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RATINGS: 1662   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (84) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours dark caramel with light medium tan head, light lacing. Aroma of burnt caramel and spice. Smooth, light bitter middle and lingering finish. Medium body and strong burnt caramel flavor. Pretty good beer.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hikeg (64) - - AUG 15, 2015
Pours red amber with big creamy head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate, resin hops, liquorice, nuts and rasberry. Flavor is medium to heavy malts, medium bitter, pleasant finish but rather short. Body is medium, palate is oily, carbonation is average. Very pleasant, clear distinctive taste. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9510) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Thought this was a winter seasonal but recently found a single, dark amber pour, nice big tna head. Aroma is earthy, very old-school, earth, herbs, grass, dark fruits. Flavor is medium boozy, toasted malt, earthy tones, light hint of cocoa and roast, this is killer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rich71 (81) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2015
Donker bier met veel alfohol. Warme smaak met veel hop. Apart bier maar erg fijn !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5466) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Easy drinking with lots of thick malt. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Caramel and hint of smoke. Light sweet finish. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (3068) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to richthevillan. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of caramel and brown bread. Taste is sweet malts, ; caramel and a touch of spice with a little treacle. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4665) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Brewdog Birmingham; dark copper pour with a thin tan head, aroma has some dark malts, smoke, some nutty action, toffee apple.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (686) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Rich nut and mild chocolate aroma. Dark brown body with a mahogany tinge. Slim to none off white head. Heavy malt and nut flavored taste up front. Mild sweetness in the background. Clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6474) - 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 (695) - 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 (185) - - 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


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