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RATINGS: 1716   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (564) - 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 (193) - - 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 (789) - 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 (825) - 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 (441) - 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 (1178) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
Rödbrun med smutsvit skum. Doftar och smakar mycket karamellmalt, lite rökigt. Fyllig med lagom beska helt ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Deep orange brown pour, foamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, roast, sweet. Flavor of caramel, butterscotch, roast, fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (748) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (555) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1431) - 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.

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