Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes a stout dark black with some brown and red coming through in the light. The head is mocha color, half a finger with tons of lacing.

The aroma is interesting with tons of robust roasty stout/porter character with rich chocolate with a bit of woodiness from the hops. Sweet molasses, toffee, some vanilla.

The flavor follows with a theme of robust porter roasty malt with some milk chocolate and tons and tons of coffee. The middle hits with toffee sweetness, caramel, molasses. The finish lingers with herbal hops, woodiness, tons of aggressive bitterness.

Absolutely in love with this. It's so interesting, so robust, so complex.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fourstringer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Aggressive hand. Bottled 08/28/13.

A: Dark amber with a ruby tint. Good clarity. Minimal head that quickly fades to a light coat at the edges of the glass. More lacing than expected, but pretty minimal.

S: Great chocolate and toffee! Roasted malt. Hint of dark fruit. Coffee and cream. Suggestion of spice. Really great mocha notes.

T: Rich, malty chocolate up front that ends with a mildly bitter, fairly dry finish. Dark chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Pleasing nuttiness. Pretty minimal alcohol.

M: Low carbonation and moderate body makes for a nice, smooth quaff. Fitting for the flavor profile.

O: Impressive chocolate notes in this one. Very smooth. Could use a bit more carbonation, but overall this is tasty as hell. I had this last year and liked it, but I'd say it's even better this time around. Great Divide continues to impress.


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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. It looks like weak coffee.

S. Caramel and mocha with just a hint alcohol

T. Like a Carmel, coffee, licorice and brown sugar liqueur.

M. Medium body with mild alcohol bite for a beer nearing 9% a.v.b.

O. I can't remember trying a beer with such a pleasant after taste, that really sticks around. This is a really good seasonal from Great Divide.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine. Beautiful dark, cloud amber brown appearance with some patchy lacing on the side. The aromas were very powerful to my nose. A very powerful, roasty malt smell mixed with dry fruit smells like raisins, caramel, and bread. Taste got better as I drank the beer over the evening. A very sweet, sugary flavor. Very hard to describe. Definitely some alcohol mixed with chocolate, cinnamon, grapes, caramel. Mouthfeel was excellent for this drink. Good balance of carbonation mixed with a silky cream body. Overall, man this was a great holiday drink for the winters.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Small light tan head with modest lacing.
Smell is sweet molasses brown sugar and some funky yeast.
Taste is brown sugar molasses earthy funky hops.
Mouthfeel is full and medium dry finish. Carbonation is just enough.
Overall a tasty and powerful beer. Drink with caution.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a dark ruby hue. Nice head of tan foam that laces well and has reasonable retention. Light nose of dark malt, molasses and piney hops. Medium body and carbonation level. The taste is complex and has dark malt (heavy on the chocolate), molasses and a hop undertone. Sweetness is present, but is almost hidden by roast malt bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. On the finish, a nice oak flavor comes through and lingers along with a light hop flavor. Very good, but not outstanding.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*12 oz. Bottle* I enjoy G.D. for their label art. I find it tasteful and sort of throwback US propaganda posters. Well, enough jibber jabber. Let's pour this beer. This pours a great deep cheery wood color. There was a finger worth of off white head, it didn't stick around too long. Ok I'm going in. The aroma on this brew is what I find is on the sweeter side. Roasted malt complexity gives almost a molasses sweetness. Nice mellow wood characteristics pull forth with pleasure. Way in the back there is almost a sour cherry presence. There is some spiced bread feeling in the aroma as well. Let's taste this beverage. The bottle says it's robust.. They are not lying. It's a wave of molasses with a hint of oak. Cocoa fills the taste buds. A subtle hit of sour cherry shows up but not offensive with a breath of spice. Brown sugar and musk makes this earthly sweet. The after taste is that of hops and toasted bread and dark fruits, very nice. Decent amount of bitterness finishes on time. The body on this ale is very smooth and medium-full with tickling carbonation.

Overall: this is my introduction to the Old Ale style. I am glad had the chance to try this one. This ale is balanced and alcohol is undetectable. This is on the
sweeter side, not a problem with me. If you like roasted malt forward ales this one is for you. This brew is Recommended.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2,931 ratings
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