The Hibernation Ale (English-Style Old Ale) from Great Divide Brewing company in Denver, Colorado pours out dark, ruby red in color with good clarity and is topped with just over a finger of light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film with a good sized collar. On the nose, aromas of dark fruit, wood, earth, peat, toffee and spice. This really smells quite rustic; kind of fitting for an old ale. In the mouth, rich and creamy. Toffee flavor comes first followed by earth, dark fruit, chocolate and spicy hops towards the end. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly viscous, chewy mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. The finish is long and has a good deal of malt sweetness that is only outlasted by the spicy hoppiness.
A wonderful craft beer for winter with three GABF medals under its belt. Nice and warming with very complex flavors that assault the mouth with layer upon layer of flavor. Great après ski craft beer or for sitting outside on a cold night in front of an outdoor fireplace. You will not feel the cold. Highly recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 8.7% ABV, Bottled on Sep 28, 2012
Beer 341 of 366 for 2012