Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

268 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 724
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 5.77%
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
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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going against the grain on this one. From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a partly hazy amber, off-white head. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, malts, caramel, some earth. Malty, caramel aroma, brown sugar. The finish is an earthy, floral hop bittering. Thin/medium to medium in body. This beer didn't put together for me at all. (338 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear dark amber color, with white head, some lacing.

smells sweet and malty, maybe a little oxidation.

taste is malty, with just a touch of spice. sorta one note, nothing too special. moderate carbonation and medium body, but an odd chalky feeling of an aftertaste.

I'd say below average drinkability just because it seems a bit off. (340 characters)

Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blah. A subpar Scottish ale. Aroma was weak. Stale caramel malt with not much else. Pour was an average cloudy medium amber with no bubbles and just a hint of a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was very average. A hint of roasted malt, but mostly caramel with no hops apparent. Little carbonation. (296 characters)

Photo of marcpal
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slight head through the beer with some lacing. Color was dark amber, dark crimson.

S: Bready, malty aroma. Didnt pick up the honey here.

T: Good taste, wasnt too sweet despite the honey and additives. Not a warming seasonal but pretty good.

M: Heavily carbonated given the style of beer. Fairly thick in the back of the mouth.

D: Would have liked to have tasted more of the warming alcohol but it is a drinkable beer. Enjoyable but not a favorite. (488 characters)

Photo of Kitt
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep red-brown with a straw colored one-finger head. Prominent and persistent lacing.

Aroma rather weak. An earthy-malt scent. Not much here.

Taste rather bitter for a Scottish Ale. Malts not heavy or strong. Some caramel and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and and fairly light. I disagree that this is a full-bodied ale. There is room for improvement.

Drinkability favorable. Definitely smooth. Carbonation prevalent, alcohol not quite as much.

Overall, I am disappointed with this beer. I had heard good things. It's not as rich or flavorful as I would have liked and I fell it has a rather weak body contrary to popular belief. By no means is this my favorite style of ale - but even so, I expected something that stands out. This beer seems rather bland to me. (778 characters)

Photo of curasowa
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, reddish-copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt, slight dish rag/lemon cleaner, mild spice, some earthy hops.

Taste: Caramel malt up front, then thinning a bit with floral hop notes and some yeast, then flattening out to a more dull bitterness on the back end with some nuttiness and a slightly astringent dried spice note.

The Rest: This one doesn't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium and carbonation is fine, but the aroma is slightly off-putting and the taste didn't really make up any ground. Drinkable but nothing special. (609 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Served cool. Nice billowing toasted marshmallow head and a cola colored body. Grassy, metallic smell. Nice varied malt flavor. Sweet front. little hop bite in the middle. Sweet candies in there too. Medium carbonation and smooth. Good beer. I guess for a scotch ale I imagine some smoke. Don't get any here. But a good beer nonetheless. (385 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and malts. Taste is very hoppy and downright bitter, not to my liking. Feels light and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a beer that I really cared for. (285 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for providing the bottle so I didn't have to buy one.

Appearance: A slight haze on a relatively straight up copper color. Small, off-white head drops to a spotty cap and tiny collar almost immediately. Moderate carbonation on the pour. A bit of clarity at the edges.

Smell: Lightly caramelized malts. A big white bread aroma. A bit phenolic. Some apple and raw grain. Biscuits and caramel. Slight roasted character. Even some vague toasted notes. Moderate malt backbone. Minimal hopping pushes hints of herbal and leafy hops. Some pale and amber malts. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: Herbal hop notes over the top of some pale malts. Bread crust with a hint of citrus. Some amber malts. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Minor roasted malt profile. Some toasted edges. Same mildly phenolic kick as the nose. Apple. Legit toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. A bit of creamy smoothness. Lingering dry finish.

Overall: You couldn't last the winter on this beer alone.

Drinkable en masse, despite terrible style claim. It's a mild bock type thing. Drinkable and not terrible. (1,141 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper color. No aroma really. Rather metallic and plain. Malty enough flavor with a touch of bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall quite average or maybe better. Could use a more pronounced malt flavor and lose the metallic flavor and aroma. Too close to their regular ale. Doesnt really compute. (309 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 10/15/12 (bottled on date?), and poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Hibernator pours a slightly hazy burnt orange. Maybe a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer, and fades cleanly after a minute or two. The nose, while muted, has a nice complexity. Toffee, biscuits, and a tobacco aroma all make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with malts that definitely lean more towards biscuit and bread than caramel and toffee. There's a sharp bitterness next that's entirely out of place. A subtle tobacco and herbs blend delivers the finish. The mouthfeel just lacks the fullness of body that I'd expect for a malty winter beer, though the carbonation is appropriately subdued. I don't often reach for Long Trail beers when I'm browsing at my local bottle shop, and this HIbernator isn't going to change my mind. (848 characters)

Photo of jjchristiano
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange hue looks as if there is a lot of yeast still in the mix. Bottle says unfiltered so I assume this is the reason. Almost homebrewish in appearance. smell is dominated by hop aroma. Can't taste sweetness. More crisp hoppy flavor that also has a bite of hops at the tail. I'm not really getting any spice either so for me this is not a preferred winter beer offering. (377 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, minimal head (pretty much a small ring of lace). Aroma is malty sweet, butterscotch, and a slight nuttyness. Flavor is initally malty sweetness, with some brown sugar and honey making up the aftertaste. Minimal (if any) hop presence. (252 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Dark orange amber pour, with little head, and not much lacing.

