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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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268 Reviews

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 725
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 24
Gots: 68 | 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 beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

32 IBU
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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

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Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Rich malts. Mostly crystal, with some very mild chocolate and black malts. Moderately roasty, just a hint of smokiness. Grains, wheat and barley. Bold aroma overall.

Appearance: Depp copper, slightly hazy. Expecting more haze since this is unfiltered. Pours a moderate light brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Some sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

Taste: Dark and roasty. Crystal malt with some darker varieties, mild black malt which adds some of the roastiness. Some peat, and mild pine brought on by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Mild carbonation, but what's there stings a bit. Not overly dry, must have gone a bit light on the unmalted roasted barley. The finish is mildly dry nonetheless.

Overall: Nice bold yet relaxing brew. On the sweet side, but nicely balanced. It's fitting that it is released as a winter seasonal.

Notes: Drank on 5/7/2012. 10/25/2011 stamped on the bottle, I assume this was the brewed-on date.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a golden brown color, with amber hues to the light. It held a half finger tall tan head, which showed poor retention. This left chunky bubbles atop the liquid, with surrounding sheets of lacing. No sediment or haze was noticed, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma opened with mild, steely malts. With warmth these took on great complexity, showing chocolate and deeper toffee components. Otherwise the nose met light earthy hops, with minerals, honey, and nectary floral sweetness. Our first impression was that this beer was not bad, and had a curious bitterness. The flavoring opened up with a strong synthetic cherry vibe. The malts here were coffee-esque, with a surprisingly strong roastiness. The middle peaked with bitterness of floral hops and booze. This gave a metallic and medicinal feel to this stage of the tasting. The malts deepened, becoming more chocolatey and chalky here, and only slightly sweeter. The finish showed even grassiness to take over all else. This washed the palate, leaving room for a final twinge of brown sugar sweetness in the final drops. The aftertaste breathed of bready grain, cherry cough syrup, metals, grassy hops, booze, raw honey bomb, and raw bananas. The body was medium and the carbonation was average. There was a light metallic coating around the mouth, with a final dryness, but this never approached astringency. At times the feel was a little watery, with only decent froth and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank somewhere in the middle.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the malty inclusion, and the eventual complexity to the flavoring. While not all the flavors were necessarily well blended, that malty complexity of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and coffee all coming together was nice. We felt the nose to be a bit mild, and ultimately the beer need a bit more sweetness to fit the classic stylistic guidelines.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, smallish head which sticks around for a little while, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, slight nuttiness, picking up a bit of toffee as well.

Taste is straightforward with caramel malt leading the charge, decent creaminess, soft carbonation, toffee in the aftertaste, not much of a hop presence but it's not sorely missed with this beer, lightly spiced.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #136
Served On: 03/14/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 12/26/11

This was in the winter 2011 Survival Pack. One of the last winter seasonals left in my beer fridge.

Look: Poured a cloudy copper-brown with yellow and gold variations along the edges. The head was a 1-finger of off-white patchy foam that formed a rocky surface on top. Carbonation bubbles responded fairly well to the signature laser etching on the bottom of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Smell: At first the aroma was of roasted spices like cinnamon and ginger. Then I started to notice a biscuit quality typical of Winter Warmers.

Taste: Upfront were notes of earthy ginger with a clean alcohol dryness in the middle. The finish was bitter with some roasted notes randomly. The aftertaste was a lasting biscuit mixed with more faint spice.

This beer was an interesting spin on a winter seasonal. I can’t say It followed the Scotch Ale style much, but it certainly had nice complexity and I’ll definitely look for it again. It was very similar to a Fordham Scotch Ale, only with a winter spice character.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light brown with a finger of bubbly beige head. A little bit of soapy lace sticks.

A bit of a nutty aroma with good toasted malts in the forefront. Seems to have a touch of sweetness on the edge. Good nutty flavor profile with hints of brown sugar and a huge malt profile that finishes out with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Overall this one is real solid. Well crafted and tasty for sure.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 112111-1732. Sampled on March 2, 2012. The pour is a slightlu cloudy medium amber with a silkly, fluffy light tan head. The aroma is full of caramel and other sweet malts. The body is smooth, creamy, and about medium. The flavor is fully malted up front with this delayed bitter hop bite toward the end. It ends clean. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of KDawg
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium orange color with a nice foamy head.

The aromas are a bit muted with some aromas of malts, toffee, and caramel with a touch of hops. Not all that deep either sadly

medium bodied with a smooth feel and flavors of caramel and malts

A good scotch ale and very drinkable. It would be better if there was more depth to it, but it's enjoyable regardless

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a quarter inch off-white head with short life. The body is a hazy amber/peach, almost a simple tea color. It smells simply of malt. And the taste is malt, too, with a slightly nutty aftertaste. The body is lightweight. There's an exceedingly long bitternut finish. Frankly I find this sample one dimensional.

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Photo of Thads324
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper with a thin white head. Dissipates to just a ring after about a minute. Aromas of soft caramel and a lot of stale bread(it smells how stale bread tastes). Not really any hop. Taste is better than the aroma. Starts crisp with a semi-sweet bread flavor. A hint of smoke and toffee. Bits of caramel too. There is a subtle hop bitterness that is resinous and earthy at the same time. Breaks up the sweetness nicely.
Well carbed and medium bodied.

A more robust beer in flavor than the abv would suggest. Oddly smells like an old lager?
Goes down well and is a nice little brew

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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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint gleass at a neighborhood bar.

