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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 MLasoski

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

I am currently on my 4th one of these right now, all poured into the same ale glass.

A: Copper body with 1/4" head. No real visible carbonation, but slightly transparent.

S: It has a sweet and bready aroma. Malts over everything else.

T: Tastes like hoppy Werther's caramel candy.

M: Sweetness and caramel malts up front with the hop profile raising its hand in the back as I finish. Has a frothy feel to it (I guess chewy would be more like it?).

D: Considering I've had 4 of them tonight...with 2 more lingering in the midst... I think this is one of the winter seasonals that went under the radar. Pretty good!

01-03-2011 00:24:09 | More by MLasoski
Photo of TCgoalie


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Beer shower gift from zozo1967, thanks!

Pours a hazy reddish brown with no head and not much lacing. There is evidence that the beer is alive from a bit of carbonation.

The smell is malt heavy with some pine and a dull sweetness.

From the previous Scottish ales I have had, I would describe this one as a session Scottish ale. Malt driven with mild sweetness and gentle bitterness.

Carbonation is the major aspect of this brew with not much memorable about the mouthfeel.

This is likely the most drinkable Scottish ale I have had, but it isn't very interesting. If you love Scottish ales but never have found one to crush, try this.

01-01-2011 04:06:02 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of bum732


4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

S: Very herbal and earthy, more malty, less sweet. Root beer smells almost.

L: Slighty hazy amber-red, decent head that dissipates, ok lacing.

T: Caramel sweet with a herbal like backbone. Earthy, herbal medium low bitterness leads to a medium clean finish with some residual spices.

M: Smooth medium bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Not bad, i wouldn't have guessed this as a scottish ale, but i thought it was pretty solid.

12-21-2010 03:13:42 | More by bum732
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a thin, fairly consistent skim, with a few slashes of lacing. Not much happening in the nose - I get some toasted malts off the bottle pop, but the aromas really dissipate in the glass - perhaps a medium-malt backbone with some earthiness, and a bit of berry or dark stone fruit. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light, toasted character and a citrus quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a little bit of citrus astringency and a pleasant, even carbonation. A solid Scottish Ale - perhaps not as malty as I would prefer, and a bit on the simple side; however, quite an easy drinking brew. Definitely one of my more favored beers from their regular line-up.

12-19-2010 18:16:49 | More by Jwale73
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Nearly perfectly clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head with below average retention and plenty of lacing.

3.5 S: Very grainy with touches of herbal hops and crystal malts.

3.5 T: More of a pale ale than a Scottish ale. Grainy malts with caramel crystal malts. Grassy and herbal hops. Was not expecting this. It isn't bad, but isn't great either and has nothing to do with a Scottish ale.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive. Needs to be thicker and creamier or get a new name and style designation.

3.5 D: Not a bad drink if nothing better exists, but no reason to seek this out.

12-16-2010 02:54:51 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a slight skim of head. No lacing nor retention.

Some nice dark roasted malt, some rich toffee edges, brown sugar, burnt caramel.

Needs a bit more strength. They didn't overdo the style, but this needs some punch. Alcohol would help. Toffee, malt, and burnt sweet/bitter flavors are pleasant, but not intense enough. Sugars and bitterness mix well. Finish is long and pleasant, although a bit weak.

Medium-full body, but still too thin. This is a sessionable scotch ale. Needs more smokiness, needs more strength. These could go down easy, but you can do better. Still, one of the better ones from this brewer

12-12-2010 15:58:49 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mattgreger


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

This brew poured a nice dark cherry color, almost brown. It poured with a nice 1/2 light tan head, that faded quickly. Not much lacing remained.

The aroma on this brew is exactly what you expect from a scottish ale. It has a nice malty/bready aroma, and a touch fo caramel aroma as well. There is a nice earthy hop aroma as well, that adds a bit of body to the brew.

This brew has a nice malty, hardy bread like flavor that is great. It gets even better as the ale sits and warms. There is a pinch of caramel flavor as you sip as well. Its a got a great grassy/earthy hop flavor that is offset very well with malts.

