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RATINGS: 1746   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Enjoyed on tap at the Wild Goose in Chicago, IL prior to seeing Zero Dark Thirty. Appearance is a dark, thick caramel with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is very rich in caramel malt, snells boozey, pretty much like a barley wine. Taste is less abrasive than a barley wine and goes down pretty smooth, with dark fruit and caramel malt notes. Very enjoyable, quality brew.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svartvit (383) - 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 (1925) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
geolgau (57) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (2509) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2762) - Hagen, 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8945) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (420) - Badalona, SPAIN - MAR 7, 2017
Llauna de Biercab Shop. Cervesa color marr fosc amb bona escuma color beix. Aromes torrats de brioix molt fet. Llarga i equilibrada, digestiva. Cos mig-alt una mica viscos, carbonataci mitja-baixa. Molt bona!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lambister (512) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (876) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (785) - HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2017
Mahagni sznű teste s a rtelepedő krmes, ragacsos habja angolosan krtaporos, kksajtos, desksen nemespenszes, marcipnos sznezetű illatokat rejt. zvilga kvrks maltajegyek sokasga, melyek mzes-karamells, prklt kntsben sorakoznak, csszsan kesernys lenyomatot hagynak, s szraz, de tartalmas levezetssel bcsznak.


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