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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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697 Ratings

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | 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 albern
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knocked this one down a bit in the drinkability category because it has a slightly harsh bite in the aftertaste that is unwarranted. The beer overall is pretty good, although I don't know if I would call this a Scotch Ale since it does not really have that burnt or smokey straw distinguishing characteristic. This is a medium bodied, traditional malty winter warmer. There isn't much carbonation, the head is a very nice off white, creamy and frothy. There are ruby notes to this beer and it is sufficiently cloudy to add some intrigue to its presentation. It retains and laces. The smell is dextrin malt maybe a hint of spice in the allspice family. The taste is a bit complex in that the malty sweetness, the spices, the butterscotch notes are most pronounced on the front end. The hops show up towards the finish and add a nice balance to the spices. The slightly off aftertaste detracts from an otherwise pretty good beer. The mouthfeel is slightly tilted towards the dry end, although there is a creaminess to this beer that is an overall asset.

albern, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is deep red in color with an offwhite head

the aroma is malty with accents of caramel and biscuit

the flavor is some what rich, and dextrinous. the sweetness doesn't come across so much as caramel though, nor malty in the german way.. hops are negligible and the finish is rather average aside from the sweetness.

mouthfeel is quite pleasant. i love dextrines. wish there were more hops to hold up the sweetness, but the carb. level is good and the finish is nice as well.

drinkability is moderate. it is a malt forward beer that's a touch off balance for me. it's not interesting, but it is quite drinkable, winning points for not being offensive.

beerbutcher, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium amber color with good amounts of carbonation apparent. There is no head to speak of nor is there any lacing.

Smell- Somewhat smoky nose, hint of caramel and other heavy flavors but with some lightness. Reminds me of a fall breeze, crisp.

Taste- Hits the palate with crisp smoothness and notes of bread crust, woods smoke, and a full bodied but not overly sweet profile.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good palate coverage on this one, smoky notes really diffuse well.

Drinkability- A very drinkable brew, full bodied without being heavy.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick lacy off-white head that sticks around for a while. It smells of roasted malts, a bit of hops, and some winter spices. The taste is good as well. Nice malty base with some hoppy bitterness to balance it out. The more complex spices were nice mixed in between the two and had some hints of caramel too. The mouthfeel is pretty good and it had the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability was pretty good as well. I could drink a few of these before I retired for the evening.

erosier, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in the winter survival pack. Its appearance is a brownish amber with a nice, creamy head that stays along after awhile. Its smell is steadily sharp with malts and spices for the holiday season. The taste is a little off from the smell, but not in a big way. Surprising hints of caramel with those hints of spice. Really dry aftertaste that makes it pack a distinct punch but is also not expected. A great body makes this thick enough to last you for the winter. Overall, a straight and narrow scottish ale.

fitzy84, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice, clear, dark-ruby brown with a small creamy white head resulting in some nice lacing all the way to the finish.

S: Earthy, a bit piney and a hint of alcohol in there. Not bad but not great either. I was thinking there would be a bigger bouquet in there.

T: Pretty good. Initially I got ahold of the malty baseline and it was immediately followed by balancing with some hop bitterness. It left me with a dry finish which kind of suprised me. Not expecting that out of a winter brew.

M: Dry and slightly overcarbonated for my taste.

D: Average. I enjoyed the artwork on the bottle more than the beer itself but overall, I'd have another. I would rather go for the Double Bag that Long Trail offers instead.

Saunapoika, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden brown color, cloudy, half finger thick cream color head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Fairly sweet, toasted malts, candy (maybe butterscotch), hint of hops

T- Caramel malts, honey, fruity, bready, butterscotch, citrus hops flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, slightly chewy

D- Worth trying

Not your typical scottish ale but still pretty good. This ale is just a little light in every catagory than I would expect out of a scottish ale.

iceball585, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Poppypitbull
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as part of the Long Trail Winter Survival pack. Poured out of a bottle into my usual drinking mug.
I'm not usually a big fan of the "winter" brews of anyone but this was pretty good.
Poured dark, smokey. Had a nice aroma, almost woodlike. Went down smooth, retaining the flavor of the pour and smell. I have to say this is a pretty damn good beer.
I'm not a huge Long Trail guy but the more I try their product, the more I become a fan. They keep putting out good stuff like this and I'll be an even bigger fan by 6 pack end.

