Great Divide Hibernation

I’ve been going to Denver since the early 90s, before craft beer became as big as it is now. One place I’ve always enjoyed is the Great Divide Brewery. I have had few beers there that I have not liked. However, one that I look forward to every year is the Hibernation. Hibernation is their winter ale. This one has been around a while, but it’s really earned its place as a classic. It’s classified as an Old Ale. However, that really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a very wonderful, complex mix of flavors. It pours a dark brown. It has some strong roasted malt notes, along with toffee, caramel and fruit (maybe cherries). As you drink it, you get strong flavors of coffee and chocolate as well. It has a heavy-ish feel to it, but it’s not overbearing. However, I don’t think I’ve ever had more than one at a time. I give this beer five out of five proper pints.

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