Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Denver, CO
English-Style Old Ale 8.7%
I was just catching up on my Beer Sessions Radio and I listened to the podcast from 12/9/14 featuring Jessica Garcia-Agullo of Iberian Beer United, Matt Hartman of Remarkable Liquids, and Chris Balla from Mile End Deli. The excellent conversation surrounding NY distribution, Spanish craft beer, and beer menu selection got me thirsty. I reached for a Great Divide Hibernation Ale tonight, as I feel like hibernating until this weekend, when work will be done and I will be busy with friends and loved ones. Thanks to Jessica, I learned a new term for an action I have been practicing in my beer drinking for some time now, Retronasal Olfaction. Basically the process of exhalation through your nose while your mouth is closed after consuming a food or liquid. The flavors on your palate left over by the (in this case) beer, will travel through sinuses in your nasal cavity and will reveal different or variant aromas. This will help provide another element to your beer's overall flavor and impact. As for me, this beer shows off much more cocoa and dark fig when I practice my retronasal olfaction, as opposed to the processed chocolate, tobacco, and caramel I receive on its initial nose through Orthonasal Olfaction (regular ol' "sniffing"). The 8.7% abv on this beer also finds its legs midway through the beer and helps keep me hunkered down.
For those of you who don't listen into Jimmy Carbone's excellent podcast, please fix that... the link is right here