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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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Pours a clear and very dark amber with minimal head. Aroma is sweet with roasted malt, caramel, mild fruitiness and also some nuttiness present. Taste is roasted malt with dark fruit and some faint bitterness. Nothing really dominates the flavor profile and things are well balanced. The body is medium and the finish is on the dry side. Now that it has warmed a little I am noticing toffee notes in the aroma. A decent beer especially on a cold night.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (1811) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Pours a caramel brown, sickly sweet aroma of caramel and malts, medium mouthfeel, taste of malts and caramel to match the aroma, tap.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (1338) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Piana drobna, średnio obfita, średnio trwała. Barwa brązowa, klarowna. W aromacie karmel, suszone owoce, orzechy laskowe, czarna herbata. Mało intensywny. W smaku płsłodkie, paleta dokładnie taka sama jak w zapachu, średnia, herbaciana goryczka, niskie do średniego, drobne wysycenie, ładnie schowany alkohol. Po ogrzaniu lekkie masełko. W odbiorze nieco szorstkie, delikatnie lepkie, nieźle pijalne.
Klasyczne angielskie ciemne piwo, bez historii i ekscytacji.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
oberschlesier (19) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 12, 2017
Aroma - something like brown ale. Not very rich, rather empty, nothing special. Very nice ruby color. Bitterness is OK, maybe a very little alcoholic in aftertaste. Some notes of nuts, some notes of malts. Head is fine, small bubbles. Beer is rather watery. Average at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (19852) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2017
12 fl.oz can. Pours clear dark reddish brown colour with a huge good lasting beige head. Aroma of roasted dark caramelish malt, quite nutty and breadish. Taste of sweet roasted malt, caramel, some spices, bread, vanilla, quite nice!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (3352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2017
355ml can at home. Dark amber with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with nice subtle bitter tones. Caramel, malts, brown sugar, ripe fruits and hops. OK brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dropi6 (340) - POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Pours brown opalescent, medium head. Dry fruits, malts, roasty, herbs, coffe. Strong herbal bitterness, some sweetness. Full body, somehow thin, average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (4558) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - APR 5, 2017
UPDATED: APR 5, 2017 Can. Ruby color with beige head. Aroma is toffee, raisins, malty, caramel, herbal, berries. Taste is the same, with some spices and juniper, a bit sugary. Warming bitter finish. Soft silky mouthfeel. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (7465) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - APR 5, 2017
Can. Pretty dark ruby with a hint of hazy, creamy brown head. Grass, minerally dry berry/port, light cocoa. Medium full body, dry cocoa powder on the palate, dry earthy minerallic, crystal/caramel malt - a bit sugary, bisquit malt, good range of earthy and herbal hop notes. Berry tart finish with a side of chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3257) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 5, 2017
33cl can from beergium. Appearance is light cloudy red brown black. Thin beige head. Medium bitterness, medium sweetness. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Aroma and flavour is caramel, roasted apples, vanilla, chili, juniper, roasted.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgajdaczewa (2040) - Katowice, POLAND - APR 4, 2017
W aromacie początkowo piękne kakałko podrasowane chlebowością i karmelem, po czasie wszystko gaśnie, zostaje najwięcej karmelu i pojawia się żelazo. W smaku podobnie, pierwszy łyk to kakao z mlekiem, przypieczony chleb, potem tylko gorzej, więcej karmelu, lekkie żelazo, spora ziołowa goryczka. Nie wiem co jest. Potencjał to piwo ma na znacznie wyższą ocenę.


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