RateBeer
overall
98
97
style

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


whaleale's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Greatest of all the winter ales! Better each year. Only wish I could get it here in TN. Would love to try the barrel-aged ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (331) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reconqvista (169) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 18, 2015
Deep amber color with a light brown head. Aroma is hoppy with caramel notes, also grass and some wood notes. Flavor is crispy and dry, sweet and bitter from hops and some fruit. Strong bitter lasting end. Average body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (401) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottled 08/28/14. Pours chestnut molasses color, no head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, toffee, almost bourbon-barrel quality, vanilla. All malt. Flavor is caramel, toffee, vanilla, slight bourbon quality again comes through, very slight almost coffee bitterness quality. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (797) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2015
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Silky smooth on the tongue with a sweet malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Piw (270) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - APR 1, 2015
355ml Flasche. Dunkelbraun und naturtrüb. Minimale Schaumkrone. Aroma von Karamell und Kaffee. Malzig. Stark süsslicher Nachgeschmack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1326) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Old rating. Bronze colored. Big malts, sweet chocolate, some coffee, some dried fruit, nutty, tobacco. ABV hid fairly well, though big mouthfeel. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (783) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2015
Caoba oscuro, espuma beis. Aromas de chocolate, caramelo, toffee, vainilla y tostados. Inicio dulce de caramelo y cacao que pasa a un amargor tostado de intensidad media-alta que equilibra el trago muy bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
16.1.2015. Dark red-brown beer. Aroma of coffee, molasses, slight raisin and slight oak, plums. Tastes molasses, wood, raisin, oak, slight ethanol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bottled on Jan 05, 2015. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance has a ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head. It dissipated nicely leaving some nice stringy sticky lacing. The smell had a decent chocolate maltiness and a light coffee aroma. The taste was sweet and roasty through the malts. A light rolling roasty chocolate/coffee aftertaste leads into a sticky sweet/roasty finish. On the palate, this sat about a medium on the body. I’d say a good sipper but the alcohol isn’t felt. Overall, I’d say this was a good old ale for the style and for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (498) - - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma. Hops, and barley, nothing crazy, but nice. Appearance: Dark but bright, Bronze color. Medium white head. Taste: smooth ale. Some grasses and vegetable, but mostly malt flavored. Well balanced. Was perfect call with my cheeseburger. Feel: medium carbonation, smooth. Nice beer.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 165


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50