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RATINGS: 1546   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bygers (736) - 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 (773) - 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 (1277) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (259) - - JAN 13, 2014
Pours dark cloudy brown with thin tan head. Aromas of brown sugar and cinnamon. Tastes of sweet, roasted malts and hints of honey. Really nice seasonal ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LetsGoState (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Appearance is small tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is on the sweet side. Taste is nice roasted malts. Overall a very solid winter beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oly (35) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Strong malty aroma with sweet fruits, honey, and a bit of spice. Taste is driven by toffee and caramel sweetness with a touch of woody bitterness at the end. More carbonation than I expected in the palate, at a bit too much for my liking. Overall, a very nice warming winter beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (1989) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma is malts, dried fruit, toffee and a hint if citrus. Taste is malts, caramel, spices, fruit and chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle. Copper with a decent beige head. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, hops. Sweet taste with some bitter hops. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sweet warming finish with slight bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ARH (369) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into brandy snifter. It starts out with the sweet smell of vanilla and chocolate, with a touch of butterscotch, with perhaps a note of earthiness to it. As the head recedes, the aroma morphs into something more similar to ripe, tart dark red cherries with some woody notes (maybe some raisin in there too?). A deep, dark cranberry coloring to the beer stands out (although it’s probably more mahogany, but the fluorescent lighting is playing tricks on me) with a tan head that sits atop the beer as a moderate to thin film with some sparse lacing. A moderate sweet-tartness is most noticeable, in moderate amounts, with some light toasty, woody notes. After a little time, some hop bitterness pokes through along with a touch of sour cherry. An average amount of carbonation keeps the beer relatively medium to light bodied, although it definitely has a slightly syrupy quality to it. There’s a mild aftertaste consisting mainly of toasted malt with some dark chocolate and floral notes. By mid-glass, this taste changes into a smooth caramel with some light spice - the floral notes are still present. There’s a pleasant warming quality to this beer at the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisFields (71) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours an amber brown with a very thin film of a head. Aroma is malty, sweet dark fruits and nuts. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, and a slight bitterness with just a touch of warmth from alcohol. Pretty nice ale for the winter months. I like it.


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