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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 Citadel82
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted for some time to try this delightful brew. Now that I have I can say it was worth the wait. This is a nice entry level scotch ale. Balanced to the malt side of the family tree with a fruity, peaty, floral nose and a tan head that leaves nice lacing. Overall a nice winter brew to enjoy with friends. No this is not a thick and rich scots ale but it is a nice intro to the style and great to enjoy if you are having more than one.

Citadel82, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hibernator pours a reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but mostly floral with some malty notes. Taste is caramel sweet, with some nuttiness with a definite contribution from the honey used in this brew showing up in the finish. Not overly sweet, but not bone dry either. Fine carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, but I don't know how well it fits the definition of Scottish Ale, This shouldn't keep you from giving it a try, though.

ColForbin, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of matchz
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant cherry red amber ale with scents of butterscotch and hops. Tastes of toasted malts and the slightest hint of fruit lead into a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Oh yeah, I could definitely spend a cold Vermont winter’s night curled up in front of a fire with a book and a six pack of this.

matchz, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep ruby with a decent head that fizzles out quickly. Nose consists of caramel notes with some hoppiness. Taste is pretty good, rather bitter with some mild sweet tones. Flavors have a decent balance. It lingers around for awhile, not too crisp. Overall, a pretty OK beer, good for its style.

aquatonex, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of shippos
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a clear brillant red amber color with a decent thick white head. sweet malty aroma with some honey standing out in the end. very balanced and subtle taste, not much stands out in the way of malt honey or hops...very easy to drink though...could go for a few of these...but they might get to be too much after awhile.

shippos, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cherry wood brown with a a1 finger off white head. Lots of stringy lacing.
Smells of brown sugar, concord grapes, roasted malts and nuts.
Taste is brown sugar and honey mixed with roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a toastiness that resonates and slaps the roof of the mouth.
Despite the aging from the winter months, this held up to be a pretty decent brew.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, May 28, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber/brownish beer. Has a nice off white head, with a good lace. The aroma is a malty sweet with some caramel and a hint of coffee. The flavor is light malt with a quick note of chocolate and coffee just before the hop finish. Not enough of an alcohol warmth to be considered a strong WeeHeavy.

ybnorml, May 03, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and sweet caramel and roasted malt scent with a dry yeast aroma. It has a slight hop presence that adds balance to the aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich and creamy malt flavor with a dry hoppy finish. It goes down easy and finishes with a sweet caramel malt and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Scotch ale. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

WesWes, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A plain beer, not offensive, with some spices. Not much hops, lager a bit past due. Thanks Kid Presentable. Decent darker colour, no head to speak of.
A bit of aroma. Bitter, even acidic and some malts. Dry metallic and pepper aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, bottling date marked on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper in color with a reddish tinge. The head poured generously, and lingered before fading slowly into a lace.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with some hops.

Taste: Very malty, rather sweet. I thought I detected a hint of nutmeg as well.

Overall: For a winter brew this is pretty good.

FenwaySquid, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with bottled on dating (bottled 10 days before this review!) Pours almond and clear, minimal head is off white, next to no lacing. Nose is a boring sniff of malt and perhaps some smoke. Malty ale is the deal here, honey sweetness adertized on the label and picked up on the palate, decent sessioner, but not much more.

Billolick, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head with average retention. Some faint spotted lacing with okay strength. Dark copper in color.

Semi-sweet maltiness with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, and honey.

Semi-sweet big malt profile up front with nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Moderate hop-filled, dark bitterness at mid sip. Grain and wheat flavored aftertaste with a very light touch of honey adding a second wave of sweetness.

A shade above medium bodied; Grainy on the palate. Slightly unbalanced; not as mellow or smooth as I would expect from the style.

Nothing more than an average ale IMO. Good flavors, slightly unbalanced. Nothing unpleasant regarding flavor, but nothing special either. I'll pass on this one next time.

NEhophead, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Hagbard
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer strikes a fairly impressive image. A beautiful dark ruby color. It has a small head, but it sticks around forever and leaves a great lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma isn't very strong. What's there is obviously very malty, but also earthy in a very scotch-ale type way. The taste is very malty with a wet earth touch in the background. There is the tiniest amount of hop bitterness at the finsih, but is almost indetectable. The malt rules here, as it should in a scotch ale. There's a slight metallic taste in the finish, but it isn't strong enough to detract from the overall experience. It has a fairly full mouthfeel, which is appropriate. The drinkability is OK, but since I've discovered a love of the hops, I yearn for a bit more bitterness to cut through the malt sweetness.

Hagbard, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip pint glass. The bottled on date is clearly marked for 10/18/04. Awesome front label and a personal favorite with the LT bear smoking a pipe, reading a book, drinking a beer and enjoying a nice fire during the winter. The perfect scene.

Copper brown in color with a nice, fluffy head on top. Thick sticky lacings are clinging all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma of sweet malts, butterscotch and caramel.

Sticky and chewy malt induced mouthfeel. Sweet malt up front, tastes of a fruity pear mixed with a butterscotch profile. Is that diacetyl coming through? Smooth and very drinkable.

A classic New England winter time treat for me. I'm so glad that December is here and the LT Hibernator is in circulation. This beer and Double Bag are my favorite LT offerings.

Happy Hibernation.

Hibernator, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and bright amber copper color; thin, dark ivory cap fades off quickly, sparce lacing in spots, yet keeps a good collaring the whole glass down.

Aroma is tame with a roasted grainy husk, buttered crispness floating on top of the roast with a small sensation of starfruit and red apple playing underneath.

