Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

270 Reviews

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 735
Photo of Paul432_1
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

THIS IS (WAS) THE BEST SCOTTISH ALE TO HIT THE SHELVES OF PA. Long Trail brewery discontinued making this beer. Very unwise decision. R.I.P. Long Trail Hibernater

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Photo of yesyouam
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winter ale flavored with honey. It is a perfect amber jewel with a creamy, rocky off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty with caramel, pine, and earth. The flavor is fresh pear that's well bittered (30 IBU?) with pine trees. The texture is a bit oily and the finish is short and dry from the honey. This has been my default session beer since moving back to the Eastern US.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

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Photo of bossmanjg
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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

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Photo of matchz
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled a few bottles of Hibernator in a tulip glass, a pint glass, and straight from the bottle.

In a pint glass, it presents with a copper/caramel partly cloudy hue. About 2 fingers of white head that leaves some nice thin waves of lacing down the glass.

The smell is mostly grainy malt and caramel, with a hint of spice. A little butterscotch candy in there too. But nothing over the top.

Quite simply, I really enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel of this brew. I think it's one of Long Trail's best offerings. It has just a smidgen of caramel malt but some nice dry hops to complete it. And there's a little warming kick going down. Nice assertive carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's just slightly creamy and sticky - enough to leave a nice linger without being overbearing. I find this a very versatile beer when paired with food. Burgers, Chinese food, Salmon, Snack foods, Wings, etc. It compliments everything I've tried it with.

It may not be a true Scottish Ale. But I think this is one they got right - no matter what you call it.

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Photo of adamrobertt
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - I'm drinking this out of a bottle but I had it in a pint glass the other day... nice amber color which was actually a bit lighter than I was expecting. I was expecting a really deep dark color, like a stout or something - but the amber was nice. There was a bit of lacing on the glass but not much and the head seemed to dissipate quickly. Sort of a foamy head.

Smell is not too intense out of the bottle. I get notes of brown sugar and toasted malt, but nothing too intense.

The flavor is really interesting and complex. I'm tasting burnt sugar, brown sugar, slight black coffee, unsweetened chocolate, big toasted malts, big deep caramel notes, a pleasant soft butteriness, and moderate alcohol at the back end. Really nice. Flavorful and comforting.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. It has a nice weight in the mouth but isn't too heavy. I'm not getting an excessive carbonation, it seems average to maybe slightly above, but nothing distracting or unpleasant.

Overall this is a great beer. Definitely my favorite from Long Trail.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hey - this was pretty damn good.

Pours reddish brown with 2-3 fingers white foam. Notable lacing.

Rich malty smell.

Taste is strong malty with fruity taste. Rasberyy hints. Some nuttiness. Rich mouthfeel.

Even carbonation, all balanced together. Works.

Nice winter beer, really tasty.

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Photo of abgba121
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy deep copper with about a half an inch of head, leaves behind a nice spotty lace down the glass.

S: sweet with a slight hop presence

T: ,mildly sweet with floral tones, a nice hop touch in the middle, finishes smooth

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a good scottish ale, though I have had few of the style, I enjoyed it

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown/almost dark golden colored body with a small white head that lasts just a couple seconds, spotty lacing running down the sides of the glass.

S: some mild roasted malts along with some nuts

T: slightly sweet through the roasted malts

M: light, sessionable, mild nutty aftertaste and finish

O: good for the style, awesome to me, always look forward to having this every winter

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Photo of jlaplume76
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First one in a pint glass, the following five out of the bottle
A: beautiful copper/orange pour, lovely thick head, lightly carbonated.

S: light nutty smell when it was cold, as it warmed the smell turned into raisins and date

T: caramel,toffee, earth, wood..complex and wonderful

M: rich and smooth

D: definately drinkable, gonna keep this one on ahnd for a while

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Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color, with a decent cream color head that hangs out for a while. Toasted malt, sort of like someone melted a Kraft caramel on toasted bread, in the aroma. Very appetizing. Killer label.

