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RATINGS: 1645   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5368) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2015
355ml bottle from ,I think, cornelius. Pours clear nut-brown, long-lasting off-white head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, hazelnuts. Taste is nutty more cocoa, light almond booze hit. Warming finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (392) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Nice big malty hoppy swamp with bready,funky, almost Belgian overtones. Great rich lacing. A beast but real smooth like. Top drawer from GD as ever here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (354) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Hibernation pours a deep reddish plumb with a thick creamy beige head that lasts a long while. The aroma is earthy wood, molasses, floral and caramel. The flavor is molasses, caramel and earthy wood initially with a bit of floral hop and bread tucked away in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
c1raider (55) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Great ale! Carmel, malt, hops, and dash of cherry in the nose. Body encapsulates all except the cherry. Smooth, balanced, and mildly carbonated. Would buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11960) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2015
Not sure how I was missing this one... Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus, 8.7%. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, chocolate, dark fruits, oak, medium sweet, hop, little plume, little dry, little vanilla, hop and medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1155) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
330ml bottle, dark brown pour with a small head.. Chocolate malt and burnt caramel. Lacking a bit of complexity in the middle with lingering burnt caramel with balance from earthy hop. Finish is light bitter. Body is full, texture, with soft carbonation. Drinks nice and easy for the strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4028) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Brown. Sips a smokey choc, but then broadens out into a sticky bark malt breather. Nice sweetness and controlled booze on finish. Deceptively complex. Good stuff. Nice to try a really proficient malt-led beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
como (239) - POLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Tap. Czarne jak w?giel. Piana obfita, g?sta, drobna, bardzo mocno znaczy szk?o. Armaty kawowe zakrywaj? wszystko. smak s?odki o niskiej goryczce, bardzo du?o nut palonych - czekolada, kawa, tosty. Bardzo dobre, ?wietnie u?o?ony alkohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2682) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle, 13C. Deep brown with a fat coat of beige head. Rich nutty aroma with chocolate, toasty caramel, some dried fruit, oranges and herbs. Intriguing, fairly boozy. On the full side of medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Sweet and malty with more caramel than chocolate or nuts. Lacks a bit of bottom end rumble. Fairly firm bitterness slides through. Some bitter oranges, licorice and spices at the end. Smells great, lacks a bit of presence and character in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (601) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2015
Chestnut brown color, beige head. Toffee nose, brown sugar, fruit, dates, raisins, coffee. Sweet taste, caramel malt, alcohol, yeast, hint of chocolate, bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

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