Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,897
Reviews:
1,174
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
149
Gots:
402
For Trade:
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Photo of SirRuss
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, clear, varnished mahogany. Well formed head on the pour, although it doesn't hold for long, leaving a good lacing around the walls of the glass and a mottled skim of foam across the surface. Looks great, and the deep red tinge brings forth festive allusions.

S - The aroma isnt hugely complex, but it caught my attention the moment it hit the glass. Malts present caramel and mocha with a hefty backdrop of traditional vanilla ice cream. Dark fruits are also present, but somewhat veiled.

T - While the berry and fruit play on the tip of the tongue, this beer really is all about the inextricable interaction of malt and hops. Wonderful arrays of caramel expression, particularly medjool date; loads of coffee bean, and espresso; vanilla, and clotted cream; and a distinctive charred bourbon on the finish. The coffee performs an encore in the finish, tying the whole show together, and worthy of a standing ovation. The final impression is akin to an irish coffee with extra sugar.

M - fairly high carbonation for this style, but it helps cut through the malty thickness, and along with the 8.7%, a pretty good balance is achieved

D - The malty stickiness prevents it from being an all night event, but each sip provides a longevity that will see a whole glass outlast at least a couple of logs on the fire.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/leathery brown with a brief yellowish half inch head and a dash of lace.

S: nice sour yeast esters, dark roast coffee beans, alcohol of cognac variety, grassy manure smell (in a good way though), roasted grain.

T: leather and charcoal are prominent, asparagus (interesting, I've never encountered that flavor in beer before), bitter chocolate, whiskey. Finish is malty/grainy sickly sweet and throat coating.

M: medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, a nice warming alcohol finish.

D: I found this really interesting. I can't think of a beer that I've had that is all that equivalent. It's kind of a blend of different styles, part American pale ale, part English old ale, part Belgian strong ale. I would imagine it would be hard to drink more than one of these in a sitting, but that's just because the different flavors and the overall strength of it are a bit overwhelming and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Perfect for a cold winter night--not that I get a lot of those in Austin, but still.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served into a snifter. Pours a reddish-brown color with an off-white head. A bit of lacing. The nose is fairly complex with some nice notes of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some light pine and citrus hops. The taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose, as there are some notes of brown sugar and caramel, but nothing like the nose. The feel is a bit heavy and nice with some really light booze. Drinks well enough, but there's nothing drawing me back for more.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep cherry mahogany with burnt orange hues towards the bottom of the glass. A fairly thin, yet firm toffee head slowly fades into retained film, leaving spots and clouds of lacing on the glass.

Roasted dark malt, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some slight hop presence in the nose.

Plenty of heavily roasted dark malt right up front, which swirls with some hoppy bitterness. A bit of sweetness provided by chocolate and toffee flavors poke through. Some richer tones become apparent, before a bit of alcohol warms the palate. Finishes with a hint of pine hops, booze, and sweetness.

Full bodied, fairly rich and creamy, medium carbonation. Smooth, slow drinking, but the alcohol isn't overdone. Nice warming feel during the winter season, making this a pretty easy choice.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked a bottle from 09/08 (reviewed below) tonight (11/11/10)

Appearance is equally stunning, although a slightly more caramel hue with a good bit of haze and sediment. Head is a bit less and lacing is also a bit more sparse, but still stunning.

aroma has shifted beautifully. a hit of hops followed by candi sugars, plum, caramel, raisins, toast, bittersweet cocoa. the hot, booziness has been replaced by an almost-delicate sherry/bourbon/dark fruit aroma.

Taste is stunning. roasty and rich with dominant honey, figs and plum. burnt caramel, black currant, pumpernickle, chocolate. sherry. oaked bourbon. port. but subtle and well-rounded. I hate bourbon, but it works here. The aftertaste provides impressive cocoa and tobacco notes that are stunningly beautiful. I want this aftertaste to last forever.

mouth remains full, without the sharp bite on the tongue I remember. carbonation has mellowed significantly (much longer and it might fade too much) and everything is near perfect. still a hint slick.

wow. I can't recall an old ale changing this much over two years. I'm blown away. And kicking myself that I didn't throw more down in the cellar. I was so un-impressed by Hibernation fresh, I never imagined it would improve this much with time. Get yours now, bury it in your backyard, and dig it up two years from now.