Poppypitbull, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Klunco
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear honey tinged, ruby-brown into my ommegang chalice. Good mocha colored head that was tight until the end of the pour. Head dissipated rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Not a lot going on smell wise. Bit of bready smell along with a bit of spice. Would like more.

T-Initial taste is sweet, bready malt with a hint of smoke. Somewhat of a woody taste. Finishes dry with a lingering spice.

M- Low carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth in the mouth.

D- It goes down easy and is nice for a winter beer but I think the contrast of sweet malts coupled with spicy finish would get to be too much after a while. The malts come in smooth and then the finishes throws off the balance. Overall, a solid choice for winter.

Klunco, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of keyserkeg
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pub pint glass.

Dark amber to copper with reddish hues. Reminiscent of a classic ESB in color.

Toasty sweet malt aroma, but not particularly complex.

Taste starts pleasantly malty with biscuit notes. The finish has a transition from subtle hops to an almost abrupt wateriness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but has a silky element that somehow brings it around.

Certainly a decent session beer, but I was expecting something a little more interesting from a Winter Offering that spins the Scottish Ale style.

keyserkeg, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin white head that fades quickly. The smell was somewhat disappointing, I wasn't getting too much from it. It smelled sweet and malty with a subtle hop aroma. The taste is similar, with a good deal of malty flavor with sweet notes and a somewhat bitter finish. A very light mouthfeel, I was expecting something heavier, but a good balance in flavor. Not a very powerful beer, but enjoyable. This is an easy drinker, not the first beer I would choose for a winter beer, but still tasty.

wingman14, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby that is fully clear. Nose is very perfumed at the start. Soap is also there. After a very short while it turns into a milder sweet toned leafy character. Flavor is smoothly sweet with that perfume coming out again over my tongue. I get an odd aftertaste that is like someone sprayed perfume in my mouth. Odd. Slightly sticky on the liquid and low on carbonation. Overall I feel like this is a "new world" scottish ale. A bit too hyper and vibrant and not subdued or mature enough. Decent enough, and definitely well made. There are just better examples of the style out there.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Cloveleaf Tavern the other day.

A: Pours a darker amber body with hints of red hues. A small white head is present, reducing to a nice lacing about halfway through the beer.

S: Smelled a little malty, although the odor was not that strong. Slight hints of honey.

T: Tastes same as it smelled. A good, malty beverage with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. A little on the sweeter side.

M: The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker. Slightly thin, possibly because it was on tap, but I felt it could have been a little thicker. Nice, smooth carbonation makes it easy on the throat.

D: Definitely a drinkable brew. Tastes very good, especially the slight honey presence in the aftertaste. Goes down nice and smooth, making for a nice, enjoyable beer.

maddogruss, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown. Not much head,and only a trace of lacing. Aroma is malty,with a hint of brown sugar,and hops. Body is thinner than I expected,with some carbonation. Taste is sugary, with some bitterness in the finish. Way too sugary for me, but you might like it.

riversider76, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of dickieb
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy brown color with one finger of off white head leaving average lacing. The Smell is mostly of malts with a tiny hint of light hops sneaking in. The flavor start bitter with hops going into a solid malty back bone ending clean with a small hop bite. Not as thick and malty as some of the style, but a pleasant and easy to drink beer.

dickieb, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from Vermont, thanks to my buddy Chris and his brother!
Poured a light brown, slightly murky. A one finger beige head forms and slowly resides to a thick film with some spotty lacing.
Aroma-malty, strangely lagerish with some vanilla notes. A swirl and a deep inhale gets you some hoppy aromas too.
Mouthfeel-good carbonation and bitterness are the inital sensation and taste. A roll on the palate gets a sweet, grainy malt flavor. I try avoid the term balanced but this winter brew is with a slightly hoppier than malty edge. Finishes like an Alt with a kick. VERY sessionable, pleasing. Long Trail always pleases, Cheers.