This brew is very smooth, with a nice malt flavor. A great winter/seasonal style brew. It also had a great carbonation level as well.

Great drinkability. This brew is great, and isn't overkill when it comes to scottish ales. Great job by Long Trail.

12-09-2010 03:56:01 | More by mattgreger
Photo of DrDemento456


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Another winter warmer I picked up. This time it ended up being a scotch ale.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with an inch of head

S - Slight grain and moderate toasted malts with a bit of caramel and booze.

T - Kind of flat it felt like the beer needed more body. I dig the sweetness but it really felt like it tasted a bit too grainy and grassy. Was OK for the ABV.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Na their really isn't much to rave about this beer. It came off more like a red ale with the sweetness and really didn't seem like a winter sort of ale. Needs more body and maybe ABV.

12-07-2010 20:40:47 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of mdaschaf


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

12-01-2010 02:09:19 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of tchenery


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

11-27-2010 21:39:02 | More by tchenery
Photo of patreely12


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

A - dark reddish brown color, ruby. thin dissolving head, but a good amount of lacing.

S - first hops and wheat. lingering smell of malt and alcohol.

T/M - mild malt and hops, medium bodied. somewhat sweet but with a sharp finish where you can taste the alcohol, though it isn't off-putting.

D - a good scottish ale, haven't had too many of these. good cold weather beer, would be great with a holiday dinner.

11-24-2010 19:14:10 | More by patreely12
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Deep and clear amber with off-white head that recede to the sides and sticks well.
S- Hops up front, earthy, herbal, and floral.
T- Strong hops bite, oak wood and smoky.
M- Smooth and dry.
D- I would think that this is a drinkable ale. Makes you want to be the bear on the label.

11-21-2010 19:54:23 | More by gskitt
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hey - this was pretty damn good.

Pours reddish brown with 2-3 fingers white foam. Notable lacing.

Rich malty smell.

Taste is strong malty with fruity taste. Rasberyy hints. Some nuttiness. Rich mouthfeel.

Even carbonation, all balanced together. Works.

Nice winter beer, really tasty.

11-05-2010 20:51:31 | More by KTCamm
Photo of number1bum


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Clearing out the last of the winter beers as the weather turns warm for the weekend...

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, dark copper sort of color with a finger and a half of light beige head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves a bit of webbing on the sides.

Smell is pretty nondescript, with a bit of caramel, some grain and a very light toasted note. Nothing to see here...moving on.

It's a bit more flavorful than it smells, with more caramel and biscuity malt flavor in particular. There's just a bit of fruit as well as a light toasted flavor. Enough flavor to do the trick.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, or maybe a bit thinner than that. Feels a touch watery for the style. It's clean enough.

This is a pretty mediocre beer overall, but that doesn't make it unpleasant. I like a bit more body on a cold evening (hell ya I do), but this is a pretty easy drinker. This is basically one of those 'not bad for the price' beers.

04-30-2010 01:18:48 | More by number1bum
Photo of kingcrowing


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
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Mostly clear copper with an off white head.

S - Nose is light toast, malt and caramel.

T - Some fruit, caramel and toast. Light citric hop and touch of nuttiness. Solid lingering bitterness.

M - Solid mouthfeel and medium fizz.

D - Very drinkable malt-centric brew that doesn't forget the hops.

03-16-2010 16:10:23 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of sholland119


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A-Pours a hazy light amaber with a thin white head and just a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Caramel malt sweetness, some raisins and a hit of grape juice.

T-Some sweet malt, then some bready sourness, followed by a long sweet finish.

M-A bit undercarbonated but good body.

D-A pleasant Scottish ale.


03-11-2010 02:21:38 | More by sholland119
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South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Long Trail Hibernator poored a dark amber color, with a small head. There wasnt a very strong smell, but it had a slight sweet smell to it. It tasted hoppy and almost had a slight sweetness to it. It didnt leave much of an aftertaste and was very easy to drink. Overall this beer was very good, its a shame its only a seasonal, but it is one of the better beers for winter.

