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RATINGS: 1699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (461) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish ruby red with a mostly fading light beige soft head. Aroma of caramel, golden syrup, malty, copper, earthy. Taste is of caramel, red fruits, earthy, spice, dark fruits, hint of liquorice, bitter metallic flavours on the finish. Heavy foamy to oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (206) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
Flaska från SB, troligtvis ett år gammal. Julölsprovning med Nerikes Ölsällskap. Djupt rubinröd i färgen med bieget gräddigt skum. Maltig doft, mörkrost med tillhörande syra, torkad frukt och choklad. Tung kropp med bra beska redan från början, uppbackad av en grymt malttung grund. Något kryddig. Funkar bra med en bit mörk choklad till. Ganska torr och lätt rökig. Blir intressant att se hur den blir efter ytterlige ett år eller två.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (1014) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2015
’Tis the season for robust, dark brews. Great Divide Hibernation is exactly the kind of elixir you need to get in the spirit. Hibernation pours garnet with a finger of light tan head - gorgeous. Aroma of toasted malt with a hint of alcohol sugar. Caramel, chocolate, syrup, and buttery toffee on the tongue. Body is exceptionally smooth and rich. Hibernation certainly speak to the English style of Old Ale. The alcohol is very well hidden under the malty sweetness. You don’t really taste/smell/feel much of the booze. It’ll sneak up on you, though. Not to milk the Hibernation theme too much, but one bottle of this was enough before my ass was ready for bed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
355 mL bottle. Coppery in colour, with a film of head. Very meaty/malty in the nose. It manages to smell big without a whiff of booze. There is a little booze in the flavour, which adds some complexity. This one is, I don’t know, a cross between a doppelbock and an alt. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1115) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 Poured from bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and gas. Good lookin deep mahogany with lacing tan head. Getting the caramel malt flavor along with hops, vanilla, banana and spice. Just a hint of alcohol. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abergdahl (154) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Nice malty sweetness in the aroma with burnt overtones, clear hints of cacao.. Almost black and head dies down rather quick, but there is a light brown thin top left. Taste is complex, a lively first feel, some sweetness, a bit of caramel, nice bitterness and a long lingering finish with a warm and cocky feeling, well needed on a dark November evening. Great beer..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (655) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
Flaska från SB. Mörkt rödbrun med beige skum. Söt doft av karamell och torkad frukt. Smak av karamell och kola med litw beska.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (243) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours dark reddish brown with a small thin tan head. Nose is must, toasted and malty. Taste is leather with a porter feel to it. This is certainly not my favorite example of the style. Not bad but there are many better beers out there.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kyle77 (44) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2015
From site: 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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Humlehode (400) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
Pours clear amber with small off white head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, biscuit, coffee. Full bodied, smooth and well balanced. Low bitterness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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