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RATINGS: 1760   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4183) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle from cbkschubert; Nose of hops and cocoa, along with some roasty caramel malt; nicely balanced in the nose; clear dark brown with a small, glass-lacing tan head; flavor is toasty caramel, with smoke hints, cocoa, and a mild hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. 2006. Deep dark red and filtered. Moldy bone white head. Sweet cinnamon and citrus hops in the nose. Spicy and piney aromas. Smooth initial malts with a bitter finish. Initial is caramel and toffee malts. Nice burn. Slight cola-ish flavor. Sweet and cloying with a bitter finish. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle, pours dense but clear dark brown with slight tan head, no lacing. Wow, a big hit of chocolate/cocoa and malt in the aroma that is very inviting. Taste of very mild toasted malts, with hints of chocolate, coffee and some caramel. A slight warm alcohol finish thats comfortable. An nice cold weather beer thats well worth a try. Recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 2, 2006
clear brownish ruby with a large foamy yellow head. aroma of hops and sweet milk chocolate. flavors of bitter stinging coffee, nuts, and hops in the finish. kind of minerally. hints of perfume. dry finish. has a unique flavor but i cant get into it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Small fluffy brownish/white head, nice ruby hue, hazy in appearance, aroma is a roasted nutty maltiness, full bodied. A very nicely done beer, perfect for cold weather.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2006
(Bottled) Clear, dark ruby-brown color with a small, quite tight head. Nicely nutty-hoppy aroma with berries. Strongly hoppy, caramely and grainy-malty flavor with a berry jelly finish. Quite full-bodied, warming, sticky and low-carbonated palate. A very enjoyable and warming brew to be drank slowly and carefully.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. The head has somewhat of a reddish tint to it. Aroma is full of caramel malts, toffee, and hints of hops. Flavor is full of roasted malts, caramel, oak, and hints of hops coming in. The aroma is quite similar to Double Bastard but the flavor is quite different. Another good winter beer. I would like to age some just to see how it holds up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
12oz bottle (dated 2006) purchased in a 6-pack from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a deep copper with a somewhat large head and a lot of carbonation. Strong and pleasant aroma of malt and hops. First taste is rather heavy and sweet with a taste of molasses. The alcohol is noticeable. The taste continues to be heavy and lingers long in the mouth. Took a while to warm up to (or perhaps it just took a while to warm me up!). An interesting beer, but not my favourite style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
6 pack 12 ouncers. Looks like alot of ingredients were put into this beer. Thick, mahogany in color. Rich light tan, maybe bit reddish head. I like it, good winter brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Bottle. Strong chocolate and toffee aroma, also very sweetly malty. Really, Im expecting candy here. Pours deep red with a light brown fizzy head. Sticky, bitter, and dry taste of chocolate, toffee, bittering hops, and light grapefruit. Resin and pine, a bit of hop essence/oil. Body is light, surprising considering the enormous rush of flavors. Dry, bitter hoppy finish. Very "dirty" character, though. Strange and interesting, and surprisingly I do like the harsh grittiness here. Bit of an alcohol burn. One of the better winter brews of the hoppy variety. [2006.11.27: 3.5]

Ah, finally coming back to an old favorite. The resin and the distinctive, dank and pungent woodiness really jump out of the bottle, cedar and tobacco well over the modest pine, and the caramel and darker toffee are lively and jumping instead of flat. Oily, woody hops with a light herbal component, man are they ever cramming every last bit of woodsy/natural flavor into this drink, lots of bold sub-syrupy surprises. Sticky, dank, strongly bitter and spicy. Really very gruntingly masculine, as in when perfume enthusiasts talk about sandalwood and musk. Strong alcohol is contained but not tamed. A great treat for the fireplace and pit. [2014.11.12: 3.8]


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