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RATINGS: 1759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
A: pour produces a gorgeous, enticing cranberry red bronzed color, with a minor cream-colored head that disappears quickly and leaves barely any lacing. S: smells of toasted malts, deep roasted caramel and sweet bread. In other words, delicious. T: this beautiful strong ale tastes as good as it smells, with some robust sweetness up front that quickly evolves into a nice smoked finish. The beer is not as sweet as it smells but more balanced, which IMHO is a good thing. As it warms a bit, some savory fruit flavors appear, though theyre not at all overwhelming. Just a bit of raisin here and there. M: considering the beers aroma and flavor, this is much lighter on the palate than one might expect, slightly chewy and just full-bodied enough to remind you its a strong ale. D: not quite a session beer (the 8.10% ABV sees to that), but a very easy to drink beer. Id definitely drink this one again. And again.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a amber with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, fruit, and roast. The flavor is roast, fruit, and hops. Decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2007
The pour is dark bronze in color beneath a bit of orangeish beige foam. Aroma is caramel, dates, cherries, and a lot of wood. Flavor is much the same with a dry texture of cinnamon, finishing with a syrupy alcoholic cough syrup sensation. Theres hints of bright fruity character evident maybe from the dry hopping, which might be the only thing that keeps this from tasting completely English. A favorable warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3420) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
This is a good American Strong. I poured this and was delighted at the dark amber before me. The aroma was caramel and malt all the way. At first swig I thought it was a porter but after swallowing I was assured this was different. Remember the candy Sugar Daddy-s? Liquify one of those and that is what you have here. Sweet and to the point.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5739) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
First let me say I dont care much for the american strong ale style, but I am interested in trying this one. Since it is from great divide I have high hopes for the flavor. Too often the strong ales cant cover the amount of alky present. Pours ruby brown transparent red in my steeler stein. Very little brown head that fades rapidly. Has a rather sweet aroma in the background that is typical of a strong ale. Nice stream of carbonation each time you take a sip. The flavor is overwhelming with alcohol. Like most beers with a high alky content it is a bit ruff and unrefined. Carbonation on the tongue is below average and this stuff leaves a lasting bitterness on the palate that just will not go away. You know you were drinking something offensive when you down this brew. Im not sure how somebody could rate this so high and then turn around and slam the average cheap american malt liquor, they fall in the same flavor class. Will not buy again, way too much for my girlie taste buds. Bitter beer lover probably think this is great stuff. Finish is lingering astringent and medicine like. I give it an overall rating of 6 only because of its buzz potential.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (6019) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Odd that it wins awards as an Old English ale and is categorized as an American strong. smells great, like caramle and toffee. Looks great, thick creamy head. The flavor is very much English malts and hops, a little funny. Tastes like a bitter almost to me. Coats the mouth, with a little metal in the finish. Pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6681) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a descent, stable foam. Strong hop aroma with some roasted malt. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor matches aroma with additional spiciness and dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (3059) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
[bottle] Not just strong grapefruit hops aroma, but a nice toasty malt comes in later. Notes of red currant and dried apricot. Clear brownish ruby with beige head that recedes to wisps and a bubbly ring. Salty flavour up front from hops that gives way to a bitter grapefruit peel. Watermelon leading into ethanol, mixed with raisins and tobacco. Minearly. Medium body, slightly warming, and quite bitter but not astringent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin layer of light brown foam. The head recedes very quickly leaving only a ring. Scant lacing. Mild molasses and hop aroma. The initial flavor is both sweet and tart: sweet from a mildly roasted toffee and malt, and tart from the spicy hops. It finishes with an odd, but pleasant, mild sweet jalapeno flavor, not unlike one of those jalapeno jelly belly candies, but much more sublte. A little yeast blends with the hops in the aftertaste. The hops really linger. There is a slight dry alcolhol in there too. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4672) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Brewblackhole sent this to me as an extra. Pours a dark amber with ruby hues. The head was thin and short lived, had a light tan complexion. The aroma is dominated by hops with a moderate malt balance. Bitter aroma with some citrus hints and sweet caramel and molasses. Definitely a bitter beer, then comes the alcohol, definitely a roasty taste, some sweet malty taste too. I wish it were a little more balanced, but I prefer malts to hops anyways. The palate is average, a little harsh, bitter, waxy. The finish is bitter and very warm.


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