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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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This beer was nothing like I had anticipated. The immediate aroma of fresh hops didn't correlate with the description as an "Old English Ale." Lots of malts, lots of fresh hoppiness and overall a great beer, however.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dropi6 (322) - 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 (4438) - 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 (7399) - 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 (3222) - 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 (1993) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (726) - - MAR 27, 2017
Clear dark ruby and brown with neat beige head. Neat char with coffee, chocolate, herbs. Coffee, chocolate, bitterness of old coffee, nuts, just a hint of alcohol. Slick slightly watery palate with medium body. Long herbal and bitter finish. Winter is almost gone and this is to its memory.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christos (5466) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2017
(Great Divide Hibernation Ale) Can 355ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.7% Deep mahogany brown colour on the body, clear, tall and thick tan head on top with good retention. Aroma of caramel and toffee, toasted malts, hints of chocolate. Taste is lightly sweet at first, then a nice bitterness follows, with toasted malts, caramel and toffee, bitter chocolate. Medium body, good carbonation. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALIBALI (1611) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2017 The Breadmaster and fescher Kaffeefeger zwischen Bohne und Satz 😉. Hinter der Rstwand, kommen auch noch holzige spicey Notes zum tragen und sptestens im Mund sind dann auch die suerlichen Redberryverweise da. Bei der Benetzung kommen ebenfalls krftig britische Earthwrzhopflavours hinzu und lassen das dicke Gesff durchaus auch prickelnd fresh wirken. Applaus!!! Komplex, aber am Ende doch etwas zu kaffeedominant. 355ml CAN von BIERVANA Mnchen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svartvit (417) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2017
Can at home. Pours a clear dark brown/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has both dark and milk chocolate, caramel, very bready malts, allspice, old coffee. Over medium sweet, under medium bitter. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (2054) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 21, 2017
Hazy dark red color with a bit of tan head. Aroma has dark malt with a hint of coffee and a light spicy note. Taste is slightly fruity and spicy at first, caramel malt underneath, finishes with some green coffee beans and a light bitterness. Medium body, medium to low carbonation. Quite nice overall, malty but with a broad range of flavors.


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