slight bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
Dark amber/brown with a very thick light tan head. Aroma is toasty and malty. Somewhat rich body, it started out strong with roasted malt and sticky sweet caramel and gradually phased into a more bitter hops and grapefuit presence. Good warmer to start but becomes almost too bitter by the end. Still the best from Great Divide I have tried so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2003
A nebulous mahogany color on the pour, the head planetary in size, frothy in texture, the color a light tan, as it evanesces, the lace formed is a thick and sticky sheet that seals off the glass. A hint of fusel alcohol, a bit of bubble gum, sweet malt, caramel, fresh and inviting, a real pleasure to sniff this one, start is sweet malt, the top middling in feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops straight forward in their spicy bite, dry and a real treat. A bit of alcohol warming as it hits the tummy, a fine beer at any rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2002 bottling. Robust malty, roasty aroma, slightly musty, with some brown sugar, cocoa and earthiness, modulated by a serious amount of citrusy, spicy hop, bringing notes of faintly tart grapefruit and pineapple. Cloudy, deep, dark red-brown color, with a lasting, creamy light tan head and copious lacing. Malty to start, some dark brown sugar sweetness and dusty chocolate, quickly met and overtaken by powerful, spicy, leafy hops, while the finish is bittersweet, long, drying and has the faintest suggestion of medicinal alcohol. Chewy palate, moderate amount of acidity, interestingly balanced and full bodied. Unique. Thanks a bunch to krisbierjager for this winter treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Beautiful aroma of roasted malts, stone fruits, spices and alcohol. A little licorice in there as well. Color is a gorgeous deep amber. Mild carbonation, but a big tan craggy head, that clings to the side of the glass. Big malty taste initially, followed by fruity notes. A slightly hoppy taste emerges in the middle to follow with a spicy finish that lingers but doesn't overwhelm. A nice balance that shows good complexity. Getting notes of tobacco and woody roots/bark as well. An exceptional winter warmer that stands out among the myriad of other winter beers. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Smells like raisins, very nice taste, more malty than hoppy but not much so. Dark reddish brown, rocky head. This beer has some really good character, I enjoyed it. The finish is just a little bit weak, but the alcohol is very well hidden; I had no idea it was 8.1%! This is the kind of beer that I would really like to buy in 40oz bottles. I bet they have this beer in 40oz bottles in heaven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5259) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Cloudy brown, thin brownish head. Apples. smoke and alcohol aroma. Woodsy earthy flavors, then wintery spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. It manages to be rich without being heavy. nice winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
a great, interesting, and easy to drink beer ... several interesting/fresh/light flavors but still malty in the finish ...

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