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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Pours a dark red, with a brown hue. Small tan head. Aroma of "kitchen cleaner", and cherries, pine. Flavor is malty. Caramel, semi- sweet choclate. Alcohol/acidic aftertaste. Very nice. Thanks to JPDipso for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle: Brown with ruby highlights, fizzy tan head. Aroma is pine, bark, caramel, bitter hops. Taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, sweet malts. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2005
This is a big beer. Aromas were really dense. Lots of carmel and piney hops in the nose. The body and flavors are just a bit too heavy for me. Sweet, almost syrupy. Finishes like a mouthfull of pine needles. Decent beer, but just a little over teh top for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Hop aroma. Dark brown with almost no head. Flavors of hop bitterness and sweet malty goodness, and a low key wood flavor. Heavy palate. Lacks complexity, but does hide the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Without any details I could put away a half dozen of these on any given day and be quite jolly. I mean, this is delicious! Calling winter warmer lovers: I dare you to find another better... Call it a strong ale, whatever, itís released for winter consumption. Regarding specifics: Polished cherry wood, splippery on the glass, excellent on the palate, and quick on the wit. Short on aroma, but long on the finish. Mucho maltiness, great divide on the palate with appropriate hoppiness. I love what Great Divide does for me in the winter time. Check out their old Ruffian, too. After one sip this beer sits in the glass like a fine lady standing up and inviting you into the bedroom. You gonna enjoy that just once? Come again, I want it 6 times repeated at least. Get yourself a sixer too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Pours dark mahogany with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is rosted malt and spices. Initial malt taste finishes all spice. Good lacing. Smooth beer but the flavor disappeared at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2005
I poured this brew from a twelve ounce bottle into a twenty-two ounce glass, and the creamy, light tan head still almost overflowed. This clear but dark, reddish-brown ale has a rich, roast malt aroma coupled with a spiciness and an herbal hop bitterness. The flavor is loaded with malts, spices, and nuts. Itís got a dry, bitter, and mildly alcoholic finish that makes me want to pour another. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 (Rating update of 2005 batch is forthcoming - hang tight.)

Huge off-white head - when I finished pouring, it was about an inch thick. Then it took on a life of its own and expanded to about two inches tall, with the top of the head pocked with craters. The head seemed to trap the flavor and preserve the taste and carbonation so that each sip was as fresh as the first. Very lively beer. Smelled malty and sweet, with traces of dry hops and spices, which I couldnít discern individually. I could also smell the alcohol. Deep taste; nutty, roasted almonds and bold, reminding me of wood bark or an open air bonfire. You can taste the alcohol but it isnít overpowering. Finish is marked by a dry/bitter aftertaste with a chocolatey/caramel feel to it. Very good beer. Very hearty, very thick. Me likes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Very dark ruby-brown body with a thick creamy light tan head. No lacing. Sweet dark cherry / gingerbread malt head the aroma followed by dry, eathy hops. The flavor is where this beer really shines in its dark, sweet murky way. Starts with a woody cask essence giving it an old, aged feel. Then thereís chocolate/molasses malt with sweet cherry sweetness that gives way to hop and alcohol flavors. The hops seem kind of Saazy, but in an aged musty way. Thereís two parts to the finish, a dry woodyness layered over chocolate malt. Hop aftertaste and belches. Satisfying, creamy mouthfeel.

What a great beer! I had no idea this stuff even existed until the guy at the store (Brennanís in Brookfield) suggested it. He said "itís drinking real good right now", what a great way to sum up this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
Dark red in colour with a nice lasting head. Sweet caramel malt aromas along with notes of floral hops. A fantastic flavor progression: caramel malts, giving way to dark fruit, followed by chocolate, and finally a resiny hop bite. A lasting finish too. Probably the best beer of this style that Iíve ever had. Well done!

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