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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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723 Ratings

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 56 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001

This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU
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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 269
Photo of auxiliary
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with an attractive off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of grainy malt, spicy fruit, and some hops as well. Taste is great, big bitter malt flavors, mild hops, some mellow alcohol notes hits the tongue along with spice and honey. This is a great ale, not the usual scottish but with a great twist. Highly drinkable and delicious. Nice label artwork too, I can't help but laugh when I look at that bear all cozy near the fire.

Photo of granite
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured copper with creamy white head that faded quickly.

S---Caramel, toasted bread and fruity esters.

T---Bread like malt flavor with a clean bitterness. The honey addition seemed to have dried it out because I could not detect any residual sweetness.

M---Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D---A solid well made ale. Not what I would expect from Scottish ale with all that bitterness but the malt supports it well. Also it is really dry from the honey addition. I like dry beer but I'm sure most people expect Scottish ale to have a higher final gravity. This is very drinkable and a solid session beer.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear mahogany brown with a tight formed one finger sized white head leaving a broken ring of lace as it slowly settled,somewhat muted aromas mainly sweeter malt like that of brown sugar and dark fruit there was a hint of herbla hop but it was faint.Obviously malt tilted and pretty basic brown sugar and caramel sweetness mainly though not overly sweet a touch spicey hp comes thru in a rather quick finish.Not bad its drinkable but I got a bit bored with it in the end.

Photo of warmstorage
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $1.40 for a single, from Paradise Market in Warren, VT.

Pours a deep copper bordering on brown, with a big light to medium dense off white head that leaves a LOT of lacing.

Aroma is grain and a little bit of sweet malt.

Taste is clean, a little too clean. I don't much find the honey I'm looking for; this is a malty thick beer with a malty thick mouth. Little to no hop presence. An easy drinking session sort of beer, really a little too easy for the style. Slight metallic aftertaste.

I doubt I'd buy it again. Drinkable, sure, but little of interest.

Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. A dark orangey brown color with a slight head that disappeared quickly. Slighty warm malty aroma. Looked like a good beer. Taste was ok, but not what I was expecting for the beer. Slighty bitter with some malts and a hint of spicy. I was expecting more spices. Very easy to drink and felt ok in the mouth. Not a bad beer, and since it's fairly easy to find in New England, much better than the BMC usually on tap.

Photo of yeastpuppet
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dynamite pour , nice dark amber color ,with a perfect 2-3 finger , fluffy ,off -white head . Nice lacing ,on the pint glass . Lookin good .
Nice malty aroma , that says : Bock !, bock bock bock.. No hop aroma that I can discern
Flavor wise I'm a little let down .Tastes like a slightly over bittered , watererd down bock .I'll let it warm up a bit .... Slightly sweeter , and more enjoyable .

All in all a very drinkable beer .that I would serve to macro drinkers to nudge them in the direction of more flavorful beers .

Paired this with crackers and Stilton .

Edit: after posting this review , I read others and am suprised that this is an example of scottish ale . Maybe the -ator threw me a curve ...But it seems more bock-ish to me ...so there ..

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 pack at Shaw's for 11.99 (with your Shaw's card) Pours dark brown, very little head retention. Smells quite malty. Tastes quite malty, some hop bitterness in the back with spices (not sure what kind though) Good mouthfeel. Overall it's not what you expect for a winter warmer, but it is a good session beer. Not too bad, worth looking for.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the image on the front of this beer...makes winter seem that much warmer and cozier. Anyway enough about that, the beer pours a nice looking copper, almost ruby color, with a small white laced head. It is also surprisingly clear, with champaigne like bubbles floating to the top. Smell is of dry grain, doughy bread, caramel, toast...not bad. Taste, lets see...Im getting more of the toast and grain flavors, with a mild backing of chocolate towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bordering on light perhaps. This is a very easy beer to drink for the cold Fall and Winter months. While this may not be an earth shattering beer, it delivers in my opinion....nothing too extreme or offensive with this one, simply a beer you can rely on. I wouldn't mind seeing this one all year round.

Photo of williamherbert
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark red hue with very little head to speak of. Has a spicy, malty scent.

Flavor is heavy malt, with a honey-ish touch. Very mild, much more so than most winter ales. Pleasant enough, but doesn't seem to have a "thing" that separates it from other winters. The honey is a nice touch, though. Surprisingly nice aftertaste.

