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RATINGS: 1700   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11166) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Cobber coloured. Light unclear. Light brown head. Caramel, hops and fruit in the aroma. Flavour is floral and dry. Hoppy and cocoa notes. Is sweet. Has a very fruity bitterness in the end. I quite like this. Great Divide make some very good brews and some awesome brews. This is one of the very good brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Sweet aroma with lots of fruits. Dry flavour. Very light. Rather bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Had a fruity plumb aroma. Body was dark brown but if held to light a ruby red color. Decent tan head with settiment floating arround in the glass. Sweet carmel candy flavor and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Rust brown color and light beige head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt, possessing a pleasant doughiness. Flavor is simply malt with some hops in the finish; not many nuances are present, perhaps a touch of green tea and Pepsi syrup. Starts out heavy yet thin in the mouth but leads to a strong microscopic carbonation. Certainly a rough and rugged beer, but simple in a thrown-together fashion. (Note to the lurkers: with this one, don’t try to get drunk based on the high abv, you’ll only get Sick)!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2717) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Small tan head, fair retention and a bit of spotty lace hangs on. Seriously hazy amber color. Piney, earthy nose with a touch of mint and caramel malts. Med/full body. Decent hop palate, minty, medium sweet malts, caramel and a touch grainy. Finish is mildly sweet. Thanks Brock_Landers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Lavicous rich ruby red pour, very murky and cloudy, yet beautiful. Topped with a very thin yellowish head. Fruity and fresh bright malt aroma. Great cherry and light toast aromas. Extreme caramel and light malt, backed with a touch of hops. Somehow one dimensional. Carbonation is light. Flavors aren’t complex, mostly a straight forward sugary malt backed with a touch of alcohol. Can’t really find anything creative to say about this beer. It’s warming and round, but not with mouch depth. I thought that I might cellar this, but I’ll pass. Palate is sugary, a little oily and quite satisfyingly coating. Some scotch notes and a little bit of background raisins and almonds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Dark ruby body, creamy light tan head, spotty lacing. Sweaty sweet fruit malt, some oaky hops in aroma. Flavor is a strong alcohol woody hops with some caramel malt to sweeten up the hop and alcohol. Peppery medicine-like finish with a touch of chocoate. Watery, dry, and slightly fizzy body. Its okay, and may be nicer as a winter warmer (which is its intent), but it lacks a great flavor that would make it good anytime.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma is malt, oak? dark cloudy brown. flavor is malty, with an unpleasant oak/medicine/tannin aftertaste. bleh. just too sweet and dense for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 [Vintage 2000, sampled October 2004] A deep red-brown beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet with loads of overripe fruits as well as slight hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and overripe fruit. This beer has really aged well - and definately improves by aging. [Vintage 2003 sampled September 2004] A hazy red beer with a nice creamy orange-brown head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy which also includes notes of hop-oils and grass. The flavor is sweet is quite spicy and contains notes of berries, prunes, and fruit in the start, which in the latter part is being overtaken by roasted almost smoked notes, to give it a dry end. [7/4/7/3/13]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle from 2002 purchased at the end of 2004 from Liquor Barn, Louisville, KY: pours a rich cloudy brown color with streaming carbonation. Light fluffy tan head. Big malt aroma at first with some caramel. Big malty flavor with hints of fruit, tobacco, and chocolate. The hops may have died down with this one since it was bottled but still very good.

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