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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.


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639 Ratings

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001)
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Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Brooklyn Winter Ale.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Malt and hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to medium hop bitterness. Bitterness up front then sweeter toasted malts. A bit mild though.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth but kind of thin.

O: I can't pick a winner here. Both descent Scottish Ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:26:16 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a medium sized white head.

Smell is rich and malty with some brown sugar sweetness and earthy hops.

Taste is boozier than the abv indicates. Perhaps due to the unique hop profile. Malt and grain dominated with the bitter end of hops shining through

Medium bodied with good carbonation

Not my favorite from Long Trail but worth a try this winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:48:25 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber/light copper, with light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice ring.

Smell is mild, slight caramel and toffee notes, feint hop notes.

Taste is clean to lightly sweet caramel malt, light toffee type flavors, very feint hop tones providing some bittering.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good carbonation with decent flavor presence on the tongue.

Overall, nice brew, i remember the flavors as more pronounced from previous years versions, but this is still one of my favorite long trail brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:47:24 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of PicoPapa


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 091211. Pours a cloudy dark brownish mahogany color with minimal head. Good lacing. Aroma is slightly boozey with some malts and earthiness. Maybe some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma. Some sweet alcohol flavor along with earthy malts. Hints of toffee. Medium bodied. Alcohol aftertaste. Pretty solid winter brew. Overall, I will look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:49:05 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of far333


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 19:03:41 | More by far333
Photo of micromaniac129


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, cloudy and hazy. A tall fluffy white head sits on top. Average carbonation.
Simple aromatics here. Caramel malts slighty toasted. Thats about it as i can tell.
Taste is malt forward slightly toasted some hops in the pine resin catagory. Back to the malts there seems to be a faint toffee aspectI'm picking up here.
Medium mouthfeel here.
Long Trail in my opinion makes good beers. Thier like a second tier brewery and they try hard but this is just an average scotch ale, pale ale,amber ale, whatever. I like this beer perhaps out of a tap in Vermont it would be better but today it's just average.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:02:33 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Kinsman


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light mahogany brown with some ruby red highlights and a creamy ecru colored head sitting nicely on top.

Malty sweet notes present an inviting aroma with hints of toffee and some butterscotch. Just a touch of herbal hops in there as well.

Biscuits and grain welcome you at first before the sweeter malts come at you with notes of caramel, which are followed by the floral hops and their accompanying touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves you wanting more. Not quite the umphh you'd expect from a winter seasonal. Overall, Hibernator is a enjoyable malt-forward beer for a cool winters evening but it lacks the strength to make it stand out in a crowded field of winter brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 20:23:55 | More by Kinsman
Photo of tzieser


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 99% sure i have reviewed this before. weird.

a: hazy brown in color with a one finger thick white head that sticks fairly well.

s: rich malty aroma with subtle sugar notes. has that classic english-style yeast aroma as well. i like it.

t: deliciously rich malty flavor. has a bit of smokey peat-like undertones, followed by brown sugar notes and has a subtle earthy hop flavor to balance things out. well balanced and very drinkable.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a fantastic seasonal brew that i look forward to every year. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:21:45 | More by tzieser
Photo of Jimmys


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a hazed, but bright, copper hue. head is starts by almost bustling out of the glass. thick. good retention and great lacing.

S: there is definitely something smoky going on here. im guessing a small percentage of peat malt was used. otherwise, all malt here. virtually no hop aroma.

T: a touch of smoke/peat flavor, but just a touch. rich malty character. there is actually a reasonable amount of bitterness in the body. finish is dry.

M: moderate carbonation on what i would call a light body.

D: one minute peat, one minute malty, the next a little bitter. good complexity on the body of this thing. a tasty winter brew that is perfect for the falling of the leaves. i wish there was a little more on the body here, but otherwise solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:01:33 | More by Jimmys
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber/brown color with good lacing. The scent is great. Has a little bit of everything. Some sweet malts, herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Flavors are there but mild. Touches of sweet malts, toffee, butterscotch, and toast. Finishes with a clean herbal hop presence. Flavors are mild but work very well. Has a very very mild fruit aftertaste.

Great beer but not exactly something id use to battle the cold months of winter. Definitely good though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 03:22:45 | More by jtierney89
Photo of abgba121


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy deep copper with about a half an inch of head, leaves behind a nice spotty lace down the glass.

