Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

724 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001

This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 724 | Reviews: 269
Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear russet brown with amber highlights. Nice off-white head with compact bubbles. Faint nose of malt, hops, and a touch of yeast -- smells like beer.

Nice toasted notes of malt and caramel with some fruit in the mix. A bread note binds the transition on the palate. Slightly oily herb and earth hop finish. Smooth, and the bitterness keeps the palate ready for the next sip. A bit more carbonation than I'd like but the body accompanies it well (medium range). This is a very respectable ale.

Extremely well-balanced and warming without the overkill of some winter releases. This is a nice Scottish-style winter warmer to drink if you want to have more than one and don't want to get buzzed too quickly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of javier
4.76/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I liked this alot, it is everything I want from a "winter brew". If I was a bear, this is what I would stock my cave with for the winter.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. 12/07/11 on the neck.

A: Pours an opaque orangish ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Can see some fast moving bubbles inside. Lacing on the sides. Head is easily rejuvenated.

S: Dark fruit notes. Some toffee and carmel malts. Winter spices seem to be present too.

T: Malty upfront with an almost wheat like finish. Some of the typical carmely scotch ale flavors. Hops make an appearance at the end along with a very faint spice.

M: Medium bodied, drinkable. Seems like a wheated out scotch ale.

Overall a good take on the scotch ale but one that's not for me. With the other had hitting winter warmers this one takes a backseat. I still find myself buying it though.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, ruby/copper pour. Tan, milkshake frothed head hangs on and laces nicely.
Smell: Sweet caramel/toffee malt, distinct whiff of butter-rum lifesavers, floral hops.
Taste: Slick, creamy, semi-dry toffee malt followed by a smooth toasty hop and roasted spice bitterness. Malt aftertaste lingers with a subtle alcohol warmth. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel: A little thin given the rich malt nose. Low carbonation level seems appropriate.
Drinkability: A nice winter ale, somewhat lacking in body, but a hell of a sniff between sips.

Photo of Bobancheff
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber color with about a half inch of quickly vanishing head. You can defiantly smell the malts and caramel in it. The taste is not very strong. I can taste the malts and caramel in it as well. I thought it was a little light compared to the other winter beers I have tried but was still a good beer.

I really enjoyed this beer and will get more in the near future.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes (11/25)

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a tan 1 finger head with slow dissipation. Leaves a layer of foam on the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

S: Very grainy, a little bit of biscuity malt, but not as much as expected.

T: A good bit of caramel and toffee from the malt. Also slightly nutty. Has a toasty bread flavor at the end.

M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean drinking. Overall its not bad. I would drink it again, but would prefer to try some others in the style to get a better handle of what a Scottish should be.

Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark coppery color,it looks like a glass of maple syrup,but the head is a little smallish.The smell is a little floral,but it's mostly a sweet honey scent with roasted maltThe taste is very creamy and finishes with alot of hoppiness.The m/f isn't as well balanced as I would like.It does have a slight watery aftertaste,but this is a good beer from my favorite Vermont brewer.

Photo of asabreed
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A mildly hazy orange color, almost like an orange marmalade, without the thickness of course. Off-white head balancing at the top with minor retention.

Smell: A nice balance of mild fruit esters and good bitter hops, with some candied fruit aromas. But even as it warms, there's not a lot that's discernible except the commingling of the two.

Taste: The hops here come into play a lot more than the malt and fruit esters, which surprises me a bit for more of a winter brew. Lingering earthiness and hops with back-end mild fruit esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good creaminess, and one of the best attributes of the brew.

Drinkability: A decent and somewhat sessionable brew for the winter. Both a little hoppier and heavier than I expected originally, which turns out to not be a bad thing at all.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A plain beer, not offensive, with some spices. Not much hops, lager a bit past due. Thanks Kid Presentable. Decent darker colour, no head to speak of.
A bit of aroma. Bitter, even acidic and some malts. Dry metallic and pepper aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long Trail Hibernator
12 oz. bottle

Long Trail's Hibernator is an unfiltered Scottish-style ale. It pours a hazy orange-chestnut body beneath a creamy cap of light tan. The head holds well and leaves some very nice rings of thin, craggy lace throughout the glass.

In the nose it's both malty and hoppy, which is unusual for a Scottish ale, but it's pleasant enough, and clean. The malt is gently caramelish, and there's also a hint of what leans towards being roasty but actually isn't - basically meaning that there's some dark malt to it, but it doesn't come off as coffee-like or chocolate, or anything particularly distinct.

The flavor follows suit, and although I feel there's a little bit too much hop flavor to it given the Scottish designation, it's not really that far overdone. Or maybe it's just the hops that they've chosen that I find odd. They're brighter, and perhaps more piney, spicy, and herbal than what I'd normally expect, which would be more English in character. The malt comes through nicely though, and it's got a perfect balance to it. Moderate bitterness focuses it, and it finishes dry and spicy with a light note of caramel and a dusting of dark chocolate powder.

Overall it's a really well-brewed ale, and one that satisfies. Well done!

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of fluffy white head, hazy amber body. Some lace.

Some fruitcake on the nose and some yeast. Some 'chocolate orange'.

Taste is rich and malty in a very pleasant way. Lacing in specifics perhaps, but very pleasant and well balanced. Seems very sweet, wheaty at first, but there's some hops in the finish.

Thick, but not milkshake thick Foamy.

This is quite nice and at a decent price point. I guess I get the classification as a Scotch style.

Photo of Ezone024
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours on the lighter side of brown, 1/ inch creamy head with decent carbonation.

smells of honey and robust almond with a slight metallic thing goin on.

taste's exceptional, this is a very light drinking winter ale. it goes down sweet and smooth. hints of nut and honey malts with a nice hop finish make this very drinkable.

i'd recommend this to anyone.
The Long Trail Brewing CO. will never disappoint.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out of a mixed case. The appears is a simple brown with a white head. The aroma leaves a lot to be desired with a plain, too-clean mix of mineral-y water and a hint of toffee. The flavor gets a little better with a deep caramel and toffee flavor and hint of chocolate. It's not perfect, the flavor is too weak for the style, but overall this is an OK beer.

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.