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RATINGS: 1710   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingaugusta (181) - 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 (195) - 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 (271) - 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 (897) - 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 (444) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Roger60 (167) - - DEC 25, 2015
SB beställning, flaska. Frisk humle med bröd och kött kanske skinka men rökt. Mer bränd rostad än rökt. Stadig kropp med jämnhet . Inget hål i mitten.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (765) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Dark amber color with a fairly big tan head. Aroma is biscuity. Taste is sweet caramel, bready, raisins, a bit of hops bitterness and some booze. Aftertastes is remnants of the caramel sweetness and a tiny bit of hops bitterness. Pretty darn good, even though I’m not a big fan of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (645) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle Amber, clear white head Aroma of candy, orange, Taste sweet, alcoholic, orange and hint of bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aronvarga (440) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle. Caramel, malty and earthy aroma, clear, dark reddish brown colour, long-life small beige creamy head, medium body, soft carbonation, sweet caramel taste, bitter metallic and alcoholic taste. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alkolas510 (1114) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
Rödbrun med smutsvit skum. Doftar och smakar mycket karamellmalt, lite rökigt. Fyllig med lagom beska helt ok

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