Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
12 oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on bottle neck.
Served in an Ittala 50 cl mug.
It pours a bronze/amber color with a full, but fast-fading off-white head and substantial lacing.
A sweet and dry malty smell rises at first pour, giving way to citrusy hops, cut grass, pears and faint touch of apple brandy.
This is a balanced brew with tastes of crushed barley, wheat toast, caramel, limes, and pear brandy.
It's an easy drinker with a little tight astringent back-of-the-throat bite in the finish.
What is it really?
Call it a hybrid of a Scottish Ale, British Winter Warmer and hoppy Bockbier. Got me. I have another...
01-07-2012 22:52:32 | More by BeerResearcher
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured a clear mahogany brown with a tight formed one finger sized white head leaving a broken ring of lace as it slowly settled,somewhat muted aromas mainly sweeter malt like that of brown sugar and dark fruit there was a hint of herbla hop but it was faint.Obviously malt tilted and pretty basic brown sugar and caramel sweetness mainly though not overly sweet a touch spicey hp comes thru in a rather quick finish.Not bad its drinkable but I got a bit bored with it in the end.
01-15-2007 01:30:51 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
Pours a nice copper color, with a decent cream color head that hangs out for a while. Toasted malt, sort of like someone melted a Kraft caramel on toasted bread, in the aroma. Very appetizing. Killer label.
Sooo drinkable - a toasty malt flavor starts off, with caramel, toffee, and a very slight diacetyl flavor rounding things out. It starts to get a bit more bitter mid sip, and finishes like a more bitter, slightly drier version of the start with added hints of cocoa and slight hop spiciness. The flavors are very, very clean - no off flavors at all. The mouthfeel is a touch on the light side, but it makes this brew massively drinkable. One of my favorite winter seasonals primarily because it lends itself to day-long consumption and I'll never tire of the flavor.
01-07-2003 21:21:11 | More by sponberg
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a "Bottled" date clearly marked.
Appearance: Clear deep copper (reddish tint) in colour with a well formed creamy bubbled lace.
Smell: Touch of butterscotch and herbal hop with a mild twang of fruitiness.
Taste: Light carbonation yet very smooth, nice chewy malt mouth feel in the middle. Hints of toasted malt, subdued fruitiness and a herbal hop bitterness which is a tad sharp along with the alcohol. Hints of butterscotch, ghost like rum alcohol and toasted bread help to finish off this brew.
Notes: A more than decent pick for the big influx of winter brews in this year (2003) ... just enough hops to tame the body. Quite an enjoyable malty brew.
11-13-2003 02:47:46 | More by Jason
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottle pours a hazy, almost murky, golden brown body with a small beige head that quickly drops into a collar. Some patchy lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is subdued. Toffee and pine hops are noted.
Light medium to medium body has a solid moderate carbonation.
Taste has pine and earthy hop bitterness up front that lords over the malt presence. Faint notes of toffee and caramel balance but don't shine like one would expect from a Scotch ale. Finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.
Hibernator is a good name for a doppelbock, which I thought this was when I picked up the bottle. When I tasted it I thought it was a hoppy amber. Now, I see that it's supposed to be a Scotch ale, and it might be a good one if the malt bill was beefed up.
01-30-2011 00:08:47 | More by merlin48
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
12 ouncer with bottled on dating (bottled 10 days before this review!) Pours almond and clear, minimal head is off white, next to no lacing. Nose is a boring sniff of malt and perhaps some smoke. Malty ale is the deal here, honey sweetness adertized on the label and picked up on the palate, decent sessioner, but not much more.
01-01-2005 00:42:45 | More by Billolick
3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle crimped on cap. 5 out of 6 Long Trails sent from Sudsdog all good drinkable beers so far nothing outstanding yet.
Clear dark to meduim amber color with reddish hues. fair retention and carbination leaving bits of lacing.
Moderate pleasing subtle aromas,very earthy,light sweet toasty,some doughyness,a good bit of fruity and nutty aromas ,a hint of honey sweetness.
Clean taste,tart fruityness,earthy,some sweet maltiness, some spiceyness,doughy,hints of honey.Good balance,the taste was a bit on the weak side. BA lists this beer as Scottish ale more like an Amber ale to me.
Medium almost light mouthfeel,smooth,with a bit of cloying. Goes down easy just don't think it a beer i could drink more than a couple of.
04-04-2007 02:16:14 | More by jcdiflorio
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a nice deep ruby brown with a small white head and a ton of lacing. Nose is a bit peaty, smoky and real malty.
Taste is very malty and peaty with a nice sweet finish. There's a bit of a metallic taste but it's not too bad. Overall for a scotch it's a bit tame however that means it's real drinkable and good for people who haven't had the style too many times.
03-18-2010 01:42:15 | More by kingcrowing
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Golden brownish reddish with a low off-white head. Low aroma of subtle malt and cracker. Flavor is malty upfront, biscuity, semi sweet, notes of toffee, nutty flavors, subtle caramel. Even mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall a tasty easy drinker, not over the top, but a good beer.
11-25-2011 19:03:41 | More by far333
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a clear orange-brown with a small off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Smells very nutty, slightly earthy, and grainy.
The taste is what I was hoping the Harvset would be but wasn't. Lots of sweet caramel and toasted malt with a underlying sweetness of citrus and sugar. Slighlty buttery and chewy in texture. Very nice mouthfeel. Super smooth. Moderately weak hop finish, but enough to balance all that malt. Great beer.
11-07-2003 00:17:56 | More by yankeeheel
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Long Trail Brewing company's Hibernator pours out the bottle and inot the glass a dark copper color. The head is relatively nice in size but short lasting. The initial smell is of spices, with malt and yeast breaking through. But overall the smell is tantalizing. The taste is a tad bit bland, not matching the spicy aroma, with malt being up front on the buds. There is a late arriving metallic bitter bite. A descent beer, but not one would I recommend rushing out to buy.
03-16-2008 22:55:31 | More by BadBadger
3/5 rDev -18%
Appears a deep caramel amber brown with a large off white khaki head, forms a thick head that leaves behind even bands of lacing. Aromatics sweet baked holiday breads with a touch of peated malt, overall really sweet caramel tones with a touch of alcohol. All of their beers have that touch of maple syrup in them especially the Triple Bag I had on ta last night. Flavor isn't overtly too sweet a rustic somewhat balanced with hard edges of herbal notes and earthiness, kinda stuck on the tobacco leaf kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad cloying not overly heavy in anyway but something just doesn't sit well with each sip, I thought their IPA was rock solid but so far I can't say Long Trail is one of the greats through their whole portfolio. Drinkability is pretty weak with this offering not the brew I would look for again anytime soon.
12-06-2008 21:04:31 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Fresh from Vermont, thanks to my buddy Chris and his brother!
Poured a light brown, slightly murky. A one finger beige head forms and slowly resides to a thick film with some spotty lacing.
Aroma-malty, strangely lagerish with some vanilla notes. A swirl and a deep inhale gets you some hoppy aromas too.
Mouthfeel-good carbonation and bitterness are the inital sensation and taste. A roll on the palate gets a sweet, grainy malt flavor. I try avoid the term balanced but this winter brew is with a slightly hoppier than malty edge. Finishes like an Alt with a kick. VERY sessionable, pleasing. Long Trail always pleases, Cheers.
12-12-2007 04:08:02 | More by ByTor2112
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.