Hibernation Ale (Great Divide Brewing Company) 4/5

Deeply sweet coffee, gingerbread, and chocolate aromatics. Little head, but that which does form is thick with micro-bubbles. Aftertaste is alcohol, with some hop bitterness. The warming effect of the alcohol in the throat and chest is immediate. I’m disappointed that, despite the lush and complex aroma, the malts don’t come through. There’s a hint of sweet rye bread, but it’s subtle and only detectable after the beer’s warmed considerably.

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