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RATINGS: 1759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Malty, earthy aroma of musty wood with notes of pine and sweet malts. Flavor starts sweet with tastes of raisins, caramel, sweet malts but gives way to notes of roasted malts, toast and earthy grains. The finish is all hops bitter and lasting. Medium body that thickens creating a sensation of thin syrup. Medium carbonation. Overall, a good, multi-flavored winter ale.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Bottle. This beer pours with a nice looking creamy head. It has a lot of chocolate in the aroma along with sweet malt. Tasting this beer is where it truly shows it character: roasted, smoky malt and a superb palate! I wasnt impressed by the aroma, but when my tongue got a hold of this beer, we slowdanced ever so quickly, and now my glass is empty...why does fate have to be so cruel??? Re-rated this one and got a somewhat different result in aroma, taste and palate, but since it was at a bar after some hoppy Mikkeller, Ill have to do a third rating, before I change this first one.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Mollassas with some chocolate aroma, deep red in color with a very light head. A nice sweet taste followed by a caramel after-taste. Highly enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to SNOWTIGER. Pours a redish-amber color with a long lasting off white head with good lacing. Aroma of malts and caramel finishes with a roastiness. Flavor is strong with alcohol, also notes of caramel, molassas, and is sweet. Medium to heavy mouthfeel finishes this well rounded, tasty, winter brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours to a dark mocha color. Very strong-tasting beer. Lots of roasty flavors, nice, strong finish - very good. Also, very strong alcohol wise (at least to me). Creamy, heavy, and very good. A nice change of pace.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Pours with a frothy amber-tan colored head that is a finger and a half thick. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear deep ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of caramel and toffee up front moving to a dry lightly roasted note and a bit of burnt grain astringency. The finish reminds me of toasty brown ale. Perhaps there is a bit of cherry like fruit character as well, but this is fairly subdued.

The beer has a medium full heft to it, but does not really coat the mouth to much. The beer is lightly sweet with notes of toffee and a light molasses. The finish is a mix of toasted malt notes, a bit of coffee, and a roast grain character that also includes a hint of burnt grain astringency. There is a combination of flavors that make me think of Rum; a combination of the sweet malt notes and the slight alcohol heat in the finish.

This beer is actually quite nice, not very many breweries do a English style Old Ales. The malt character is refreshingly unhoppy, and makes for a great sipping beer. This will age pretty well, and I think I will have to pick up a couple bottles for next years holiday season.

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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Creamy mouthfeel is full of bready and chocolate malt. The ABV is hid well amongst the bittering hops , which balance the malt nicely. So easy to drink it is kind of scary - I will definitely be putting some of this into the cellar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 When I 1st drank this I didnt realize that it was 8.1. I would not have guessed it was a strong ale. The Hops didnt stand out, but balanced well. Roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Creamy. 1st rated this Nov.26th 2005. Been drinking this every holiday and enjoying more and more. Wonderful smooth roasty flavors. Had to kick the rate up a few notches.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Deep ruby-red body, thick light tan head. Piney, citrusy hops aroma with sweet/tart malts, toast, hints of chocolate, fruit, and spice. Quite complex. The flavor was surprisingly toasty with notes of chocolate attempting to balance bitter piney, grapefruit rindy hops. Hints of dark fruit. The alcohol was detectable. Chocolatey and earthy compared to most ASAs, not too bitter, but still dominated by PNW hops. Good, not great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cphbeerking (154) - Kbenhavn K, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
A big, hoppy seasonal that manages to go down quite smoothly, although behind the hoppy veil its a bit of an alcohol fest. Fair head, pretty warm reddish tinge, and an overall pleasant outing in my glass.


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