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I found this can lurking in the back of my beer fridge, waiting for the perfect winter evening in which emerge.


Beer Name: Hibernation Ale

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, CO)

Style: Old Ale

ABV: 8.7%

Description: The brewery’s dry-hopped winter seasonal is described by the brewery as having a malty richness and a hearty, warming character.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown body topped off by a foamy light tan head.

Smell: A blend of toasty malts and sweet dark fruits.

Taste: A mix of toasted and sweet malts, with the clear edge going to the former.  When first poured, the beer ended with a lingering bitter and roasty taste.  After sitting in the glass for a bit this finish evened out somewhat and took on a hint of the initial sweetness, but remained predominantly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that was most noticeable with a little bit of foam at the start of each sip and a slight tingling of bubbles at the end..

Hype: Nothing external.  This was another beer that my wife purchased on the recommendation of a shop employee, so I was interested in seeing what they would pick out for her.

Overall: Well made, but I wasn’t really that into this one.  There weren’t really any discernible flaws, I just wasn’t a fan of the malt profile.  If it was a just a bit sweeter or more subtle in its existing flavors I might have liked it a bit more, but alas, not my thing.