ByTor2112, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

# 2 in the sampler was this one ; pours a hazy med. copper color w/ a very thin head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little to no lacing in my nonic ( crap, noticed an oily film from my lip balm on top) ; a sweet malty smell, rich w/ alcohol and some hop and diacetyl undertones ; starts w/ a stronger than expected hop bite, followed by a malty, alcoholic "whiskey"-like flavor, a little hop flavor present as well ; a med body w/ slight carbonation, true to style, feels a little thick w/ all the hop bitterness lingering ; not a bad beer at all, just a little too hopped for the style...

animal69, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/07. Served in a pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours an almost clear deep amber, supporting a creamy light bisque two finger head.

Smell- Biscuity malts, tangy hops, and spicy.

Taste- Hoppy and malty at the same time, this example of a Scottish Ale definitely ranks on the more bitter side of the scale.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel is king here... creamy and slick, it's almost perfect for the style. With the right food, preferably a stew or some slow-cooked crockpot meal, this would be great.

yelterdow, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Hibernator pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a thin off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a thick ring, leaving only a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma isn't very strong, but has bready notes, some ripe fruit, like prune and alcohol mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a firm carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor has notes of caramel malt, fruit, perhaps strawberry, and a hint of rye. At the end a bitter flavor moves in with a touch of spice to finish it off. Once gone the sweet caramel malt and a touch of fruit lingers on the palate.

A beer with a great mouthfeel and balanced flavor. I'm not a big fan of Scottish ales, but this one is pretty good!

WanderingFool, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of marcpal
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slight head through the beer with some lacing. Color was dark amber, dark crimson.

S: Bready, malty aroma. Didnt pick up the honey here.

T: Good taste, wasnt too sweet despite the honey and additives. Not a warming seasonal but pretty good.

M: Heavily carbonated given the style of beer. Fairly thick in the back of the mouth.

D: Would have liked to have tasted more of the warming alcohol but it is a drinkable beer. Enjoyable but not a favorite.

marcpal, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a thin head. Aroma is a bit smoky upfront with the malt showing through nicely. As it warms up, this aroma gets stronger. Taste is smoky on the tongue with a nice balance showing through. It's nice and subtle and not your typical winter beer. The smokiness isn't overpowering either. I like the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. I just never gave it this much thought.

Brad007, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle crimped on cap. 5 out of 6 Long Trails sent from Sudsdog all good drinkable beers so far nothing outstanding yet.

Clear dark to meduim amber color with reddish hues. fair retention and carbination leaving bits of lacing.

Moderate pleasing subtle aromas,very earthy,light sweet toasty,some doughyness,a good bit of fruity and nutty aromas ,a hint of honey sweetness.

Clean taste,tart fruityness,earthy,some sweet maltiness, some spiceyness,doughy,hints of honey.Good balance,the taste was a bit on the weak side. BA lists this beer as Scottish ale more like an Amber ale to me.

Medium almost light mouthfeel,smooth,with a bit of cloying. Goes down easy just don't think it a beer i could drink more than a couple of.

jcdiflorio, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper color. No aroma really. Rather metallic and plain. Malty enough flavor with a touch of bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall quite average or maybe better. Could use a more pronounced malt flavor and lose the metallic flavor and aroma. Too close to their regular ale. Doesnt really compute.

lackenhauser, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a redish copper color and with a slightly forced pour got a two finger off white head that faded to just covering the beer with some lacing. caramel and roasted malt along with some fruity esters for smell. taste lots of caramel, toasted bread, very sweet, but i could not pickup on the honey. i have a slight cold and that may be the reason. mouthfeel light, good carbonation, sweet but not cloying on the palate. tasty, easy session beer.

billybob, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle said this was a winter ale, but BA says it is a scottish ale.

Appearance - Nice amber color, some head but ir disolved to nothing. No lacing either. You can swearl the beer in the glass and see it for 2 seconds.

Aroma - Hops, and honey.

Taste - hops, honey, malt.

Mouthfeel - Light and carbinated.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, interested taste. Would try again.

auxiliary, Feb 11, 2007
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.