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RATINGS: 1748   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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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 (2315) - 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 (6734) - 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!

3.7
IrishBoy (4233) - 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
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
mreusch (858) - 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 that’s comfortable. An nice cold weather beer that’s well worth a try. Recommended.

3.4
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
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.


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