Poured from a fresh bottle (bot. date: sept. 08) into a goblet.

a. a truly stunning light mahogany with ruby grapefruit hues glows in the glass, capped with a thick and fluffy cream-colored head leaving behind some incredible lacing.

s. Initial bitter hop bite in the nose quickly yields to an intermingling of fruit, astringent alcohol, and some fermenting malt. A touch of roasted malt emerges as the glass warms, and the alcoholy esters rear their many heads overpowering the nostrils with ethyl acetate, fruity esters, and an almost varnish-like aroma. Definitely smells hot.

t. The roasted malts are definitely there, and a bit of the honey and figs try to peek through, but they're drowned out by the fruity alcohol verging on sourness and the bitter hops. Definitely a strong but rough merging of flavors akin to a tumultuous thunderstorm in the mouth. Sour fruit, roasted malt, a bit of toasted grain, and a finish of a bit of bitter piney hops.

m. Smooth but slick, with some hop oils and alcohol-esque slipperiness confusing the tongue slightly. A bit heavy on the carbonation given the strength and style, but all in all a pleasant one for sipping.

d. acidity, sourness, hop pineyness, and pure alcoholic hottness combine into a strong brew. It tastes even higher abv than labeled, which isn't necessarily appealing. Granted, I'm reviewing this one less than a month after bottling, which makes it very fresh, hot, and powerful. I'd imagine that with a bit of age, this one will turn into something incredible.

fresh rating: 4.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into tulip. From notes

This beer poured a deep, scarlet red to mahogany. The off white head dissipates quickly with little lacing. The smell is dark fruit, plum and currants, with some malt sweetness. I am not overly familiar with this style, but wow, this tastes really good. Semi-sweet malt with some peppery spice, aforementioned dark fruit, and just a slight hint of bitters. The mouthfeel is medium to slightly heavy with noticeable tackiness. The high ABV is well hidden. I will be headed back to the fridge to grab another one tonight. Very good.

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

Pours a clear dull ruby with cream colored head that quickly settles to a thin ring, leaving only a couple blobs of lace. Smell: lots of dark fruit - roasted plum, a little fig, caramel, earthy hopping, a wee booze. Taste: dark brown sugar, dark fruit, bready, enough piney/earthy hops to keep it from being too sweet. Big cocoa in the sticky finish. Pretty good. 10/6/10 bottling.

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Photo of Bizz88
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear mahogany amber with a thick creamy two fingered tan head with lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of carmel, malts, and vanilla with hints of piney hops. Bitter sweet chocolate, burnt carmel, and booze on the palate. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. With a little more ageing, this brew would pull solid 5.0s in taste and mouthfeel. A rock star performance by GDBC.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in SA Perfect Pint. Bottled 10/13/10.

A: Dark mahogany with chestnut highlights. Firm, off-white head. Good retention. Leaves some lace. Beautiful color.

S: Nutty aroma. Layers of fruit. Woody, earthy scents. Maybe some leather. Spice. Cassia bark?

T: Deeply sweet malt. Overripe fruit. Brief, citric hop burst. Spicy. Oak and a little vanilla. Caramel. A bit of cocoa powder. Slight warming alcohol.

M: Full. Soft, creamy feel. Coating. Missing something, though.

D: Solid. It's a sipper, but it's relatively high complexity keeps it interesting. Lovely beer.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head that fades rather quickly and left just spots of lace.

S-Nice nose here. Dark fruit, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt. I really like it.

T-Rich malt, hints of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and hints of piney hops. Very, very good.

M-Just on the cusp of being full bodied. Smooth and a bit creamy. Low carb level suits the beer well.

D-Goes down easily and another is certainly doable.

A very nice offering from Bell's. I'll certainly pick this one up again.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with brilliant ruby highlights. Just a touch of thin, filmy head. Sweet aroma of toffee, plum, vanilla, and gentle spicy hops.

Moderate carbonation leads into a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Dark fruit, biscuit, and brown sugar up front with hints of cocoa and smoke. Some subtle pepper and earthy notes on the lingering hop finish with a slight metallic bite.

