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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,584
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 252 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 12/10/12 on the back label, so it's not even 3 months old.

The beer poured a nice amber/brown color but I didn't even get a finger's worth of creamy tan head on top. What head there was dissipated quickly and it left lots of spotty lacing.

Good robust smell of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits

This is a definite sipping beer. Big malty sweet backbone and lots of booze. Underneath those two flavors you'll find chocolate, plums, and a host of earthy and mildly spicy hops. I don't know the IBU rating on this, but it has a nice bitterness to it as well.

This is a smooth and thick full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this very much. Lots of flavor to compliment the high 8.7% alcohol.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub in Joplin, Missouri.

Beautiful garnet red with little head.

The aroma is a great combination of roasted malt and dark fruit. Almost like burned sugar plums. Very enticing.

To the surprise of no one, the taste mimics the aroma. Sweet malt, with a roasted edge. There are stone fruits here, mostly plums and their dried counterpart, prunes. Yet there is also just a plain malt sweetness which is welcome in its simplicity. This is a great old ale. It isn't "Old Peculier", but then that's not exactly *the* style either.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Not oily, but certainly hearty.

This is fantastic. I'm sure it can be bear, but it would take effort. A nice, sweet, rich old ale. Something to look forward to every winter.

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Poured chilled in ribbed ale glass

A: very dark red; two-finger head, very cushiony; active carb
S: musty aroma; oak, bark, wood chip; bit of tin can
T: malty; complex, musty flavor; strong leathery taste; medium bitterness; dark roasted malt; peaty; good specimen of an old ale
M: thick

Very fine, quite nice

Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,584 ratings.