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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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695 Ratings

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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 CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Kitt
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Kitt, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of asabreed
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

asabreed, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of TheGarvenator
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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

TheGarvenator, Feb 10, 2011
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.

merlin48, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 102510 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.

A: Slightly brownish amber with 1-finger of off-white head with good retention and a nice line of lacing.

S: Nice toasted malt aroma with bits of butterscotch and herbal hops tossed in

T: A good malt ride with buttery biscuit mixed with plum and raisin flavors. Hops are earthy and herbal in nature. There is a bit of a grain edge as well.

M: Smooth and coating with pleasant plummy aftertaste. Carbonation is low-medium.

D: A nice winter ale from Long Trail. Brings a good malt punch in its moderate ABV package.

argock, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste has subdued flavors of biscuit and caramel malts along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer went down very smoothly; I would have no problem having more than one of these at a time.

metter98, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of ksimons
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear deep amber red with a nice amount of head that leaves some lace and stickiness on the glass

S-malts and a hint of earthy hops

T-a mix of malt and hops, a little watery, has a bit of a metallic taste to it

M-moderate carbonation, light body

D-I wish it was a little maltier and richer, but overall a decent sessionable winter beer to enjoy since its so easy to drink.

ksimons, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

jmdrpi, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of micmillon18
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Long Trail pint glass. Born on date reads 11-3-10.

A - Pours a small white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing around the glass. The beer itself is a reddish amber color, slightly clear. A small amount of sediment of sorts is floating around in the glass.

S - Cascade hops, caramel? faint to the nose.

T - Coppery, hoppy flavors. Malty. Bready towards the end. I"m tasting black licorice bouncing around in here somewhere which is a nice touch with the slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Carbonation is well balanced. Very smooth and drinkable.

D - Overall, a tasty brew though I wouldn't call it overly special. Maybe I'm comparing it too much to a Belhavens. Another solid beer from Long Trail.

micmillon18, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of magine
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a patchy light tan head. Head settles to a rim of lace along the glass. Small patch island left behind. Average looks.

Brew smells of sweet malts; caramel. Little bit of nuttiness, slight hop as well. Decent nose.

Brew is sweet and malty, crisp and balanced. A little light in the mouthfeel. A little watery and light flavors though. Biscuity malts, caramel, maybe a bit of floral hops. Some oily resin from the hops. Drinks very easy and finishes a tad dry. Decent tasting brew, nothing special though.

This would be a good sessionable brew to get drunk off of, nothing to make you stand up and seek it out. But if the price were right it would be ok to session. Just not a stand out brew.

magine, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

perrymarcus, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of MLasoski
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

MLasoski, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

TCgoalie, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bum732, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jwale73, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

OtherShoe2, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mattgreger, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrDemento456, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

tchenery, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of patreely12
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

patreely12, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of gskitt
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gskitt, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KTCamm, Nov 05, 2010
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.