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RATINGS: 1757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BEENJAMIN (292) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2013 Chocolate, caramel, and bready notes delight the nose, this beer smells incredible! Sweet caramel and earthy / spicy hops followed by a smooth rich mouth feel rounds out huge flavor that is pleasantly warming. I can’t believe this beer is sold in six packs.

fillepolo (1144) - 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.

williamlantz (57) - - 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.

HourGlass13 (1074) - 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.

jmohno (1670) - 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.

wombat23 (1838) - 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.

DutchDrebus (6248) - 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.

martin00sr (4456) - 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.

GarageBrewer80 (678) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 Flaska från SB. Klar, mörkbrun kulör med ljusbrun skumkrona. Doft av rostad malt, knäck, peppar och lite marsipan. Söt och frisk munkänsla. Smak av farinsocker, knäck, gran, tall, rostad malt och lite marsipan. En del kryddiga toner.

Oxytocin (229) - AUSTRIA - DEC 2, 2017
can, 355 ml, filled on 27.10.2016.
very dark copper with off white, rather creamy head.

dried fruits, roasty, toasted brioche, grains,
medium body, very softly carbonated, medium sweetness, light to medium bitterness (lasting), good balance. really drinkable, alcohol well integrated.

PowY (1132) - AUSTRIA - DEC 2, 2017
355 ml can at home, bottled 27.11.2016. Pours a dark copper with a beige head. The aroma is medium malty with toffee, caramel, biscuit and some sweet dark fruits. Medium to medium full body with a soft carbonation, a light to medium sweetness and a medium lasting bitterness - good balance. The flavor is again malty with brown sugar, honey, almond, some nuts, quite some wood and a piney hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness, hints of alcohol and nearly dry. Overall mellow and enjoyable.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 14

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