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RATINGS: 1543   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4206) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
This one poured a medium murky brown color with an off white head. Aroam was of coffee, roast, and dark fruits. Flavor was of roast, coffee, caramel, toffee, and cherries. INteresting beer and much more in depth than I was expecting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (280) - - JAN 29, 2014
Had in Scottsdale restaurant - too dark to tell color. Aroma was a malt bomb. Taste of malt, caramel and a touch of bitterness. Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishonmyplane (415) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Like most old ales, this is a tough one to put a finger on. Strong malt backbone, almost like a doppelbock, but also with a dry, bitter hoppiness. Some fruit sweetness (apricot?). Rich, heavy palate. Hints of oak and vanilla. Not really my thing. Flavor is forgettable and bordering on unpleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This beer was nothing like I had anticipated. The immediate aroma of fresh hops didn't correlate with the description as an "Old English Ale." Lots of malts, lots of fresh hoppiness and overall a great beer, however.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
levcool (18) - - JAN 21, 2014
Creamy malts blend well with subtle spices. Great for cold weather. Pair with chocolate.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2014
This English style Ale on first glance looks good. It has a dark reddish brown color with a thick tan head. When you pour it, it looks appealing. The appeal began to go down hill from there. This beer had a nutty yet very astringent aroma. I couldn’t quite place the smell and so I passed it on to my wife who laughed a little and said it smelled like nail polish remover. I could certainly smell the resemblance. So I took my first taste and that was all it took. It was malty, nutty, and heavy but it had a terrible astringent taste that truly could be compared to nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. This was a terrible beer that I couldn’t even finish. This is the worst beer I have had thus far. I would hope that I just got a bad batch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
villevav (210) - FINLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Tiheä vaahto, tumma samea ulkonäkö. Tuoksussa kahvia ja jotakin leivontamaustetta, olisiko kaardemummaa.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bygers (688) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a brown color, thin head. Aroma of tobacco and smoked barley. Flavors of fruits, alcohol, hint of honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (734) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2014
355ml bottle. Small beige yellow layer. Red brown color. Actually quite hazy red. Aroma is raspberries, plums, sugar and gooseberries. Taste is horse blanket, forest fire, leather and malty berries.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1232) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Brownish plum color. No idea what the taste is. But I wouldn’t describe it as an old ale. Maybe a light barleywine. I don’t know. It is ok. Nothing special


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