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RATINGS: 1765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2007
The nose is of chocolate and caramel. Mostly chocolate. I taste a lot of cocoa, coffee and caramel malt. There is kind of a kaluha flavor to the beer. Respectable beer.

3.2
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Earthy toffee/sassafras root aroma. Dark amber color with moderate head. Chocolate malt and moderate hops and alcohol finish. Long lasting hops aftertaste. Nice flavor but nothing that blows me away.

3.4
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours dark reddish amber with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, big PNW hops, and some caramelized wort. Taste is extremely resinous and hoppy, with barely enough malts to provide a balance. There is some malty stickiness and a bit of alcohol hotness, but there’s no balance here. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and resinous with lively carbonation. Needs at least six more months. Cellar material.

3.9
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Dark reddish brown color. Smell of hops, malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, fruit and alcohol. Taste of chocolate, hops, sweet malt, oak, alcohol, nuts and hints of roasted coffee and smoke. Nice bitters at the end. Great beer.

3.7
Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Dark bron with a thin tan head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, alcohol, with a slightly smokey, coffee smell. Taste is caramel, coffee, alcohol, and light hop background.

4
Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Hazy brown,small beige head.Nose of brown sugar and dark malts.Complex dark malt taste, the alcohol is well masked Rerate Jan,2013 Sparkling deep amber,lasting beige head.Earthy malt nose.Complex palate of cereal grains,earthy malt aqnd medium hops, light alcohol heat

3.8
adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 30, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is nutty and malty with hoppy undertones. Taste is nutty with a pleasant bitter piney hop aftertaste. Nice.

3.2
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2006 bottle. Beer is clear, medium-hued brown. Head is initially small, off-white, frothy. Quickly diminishing into scant pockets of fluff.<P> Aroma is malty with moderate notes of husky roasted grain, toasted nuts, toffee/caramel; Hoppy with a light-to-moderate note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of cellar; Light miscellaneous note of slightly boozie alcohol, light dried stonefruit, wood.<P> Flavor is big. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a long, tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. Strange, slightly mousey aftertaste, though.<P> The body is medium, the texture is almost syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P> Could almost be bananas about this, but something is just a little off-center, cloying and off-putting.

3.3
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2006
Overly hopped dark ale here. Not much residence flavor in this "winter" ale. I’m looking for a bit more staying power in my strong winter ales than this. The hops are too present and basically turn this into a normal/lackluster IPA. Too bad, too, as Great Divide makes good beer, a shame they rely on hops.

3.4
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
The pour is a nice chestnut brown with a medium head. Chocolate and roasted malt scents dominate the aroma. The palate is medium, but also chewy. Flavors are rich and robust malts and wood flavors. Bitternes stays in your cheeks throughout the experience. Fairly good, but not great.


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