Not much in the aroma. Maybe some caramel.

The flavor is better, but not by much. Caramel, butterscotch, some peat, and oak, but all very muted.

The body is too thin and watery for a "rich winter brew." Medium carbonation, goes down easy.

Overall a miss from Long Trail. Too many flaws. (411 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased for $1.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, dark, ruby-red colored hue with a minimal foamy head that quickly receded and left a small amount of lacing...
A not-too-impressive aroma replete with rich malts, caramel, and candied sugars bursting forth...
Taste was average to say the least - not too exciting or spectacular at all... heavy on the malts, low on the hops, without too much balance here... Flavors were rendolent of sweet, dried malts, caramel, a tinge of vanilla, slight sugars, and some figs...
Slick, watered-down mouthfeel without too much going on in this department...
Drinkability was average to say the least...
All in all, a less-than-mediocore brew...
Nothing special... (757 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty disappointed by this one.

Normally I'm a big fan of scottish ales or the wee heavy style but this one just wasn't doing it for me. Just clearly not enough flavor or taste for the style. When I get a scottish ale, I want it to be smokey and malty like Old Chub from Oskar Blues. This one poured a nice red color, but the smell was nonexistent along with the taste. Usually Long Trail has some good stuff but this is decent at best.. I mean it's highly drinkable because it has no taste but that's not a great thing. (522 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright burnt orange with a polished bronze-like glow when backlit with morning sunshine. My usual pour netted one fat finger of orange-khaki colored foam. No matter, because the head has a thick and creamy texture and is beginning to grace the glass with an attractive band of filagreed lace.

The nose... well, there really isn't one at this point. Let's see what time and warming will bring to the table. Answer: not much. The aroma is a faint (and I do mean faint) echo of the flavor profile. Since really low scores are reserved for beer that smells bad...

While the name implies a malty, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, snow-falling-outside, blazing fireplace kind of ale, Hibernator is anything but. The malts sound inviting enough: pale, wheat, crystal, chocolate, caramel and black. Crystal/caramel dominates. It also tastes like the brewers skimped on adding the malt to begin with.

A bit more flavor is appreciated as the middle third of the bottle is breached. Other than steely caramel and some dark butterscotch, there ain't much happening. The ale is more bitter than sweet. That could be due to the Nugget and Mt. Hood hops (25 IBUs), or the borderline selzer-like carbonation.

The mouthfeel is too light and too fizzy. Again, nothing at all like a winter ale. As always, improvement here would have probably have led to higher flavor and drinkability scores.

Long Trail Hibernator hasn't taken very kindly to hibernation. A 5.6% beer won't last forever, but I'd expect it to have held up better than this in the 9 months or so since bottling. Fresh Hibernator is probably a different (and better) story. (1,619 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dark copper tone yielding a big 2-finger beige colored head. nice retention and lacing... great presentation.

nose is somewhat tame, noteworthy in its caramel, bready maltiness, but not a whole lot else going on. flavor follows the aroma closely, which is to say, meh... bready, with sweet, caramel malts, a bit of a metallic edge to it. OK - nothing more, nothing less; a decent if uninspiring quaff.

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel. goes down easy enough, just seems to me there are far better offerings to be had.

originally reviewed: 01-05-2011 (619 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is amber in color with a small white head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is very mild, but has traces of hops.
The flavor starts out sweet, then has a slight floral hop presence and it finishes with a slight bit of honey in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated. (313 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dark copper tone yielding a big 2-finger beige colored head. nice retention and lacing... great presentation.

nose is somewhat tame, noteworthy in its caramel, bready maltiness, but not a whole lot else going on.

flavor follows the aroma closely, which is to say, meh... bready, with sweet, caramel malts, a bit of a metallic edge to it. OK - nothing more, nothing less; a decent if uninspiring quaff.

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel. goes down easy enough, just seems to me there are far better offerings to be had. (587 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of JayNH
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy reddish brown with not much of a head.

S- sweet and bready with a hint of banana. A hint of piney hops.

T- Starts a little sweet, then detecting some sour green apple. Finishes with a mild grassy hop taste mixed with the taste of an apple peel.

M- smooth but thin and watery.

D- It's not "bad" but it's not "good" either. I'm a Long Trail fan but this one was a disappointment. It's like a watered down Double Bag. (434 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown. Not much head,and only a trace of lacing. Aroma is malty,with a hint of brown sugar,and hops. Body is thinner than I expected,with some carbonation. Taste is sugary, with some bitterness in the finish. Way too sugary for me, but you might like it. (266 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color. Not much head and it's going fast.

Smells like roasted malts, a slightly sweet smell. Not much else going on here. The absence of hop aromas give it an almost medicinal aroma.

The medicinal aroma carries over to the taste as well. It tastes almost metallic. There is a slightly drying bitterness on the end fo the taste but the rest of it is roasted/toasted malt flavors with some dark fruit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but that leads to excellent drinkability. (504 characters)

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.