A little chewy, but nice. As it warms up it becomes a little more cozy. Nice mild maltiness with a slight honey kick to it.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a thin, off-white head that fades at an average rate and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet with honey & malt.

T: The taste has the same sweetness of honey & malt that you get in the smell. There’s also some bitter/tart/sour flavor that follows, which seems to be a combination of hops & spice.

M: Very smooth and a bit more crisp than your average winter release, medium body, medium carbonation and a finish that’s a little bit sticky, but not too much.

D: This one has some decent flavor to it, isn’t as filling as most winter releases goes down quite easily. Most winter beers are typically sippers, which this one could be, but it could be a very good session beer as well, especially if you’re ok with the sweetness.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in December 2005.

Clear amber-hued copper. Moderately short-lived head. The nose is sweet, floral, vinous, with notes of concord grapes. The palate is by turns malty, sweet, and still firmly bitter, with toasty elements combining with a lingering bitterness into the finish. The honey, while fortifying this brew, does contribute to a mild tartness that seems to chime in from time to time, which is a little distracting. My bottle may be a little past its prime, but I'm guessing that this beer was probably not too much more than a decent, mostly unoffensive winter offering.

Photo of sarahbs
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one really surprised me. It has a lot going on. There is a very consistant, soothing/refreshing taste that is quite memorable. It felt lighter to me then many of its scottish counterparts. I found it very palitable and smooth with just a hint of tartness. overall, it has become one of my favorites.

Photo of dbalsock
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This winter, hibernator became my fall back beer due to it's awesomeness.

Appearance: Dark amber with a reddish tint as well as an abundant long lasting white head.

Smell: Has an hoppy sweetness accompanied by a great floral aroma that lingers but is never overwhelming.

Taste: The malts carry the flavor, although I would argue with the bottle that calls it "robust", it does have a malt induced sweetness that I tend to crave. The dash of honey is present along with a bit of flowery hops from the aroma. Well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and balanced, the mouthfeel is smooth from the malted barley but with a bitter kick towards the end. (At this point I also disagree with the bottle that says it finishes smooth). The honey is wonderfully emulated by the medium body of the brew.

Drinkability: A great session beer with a good aftertaste.

Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep amber / brown in color with a thin 1/2" head that fell quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: barely any aroma, only some malt sweetness can be detected.

Taste: nice strong maltiness, somewhat bready, with a very faint chocolate tone. Decent piney bitterness. No real peat tones noticeable. Actually quite tasty, just not in a scottish ale sense.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, and the finish is dry and smooth. Medium bodied. Short malt-filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable if you like a nice malty brew. Try it, everyone will have a different opinion on this one.

Photo of bossmanjg
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one smelled a lot more like honey, than it tasted, but the other flavors made it very enjoyable indeed.

Appearance: It poured a darker almost redish color. The head could have lasted a little longer for my wishes, but you can’t have everything.

Smell: Strong on honey scents, and a little weak on the other Christmas odors.

Taste: The taste was strong on cinnamon, nutmeg and dare I say, allspice? But the honey scent falls short on the flavor, though it still tastes great, it’s like smelling a bowl of ice cream that comes across strong on chocolate, and it ends up being the best cherry flavor you’ve ever tasted, a little confusing, but great non the less.

Mouth feel: Smooth with a little bite on the back of the tongue. The ales are so much better than lagers in general.

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, a session beer. I can see myself drinking this brew on any occasion.

Being from the Buffalo area, and putting up with more than my fair share of cold, blustery, wintry, shitty night’s, this is a great beer to drink while I wrap a blanket around my legs, invite the dog to jump on my lap, have the wife curl up next to me on the couch, and watch the Sabres kick ass, with a six pack sitting next to me.

Does that sound like a freaking commercial scene, or what???

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Photo of acarroll413
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12 oz bottle of this for the Super Bowl. Wonderful dark, rich color. A nice medium head, that sustained itself for aroudn 60-90 seconds. Smelled like honey. Tasted good, quite smooth for a Scottish Ale. Overall, this will be one of the reasons why I like winter next year.

Photo of AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would have never guessed this a Scottish Ale, I've always thought it a Brown Ale. Rusty brown in color with striking clarity, sporting a decent head of light tan head after a vigorous pour. Head has some stick, eventually settling to a frothy ring around my pint glass.

Aroma is mild, sweet bready and toasted malts, light toffee, honey, and delicate wildflower sweetness.

