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RATINGS: 1554   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Rudy chestnut color with a small thick tan head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Flavors of dark chocolate, toasty malt, slight coffee and roasted pecans. Alcohol comes out along with the bitterness as it warms and in the finish. A decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Malty, strong, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in there. Hoppy finish, but not too much so. It tasted like several beers mixed together, actually, and doesn’t really even imitate the other English strong ales I’ve tried, which is a good thing for the most part. Quite roasty, toasty malt compliments the rest of the tastes and produces a very good beer. I didn’t realize this was 8.1 percent ABV, so it must have been well-hidden. A nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Well done! This beer was perfectly balanced...great malt taste full of flavor that isnt overpowering....complimented by hoppy finish....great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Year produced ’01: Pours with a thin head on a ruby colored body. Slight alcohol aroma, with some malty toffee tones. Smooth mouthfeel and excellent malt flavors. The muted hops add a nice finish. Thanks legion242!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2002
This has a really nice redish color, malty aroma. I was surpised to learn of the high alcohol content - no alcohol aroma or taste. It has a slight caramel taste. I could certainly drink a bunch of this and hibernate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2002
The sap is flowing, the snow is melting, the reddish tinge of buds on trees ... A month or two ago this would have been fine fireside, nodding ale - now its lively alcohol presence and malty power announce an end to Hibernation. Love the ominous rumble of the closing hops! This thing will bring you wide awake and into spring in a hurry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
This is definitely a warmer. Roasty, alcohol aroma. Roasted malt really comes through in flavor. A decent strong ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2002
Very strong initial aroma of alcohol. Flavors are toffee, caramel, and alcohol. There is also a very distinct ’old ale’ flavor to this. It is a little thinner in body than bell’s third coast old ale, but is pleasant nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rshutes99 (1) - wallis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2001 does not count
Nice full flavored ale. Hints of caramel and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2001
Has a roasty, coffee-like smell that’s very inviting. Frothy tan head with a beautifully clear, deep-red mahogany color. Trappist Ales Rule’s ’chewy hops’ description hit the nail on the head. Assertive mouthfeel. Very roasty & toasty, and sort of nutty. Loved the rich coffee hints. Quite the throat warmer also. I really enjoyed this beer... thanks to T.A.R.

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