Flavors meld nicely from what the smell leads to, but just not in any real style or girth. Tame and milding roasty grain, slightly sweet malting, floral hop notes back the end with an almost smokened buttery burntness lending a nearly coffee-like sense. More so of a weak coffee bean thing. Definately keeps a fairly decent roasty edge throughout but nothing too heavy as it should be for a Wee Heavy.

Feel is too; tame and mild; crisp, roasty, lighter medium body with a silky smoothness to it, maintaining a good drinkability. Finishes with a lingering roasty edge. Not bad, could be better could be worse. Nothing spectacular, but respectable and sessionable.

Thanks to the monk for trading up some scraps from his mighty beer table!

tavernjef, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper amber color with a nice light tan head that goes to lacing eventually.

Smell consisted of caramel, malts, some slight chocolate lingering in the background, and some hops to round out the nose. Perhaps a little light, but not bad overall.

Taste was good. A nice malt backbone starts out and all the flavors add to the malts. Some good spiciness kicks in the middle and some light honey finishes out the brew. It does lean a tad on the sweet side, but nothing to complain about.

Light to medium body with some good carbonation in here to make it a soft brew. This could go down a little too quick. Quite an enjoyable scotch without the cloying sweetness in it. A nice winter pick.

necoadam, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with lighter tints and a slight fizzy head. Smells of slight floral notes, bits of honey and butterscotch. Very subtle sweetness to this brew. The taste is a high carbonation crisp clean feel with earthy tones followed by a mellow sweet hint of honey and bits of hops. The butterscotch and honey finish off strong and balance this beer very well. Very tasty beer for a nice cool night.

stewart124, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, with date of bottling printed on label.

Clear, chestnut hued, with slow moving carbonation. Dense, sticky, thin off white head slowly recedes leaving a bit of lace behind.

Rich & malt driven. Some floral hop aromas linger way in the back. Honey smell is present, along with some toffeish aromas.

Toasty & biscuity. Some caramel / toffe flavours & again honey. Finishes with of touch of floral hops. Rich & malty, yet not cloyingly sweet. Brown sugar lingers on the tongue. Medium-full body, gentle carbonation.

xgrigorix, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep, copper hue with virtually no head. Minor chunks of lace do find their way to the side of the pint glass and slide effortlessly down.
Aroma is strong honey and modest malt.
Flavors detected include carmelized malt, slight roasted note, a sugary honey with a modest spciy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy upfront with a little gritty or minerally feel on the back end. Doesn't detract from overall enjoyment.
Drinkability is very high, like to get this one of draught.
Thanks to PBrian for this one.

CRJMellor, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying Long Trail's Hibernator. The first thing that I noticed was the sweet smell of brown sugar. On the pour see that it has a very nice dark reddish brown color but the head, even though it had good retention, was light.

The first taste was of malt and a lot of it! Even though the sweet smell was what I first noticed about the beer it did not dominate the taste. Very drinkable beer and am glad that I gave it a try. Must say that I feel that it was pretty tasty beer but have had some better “winter” type brews, but would never say no if offered one!

Beer was bottled on 11/06/2003 and was a 12 oz.

Stimack, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright amber, near-crimson color, with a slight, short, fuzzy of-white head.
Aroma: faint, flat, but a bit sweet.
Taste: malt is huge here, and announces itself right off on the palate, bold, yet not boisterous, and never sweet, despite this "brewed with honey" business. Interesting stuff, really, for it calls itself a "winter ale" on the label, yet is acknowledged as a Scotch Ale here, with which I'd concur. The honey never really figures much...no, wait, I caught some! Yeah, it's really more of a minor undercurrent in the flavoring. The body is assuredly medium, maybe more, with barely a touch of hops, and major malt all the way through the brew.
A perfectly respectable winter beer, nice little entry from these guys, and thanks go to rabidawg for providing!

feloniousmonk, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light cream colored head that leaves just a tad of lacing. The color is somewhere between a dark copper and a ruby bronze. It smells like skunky hops, not all that appealing.The flavor is not too strong, mostly hops that are just barely bitter, a bit of burnt malt and butterscotch hold it back. The body is light and the beer is pretty carbonated, it's almost like swallowing a frothy beer.

HappyHourHero, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of mschofield
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark honey-red, head is a yellow-tinged white.
The smell is a sweet honey-malt. In the mouth it comes across as buttery, with a rum undertone, a good amount of malt flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth but thin.

Overall not bad, but nothing to write home about. There are better winter brews out there. I might have been expecting too much with the -ator name, I wasn't expecting a doppel, but I did want something more than this.

mschofield, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, ruby/copper pour. Tan, milkshake frothed head hangs on and laces nicely.
Smell: Sweet caramel/toffee malt, distinct whiff of butter-rum lifesavers, floral hops.
Taste: Slick, creamy, semi-dry toffee malt followed by a smooth toasty hop and roasted spice bitterness. Malt aftertaste lingers with a subtle alcohol warmth. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel: A little thin given the rich malt nose. Low carbonation level seems appropriate.
Drinkability: A nice winter ale, somewhat lacking in body, but a hell of a sniff between sips.

DagFishHead, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a "Bottled" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Clear deep copper (reddish tint) in colour with a well formed creamy bubbled lace.

Smell: Touch of butterscotch and herbal hop with a mild twang of fruitiness.

Taste: Light carbonation yet very smooth, nice chewy malt mouth feel in the middle. Hints of toasted malt, subdued fruitiness and a herbal hop bitterness which is a tad sharp along with the alcohol. Hints of butterscotch, ghost like rum alcohol and toasted bread help to finish off this brew.

Notes: A more than decent pick for the big influx of winter brews in this year (2003) ... just enough hops to tame the body. Quite an enjoyable malty brew.

Jason, Nov 13, 2003
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.