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RATINGS: 1543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Coloradoís original strong ale -- it has been Great Divideís winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernationís 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (237) - - 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 (580) - 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 (27) - 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 (1917) - 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 (314) - 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 itís 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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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 (70) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2455) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, toast, brown bread, herbal, wood, pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, nuttiness, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, wood, light pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2142) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Orange body. Sweet rice pudding with a bit of hops. A nice beer. On tap at republic mpls.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1635) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
A really nice ale. Though I donít know why itís rated so high. Aromas of dark fruit and some spice. Similar sweet and malty flavors. Nice.


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