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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,120 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2120
Reviews: 1061
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001)
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

NOTE- This is two reviews, one with fresh beer and one with 2-year-old bottle. Score is for fresh bottle.
2006- Fresh...This a reddish plum colored barleywine with a minimal tan head. It leaves no lacing in my globe glass. The nose is a delicious mix of yeast, alcohol, and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies.

The taste starts deceptively smooth for a barelywine. The base is a rich, thick, caramel. As it sits in my mouth I taste citrusy hops, light brown sugar, clove, nut, cherry ester. The end is where the catch comes. The alcohol comes out of hiding and attacks viciously with strong vapors wafting into the nose. This, combined with that slight estery cherry I mentioned, land this brew in my "tastes like medecine" file. I like barleywine, but a few of them have this medicinal quality I just can't get past, and this is one.

The mouthfeel is very interesting with a surge of carbonation that doesn't seem to be released until the beer has rested in the mouth a moment or two.

Though this is a well-built barleywine, its just not my style, and anyone who can take more than one has my respect.

NOTE- 2006 vintage, tasted March '08
A- 3 fingers of espresso cream head die to a thin layer and leave an arched lace. Impressive show of carbonation for an aged beer. Beer is clear, and a deep, dark, lovely rosewood color.
S- raisins, brown sugar, pepper, plum, luscious fruit bouquet,rich malt aroma, faint earthy hop, amazing nose here, except I get not even a whiff of alcohol.
T- Beer is overall, suprisingly lite on the palate. Does not have the overwhelming malt of many high gravity beers, nor the alcohol burn. What I get here is a firm, fully attenuated crystal malt base with some depth but very little residual sweetness. It is simple, you can tell it had a terse grainbill. Some very soft fruit esters,maybe a cherry note, and a peppery Belgian-esque quality from the yeast/ alcohol. Earthy hop flavor comes out a little in the finish and the beer shows a perfectly balanced bitterness.
M- While the alcohol escapes being hot at any point, it makes itself very known in the finish through an odd numbing sensation, and soft but abundant vapors. Nice soft, low carbonation helps fill out the light mouthfeel. This is one of the lightest high gravity beers I've ever had.

This is an elegant and balanced beer, but it bores me a little. It lacks big, bold, flavors but is a little too rough around the edges to pull off "refined", which I'm afraid relegates it to the realm of the mediocre, despite the obvious skill of its brewer.

Interesting to note that I recall this beer as being a drainpour when fresh. After consulting my previous review, which sadly, is about to be deleted, I can say this beer mellowed and changed significantly in aging. It has obviously benefitted a great deal from a few years in the bottle. I would like to taste a 4 or 5 year old bottle, to see if things finally come together.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 05:02:55 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Appearance: pours a dark woody brown color. a small half finger tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a lacing on the sides. hazy and almost opaque.

Smell: first thing i notice is and earthy hop aroma, a little bit of an herbal note as well. darker malts come through as well, mostly chocolate but perhaps some roasted malts too.

Taste: opens up with dark malts, a strong chocolate mixed with lighter roasted malts. strong earthy hops and a little bit of an herbal finish. very subtle crystal malts gets lost in the middle. low to medium alcohol strength

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy. bitter and warm

Overall: a good beer. but not quite near the level of the best old ales. the strong hoppiness is good and should age out well. the main problem I find with this beer is that I find a lot of chocolate and roasty flavors which shouldn't be overpowering in this style. but still an enjoyable beer.

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T: roasty. Malty. We'll balanced. Burned caramel hints.
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.