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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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3.5
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Not great. Poured a deep ruby red with a great lacing head. Aroma sweet vanilla and cherries. Flavor very sweet and a bit spicy, with some raisins and vanilla, but nothing stands up.

3.9
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Pours a deep orange brown color with a small off white head. An aroma that is of dark roasted malts slightly nutty with a nice dose of hop bitterness. The taste is smooth dark malts, some biscuit, a bitter hop bite and a warming alcohol finish. This is truly a great winter brew.

3.9
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2006
Amber color, offwhite head. Very nice nutty, malty aroma with some almond. Malty, nutty flavor, vanilla notes, some fruit, alcohol notes and some nice bitter hops. Well balanced.

4.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Had this beer lots of times, and it’s always a favorite. I had know problem pouring the first half vigorously enough to gurgle it, making sure that I had 1-1.5 inches of thick foamy head. Aroma in this fresh bottle is much different than when I had my last bottle in July. Very hoppy: lots of grass, herb and vegetable qualities, like this beer was plucked fresh from the garden. Underneath that, some mild plum, and caramel notes. Tastes smacks you kindly with some toast, caramel, toffee and roast elements all at once. There’s still that pervasive veggie-hop flavor to it as well. Finishes roasty, and pleasently bitter, almost smokey. I can still breath that hoppy taste, which I know will disappear from this beer by July. I’ve always loved this beer. Nothing balances the line between barleywine and imperial stout quite like this beer, even if it is slightly mellower than either. An essential winter beer, which I highly recommend drinking as fresh as possible for that pungent hop taste.

4.4
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Pours a translucent deep reddish copper with a think lasting tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose is dried fruit and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with perfect amount of carbonation. Taste of caramel, toffee, and raisins with slight hop bitternes in the finish. Pleasant alcohol warming. This is one fantastic, near perfect beer. Oh how a wish this were available year round.

3.5
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at Ølbaren. Deep red - white head. Nutty, chokolate, dried fruits, caramel. Nice hoppy. Smooth - very nice

3.8
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Deep brown color with a touch of read. Rich dark fruit malty flavors...almost Belgian like. Some coffee notes come though. Sweet malts. Very nice.

4
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
(2006 Edition) The beer pours with ease and that action creates a pillowing head. Dark brown in color with red highlights which makes for a sexy brew. The palate is full bodied and reminiscent of a mocha latte. The palate is very warming with a touch of alcohol that does not distract. It’s an incredibly chocolaty beer that seems to encompass most aspects of what makes a winter ale a winter ale. The finish is long and full of strong coffee and dark fruity chocolate. I must say this a very enjoyable pint as it warms it gets more complex.

3.9
larsniclas (7213) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2006
[Bottled] Copper colour. Small beige head. Warm aroma with hoppy citrus and dried, sweet fruits. Very malty and sweet flavour with fine dry-hopping. Fruity citrus.

3.8
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
Klar rødbrun farve med råhvidt skum. Dufter og smager af choko, kaffe, kirsebær, møeke tørrede frugter og rugbrød. Dejlig lang eftersmag af bitter choko og kaffe noter, dejlig fyldig. En super lækker øl.


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