A-Dark copper/amber color, slightly hazy. Minimal head, decent lacing.

S-Earthy roasted malt with a spice that I'd love to identify.

T-Creamy malt with a bit of a hop finish and a lingering spice flavor.

M-Nice body despite its lack of carbonation.

O-A winter warmer...what is that spice??

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Photo of mpmckenn
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Medium body, light brown with a thin head.

S-Some spices and malts. Slight roasted nuts smell as well.

T-Malty with a hint of spices. Pretty pleasant.

M-Medium carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O-Not a bad beer. something you can have a few of and not get sick of. worth a try.

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

First had: on tap at Teikoku, Edgemont, PA

This is a Scottish ale? Could've fooled me. A winter warmer, maybe. Poured into a stem glass, a darker amber color with a slight haze, and a nice cap of foamy white head that left some attractive lacing on the glass throughout the session. Aroma of sweet malts, slightly nutty. Sweet taste of malts, honey, brown sugar, bready, with light fruit notes, and some grassy hops. No real characteristics of any Scottish ale I've ever had, and a low ABV to boot. Still a nice beer overall. Medium-bodied, and went down pretty easy and smooth.

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Photo of Zraly
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kajerm
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown, amber at the edges; almost no head and scant lacing. Light malts on the nose. Opens up light with light roasted malt notes (caramel, nuts) mid-palate. Finish is Noble-tasting hops with long but very muted bitterness. Much less compact flavor profile than I expected from the aroma and early flavor. Mouthfeel is effervescent with light to medium body.

Good fridge beer, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown/almost dark golden colored body with a small white head that lasts just a couple seconds, spotty lacing running down the sides of the glass.

S: some mild roasted malts along with some nuts

T: slightly sweet through the roasted malts

M: light, sessionable, mild nutty aftertaste and finish

O: good for the style, awesome to me, always look forward to having this every winter

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Photo of Chico1985
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/21/11.

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange, big ol off-white head retains well at about half a finger and leaves good lace. Some sediment floats about.

Smell is quite faint, but not bad once it warms. Sweet malts, caramel, some tea, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is big on the sweet malts and caramel malts, a tea leaf feel and herbal hops balance it out a bit along with some spice. Toasty bread in the finish. A light peat presence comes around with warmth and makes it a little more well-rounded.

Carbonation is a bit stinging but not bad. Decent mouthfeel.

An okay winter ale, doesn't offer much beyond that, definitely improves with warmth.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy ruby red, little head

S-Spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and some roastiness.

T-Malt with some spice. Not much else. A bunch of malt with little else to offer.

M-Medium bodied but lacing carbonation.

O-There is nothing off putting in this beer. However it has a bunch of malt and little else.

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Photo of adamrobertt
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - I'm drinking this out of a bottle but I had it in a pint glass the other day... nice amber color which was actually a bit lighter than I was expecting. I was expecting a really deep dark color, like a stout or something - but the amber was nice. There was a bit of lacing on the glass but not much and the head seemed to dissipate quickly. Sort of a foamy head.

Smell is not too intense out of the bottle. I get notes of brown sugar and toasted malt, but nothing too intense.

The flavor is really interesting and complex. I'm tasting burnt sugar, brown sugar, slight black coffee, unsweetened chocolate, big toasted malts, big deep caramel notes, a pleasant soft butteriness, and moderate alcohol at the back end. Really nice. Flavorful and comforting.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. It has a nice weight in the mouth but isn't too heavy. I'm not getting an excessive carbonation, it seems average to maybe slightly above, but nothing distracting or unpleasant.

Overall this is a great beer. Definitely my favorite from Long Trail.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of EkimGram
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Colour is a hazy amber. Very thin head fades to just a thin rim around the glass. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Generally mild aromas of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. A little nutty.

Taste: Lots of bite initially followed by sweet, roasted malts. Aftertaste is the winner here - lovely flavours of burnt, roasted malts with a mellow nuttiness to it.

Mouthfeel: Light body with some powerful carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A supremely solid beer. I'm quite pleased knowing I've got five more of these. The carbonation is a tad much for my preference but all-in-all I totally dig this brew.

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a half finger of off white head. A layer of head remains on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fruity notes. Not as much caramel as I would expect given the style.

Taste: Bready malt with some fruity notes, I'm picking up mild cherry. The finish is bitter with the malt flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice take on a winter beer. I would have liked just a touch more sweetness, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden. Served in a tulip pint.

The color is a deep copper/bronze with great clarity and thick cap of cream which has excellent retention. There are very tiny bubbles visible that rise rapidly and swaths of lace are left on the glass. The smell is very pleasant with a general toast scent with mild sweetness and subtle apple/pear-like aromas with a subtle spice ester and hint of earthy odors with mild pine from the hops. The feel is excellent -plenty of malt yet dry and toasty with a light spice from the yeast and gentle bitterness supporting the yeast textures well with a semi-dry finish and low alcohol impact on the palate.

I really like the way this starts clean and as it progresses it becomes more expressive with light fruit tinges from the yeast blending with the slight toasted graininess in the malt profile. there is a hint of pepper with the mild accent of caramel malt in the mix. The taste of apple skins are noted with a mild piney flavor from the hops which are very tasty combined with the scottish yeast. Overall I really enjoyed this beer -so much flavor for a relatively low abv beer. The way it finishes is mostly dry yet clean in general without too much in the way of what counts - a nice balance of the yeast, malt and hop flavors.

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