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RATINGS: 1738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Colorados original strong ale -- it has been Great Divides winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernations 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Quite a surprise for a American Strong Ale of this Magnitude. Its a strong syrup feel to it. the taste is over flowing with heavy caramel and overwhelming hops flavor. Even though its a strong beer it doesnt hit you hard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours a Mahogany brown with a thick, lasting head. The aroma is of roasted malts and caramel, with a slight, slight bit of hops. The flavor is semi sweet with a deep roastiness and a raisn character that is strong, yet hard to identify. Overall, pretty good, but not somethng Id go nuts trying to get again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown with a moderate cream colored head. Dark malty aromas of molasses, coffee and chocolate with dark fruit notes of plum and cherry. Flavors of rich dark malts-- molasses, brown sugar, with some good plummy notes throughout and a solid hop profile coming through on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden even in my 2006 bottle. Good stuff from a clearly skilled brewer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Ever so slightly hazy with a small, off-white head. Aroma of burned caramel. Medium body with very typically American, fat caramel malt and aroma hops without being very bitter. Somewhat biscuity. OK as such, just not very interesting. 050107

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark red body with a thin head at first but developed nicely (weird?). Aroma is of chocolate and malts and hops. Sweet flavor with a small chocolate taste that warmed the palate. Smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scania (188) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber with thick tan head. Aroma: Caramel, fruit and chocolate. Flavor: Starts with malt and caramel and has a long bitter finish with a lot of aroma hops. Very complex.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Carmel pour. Bourbon aroma. Slight antiseptic taste. Sweet spice taste and finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2883) - Finspng, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2007
[Bottle] Dark red-ish brown with a rich and creamy head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, toffee and meringue. Powerful, malty flavour with an oily hop and alcohol presence. The after taste is long and bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, redbrown beer, very fantastic caramell aroma, caramell-hop taste, very special,good special strong taste

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2007
Botle. Cloudy dark brown with white head. Nice aroma of raisins and roasted coffee. Feels nice in the mouth. Medium body. Some sweetness from the alcohol, it is quite strong (hick).


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