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RATINGS: 1700   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


enotheque's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
enotheque (25) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
It’s a winner in every category-a memorable English farmhouse ale made for aged cheddars and roasts. My favorite aspect of this one is the balance between the fresh, bitter hops, malty molasses and anise spice flavors.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3722) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
6 fen 2016, tap. Brown and hazy. Nose is milk chocolate, alcohol, and a tad meaty. Ned/thin body and moderately fizzy. Milk chocolate and alcohol. Not too strong. Nice

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzy70 (345) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours light brown/reddish, small dissipating tan head. Aroma was malty and raisin. Taste was bitterness, malty. Slight alcohol burn.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Tap @ Angels Trumpet Ale House: Clear reddish-brown with an off-white head. Pleasant aroma of malts and mild spices. Anise noticed in flavor along with malts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quick3Beers (624) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours a dark copper-brown from a bottle. Rich, caramel aroma to match the color, along with a big boozy taste. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalspice (434) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2016
Klart rødbrunt med lavt, hvitt skum. Herlig duft med kaffe, mokkabønner, mørk karamell og noen ubestemmelige frukttoner. Markant bitterhet i smaken som består av grapefrukt, bitter sjokolade og kaffe. Denne satt!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (359) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Appearance: 2"+ tan head falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark reddish-brown. Plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma: rich roasted barley and a definite citrus rind hop background. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent, dry finish. Flavor: dark fruit flavors, raisins, caramel, and molasses along with citrus rind. Overall: very well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1551) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Pours a clear(!) deep brown to copper body, with a beige head that ends up as a partially covering film, good lacing. Malty, sweet and strong aroma of milk chocolate, chocolate sauce, lightly roasted malt, hints of hops and a light fruitiness, all upon a sugary background. Strong flavour of massive chocolate that lasts all the way into the aftertaste, dark caramel, roasted malt, generic fruits and citrus. A complex background of dark dried fruits, pine needles (especially in the long-lasting moderate to heavy bitter chocolate finish) and hints of rosemary. Moderate sweet initial taste. Medium body, smooth texture, very soft carbonation consisting of tiny bubbles. Brilliant!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1524) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark maroon, with an airy off white head. Aroma is roasted malts with bread, nuts and toffee, as well as caramel and kandi. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is roasted malts with bread, caramel and kandi, as well as nuts, leather, dark fruits, wood and fruity hops with citrusy notes. Lingering malty finish with dark fruity notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (280) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Dark mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head. Mellow malty aroma. Rich malty flavor with an earthy and slightly roasty character. Medium smooth body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1888) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Can - good size tan foamy head, dark brown color, big complex malty aroma and flavor, good earthy hop balance, mild alcohol notes, fairly smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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