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RATINGS: 1748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2011
winter spices,caramel and chocolate dominate the aroma unusual and very inviting..wine like red color with a bit of brown thin beige head some lacing...caramel,ginger,nutmeg, raisin,slightly peppery spice and piny hops again very unusual but real good..warm and smooth on the palate slightly dry aftertaste..overall this is the first time ive tried it but its instantly one of my favorite winter seasonals


3.3
ozzatoadisback (208) - ITALY - NOV 17, 2017
Pours a slightly murky dark copper with a couple of fingers of off-white head. Quite lively and complex aroma. Caramel malts, raisins/figs and slightly citric fruitiness, slight alcohol warminess and a bit of spiciness among a quite strong resinous feel. Taste follows the aroma, with an overall less clean and maybe less vivid profile, with some earthiness to it. Overall this is quite strong in both sweetness and bitterness. Medium to dense bodied with average carbonation. All in all an intense and quite interesting beer, though not too refined in my opinion.

3.2
heman (1200) - Tychy, POLAND - NOV 9, 2017
Barwa brunatna, piana kremowa, lekko zdobiąca szkło. Aromat średnio-intensywny, mało złożony. Dominują ziemiste aromaty chmielu i karmelowo-melasowe tło. W smaku pełne, słodkie, karmel, melasa, tosty. Finisz to średnia ziemista goryczka i lekko rozgrzewanie alkoholu.

3.8
EerieDrinks (301) - Malm�, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2017
2 finger, cream head. Deep, dark ruby coloured beer.

Aroma is fresh coffee beans, raisins, wooden barrel, dark whole wheat bread, dark chocolate and a light note of citrusy hops.

Taste is roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark rye bread, soil, barrel characteristics and light citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a medium, roasty bitterness. Rather high carbonation for such a big beer but it definitely works!

Overall: Honestly leans more in the direction of a heavy Porter. Lots and lots of roasted notes and not much of the typical dark fruits. Very rich in maltiness however and that makes this a really nice winter warmer.

3.4
markextrae (4485)
- Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2017
From bottle, caramel, toffee notes and dark fruits, Dried plums, cookie dough and malt sweetness.

3.8
daje (4535) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
Bottle, november 19th 2016. Dark mahogny body with a small tanned head. Aroma is malty with coffee, chocolate cake and dough. Taste os bittersweet and big, sweet fruits and pine, with a lasting chocolate and earth/dark fruit aftertaste. Good one!

3.4
mieszal92 (407) - Gliwice, POLAND - OCT 10, 2017
Smakuje fajna kwaskowata robusta, nugatem, pachnie solą? Trochę zbyt wodniste i trochę za mało ciała. Karmel. kopiko bez mleka. Śmieszne piwko, tym bardziej, że nie ma w składzie kawy...

3.8
Cybuch (569) - Muszyna, POLAND - OCT 10, 2017
W aromacie bardzo fajnie kawowe, palone. Barwa bursztynowa, piana drobna, skapa. W smaku kawa, lekko kwasna, palonosc na srednim poziomie. Bardzo fajna cialo. Troszke za wysokie wysycenie. Swietna kawa, nie spodziewalem sie tego. Jest sztosik.

3.8
Moebbels (817) - FINLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Very dark copper color with minimal head. Sweet and malty nose with syrup, cookie, allspice and caramel aromas. Full and sweet flavor with a strong bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Medium carbonation and rich but drinkable palate. Very nice and well balanced big beer.

2.9
Diabobale (541) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2017
Color marrone carico con riflessi dorati. Schiuma biancastra,cremosa e persistente. Al naso melassa e orzo bimbo, lieve ossidazione. In bocca melassa e lieve erbaceo. Corpo strutturato, vellutato e quasi mieloso. Amaro sul finale.

4.2
drmet (1026) - GERMANY - JUL 7, 2017
L: -pours a clear ruby red with a medium,foamy,sand-coloured head -low to medium carbonation visible S: -coffee,rye bread,pine,licorice,raisins,maple syrup T: -Follows the nose+plums+nutty+toasty -high bitterniss for the style F: -low to medium carbonation -light to medium body -alcohol noticeable O: More along the lines of an American Brown Ale than an English Old Ale. Great Beer though.


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