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RATINGS: 1719   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

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2687) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - FEB 29, 2012
On tap at Brew Kettle in Strongsville, poured into pint glass a: pours a dark amber, some what translucent s: roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate t: roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, light hop profile. m&d: medium body with decent carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1317) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown, hazy with a lightbrown head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and vanilla aroma. Medium sweet, light bitter, with a warm roasted and coffee end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2412) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
(Tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of roast, hint of chocolate liqueur; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2756) - NORWAY - OCT 4, 2016
Bottle enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown with a thick tanned head. Smell of toffee, bready malts, some hops, nuts and hints of toast. Medium sweet, roasted malts at first, then some toast and ash, toffee, dark malts and caramel. Moderate to medium bitter finish. A superb brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleJones (10) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2016
My favorite Great Divide offering and my favorite winter seasonal. Rich malty flavors with hops shining through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mice (815) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Hyvin tumma, punertavanruskea olut, joka vaahtoaa todella runsaasti. Vaaleanbeige tiivis ja pitkään säilyvä vaahto jättää myös kivasti pitsiä lasin reunoille. Houkuttelevassa tuoksussa humaloinnin mukanaan tuomaa eksoottista hedelmää ja havuisuutta, johon yhtyy paahteisuutta, kahvia ja suklaata kivalla, varsin toimivalla kombinaatiolla. Maku kahvinen ja karamellinen, mutta lyhyehkön alun jälkeen alan valtaa havuinen ja greippinen katkeruus ja jopa viskimäinen vivahdus, joka jyrää pitkällä jälkimaullaan muut alleen. Melko täyteläinen suutuntuma ja suupielet makeassa tahmassa samalla, kun suussa maistuu edelleen jykevän greippinen ja havuinen katkero. Aika jännä ja erikoinen kombinaatio. Vähän jopa turhan erikoinen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (462) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Brown/burgundy color. Aroma is nuts, caramel and fruit. Taste of caramel, butterscotch, fruit cake and some spice and yeast. Sweet taste with light bitter finish. Wonderful Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (1675) - ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond shop. Clear amber with a small head. Aroma of chocolate, toasted nuts and cookies. Sweet, caramel, malt, honey, cookies, toasted bread, roasted, bitter finish. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (1411) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Brownish-amber with brownish head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, herbs and nuts. Flavor of nuts, chocolate, light hoppy bitterness, caramel, sweetish, a bit alcoholic. Oily texture, medium to full-bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enteogenisk (155) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
(33 cl bottle in wine glass.) One of my first favorite craft beers which since then has declined a bit on the list since my taste buds has improved (or gotten worse..?). It has a full sweet chocolate character on both nose and mouth. Which is why I liked it in the first place. A bit too sweet and watery though for my evolved liking, hehe. But definitely a great brew.

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