philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Hibernation Winter Ale--2003 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV? (2.5 / 5.0) No head. Hazy ugly amber brown color. Huge sediment. Yeasty mild roasted hop spice front. Sweet thick creamy flat roasted fruit spice yeasty mild biscuit body. Warm mild hop spice unbalanced end. Sick!! Sampled 1/10/2004.
Hibernation Winter Ale--2004 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV? 45 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0 ) Rich lacy head. Clear bright dark ruby red color. Rich winter spice hop front. Rich sharp sweet tangy spicy roasted caramel cherry malty body. Mellow fruit ester sediment. Hot hoppy malt spice end. Sampled 6/10/2005. Very inconsistent quality in all Bear Creek Brews! 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2005
22oz bottle. Slightly murky brown sugar and caramel colored with a tan toasty head. The nose offers an assortment of bready Christmas-like aromas: nutmeg is strongest, but caramel, graham cracker and cinnamon are present, as is a sweet thick apple and pear scent. Flavor is pretty much spot on with the aroma: some apples and cinnamon, heavy nutmeg, light honey as well. Texture is moderately thick, smooth and syrupy, heavy on the tongue, finishing with a nice, even woody aged character. I liked this one quite well. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2005
I really want to like this brewery...
Pours a mahogany with a decent head and some nice lacing.
Aroma is very spicy, as in lots of spices; nutmeg, cloves...with malt and...apples? Gotta keep reminding myself of the style and not compare this to other standard Winter styles.
Flavor is interesting. Definately spicy, as in it’s almost like drinking mulled cider with a beer kicker. Very fruity, also, as in apples, bananas, some raisins and dates.
Palate is full, for sure. The spices don’t wash down quite as I would like so it’s almost cloying. Overall... You know, I gotta admit, it grows on you a bit. I hated the first few sips but it’s really not bad at all - given the style listed here.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Smells mostly of fruit and cloves with some roasted malts, although not al-together pleasing due to its thin nature. The cloves, nutmeg, or whatever other holiday spices are in there carry over into the flavor, but fails to hold up respectfully against the malt. Too much of a good thing here, good holiday spirit, just decorated to the point where it becomes tacky. Over all, the cloves and spices are strong enough that it ruins the solidity of the beer. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Spicy, musky aroma. Light copper color. Taste is all cloves and spices. Came off very minty, to the point that it was a little overdone. Almost toothpaste-like in taste. I see what they were trying to do with this, I just think it went a little too far.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle pours a deep red caramel, medium foamy sand colored head, minor bits floating about, with fairly attractive lacing. Huge amounts of orange peel and clove in the aroma. Hints of holiday spices, nutmeg and cinnamon are also present. Heavily spiced, with spice, spice, and MORE spice. A bit overdone me thinks. Other than that, lots and lots of orange peel. Decent body and mouthfeel, but its really hard to tell whats underneath this one. Spices are nice, but its a tad overspiced. Finishes, you guessed it, spicy! TimE (6275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2004
Wooo mama, this one suprised me. Deep deep brown color. A full nose of apples, cinammon and a hint of cloves. The inital sip set me back. FULL BODIED and sweet. A heavy beer to say the least. Apple, caramel flavours dance across the tounge, leading to a hearty malty sweet finish. A DEFINETE Winter beer. Not overly complex, but no the less damn solid. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Dark murky brown color. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and bananas in the nose. Heavy on sweet flavors that include, cinnamon, bananas, and candy. Somewhat light to medium bodied with an oily texture on the palate. No carbonation. A short and sweetly flavored finish. hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Dark and thick, this cinnamon, cherry, sweet drink calls to mind an "old-fashioned" -- the whiskey drink. While it is not my favorite style (sorry I don't know how to classify the style), I have enjoyed this beer immensely. It is definitely worth a try if your out for something dark and sweet. Also, it has a similar flavor to the "Twin Creeks Ale", also produced by Bear Creek.