Happy Thanksgiving LIBA readers! I hope you’re all having a great day. I know I am. Tonight on LIBA Greg is guest reviewing Great Divide Hibernation Ale. I tried this beer last winter. If you’re interested, after you read Greg’s account below go back and check out my review for a different angle. Greg….
Tonight I am drinking Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale. The bottle says it is an “English style old ale” and it sounds perfect for the cold wet weather we are having here in Massachusetts. The Hibernation Ale pours a gorgeous deep full red color. The color is similar to a sherry aged Scotch like Highland Park. The head is a thin off white and dissipates quickly. Right off the bat you can smell the malt. The smell is a wonderful mix of caramel and peanuts. The flavor matches the smell with flavors of caramel and just a hint of hops. The bottle says the beer is 8.7% alcohol but it isn’t as sweet as I expected considering the high alcohol content. The flavor is robust but is also balanced with a spike of malt flavor in the second half of the taste. The finish is malty and seems to go on forever. I swear I could still taste it a few minutes after taking a sip. I don’t think I could drink more than one or two of these in a sitting, but it’s a perfect cold wet night, sitting by a fire (if I had one) beer. I would recommend this beer to beer drinkers who like a full flavored, malty beer.