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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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (386) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Appearance: 2"+ tan head falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark reddish-brown. Plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma: rich roasted barley and a definite citrus rind hop background. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent, dry finish. Flavor: dark fruit flavors, raisins, caramel, and molasses along with citrus rind. Overall: very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1714) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Pours a clear(!) deep brown to copper body, with a beige head that ends up as a partially covering film, good lacing. Malty, sweet and strong aroma of milk chocolate, chocolate sauce, lightly roasted malt, hints of hops and a light fruitiness, all upon a sugary background. Strong flavour of massive chocolate that lasts all the way into the aftertaste, dark caramel, roasted malt, generic fruits and citrus. A complex background of dark dried fruits, pine needles (especially in the long-lasting moderate to heavy bitter chocolate finish) and hints of rosemary. Moderate sweet initial taste. Medium body, smooth texture, very soft carbonation consisting of tiny bubbles. Brilliant!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1715) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark maroon, with an airy off white head. Aroma is roasted malts with bread, nuts and toffee, as well as caramel and kandi. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is roasted malts with bread, caramel and kandi, as well as nuts, leather, dark fruits, wood and fruity hops with citrusy notes. Lingering malty finish with dark fruity notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (364) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Dark mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head. Mellow malty aroma. Rich malty flavor with an earthy and slightly roasty character. Medium smooth body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2065) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Can - good size tan foamy head, dark brown color, big complex malty aroma and flavor, good earthy hop balance, mild alcohol notes, fairly smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is tame and leans toward caramel. Flavor is richer with a lightly roasted blend of brown sugar, chocolate, and light hop tones. finish is quick and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (256) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Mycket mörkt rubinröd, medelstort skum. Maltsöt lite kryddig doft med inslag av apelsin och kryddor. Smaken är lite kärvt träig med knäcksötma, bränt socker, apelsinskal, ingefära samt en lång fin efterbeska. En suverän Old Ale med julig karaktär.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (276) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2015
On tap at the Foundry. I’ve enjoyed this previously and was sorry to see it leave as a seasonal, but with the current proliferation of porters, stouts and darker strong seasonal ales, this one seems now to get lost in a tsunami of newer and better brews. It’s still fine, quite malt heavy and hop bitter as well. Not well rounded, however, and despite the ABV, it tastes like an over the top porter. Possibly I just don’t understand what an old ale is, or possibly that’s just some vague delineation describing brews that don’t really fit conveniently into any more well known category. Time for more research.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (1153) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 28, 2015
Tasting session, thanks to Tibor Rebak from Brewdog. Dark brown body with a mahogany tinge. Slim to none off white head. Heavy malt and nut flavored taste up front. Mild sweetness in the background. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (530) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
330ml bottle. Rather hazy redish brown with beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dried fruits, grapefruit, apricot marmelade and chocolate. Taste of toffee, caramel, chocolate, bitter orange marmelada and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel, light-medium carbonation and bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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