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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Gravity pour @ Blind Tiger NYC.

A-Pours a lurid brown hue. Head is very small; it can barely even form an even layer. Head consists of an outer-ring and patchy bubble clumps in the beer's center. Barely any head to comment upon.

S-Aroma offers notes of maple syrup covered chocolate pancakes. Light roast with a tickle of hop. Nutty and even a bit of churned earth. Vanilla bean. Broad spectrum of malty sweetness. I must say, I really enjoyed the nose.

T-The flavor is also a success. I get some pumpernickel bread, light wood, more chocolate and mellow coffee. Also, I detect some flat cola as well as the slightest hint of anise/black licorice. Dried dark raisins and figs. All of this is wrapped in a warm caramel and molasses helmet. Very mild earthen hop pops up on the finish.

M-A sipper, but a pleasant sipper. The PERFECT snowy Nor'easter ale (which I happened to be caught in). Just look out the window…sip…enjoy…look back out the window. Thick and syrupy and warming. Booze hides behind the body, but its girth can be detected. The flat feel (due to the gravity pour) really adds to the smoothness. Velvety.

O/D-I enjoyed this one more than I was expecting to. Textbook Winter grog. The gravity pour really enhanced this beer for me. I will seek this one out. I also may not be shy in sticking a couple away and sitting on them for a year or so.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JRed
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours tawny in body with bubbly beige head. Aroma of biscuits, cocoa, chocolate syrup, vague cinnamon. Tastes of biscuits covered in chocolate, chocolate syrup. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit cola like but tasty. Not warming but filling.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-amber good clarity smallish transient khaki head and decent lacing. Smells earthy, chocolate, chalk, werther's. Taste is powerfully malty, earthen, toffee, roasted, robust, rich. Dark fruits, black cherries, almost a hint of cordials. Yet there is a nice and welcome washing of hop to at least partially reign in the malty beast complexity. So...It's not sweet. Body is medium heavy with a smooth creamy mouthfeel that holds together well. Nice mildly semisweet chocolate and cherry cordial finish. Excellent. Quite a nice ~9% ABV beast. Hibernation indeed.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Viscous looking dark amber maple syrup beer with no head. Sedentary layer of micro bubbles on top and hardly any rising carbonation.

S - Seems to have the nose of a 2IPA with a deep dark floral hop aroma. Fruity esters, grape skin, dried fruit sugar, candied fruit.

T - Chalky malt sweetness up front, fruity floral notes. Bitter and hoppy, with a more buttery side appearing midway. There is a big hop presence here which I wasn't expecting. It gives a steady bitterness, and a range of hop character throughout. There are fruity notes like wine grapes, fruit skin and boozy fruit sugars. A nice alcohol warmth shows itself towards the finish.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium semi-viscous body. Hop bitterness lends itself to meld with the alcohol and malt presence. A nice warming finish, almost numbing to the mouth with a clove-like effect.

O - Great blend of pros, with hops, malt, alcohol and warming notes. A perfect winter brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brewtechnik
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured from 12oz bottle into tasting snifter.

Dark red-mahogany with beautiful tan head which dissipated fairly quick leaving a thin outer ring of foam. Crystal clear. Nice looking beer.

Right away I smell the dark fruits..raisin, fig..etc. Also, slight nuances of toffee and nuts. The hops are there, but not overpowering...the ethanol wafting from the glass hides this well.

Great balance in this beer....the malt is very much forward, but it finishes with great hop flavor and ethanol...really great for such a strong, but yet young beer. The flavors meld really well..caramel, toffee, nuts, the dark fruits, the hop bitterness (and flavor)...and I love the slight chocolate flavor that appears as the temperature rises.

There's a residual sweetness that makes the beer seem "big" or viscous, but not out of style, or intrusive at all. The ethanol does a great job of breaking up that sweetness and allowing it to work for this beer. The carbonation is perfect...definitely on the lower side, but again, great for this style and particularly this beer.

Overall, this reminds me of their Old Ruffian Barlywine. I only bought 2 bottles because I've never had it before and wanted to try it first. Now that I have, I'm going back to buy more if there are any left :) Great beer with great aging potential! Try It!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass, bottled on Sept. 19, 2012. This pours a dark brown almost black with a small short lived tan head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of a little alcohol, some nice hops along with a load of caramel, some molasses. The feel is thick. The taste is great some nutty toffee, caramel, a hint of coffee. Good stuff.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Divide Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a beautiful dark amber with deep jewel-like burgundy hues. The two and a half finger head is cream-colored with excellent retention. Significant wispy lacing. A lot of chocolate on the nose, some booziness, dark fruit and toffee as well. Such a complex brew. A lot of fruit notes initally, black currant, black cherries, plum, caramelized raisins. Chocolate, biscuity accents, and hints of sherry show up midpalate. Bittering hop kick and phenol alcohol join in and carry through the finish. Smooth, silky, full body with low to medium carbonation. Hibernation Ale is a wonderful brew, complex, satisfying, and supplies everything you might be looking for in an old ale. Highly recommended.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,885 ratings.
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