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RATINGS: 1655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Aroma - Spicy, hoppy Appearance - Dark Clear Amber-Brown, Light Head Taste - A mild, smooth, holiday beer; a little sweet and a little malt Palate - smooth finish, no bitterness Overall - Doesn’t taste as strong as the ABV indicates; a nice spicy holiday brew. I would prefer it just a little more malty. Great for once in a while but not an everyday beer.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2015
2012 bottle (I cant believe I never rated this before... had numerous times): Deep mahogany hue with a fizzy but mostly lasting head, spotty lace. Earthy rich bready malts, toffee and caramel apples, a hint of tobacco and wood with a splash of rocky minerals. Still some minty and herbaceous hop bittering left that should fade with more time. The mouth feel is not has heavy nor comporting as the best of the genre, seems too carbonated for an Olde Ale. Still this is a baby and should progress with 2 or 3 more years in the cellar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (614) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Tap at New Bohemia in Northeast Mpls. Bumped pint glass. Deep amber in color with really limited head. (Not a great pour) Aroma has hops and a nuttiness that is appealing. Little bit of tropical fruit. Taste leans towards the sweet side of the equation with a syrupy, dark fruit element. Slight bitterness at the end. Soft mouthfeel. Very solid effort. Taste has an enjoyable sweetness that really feels like it complements a cold, crisp night. Hibernation seems like the perfect name. I would cuddle up in my pajamas and drink this all night.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosskyle (130) - - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at New Bohemia. Dark red color with minimal white head. Sweet hoppy bitter mix aroma. Heavy body. Sweet hoppy upfront with a slight bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonshawn (608) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Tap at new bohemia in pint glass. Light mahogany color with small white head. Roasted malt and darker aroma. Sweet and sugary malt resin. Not exactly what I expected. Kinda sweet and pruny. Didn’t love it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (741) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2015
on tap. Brown in color with a small light brown head. Subtle boozy aroma. Medium bodied with smooth texture. A touch bitter and somewhat sweet with mostly malty flavor notes. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3266) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - dark reddish brown with off white head. Aroma and taste comprises sweet malts, dark dried fruits, some apricot, treacle, pretty complex brew, like this. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (251) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
Drank this last Christmas but have saved a few bottles, so why not crack a 355ml bottle tonight. Dark brown-black, slightly tan, creamy head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, it smells of dark syrup, apricot, leather and pine needles. Rustic flavor, roasted malt, sweet fruits, apricot, mango. Bitterness of chocolate and coffee. At the end, bitter from pine needles. Several great flavors, great enjoyment in this.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMCtime (70) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
Smooth and very chocolatey with a bit of coffee. Rich, matly and flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
20107589 (461) - randers, DENMARK - APR 21, 2015
caramel aroma, toast aroma, appear red/brown with a fine white head. taste light sweet, light bitter. average carbonation light sweet aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (460) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
Tap. Pours slight cloudy dark ruby bet with small creamy head. Aroma is toasty and fruity. Dark berries, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze. Some apples. Taste sweet, toasty malts, caramel, berries, milk chocolate and slight sour. Dry toasty finish. Low carbonation and some alcohol.


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