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RATINGS: 1754   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2006
Dark amber colored, little light brown head. Caramel, licorice, plenty of bitter hops in aroma, notes of alcohol come up also. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is richer with caramelly, sweet, hopped and licoricy tones, mild alcohol also with some vinous touch. Aftertaste lasts with bitter hops and warming alcohol. Crispy palated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful dark brown/amber color. Small tan head. The taste was mildly malty, nutty, carame, and roasted. Great beer, smooth on the palate with just the right amount of balance. Better then I expected. Great beer!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2006
bottle. brown clear pour with big frothy tan head. roasted nut, sour malt, mild spice aroma. rich palate follows the aroma. full bodied. really a full malt flavor that you dont find to often. alcohol well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1793) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours a clear dark amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is chocolate and spice. Taste is chocolate, dried fruit, and hops along with even some licorice. Very good and well balanced. Not much alcohol detected.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Pours a deep, clear reddish brown with a generous linen white head and lots of lacing. My bottle was not all that aromatic. I noted some very light roasted malt and toasted nuts. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel, and hops. A bit of heat from the alcohol at the finish. Full bodied and nice smooth palate. A good choice for a chilly winter evening.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Mahogany with a little, tan head. Roasty and bitter. A touch of alcohol with caramel malts and notes of dark fruits. Almost smokey. Dry and dusty with a cirtrus punch of a finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2158) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle: Clear red amber colour, flat head. Aroma of toffee,flowers,lots of nice hops,sugar. Flavor is smokey,citric,Vine, flowery, lots of hops,and nice maltyness.Medium body, medium finish. Werry nice bear indeed!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2006
My favorite winter seasonal thus far. Pours a dark rusty brown with deep reddish and purple tints, surprisingly thin head (the only thing that keeps the appearance from being a 5). Nose has a lot going on...roasted malts, spiced fruits, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is out of this world, with heavy malts and a perfect balance of bittersweetness. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours a deep amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of hops, fruit, and roasted malts. The flavor is roast, fruit, and hops. Good body, good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 The aroma has chocolate, alcohol, toasted malt, cardboard and a touch of pepper. The appearance is red brown with a smaller than average head. The flavor is like the aroma and acidic with some bitter hops, dark fruit, and a touch of vegetables. The palate is smooth. This beer is not anywhere near as good as its rated here.


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