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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 -4.4%

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 +6.6%

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 +1.9%

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 -6.3%

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 -7.1%

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%

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 -0.8%

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%

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 +9.3%

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 01, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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 +9.3%

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%

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 +1.9%

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 -11.2%

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 -11.2%

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 +10.7%

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 +10.7%

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
Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a clear orange-brown with a small off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Smells very nutty, slightly earthy, and grainy.

The taste is what I was hoping the Harvset would be but wasn't. Lots of sweet caramel and toasted malt with a underlying sweetness of citrus and sugar. Slighlty buttery and chewy in texture. Very nice mouthfeel. Super smooth. Moderately weak hop finish, but enough to balance all that malt. Great beer.

yankeeheel, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours red and clear with a small off-white head. Smells fruity with hints of honey. A bit yeasty and sour?

Tastes spicy and sweet. Fruity with those smooth honey flavors underneath it all. Medium bodied with a light hoppy finish. Sour aftertaste. Good winter/holiday beer but not outstanding. Would rather have a Harvest Ale given my choice, a bit too sweet.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Happened upon this brew in a lost little store in the middle of nowhere. Being a cold night, I figured it was only appropriate I pick some up. Pours a deep honey amber color with a quick ivory head. Aroma is malty and sharp with a hint of honey and bread. The flavor is initailly sharp with a toffee undertone and an aggressive bitterness. The sharpness smoothes off a bit with a bold alcoholic warmth ebbing into a coffee finish. This brew leaves quite an impression on the palate. Good for warmth, but a bit too sharp for a warmer evening.

beernut7, May 04, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Winter ale flavored with honey.

This beer poured a orange/brown with red highlights when held to the light. It was very clear and well carbonated. The head was a medium brown and was chunky, creamy and foamy, and this was also mirrored in the lace that it left behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet malt, hops, brown sugar, herbs, and a very slight sweet honey appeal. Not overly impressive considering the label stated that it would be. The tastes that came from the glass were of hops – floral and citrus (very slight), a carbonation bite, sweet malt, watery feel, pine trees, flowers, slight lemons, roasted nut, barley (when it warmed), bread/yeast (slight) and a slight alcohol (warmed). The aftertaste was hops and slightly dry. I tasted more hops in this beer then malt, even though the label stated that it used 5 malts in the brew process. I noticed the malts more in the nose then on the tongue. And as for the honey, I only detected a small hint in the nose and none on the pallet. Medium bodied, but I was hoping for more. A better then average beer, but IMO not a great example of a scotch (strong) ale.

Jarod, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of kennyo
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Has a nice dark amber color, pours a nice 1/2" head which thins out but never disappears.spicey aroma with a very little licoricey taste, even though I don't think they add either. Very tasty winter brew that is not too cloying or overly spiced. You can drink a few of these at a sitting. Got them for 11.99 a 12 pack so you can't beat the price. Always love going to Vermont and having my cousin pull one out of the fridge, lets me know I'm in Vermont.

kennyo, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Another good beer by Long Trail... Not as good as Double Bag though.

Excelent carbination levels. The label has a nice by the fire scene of a bear presumably doing what all of us would like to do in the winter by hibernating. the beer was a nice treat after sledding all day in northern VT.

scottum, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -18%

Clear amber color, minimal head (pretty much a small ring of lace). Aroma is malty sweet, butterscotch, and a slight nuttyness. Flavor is initally malty sweetness, with some brown sugar and honey making up the aftertaste. Minimal (if any) hop presence.

goz, Jan 21, 2003
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.