Monday, December 21, 2009

Hibernation Ale

Christmas is on Friday, in case you haven't heard. I've been holding off wishing you a Merry Christmas, but enough already. Here is a special Merry Christmas to all of you! I guess this was before Mr. Garrison became Mrs. Garrison.

Today I'm drinking Hibernation Ale brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. I've heard people rave about this beer over the past few months, and although we get some of Great Divide's beers here, this guy wasn't one of them. Until last week, what to my wondering eyes should appear? Yep, you guessed it, on the shelf at Total Wine. Sweet! This has been their winter beer since 1995 and it has won a gold and two silvers at the Great American Beer Festival since then. This bottle happened to be bottled on November 12, 2009. I'm really looking forward to this!

Dark fruit and raisin aroma, candied and smothered with booze, lovely. There is also a wonderful sweet caramel aroma to this beer. Caramel and malty flavors to start, sweet. Some brown sugar and dark fruits and molasses are also prominent flavors. The medium to upper-level body is perfect for this beer. Some hops present themselves and balance out the sweet just as you get a good little nip from the 8.7% alcohol. The alcohol, however, is perfectly matched with the dark fruit flavors. Things are a also a little spicy on the back end. The finish is drier along with more boozy alcohol--it's still a welcome warmer yet is nearing the annoying cliff. Excellent beer! I'd recommend you try this if you can get your hands on it!

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