Thursday, December 23, 2010
Hibernation Ale 2010
Today I'm drinking Hibernation Ale 2010 brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. I reviewed this one year ago, almost to the day. Funny, looking back I embedded a YouTube video of Mr. Garrison's Merry Fucking Christmas in last year's post. Take a look--hilarious! The label depicts a cross country skiier. Elsewhere around the label you will find the medals this beer won, potential food pairings, and MALTY & ROBUST descriptors. Bottled Oct 6 2010.
Malty aroma highlighting dark fruits and caramel. Flavors start out pretty much the same. Caramel richness meets fruity raisin and cherry and fig newton sweetness meets 8.7% alcoholic prowess. Brandy booze eventually cuts up any hint of sweet and ushers in some vanilla and wood and brown sugar flavors. Lightning bolts and unicorns come next, seriously. The warmth from the alcohol should be noted again. And there is just enough bitter and spice on the back end to add some extra interest. Good body, nice carbonation. For best flavors, I'd recommend letting it warm up a little out of the fridge. Enjoyable, flavorful, warming beer. Try it when you can.
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