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RATINGS: 1715   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle from 1998. Pour is dark brown and murky w/ much sediment. Smooth tan head. Nose of tart bread and malt, some light apple notes. Taste is some dry chocolate, dates, caramel, and a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Definately a bit too much to drink on a hot, himid evening in washington d.c. This was fairly decent, quite a bit better than most winter seasonals Iíve experienced, although the only one I bought in the summer. Thatíll teach me. Definatly has some powerful flavors in here, donít mesh great together, but it gets the job done. I would definately reccommend this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
12 oz. bottle, from 1998: Think that this one may have been in the bottle a bit too long. Found it a smaller beer store that doesnít appear to pay much attention. Poured a darker orange/brown with a receding white head. Aromas were very sweet darkerk fruits and caramel. Flavor was very light and clean, not a whole lot there, watered down caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2144) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2003 bottle - pours out almost black in color. taste is sweet, somewhat hoppy, and malty. almost like drinking a stout is what i originally thought. upon first drink, it was too cold, so i let it sit for about 20 minutes before drinking again, and my what a great brew this turned out to be. one of great divides better beers - still cant compete with their big beers though - but its the best 12 oz bottle from them you can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
2004 Bottle. Pours mahagony with a frothy light brown head and lined spotty lacing. Caramel chocoalate sweet maple malt (meal) with alocohol notes and, well almost a bread pudding aroma, and ends with a fruity hop nose. Bitter caramel malt alcohol and sweet chocolate malt body with a warm acidic dry finish. Full body and creamy palate that then finishes dry.

   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 (1550) - 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 (1764) - 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 (3737) - 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.

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