02-28-2010 07:49:55 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Pittsburgh


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

A great winter/fall beer, goes down easy but a dark brown beer so there is something to it. You could have one or two, or throw em down and get a nice buzz on.

No aftertaste, I have bought this many times and have never had a bad one or one that tastes old.

I like this better than most other winter beers on the market, I would take this any day over the other major micro-brew winter offerings.

I've had it on tap as well, also good.

At this price point, not alot better out there in my opinion for this type of beer.

02-05-2010 01:01:16 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Light brown with reddish hues and slight haze. Full two finger tan head with good lacing.

S: Sweet and nutty with some toffee, caramel, biscuits, raisins, fresh brown bread and a touch of vanilla. Some hints of cinnamon and molasses. More roasted malt comes through and hops may add some spice but are not heavy.

T: Roasted malt character is deep and robust with touches of butterscotch, caramel, toffee, roasted hazelnuts, peat and a slight dark cherry fruitiness. Hops add some spice but are mellow.

M: Creamy medium body with light but tight carbonation.

D: Long Trail makes this one easy to drink and delicious at the same time. Not too strong or heavy and easy to keep going on a few of these.

01-24-2010 02:02:41 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Seanibus


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours deep clear copper with large fluffy head. Aroma is malty, carmelly. Flavor is sweet, malty, with dark caramel and toffee. A little overripe floral hop character, but relatively little hop bitterness - its there but like a subtly spicy tea. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Not deep, but a good winter warmer.

01-18-2010 19:30:35 | More by Seanibus
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -3%

Pours a hazy, red grape, maroon color, with a thin white head on top.

A bouquet of fruits rise up from the glass along with sweet malts. A touch of grassy hops and some herbal notes as well.

Sweet, malty, caramel syrup are the first couple of words that come to mind after a sip. Candied fruits and a slight touch of bittering hop come through on the second sip. Overall, fairly sweet and a little fruity.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly thick, which is good for a winter brew. Carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability is also good. I probably wouldn't have more than two of these in a sitting, but I would enjoy them. There are enough hops to cut down on the sweetness to make this a more sessionable brew.

In short, this might be my favorite regular brew from Long Trail outside of their big bottle offerings. Good body, nice flavor and easy to drink. Glad to have this brewery close by.

01-13-2010 01:53:02 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of gestyr


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

This was on tap at the hotel I was staying at.

Pours a nice dark amber with plenty of head that left lots of lacing.

Smells of malt and carmel

Tastes malty... very malty.

low to medium mouthfeel. I would expect it to be a bit thicker as a scottish ale

I would buy this again. Nice winter ale.

01-13-2010 00:58:04 | More by gestyr
Photo of Genuine


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Had this on tap, while having dinner one night at a local dinner hotspot.

I figured, this was one of Long Trails seasonals that I haven't tried out yet so I figured it was time.

Poured a very nice..dark amber in color, very pleasing to the eye. Not much of a head on this one, then again...it could have been the way it was poured then served. Also, not much lacing was to be seen.

Smell - this one smelt nice. Overall, this beer had a nice nose to it.

Taste - I would have to say this is a good winter warmer. It's not too light, but not too heavy. Just enough of a hops kick right at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium body. Almost creamy but not. Maybe because mine was on tap, but there was hardly any carbonation to speak of. I think i'll revise this when I try it in bottle.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these on a cold winter night. Not sure if I'll go back to it again, but it is definitely a good try and I think, it would make a great session beer.

01-08-2010 05:50:21 | More by Genuine
Photo of DNICE555


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at Plan B. Figured this would be a nice one for my 75th review since this is one of the beers I used to have at my buddy Rob's house back in the day. Def one of the transitional beers which eased me into the craft brew scene.

A - Clear amber body. Caucasian head with very nice eacing.

S - Grains and a subtle amount of malt.

T - Grainy bready taste up front with a warm malty finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Nothing spectacular about this beer. It is a scottish ale I guess but it serves it's purpose as a nice winter warmer. Nice if you are looking for a decent pint. Very sessionable.

12-30-2009 18:11:54 | More by DNICE555
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.