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RATINGS: 1754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Nice malty aroma, some molases, nuts. Pours a ruby-amber, with a nice littel off-white head, nice lacing. Flavor is nutty, with some sweetness, a mild bitterness, and a soft alcoholic finish. Relatively full bodied. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle. Brownish hazy colour with a huge mostly lasting off white head.rich aroma and taste of malts, fruits and hops. Nice beer. Laaaasting taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Chocolate and toffee dominate the aroma.Pours a mahogany color with a little off white head.Flavors are of chocolate and alcohol.Full mouthfeel with an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Poured a brown color with mahoganey hues, nice initial head, very good retention, the lacing produced spotty but plenty, nice looking beer all the way down. The aroma was brown sugar, light roasted choco-coffee notes, some pine hops. The flavor followed the aroma, also caramel, pretty sweet up front, good pine (light grass) hop balance in the finish, perhaps a bit strong for an "old ale," although Im not sure what this thing was supposed to really be. Raisins and some other dark fruits assert themselves mid-glass with warmer temperatures. Seemed a cross between an doppelbock and an imperial porter, tasty indeed, but not something Id go to regularly. Mouthfeel was moderate to full, slight acidity, a little sticky (sweet) on the lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 12oz bottle, 2005 (1 year old). pours a deep mahogony with fluffly head. aroma is simply amazing a roasted caramel with chocolate covered cashews. flavor is reminisent of a BW but more nutty and milk chocolaty. some roasted and oaky flavors too. i really love how this beer ages..3.8.

5/19/07, 2005 vintage, cellar aged approx. 19months. nose is pretty similar to previous rating. the malt just seems to have dropped out a bit and isnt quite as malty as the previous rating. possibly some subtle oxidation taking in but this really hasnt improved from at 1 year age. perhaps at 2+ years of age it gets more oxidized and changes a lot, but for now i prefer this beer at 1 year. 8/4/7/4/14=3.6.

11/21/07, 12oz bottle 2005, aged 2 years. this is still holding up but i think it peaked at 1 year. it is sorta sour and not as malty as before.3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Dark red, clear, medium tan head. Interesting aroma, strong chocolate and caramel. Very inviting, this beer has my interest. Rich, heavy mouthfeel. Velvet on the tounge. Chocolate flavor, fairly bitter, well balanced with just a hint of alcohol. I like this beer very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Amber/burgundy color with a tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, malt and hops. Some alcohol also. Flavor is somewhat sweet with carmel and dark fruit notes. Warming alcohol. Some hop balance in the finish. Another winner from an excellent brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
Nice malty and hoppy winter warmer. The aging has made the maltiness very round and the dry American hops (grape fruit) gives a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
dark amber appearance with a tan head. nose is of sweet malts. flavor is dominated by the taste of carmel and chocolate. a mid-taste of hops finished with a strong malty flavor and a tinge of alcohol. good but the sweetness is somewhat overbearing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8357) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2006
(Bottle) Dark amber/copper colour with huge, foamy beige head. Very aromatic, spicy nose with notes of toffee, chocolate fudge, brown sugar, caramel, citrus (Seville orange) and citrussy, spicy hops. Complex, spicy taste with chocolate, Seville orange, notes of ginger biscuits and hints of coffee. Long, fiery finish, slightly sweet but well balanced by the nice hoppy character. Complex and warming, lots of character.

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