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RATINGS: 1571   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkbachman (179) - - DEC 9, 2012
Bitter aroma reminiscent of an old ale. First sip presents bitterness but smooths out to finish with chocolate and raisin notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyo1 (260) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. BF 2013-10, aged two years. Pours a brown liquid with a tan head. Aroma is dominated by round roasted notes, delicate milk chocolate and coffee with balancing fruity raisins, caramel & syrup, hints of herbs. A bit vineous. Smooth mouth feel with medium to big body, refreshing carbonation. Roasted, sweet and fruity taste with chocolate, coffee, vinous raisins, plums, toffee, malty sweetness, caramel, spices, orange, licorice. Hints of vanilla and leather. Warming alcohol. Lasting balanced and assertive bitterness, and lingering notes of orange zest, raisins and soy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MSBrindbergs (412) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Flaska från SB. Mörk rödbrun vätska med ljusbrunt skum. Doftar rostad malt och kaffe. Kraftig beska möts av en fin chokladsötma. Något alkoholstark eftersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (169) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a thick beige head. Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate and dark fruit. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, spices. Finishes with sweet dried fruit, vanilla and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Sweet, rich and bold. Very, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wihlan (313) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Flaska från systemet - En väldigt maltig doft. Mörkbrun med beigt skum. Brända toner som påminner om en stout. Värmen från alkoholen känns i eftersmaken.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gaultier (450) - SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 21/11-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Chocolate, fruity/overripe fruit, notes of toffee, barrel aged character. Taste: Chocolate, notes of overripe fruits and toffee, sweet. Body is medium, the finish is bitter with notes of chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1940) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2014
On tap at Hamilton's in San Diego. Aroma is malty caramel. Flavor is burnt toast and caramel. Very curious beer. Bitter. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (375) - Bend, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bread crust, burnt sugar, candied citrus, sticky toffee pudding, raisin, date.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (215) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle (12oz $2): Murky brown with one finger tan head. Can’t figure out what I am tasteing other than its rich and a good balance of malt and hops with slight bitterness in the end. Very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (140) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Poured from the bottle of a six pack to the pint glass. Looks brown with a twinge of red, not much foam, smells sweet. The commercial description of "malty richness" is accurate. I taste some hops, and is not overly sweet, which I like. Won’t spend a lot of time trying to categorize this one, will just say that it is good. Gets extra points for being extra strong. Four or five of these and I’ll be headed into hibernation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yobbeer (1) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
pours dark amber. Very interesting soil/peat moss nose. Toasted malt aroma comes through as it warms in the glass. Taste is dominated by toffee and licorice. With this the winter will be easy to get through.


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