A well-balanced brew that more than offsets the initial sweetness (the higher alcohol is almost undetectable). Very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear mahogany mahogany color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a skim that was thicker on the edges. Lace washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Rich dark fruits. Toast and wet grain. Floral and pine hops.

T: Toasted malt up front. Dark fruit, brown sugar with a little toffee or cocoa. Earth and wood in the middle too. Piney hop finish with warming alcohol. Lot going on; very complex.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, sweet and flavorful with an easy balanced finish.

D: Flavorful and complex. Might not be sessionable due to ABV, but the last five will last.

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Photo of Bonis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep amber in color, very much filtered. Nice thick half inch of light tan head. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.

S - Malty, bready, and roasty. A nice hop presence is apparent, lemon, citrus, and slightly floral. Lots of sweetness, toffee and dark fruits most notably.

T - Surprisingly I get a lot of hops at first. They are mostly fruity mixed with some pine and a nice floral note, but mildly apparent overall. The malty sweetness following makes it taste almost of candy, with a slight earthy character. A finely balanced beer overall. There is a slight alcohol taste to it, especially in the aftertaste, but it isn't any type of turn off and the bottle states "warming character" anyway...

M - Quite crisp, clean, and refreshing considering the alcohol content, but there is a slight sugary alcohol burn on the way down. Carbonation seems low, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

D - This seems incredibly easy to drink given the ABV. This is a beer I'd drink a few of in a night. Definitely more six packs of this to come for me.

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Photo of tehawful
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep cherry mahogany color with very little head. The rich quality of the dark red color is really nice.

Smell: A rich fruit characteristic combines with the sweet malt aroma. Finishes with a pine-scented hops smell that works very well. Overall, I am really impressed with the aroma.

Taste: Wow, so much going on here. Starts with an intense malt foundation which supports the flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar. The malts take their time, but transition to a woody tone with a slight hint of alcohol that introduces a finish of floral pine-like hops. I have rarely taken the time to enjoy a beer as much as I did this one. The complexity of all the flavors work well with each other, but are still interesting enough that not every sip tastes the same.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, yet still full-bodied. It almost melts in your mouth, which only adds to an already great experience.

Drinkability: A great Old Ale, which I will definitely introduce into my regular winter rotation. The ABV may not be ideal for a session ale, but the complex characteristics in all categories makes this a great selection if you are trying to pair it with a meal or if you are just looking to sit back and enjoy a great beer.

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

A - Pours red/brown in color with less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass and has moderate lacing.

S - Has a very earthy nose. Lots of roasted malts, caramel, nuttiness, a touch of coffee and cocoa, and mild floral hops.

T - Lots of layers here. Toffee malts, lots of cocoa, brown sugar, along with a bit of smokiness. Hop presence is somewhat masked by the huge malts, but provides a nice mild bitterness. Again, this is a hearty earthy beer in my opinion.

M - Medium, very smooth and creamy, well balanced.

D - Very nice winter beer. Big, bold and delicious.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 3/30/10
Bottled on 11/18/09
8.7% ABV
12 oz. In pint glass

A- creamy tan 1/16" head receeded to leave a thin layer of bubbles and thin bands of lace. Deep brown clear ale criss-crossed by a small number of bubbles.

S- huge whif of carmel & cocoa with hints of nuttiness. A dry nose. Very malty (notes of a malt shake) and a slight note of alcohol.

T- strong malt flavors of chocolate and coffee, notes of pine hop flavor. Also has a nice nuttiness. Definitely a rich ale. Has a slight hint of alcohol flavor.

MF- nice tingle on the tongue with an alcoholic warmth. A mild hop bitterness is present at first but fades leaving a dry roasty, chocolate aftertaste.

D- a delicious ale for around the fire or just to warm your insides on a cold winter day. A nice flavorful old ale.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a pint glass is a dark mahogany creation of beer crowned with about two fingers of a creamy yet still a little bit rocky head. As the head thins out it leaves behind lacing that is quite nice.

Aroma: Quite alot of maltiness in the nose rather robust. Carmamel malts with little hints of toffee and hearty dark bread. In the hop area there are piney bits very floral.

