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RATINGS: 1760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oly (67) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Strong malty aroma with sweet fruits, honey, and a bit of spice. Taste is driven by toffee and caramel sweetness with a touch of woody bitterness at the end. More carbonation than I expected in the palate, at a bit too much for my liking. Overall, a very nice warming winter beer.


3.7
murzyn (615) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 31, 2017
Barwa brązowa, piana spora. Aromat karmel, suszone owoce, herbata, lekka czekolada. W smaku kakao, skórka od chleba, melasa. Jest taka ziołowa (piołunowa) goryczka. Fajne pifko.

3.9
johancederholm (36) - - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Kaffedoftande. Söt, knäckig och fyllig. Eftersmak av beska och kaffe. Svingod.

3.5
bvbunited (79) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2017
A little too nutty for me. Great aroma and color. First it hits the pallet with a nutty slightly hoppy taste it does have a bit of a kick so without knowing a would guess it is around 8 abv. Overall not my favorite but I would drink it again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
fillepolo (1171) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2017 Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a murky brown colour beer with a medium head. Fruity and malty with notes of chocolate, coffee and oak. Dry finish.

3.7
williamlantz (81) - - DEC 10, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Dark brown with a creamy head. Aroma: spices, toffee, cacao caramel, malt, fudge. Taste: cacao, fudge, malt, plums.

3.9
HourGlass13 (1097) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Pours up a dark amber color, with a creamy tan head. Aroma is rich malts and caramel. Taste is sweet, with a hint of spice, liquorish and hearty. It has a nice winter feel. Some dark fruits in the flavors keep it well rounded and balanced. Great beer.

3.7
jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Pretty red. Sweet malty English musty earthy. Toffee, kinda nutty dusty. Bit of tang.Taste is smooth malty, nutty mild toast, toffee. Bittersweet, mild chocolate. Tangy finish, pine and some citrus.

3.7
wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2017
12 oz. can. Pours clear dark amber with a small light beige head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, nuts, chocolate notes. Taste follows nose with an emphasis on nuttiness and malts. Pretty good stuff.

4
DutchDrebus (6326) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2017
Can @ home. Very enjoyable stuff. A bit like a barleywine or quadrupel, but slightly more hop forward and less sticky sweet. Still quite sweet, don’t get me wrong, but not annoyingly sweet. Good stuff! Medium to full body, soft carbo.

3.6
martin00sr (4517) - Haderslev, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2017
Clear dark amber, light beige froth. Sweet malt aroma, some dried fruit and wood. Alcohol too. Woody, malty flavour. Burnt caramel, alcohol. Dry and bitter. Slightly alcoholic finish.


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