S: sweet with a slight hop presence

T: ,mildly sweet with floral tones, a nice hop touch in the middle, finishes smooth

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a good scottish ale, though I have had few of the style, I enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 05:39:11 | More by abgba121
Photo of zaphodchak


4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:21:49 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Bobancheff


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:42:15 | More by Bobancheff
Photo of Knapp85


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a thin tan head on top. This beer has a malty sweet aroma with some earthy aromas too. The flavors of some light spice back up with some roasted malts and caramel. The mouthfeel of this beer is drinkable, it's not really thick and has a decent carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's got some warming spices in there that are nice but I'm had better Winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:25:31 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a trade with a friend at work. I hadn't had much success with most of the Long Trail, but he guranteed that this would be an enjoyable pour.

The beer pours to a decent amount of foam that stays well for a few minutes and leaves nice lacing. The beer has a nice amber color which works well for the type.

Off the top of the beer I smell fruitiness, like grapes. The taste is laden with more sweetness and fruits. I pick up plums and raisins.

Overall, this is a very drinkable winter beer. It is not too heavy, and the flavors work for the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:10:12 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich semi-clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - The aroma is a mix of rich sweet toasted malts and some background spices. There is also some bread aromas and just a touch of hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and a touch of background hops. Through the middle, a bit of bread and spices come through as well. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some spices that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and even a bit crisp. The finish has a nice balance of sweet and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nicely balanced, especially the spices. The slight hop presence is also very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:26:29 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a notebook from last semester. A brief review I intended to input.

A-Darkish amber with some ruby hue. The head forms and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Quite sweet. Malty and deep. A faint hop scent. Sugary.

T-A bit more bitter than anticipated. Sugary sweet, and a bit grainy. Caramel, a nice balance actually.

M-Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O/D-Hibernator is not too shabby. Its hard to go into a store looking for a winter seasonal and not come out with Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. A six-pack of Hibernator won the battle once...only once.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 19:23:19 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Nordicsk8er


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled a few bottles of Hibernator in a tulip glass, a pint glass, and straight from the bottle.

In a pint glass, it presents with a copper/caramel partly cloudy hue. About 2 fingers of white head that leaves some nice thin waves of lacing down the glass.

The smell is mostly grainy malt and caramel, with a hint of spice. A little butterscotch candy in there too. But nothing over the top.

Quite simply, I really enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel of this brew. I think it's one of Long Trail's best offerings. It has just a smidgen of caramel malt but some nice dry hops to complete it. And there's a little warming kick going down. Nice assertive carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's just slightly creamy and sticky - enough to leave a nice linger without being overbearing. I find this a very versatile beer when paired with food. Burgers, Chinese food, Salmon, Snack foods, Wings, etc. It compliments everything I've tried it with.

It may not be a true Scottish Ale. But I think this is one they got right - no matter what you call it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:20:03 | More by Nordicsk8er
Photo of bgildea


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light amberish color with a decent white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Has a nice sweet aroma that comes across at the beginning. The sweet smells fades into a slight smell of hops and barley.

T: The taste mirrors the smell. The flavor starts with a nice sweet flavor that then blends into a nice strong hoppy finish. The hops leave a nice pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Really nice amount of chew to the beer. I was expecting a lot less chew, so I was pleasantly surprised.

O: Overall the beer was very good. The beer balances sweet with hops very nicely, and leaves a nice aftertaste. I would highly recommend this beer to all drinkers. I think hopheads will be enjoy the amount of hops that come through in the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:36:23 | More by bgildea
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored a clear amber brown with a slight white head that dissipated quickly leavig a very slight lacing.

Aroma of malt, caramel and floral hops.

Taste had a little grainy malt, hint of butterscotch and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate to light carbonation, creamy smooth and a slight bitter ending.

This is a nice session beer, however, I would expect a bit more malt and a little less hops for this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 17:51:25 | More by dtivp
Photo of droomyster


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with one finger of off-white head with decent retention properties. Aromas are sweet (somewhat caramelly) and grainy, a bit simplistic for a beer of this style. Flavors are consistent with the nose, but add another layer on the finish by contributing a tea-like or earthy bitterness that balances the malts. Such a well-crafted, medium-full body should be more flavorful in my opinion. This beer has a pleasantly hefty weight and feel but lacks the flavor strength to withstand a hunk of basic cheddar. If the maltiness were more assertive, I'd give this two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:59:37 | More by droomyster
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:34:57 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Kitt


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:13:44 | More by Kitt
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:50:43 | More by asabreed
Photo of TheGarvenator


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours into an amber color with a lingering head

S - smells like toasted malt and herbs, also some butterscotch

T - caramel and other malts...has a fruity taste thats shadowed by the first taste of the malts

M - smooth with a little kick with a medium level of carbonation

D - very drinkable, the little kick with the fruity malty taste provides a good winter brew experience...

I thought it was pretty good...the original taste had me question it but it won me over...a good winter beer and i recommend it

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:28:51 | More by TheGarvenator
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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