Taste: Two words malty backbone make that a malty beast of a beer. Upon this first sip I thought I was taking a massive bite of brown bread or some pumpernickel dam tasty. A chewy mouthfeel much like toffee only it's in liquid form. Tons of malty grain that makes incredibly robust. The hops give off a great bit of piney notes but are still roasted so nicely dark.

Notes: A malty beast and dam hearty. It's the beer that is a meal in a bottle. Cheers.

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

Glass - Tulip

A - Amber/red color with just a slight bit of haze. It didn't produce a head at all really, about less than a finger and died down in a snap. A very thin ring held atop my beer but no lacing was left.

S - Very malt forward with heavy biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, bread and toasted edges. I can pick out just a bit of fig and alcohol underneath the huge malt profile. To me the aroma is great, and inviting.

T - I get mild fig upfront just before it's washed away with rich malts. Lots of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar flood the palate and it finishes with a bit of smokiness to it and mild but noticeable bitterness. I also taste a bit of alcohol but it's hidden very well for nearly 9% ABV.

M - Smooth with just a bit of creaminess to it. Soft crispness with a medium-full body.

D - Wow I could really sit down and have a couple of these at the end of the day, or on a cold night. The drinkability is good for the high ABV, I could enjoy about 20oz of it but that's about it. It's a very delicious brew that I'd be happy to pick up again sometime. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Tulip

Nice dark ruby color. No head, just a thin tan ring atop the beer. Not super clear, dark enough to not see much bubbles escaping.

Huge malt aroma. All the usual suspects: Candy, dates, fig, caramel, molasses. Very sweet with a hint of alcohol.

Mmmm.. Big strong taste. I didn't notice the chocolate in the smell but there is definitely a nice cocoa taste coming through and to a lesser extent in the smell. As expected, all the wonderful malt flavors are spot on with the smell, lots of sugary, caramel, date goodness. The alcohol definitely weighs in though but it's not too in your face, it's integrated rather well.

There's a little heat on the back-end and down the throat. It finishes like burnt sugar and it lingers for some time. Feels very slick and oily in the mouth. About medium to low carbonation, always a good thing.

This is the type of beer i'd like to sip on all evening on a cold winter's night. It's hardy, full-bodied, flavorful and packs a punch. Great beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 year vertical, '08-'10, ratings reflect a composite score. Big Thanks to Bobby8405 for the critical '08 share.

A - All have great camel-colored head and deposit very nice swaths of lacing upon the glass. '10 is the most translucent and radiant, boasting a deep ruby-mahogany hue, with '09 & '08 being increasingly turbid, rustic and hazy, still with the same rich woody hue. It looks fantastic.

S - Lemon-zesty hop is notable in '10. More rich toffee-dark-fruit maltiness in '09 & '08. More chocolate notes in '09, more oat-y and lemony notes in '08 (though not like '10.) '08 & '09.

T - '08 tastes: Tobacco malty, nutty, as savory as it is sweet. Lingering chocolate-maduro flavor develops as it airs out. Some delicious butterscotch flavors, and some lemon-herbal hop remains. '09 tastes: With more focus on nutty flavors, cocoa-hazelnut, dark fruit and some earthy green hop. '10 tastes very good, with more of the authentic woody and blended 'Old Ale' flavor (an intangible perception on my part.) I like '09 best, flavor-wise, though '08 is close, and '10 is also outstanding.

M - '08 has the best mouthfeel I have ever encountered. Like a work of art. '09 has feel almost as good, but more sparkle and less creaminess; still it is flawless. '10 is actually better than '09, and is thereby dead-center in perfect territory.

D - Exceptional, regardless of vintage.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Oct 22, 2009.

This ale pours a fairly dark brown that when held up to a light shows a bit of a warm orange tint. A fairly aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of medium tan head that fades slowly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. It leaves pretty decent lace on the snifter as I slowly savor this beer.

The aroma is definitely malt forward with a bit of toasty character to it. Toffee, brown sugar, caramel and even some chocolate all come to my nose. There is a bit of an earthy character to the aroma as well, but not surprisingly, it seems that the hops have faded over the year this has been aging.

