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RATINGS: 1742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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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3.6
beerbill (3619) - 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
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
Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, 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
jlruthven (612) - 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
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
nick76 (4402) - 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 it’s rated here.

3.4
milewide (2304) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Brown color. Mostly roasted malt flavor, with only light hops. Alcohol well hidden.

3.7
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Pours a super dark clean amber with a small light tan head. Light roasted nut and malt aroma. I can detect mild dry hops in the flavor along with some malts and spice. A slightly bitter finsih.

3.7
vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours dark bronze with a tan head that leaves fairly quick. The aroma has some spiciness and fruit with lots of toasted malt and a touch of hop spice. Medium body with some soft carbonation. Flavor starts with spice and fruit with caramel malt. The finish has lots of woody earthy hops and a light bit of smoke. It is very earthy tasting and slightly harsh with a bit of a warm finish. A very nice winter beer.

3.5
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
This beer pours a deep amber/brown color with no head. Nose of caramel malt. The flavor is biscuity and malty with some spciy ending. very warming. Not a bad winter beer! Cheers!


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