Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,811
Reviews:
1,189
Ratings:
2,972
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
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149
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424
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Photo of thepenguin
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoelZ1
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotunsynth
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 10/12/18 (2 months ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 8.7% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown with chestnut highlights and prolific light brown head. The head recedes to a fat ring and leaves some lacing. The aroma is mild with baker's chocolate, toasted bread and caramel malt. The taste is heavily toasted malt with notes of caramel, cocoa, wood, and an earthy slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good to excellent for style. Huge malt on this one, but the toasted malt restrains the sweetness without the need for excessive bitterness.

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Photo of kkarimi
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber color. White head 1 finger with nice lacing on the glass.
Not too much to the aroma. Hard to describe what's there.
Taste- slightly sweet on the front. A bit of a roasty flavor.
The body is fairy decent. Semi thick. The sweetness lingers.
Interesting beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/9/12: Pours a hazy, dull brown with 2 fingers of frothy, light tan, lasting head that leaves webby lacing. Aroma is roast, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar and a little chocolate. Taste is similar but very sweet up front with more intense chocolate, some roasted nuts and a touch of coffee with a lightly bitter hoppiness in the finish and aftertaste. Very malty. Alcohol becomes more intense as the brew warms and takes on a brandy like character.

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Photo of Bgirtz
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pvibeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep brown with a beige two finger head. Retention is most excellent. Dense on the bottom with a foamy top. It leaves lots of sticky rings of lace around the glass.

The nose has a strong chocolate profile with an ever so slight hint of coffee. You also get some raisins and caramel. It leans towards the sweet side but there is a nice hops balance to it. Over all its very aromatic.

Big chocolate taste with the coffee gone. Sweet fruit and caramel come in through the middle. The finish is a fading sweetness with a lingering bitterness that comes through to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and well carbonated. It doesn't feel to heavy despite its boldness.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vidblain
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In comparing to barrel-aged Hibernation Stout, the beer pales a bit - the barrel and booze imparted makes this a truly special beer. Prior to barrels, it's just fine - it's pretty accessible and reasonably priced, but not all that interesting.

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Photo of dwiech
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexrdvz
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2,972 ratings