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RATINGS: 1754   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2005
I smell chocolate malt and spices. Reddish-brown in color with little snowdrifts of head. Blasted with rich malts in the first sip..chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel. Very tasty and would also work well as a dessert beer accompanying any sweet dish. Where is the alcohol? This taste like 4% not anything close to 8.1% so the alcohol is very well masked.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours bold red with a persistent beige head. The aroma is kind of like pine lumber and malt. The flavor surprised me: a LOT of toast, a lot of cedar, kind of caramely malt, and general hoppiness. This really grew on me after the first few sips... I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Strong malty smell that pours deep brown with a huge white head. Taste is strong of alcohol and malt. Aftertaste is coating malt sweet goodness. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2005 edition. It pours to a deep red-hued mahogany body with a thin creamy white/tan head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is a deep cocoa powder and brown sugar. Toasted coffee. The flavor is a toasted walnut, bitter bakers chocolate, and grassy/earthy hops. The palate is warming and creamy with some lingering sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Finally getting a chance to try this after continually missing it the last few seasons. Clear reddish brown in color with a thick tan fluffy head and lacing clinging to the glass. Hops and doughy yeast in the aroma along with brown sugar and caramel. Body is low in carbonation, medium mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. Flavor is sweet and hoppy with a syrup like sweetness. This is one of the easiest beers to drink that I can recall. The alcohol is hidden well in aroma and flavor. Another winner from Great Divide!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured hazy ruby brown color with large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting. Good complex fruity aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet fruity flavor with a good long finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
Bottled. Clear red coloured with a beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel with notes of dried fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel and hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours a dark mahogany color but shows more of a "arches national park" red once you apply a bit of light for the backdrop. Very little head and some respectable lacing. The nose contains a plethora of malts, dark fruits and various siberian breads. Lets just say its quaffable and leave it at that. The flavor is rich, nutty, complex and moderately hoppy. Clean full mouthfeel and a full body. Finishes with a bright sting of alcohol and some doughy malts to cud on for a while. Overall very nice! Quite a surprise, I was expecting a monster a little less tame.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Rich malt sweetness, coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Dark brown color with a light brown head. The alcohol taste lingers, a little too sweet but still a fine beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 2005 bottled version pours dark reddish brown with full head with little retention but nice lace. Chocolate aroma and taste dominate this beer. One of the best winter warmers Ive had.


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