Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #99
Ranked #38,879
3.68 | pDev: 12.5%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Notes: A Vermont classic returns in 2017!

Built to take the bite from a cold winter night, Hibernator features a rich malt base highlighted by warming notes of caramel and toffee. Don't sleep on this rich, robust winter brew.

Last year we awoke the bears with a limited run of cans offered at our brewery in Bridgewater Corners. In 2017, we're culminating a year of throwing it back to our roots, by sending Hibernator out for a full run of distribution in 6pks and 12pks of 12 ounce bottles and on draught.

Keep your eyes out for it as the weather cools down!

32 IBU
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Reviews by yelterdow:
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3.82/5  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.

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yelterdow from New Jersey, Nov 30, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sdaly3 from New Hampshire, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Ernest78 from Massachusetts, Dec 14, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 10/15/12 (bottled on date?), and poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Hibernator pours a slightly hazy burnt orange. Maybe a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer, and fades cleanly after a minute or two. The nose, while muted, has a nice complexity. Toffee, biscuits, and a tobacco aroma all make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with malts that definitely lean more towards biscuit and bread than caramel and toffee. There's a sharp bitterness next that's entirely out of place. A subtle tobacco and herbs blend delivers the finish. The mouthfeel just lacks the fullness of body that I'd expect for a malty winter beer, though the carbonation is appropriately subdued. I don't often reach for Long Trail beers when I'm browsing at my local bottle shop, and this HIbernator isn't going to change my mind.

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axeman9182 from New Jersey, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

FCRICH from New York, Dec 31, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Quentin Tavern.

A: The ale is a darker ruddy color, dark enough to be brown. Not much head on this one.

S: The aroma is malty, bready with caramel aromas. An earthy hop presence adds some body.

T: The taste is malty, more bready flavors that get thicker as the ale warms. A thick, peaty presence lacks smoke but creates a full taste. Hops are grassy and earthy, a decent counterpunch to the malts.

M: The ale is smooth with a strong malty flavor; a decent winter drink.

D: A good choice for lunch, the ale won't knock you out despite its decent flavor profile.

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akorsak from Pennsylvania, Jan 02, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

pottergator from New York, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

johnso98 from New York, Dec 22, 2012
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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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warmstorage from California, Jan 11, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ejh06752 from New York, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Gschaf from Pennsylvania, Jan 29, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the bat this one looks great. A dark rusty transparent body is capped off by a generous head that gives way to some decent lacing. It's kind of weird in terms of style. The name, maybe unintentionally, suggests a doppelbock, and the sweet malt profile in the taste and smell are also similar to the style, though a little more nutty. That's where the similarities end, but it still doesn't seem like a Scottish ale, as it's classified here. Pretty darn good though and a classic winter seasonal in the northeast, so maybe the lesson to be learned is not to overthink it.

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BeefyMee from Connecticut, Dec 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

JmBrkr from Vermont, Jan 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

drt72 from Virginia, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy, almost murky, golden brown body with a small beige head that quickly drops into a collar. Some patchy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is subdued. Toffee and pine hops are noted.

Light medium to medium body has a solid moderate carbonation.

Taste has pine and earthy hop bitterness up front that lords over the malt presence. Faint notes of toffee and caramel balance but don't shine like one would expect from a Scotch ale. Finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.

Hibernator is a good name for a doppelbock, which I thought this was when I picked up the bottle. When I tasted it I thought it was a hoppy amber. Now, I see that it's supposed to be a Scotch ale, and it might be a good one if the malt bill was beefed up.

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merlin48 from Kentucky, Jan 30, 2011
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3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light mahogany brown with some ruby red highlights and a creamy ecru colored head sitting nicely on top.

Malty sweet notes present an inviting aroma with hints of toffee and some butterscotch. Just a touch of herbal hops in there as well.

Biscuits and grain welcome you at first before the sweeter malts come at you with notes of caramel, which are followed by the floral hops and their accompanying touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves you wanting more. Not quite the umphh you'd expect from a winter seasonal. Overall, Hibernator is a enjoyable malt-forward beer for a cool winters evening but it lacks the strength to make it stand out in a crowded field of winter brews.

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Kinsman from California, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ejane from Connecticut, Oct 13, 2012
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4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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DagFishHead from New York, Nov 16, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnK17 from Pennsylvania, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A mildly hazy orange color, almost like an orange marmalade, without the thickness of course. Off-white head balancing at the top with minor retention.

Smell: A nice balance of mild fruit esters and good bitter hops, with some candied fruit aromas. But even as it warms, there's not a lot that's discernible except the commingling of the two.

Taste: The hops here come into play a lot more than the malt and fruit esters, which surprises me a bit for more of a winter brew. Lingering earthiness and hops with back-end mild fruit esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good creaminess, and one of the best attributes of the brew.

Drinkability: A decent and somewhat sessionable brew for the winter. Both a little hoppier and heavier than I expected originally, which turns out to not be a bad thing at all.

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asabreed from New York, Feb 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

InspectorBob from New Jersey, Jan 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Jason1337 from Pennsylvania, Apr 17, 2013
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