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RATINGS: 1764   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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3.9
geolgau (211) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - MAR 18, 2017
0.33 bottle. Pours dark amber, with a creamy head. Nose is intense, rich malts and caramel. Taste is sweet and spicy, with pepper being the standout. Liquorish and hearty, it has that nice winter feel. Raising, dark fruits in the flavors. Enjoyed this thoroughly.

3.6
BRW (2714) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 16, 2017
On tap at Biercab. Brown colour with dense beige head. Floral aroma. Sweet, caramel, sugar, floral and pastry taste. Medium body.

3.7
Zlotta (3197) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2017
0.355 l can from ’BierPost.com’, canned in October 2016. Clear, very dark ruby with a medium large, frothy, slowly diminishing, beige head. Sweetish, malty, slightly roasty aroma of caramel, dark honey, toasted nuts and some chocolate. Very sweet, malty and slightly roasty taste of milk chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, vanilla and a touch of dark fruits, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly roasty and a bit warming finish. Medium to full body, slightly creamy and a little effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice with a surprising flavour profile. Tastes more like a Porter than like what I am used to from other Old Ales so far, and even the colour promised for more dark fruits. No complaints though, very pleasant overall.

3.9
77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2017
355 ml. can. Canned 27 OCT 2016. Consumed @ Gollem. Very dark ruby brown amber, creamy tanned head. Nose is cacao powder & some lightly metallic herbal cough syrup, cacao instant mix, sugar, leaves + cocoa puffs. Tastes like powdery cocoa puffs mixed with lightly copper tasting cough syrup, cough syrup is lower than the rest, almost metallic, herbal, industrial caramel, leaves, sugar,... Body is same industrial near metallic cough syrup with grainy cocoa puffs dominating, if only less cough syrup + some metallic notes but overlal quite nice, interesting. Certainly enjoyed quite a bit.

4.1
Zoret (476) - Badalona, SPAIN - MAR 7, 2017
Llauna de Biercab Shop. Cervesa color marró fosc amb bona escuma color beix. Aromes torrats de brioix molt fet. Llarga i equilibrada, digestiva. Cos mig-alt una mica viscos, carbonatació mitja-baixa. Molt bona!

4.3
Lambister (520) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2017
335ml bottle from Alko, Viikki. Brilliant brew all around, reminds me of saying: “The few who do are the envy of the many who watch.” - Jim Rohn. Excellent!

4
lello4ever (967) - ITALY - FEB 23, 2017
Color marrone con riflessi ambra, abbastanza limpida. Schiuma di media persistenza beige, vaporosa. Aroma di malto, caramello, melassa, frutta secca. Anche al palato risalta oltre queste note dolci, birra scorrevole ma con un bel corpo. Carbonazione media molto giusta. Alcol ben presente. Old Ale davvero ben fatta.

3.7
adster (813) - HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2017
Mahagóni színű teste és a rátelepedő krémes, ragacsos habja angolosan krétaporos, kéksajtos, édeskésen nemespenészes, marcipános színezetű illatokat rejt. Ízvilága kövérkés malátajegyek sokasága, melyek mézes-karamellás, pörkölt köntösben sorakoznak, csúszósan kesernyés lenyomatot hagynak, s száraz, de tartalmas levezetéssel búcsúznak.

3.9
Dal9000 (630) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2017
At Chappies social house. In a snifter. Pours dark purple with no head. Initial taste of sweet chocolate and coffee. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.8
Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Can. Muddy brown with an average beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, raisins, toffee, and dark stone fruit. Taste is oak, vanilla, molasses, raisin, dark stone fruits, and pine bitterness. Average thickness and a little more carbonated than I would like.


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