The flavor of this beer is wonderful. Rich and malty with a very nice toasted malt quality to it right up front. It also has some nice brown sugar and caramel qualities, and even some roasted coffee bean notes. There is a definite sort of woody earthiness to this beer as well, that I am not sure where it comes from but I really dig it. There are also some rich dried fruit notes, and chocolate. Everything is so well integrated and this is a wonderful beer to savor.

The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. I would venture to say that this beer is maybe a bit on the thin side, and the finish a bit sticky, but it is far from a deal breaker.

As stated before, this is a sipper of a beer, but I think it drinks wonderfully. I am not detecting any of the ABV at all, even with it almost at room temperature. I would be curious to try a fresh example with more of a hop presence.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle dated 10/2/2010

appearance - dark ruby/mahogany body, slight beige head

smell - i'm picking up plums, raisins, dates

taste - this is a brew that dances on the palate, i'm getting hops on the front, toffee, molasses, plums, raisins, malt

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit bitter in the front, slightly sweet on the finish, flavors really linger on the tongue on this one, booze is disguised very well

drinkability - this is at 8.7%, picked up a sixer of this, paid 12.49 for it (saw it later on for 10.99 - ticked me off, but anyways...), for the abv. this is a pretty smooth beverage that I'm glad I took a chance on, this is gonna be nice for those chilly nights to sip on.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint int glass. Bottled on Oct 06 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel and some mild bready and nutty notes.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by sweet caramel malt and roasted nuts in the middle and ending with a burnt flavor and mild hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Almost chewy in texture.

Drinkability: Above average drinkability. This is a sipper that would be good on a cold winter night. I wouldn't want another one, however.

Overall: Very solid beer overall. Great Divide keeps making solid beers. Give this one a shot.

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Photo of philbertk
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Divide Brewing Company--Hibernation Ale--Old Ale--English--12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV--65 IBU.s.? 2005 Release. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear rich black cherry red color. Toasted malty rich hop front. Roasted spicy sweet thick burnt caramel spice body. Tangy hot hop nutmeg spices end. Rich & spicy but too sweet. Sampled 11/23/2005.

2006 Winter Ale 45 IBU? Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich lacy tan head. Clear dark ruby brown red color. Malty mild burnt cinnamon hop front. Rich thick sweet roasted malty toffee mild Winter malt spice body. Hot EtOH hop spice end. Big Winter. Sampled 1/13/2007.

2007--Old Ale--Winter Ale--45 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $10.99. Mild lacy head. Clear bright dark ruby red black color. Rich malt spice toasted hop front. Cloying thick sweet toasted toffee caramel big malty Old Ale body. Hot mild hop spice cloying tangy malt EtOH fruity hint end. A touch too sweet. Sampled 4/3/2008.

Hibernation Ale--Malty--English Style Old Ale--Robust--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV--45 IBU's.? (4.5 / 5.0) Old Ale--Winter Ale--Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark mahogany bronze color. Toasted dry hopped malt ester front. Roasted chocolate hint mild sweet rich toffee body. Tangy hop spice malt EtOH end. Big, Balanced, Complex & Tasty. Sampled 2/13/2009. 6-Pack $10.99.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Hibernation Ale--English-Style Old Ale--Malty--Robust--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 8.70% ABV. 45 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Foamy lacy light tan dense head. Clear dark deep red color. Roasted dark fruit mild hop malty fruit ester front. Thick sweet spicy roasted toffee caramel crusty doughy aged fruity body. Mildly hot EtOH mildly hop bitter end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.99 @ Saleh's Deli--Crown Hill on 1/6/2010.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy chestnut tone with maybe a finger of tan-colored head; some lacing, though nothing to write home about.

big sweet, malty nose... caramel, some roastiness... also picking up a subdued nutty characteristic.

aroma largely pulls through in the taste. nuttiness is more pronounced, and i get a big dose of roasted and bready malts along with the suggestion of dark fruitiness. some bitter hoppiness in the finish. pretty tasty. nice wintry beer.

smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel. for me i'd gauge its drinkability at slightly about average; very solid brew, but probably not something i'd spend a lot of time with at a sitting.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,897 ratings.
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