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RATINGS: 1710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Dark red with strong fruity, spicy aromas. Flavors of dark fruits last for a while until a gradual bitterness appears. Finishes with a warm, dry flavor. Full bodied with an earthy sweetness overall. Alcohol is well contained and hardly noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Whoops. Some chunks fell out while I was pouring this. Made for a chunky, hazy chestnut-copper color. The aroma was very strange (particularly as it warmed) strong malty caramel backbone, light piney hops, and a distinct brine aroma the warmer it got. Odd. The flavor was more simple than I expected. Some maltyness marked with spicy and piney hops. Rather musty, with a hint of raison and alcohol. The body was the real disappointment. Watery and thin. Not terrible but certainly nothing Iíll have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle. Year bottled: 2004. Pours a hazy, chestnut brown with a small dark-khaki head. Roasty malts along with a good bit of caramel, chocolate and hops dominate the aroma. Initial taste is of RICH chocolatey malts and coffee. Very roasty and earthy. Finishes with some bitter hops and lingering dryness. Full-bodied. Almost doppelbockish if it werenít for the hops. Alcohol is almost completely imperceptible. I picked this up as an afterthought and didnít expect it to be so good. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours dark amber/brown, with a tan head. Aromas are hops, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, malt, caramel, and sone bitter hops. A little less hops would make this better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pleasant deep amber with ruby highlights, creamy head with excellent lacing. Aroma was a bit of milk chocolate, along with some sprucy hops, also pleasant. Flavor is nicely hop oriented, with big spruce and earth flavors intermingling over a caramel malt background. Medium bodied and surprisingly easy drinking. Delightful lingering bitterness. Highly enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Opaque-like glimmer of burnt reddish brown. Soft, medium-sized cap of dark tanned froth lathers the top. A residual light skim blankets the top once the cap fades as does a firm collaring. Small, wimsical fabrics of lace line the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Very caramel loaded. Dark malt base mainly with a lisp of roast. Some controlled burnt hop edges are within lending some chewy pine sap, fresh leafy cones, and grain sugars. Smidgeons of chocolate, plum, and dark cherry snoops in as it warms as does a bit of black malted alcoholic vapor. Taste has length with a long dark malt detainment of indifferent blackenedness. Caramel smooth underneath. Slight roast and heat attached sweetness trailing on and on to where smidgeons, as the aroma eluded to, of chocolate, plum, and cherry play its small part. Dark and peculiar. Bitterness holds off til late with a leafy roasted hop sap. Orange laced acids feather at the tonsils. It has a broad range of length, substantially so, but a bigger energy and character was needed to boost it to the next level of greatness for me. Perhaps here is where the problem lies as its body is a bit low and not as full or bold as I thought it was gonna be based off its aroma. A somewhat weaker medium body makes it seem solitary and conserved. Carbonation is nice. Solid smoothness with just the right amount of give for the style, aptly rough enough in areas, and the right amount of hints to the alcohol. One nice aspect of the Hibernation is its gradual warming feel that slips across your memory as you decide to open another. That, I liked. So, as it goes, this brew is not fully impressionable but has that satisfyingly casual appeal that makes for a nice experience and keeps a favorably easy drinkability to its disposition worthy of Great Dividesí reputation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Botlted. Pours reddish copper with a small lingering cream colored head. Also a tad hazy. Aroma is of resiny hops and sweet caramel and bready malt and spice. Flavor was very sweet of caramel hops and dried fruits (cherry?) and minimal hop flavor though the bitterness was quite pronounced. Iíve found this true of most American strong ales: lots of bitterness but little hop flavor. Mouthfeel was full bodied and thick and smooth but a tad bit overcarbonated. Similar to Double Bastard if I remember correctly and equally unimpressive though some age may make them blossom some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber orange body, creamy beige head. Lots of malt and some hop and spices in the aroma with tones of chocolate and dark fruit. Chocolate dominates the flavor. Malt, hop and spices also and a nice bitter end. Full bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Golden. Slightly hazy. Caramel flavour. Metallic finish. Some fruits in the finsih as well. Not very well-balanced nor elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Recieved in a trade with Kevin. The body is a very dark ruby with a large light tan head. The aroma is dry caramel and oak. There is also some There is also some fresh chocolate chip cookie aroma. The taste is rich milk chocolate with some light oak. There is also some brown sugar and caramel in the finish. A nice and smooth beer, especially for the alcohol level.

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