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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 105
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
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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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate head which dissipates to a thin foam. Dark reddish amber in color. Almost can't see through the glass

Smells very sweet with some chocolate notes and a bit of a warming alcohol smell.

Taste is very similar to the smell with less chocolate and more brown sugar and dark fruit. It's balanced nicely with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation

This is a nice beer for the cold weather. Really warming and inviting, but also a little complex.

twosheds, Yesterday at 03:29 AM
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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. While its creaminess is excellent, it doesn't seem to retain very well. Actually, the latter is a damn lie - a thin film retains for freaking ever. A small (but nice looking) ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Immediately upon pouring, it has an aroma very similar to a larger brown ale. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and vaguely burnt caramel initially dominate. As it opens up, a gentle nuance of alcohol appears, giving it wisps of dark fruit and leather (the more it warms, the more dark fruits appear). Hell, I'm getting some hoppiness. Very likable aroma, one that displays craftsmanship over bells and whistles. (3.75)

Taste: The flavor seems slightly 'roastier' than the nose suggested, opening up with flavors of caramel, espresso, and pine. At times, it also seems gently smoky. More sweet caramel emerges on the finish, as well as an earthen touch. Hard to fault this beer: it's a malty winter brew, yet with a hop-laden bend. Plus, it's long aftertaste helps give it more depth. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy in body - it just feels nice on the palate. After it goes down the gullet, it dries out well (partly thanks to its carbonation). So well, it seems lightly astringent, even. Meh, whatever, it's both rich and drinkable all at the same time. (4)

Overall: I have a soft spot for great beers that don't rely on quadruple barrel aging with civet coffee and a swaddling cloth from the baby Jesus - rather, they're just insanely well crafted. Something like Old Rasputin or Nugget Nectar, for starters. This too. To me, it's about an inch short of achieving total greatness, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy this beer. The way the malts and the hops coexist together just does it for me. This is a winter warmer done right. (3.75)

3.76/5: Delicious old ale with a slightly hoppy twist

ThisWangsChung, Wednesday at 04:52 AM
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Hibernation Ale pours a deep dark brown, boarding on black. The color is accompanied by a murkiness, that makes it completely opaque. The smells coming from are deep and amazing, starting off with espresso, vanilla, and chocolate, but moving into more subtle notes of licorice, pine, chocolate covered cherries, and a vinous character. The smell is deep, complex, slightly fruity, incredibly malty, and powered by a good dose of hopping. There’s a very subtle notes of alcohol that accompanies the nose.

The palate doesn’t immediately explode surprisingly, but layers flavors. Great Divide Hibernation Ale’s body is thick, chewy, and robust, and has a nice amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with notes of coffee, chocolate, a touch of alcohol, and a bitter set of preserved black cherries and plums. As the flavor progresses, it move toward cigar smoke, peat, and citrus pith. As it ends the, smoke quotation bellies up to the pass, and hammers home a hit of cigar, dark cacao, and piney hops.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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