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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | 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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ksimons
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of micmillon18
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of magine
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of MLasoski
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of TCgoalie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of mattgreger
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of tchenery
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of patreely12
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of gskitt
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.