Flavor a little bolder, lots of malt notes, hints of chocolate and toffee, and very faint floral bitterness in the finish

Body is medium, softly carbonated, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and cottony texture. Another easy drinker.

Photo of Naes
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is amber in color with a small white head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is very mild, but has traces of hops.
The flavor starts out sweet, then has a slight floral hop presence and it finishes with a slight bit of honey in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated.

Photo of PeatReek
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice deep amber color, almost copper, crystal clear. Head starts thick and rocky, just a touch off-white, and dissolves to a lid fairly quickly.

Smell: very faint, but some bready malts are coming through with a touch of orange-pine hop smell at the end.

Taste: much drier than I thought it would be. Bread is strong in the initial attack, but not really sweet at all. After the bread come the hops, a little more grapefruit than orange this time but still piny. Finish is hoppy-bitter, with the bread kind of lingering as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Substantial, full, but a bit oily-feeling. Carbonation is more prominent than I would've expected for a Scotch ale.

Drinkability: After several sips, the grapefruit hops interfere with the nice breadiness. I would probably not choose to drink more than one of these, possibly a couple.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark amber with off white pillowy head. Laces all over the place.
s: smells of malts and very very slight alcohol and some hops.
t: bitterness with hops. Light florals but not much on maltiness.
m: medium body, with good carmbonation.
d: I like this and enjoy drinking it. A bit more bitterness than I normally like, but this one isn't over hopped so the bitterness is pretty good.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see that I haven't reviewed this one yet, as I generally pick a six pack of it up at least once or twice each winter. It's a solid, although not phenominal brew overall.

It poursa nice crisp amber colour with a decent sized creamy off white head that quickly turns more fluffy than creamy and dissolves to a thin mildly sticky lace shortly thereafter.

The aroma is malty and a touch earthy with some rubber hints pushing through along with a touch of hops. There's definitely some honey in the mix as well here.

The flavour is more malt and it pumps up the honey a bit and cuts back on the already mild hop presence. Caramel is detected throughout as well, something I didn't really pick up on in the aroma.

The mouthfeel could use a bit of work. The brew is a bit overly carbonated and as such seems a tad thin at times.

Regardless of that, this is still a nice brew in the end and one that I'm happy to pick up each season.

Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cherry Amber color with an off white head that leaves a little lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of malts with a sweetness. a litte cherry maybe.

T: Tastes of malt and a bit of hoppyness. That twang of a red is nice--not a very heavy beer, which is nice.

M & D: Good mouthfeel with a whole lot of malt. Very smooth with a nice aftertaste thats not too bitter. Drinkability is pretty good. This definately is a nice winter beer.

Photo of peterittenhouse
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a complex beer! Beer pours ruby red with a very thin white head. Smell is fruity with thoughts of butterscotch. This is a balanced beer . Nicely hopped with malty background. Mouthfeel is good but carbonation is high but works. Hops linger on palate....very dry but OK. This would make a nice apertif.

I like the fruitiness of this brew. Overall, a decent beer.

Picked up this product while on a business trip to Manchester Village,VT. Why can't I get Long Trail brews in PA??

Happy holidays!

Photo of ghostwalker
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Text from the bottle, (for reference). "Hardy and robust, this full-bodied, malty brew with a smooth finish features a blend of 6 malts and a dash of honey. A great Winter Warmer!" Let's see how much I agree with this description...

Clear amber-brown body. Thick whitish head, 1-2 fingers. Not much lacing at all. Attractive, but nothing special.

Nose is biscuity malt with a hop twinge. Seems more like a Pale Ale nose than that of a Scottish Ale.

Flavor is tart with hops, sweet on the finish, you can pick up the honey that the label mentions. Not really all that malty. It's there, but it's light and tasty, not heavy and robust. Again, more of a Pale Ale malt profile than I would expect from a Scottish Ale. Also, it's interesting that they bill this as a Winter Warmer. With the absence of any spices, other than honey, I would disagree with that classification.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth.

Drinkability is great. It's probably not very obvious from this review, but this is one of my favorite winter seasonals, (not "Winter Warmers"). Last year, this even passed Sam Adams Winter Lager in my personal rankings for that category.

Overall, great beer! I wish they made this year-round. When I can get it for $9.99 a twelve-pack at the grocery, it's a winter staple in my beer fridge.

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