Today's Craft Beer Cellar Advent beer is Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver. From the department of overly specific recommendations (specifically, the label): "Suggested food pairings: Romano, an aged hard Dutch cow's milk cheese, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp with ginger ice cream." It probably would go well with ginger ice cream. It has the malty sweetness prominent in this seasonal selection so far. I initially smelled some dry hopping, but that went away half way through. This beer does have some coffee notes that I don't prefer in beer, but these made me think more of chocolate cake with a hint of coffee.
This was a good choice for a winter night of hibernating.