Sooo drinkable - a toasty malt flavor starts off, with caramel, toffee, and a very slight diacetyl flavor rounding things out. It starts to get a bit more bitter mid sip, and finishes like a more bitter, slightly drier version of the start with added hints of cocoa and slight hop spiciness. The flavors are very, very clean - no off flavors at all. The mouthfeel is a touch on the light side, but it makes this brew massively drinkable. One of my favorite winter seasonals primarily because it lends itself to day-long consumption and I'll never tire of the flavor.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Hibernator poored a dark amber color, with a small head. There wasnt a very strong smell, but it had a slight sweet smell to it. It tasted hoppy and almost had a slight sweetness to it. It didnt leave much of an aftertaste and was very easy to drink. Overall this beer was very good, its a shame its only a seasonal, but it is one of the better beers for winter.

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Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great winter/fall beer, goes down easy but a dark brown beer so there is something to it. You could have one or two, or throw em down and get a nice buzz on.

No aftertaste, I have bought this many times and have never had a bad one or one that tastes old.

I like this better than most other winter beers on the market, I would take this any day over the other major micro-brew winter offerings.

I've had it on tap as well, also good.

At this price point, not alot better out there in my opinion for this type of beer.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hibernator poured a dark cherry red color with a smaller than average thick foam head.The aroma is of malt The first taste reveals wheat and malt..lots of it.The taste seems very complex.Very crisp fizzy mouthfeel leading now to a slight bitter finish.Rings of lace circle my glass with every sip.A full body that leaves a dry finish.Roasted grains and a hint of a biscuit are noted.Hibernator is a true winter brew that would take the chill out of the coldest of winter nights.Leave it to Long trail for another solid offering.The ABV has to be between 6 and 7 on this one.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Hefe glass, celler temp, bottle. Went really well with a smoked pork chop that I had.
Aroma: floral hops and spices (cinnamon?)
Appearance: light head, quickly dissipating, dark amber, clear
Mouthfeel: medium body, dry finish. Light, pleasant carbonation.
Taste: floral hops and spices from flavor, light malty sweetness on the tip of the tongue disappears as the beer goes to the back.
Drinkability: Good beer, more seasonable than most winter ales.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden. Served in a tulip pint.

The color is a deep copper/bronze with great clarity and thick cap of cream which has excellent retention. There are very tiny bubbles visible that rise rapidly and swaths of lace are left on the glass. The smell is very pleasant with a general toast scent with mild sweetness and subtle apple/pear-like aromas with a subtle spice ester and hint of earthy odors with mild pine from the hops. The feel is excellent -plenty of malt yet dry and toasty with a light spice from the yeast and gentle bitterness supporting the yeast textures well with a semi-dry finish and low alcohol impact on the palate.

I really like the way this starts clean and as it progresses it becomes more expressive with light fruit tinges from the yeast blending with the slight toasted graininess in the malt profile. there is a hint of pepper with the mild accent of caramel malt in the mix. The taste of apple skins are noted with a mild piney flavor from the hops which are very tasty combined with the scottish yeast. Overall I really enjoyed this beer -so much flavor for a relatively low abv beer. The way it finishes is mostly dry yet clean in general without too much in the way of what counts - a nice balance of the yeast, malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Very herbal and earthy, more malty, less sweet. Root beer smells almost.

L: Slighty hazy amber-red, decent head that dissipates, ok lacing.

T: Caramel sweet with a herbal like backbone. Earthy, herbal medium low bitterness leads to a medium clean finish with some residual spices.

M: Smooth medium bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Not bad, i wouldn't have guessed this as a scottish ale, but i thought it was pretty solid.

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Photo of Murph
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a big creamy tan head that lasts forever and leaves a great looking lace all the way down the sides of the glass. Huge, creamy, and sweet maltiness dominates the nose of this brew with some spicy alcohol notes thrown into the background for good measure. Smooth and sweet maltiness all the way to the end. There are faint smoky peat flavors that linger only for a second before being swept away by the finishing alcohol spiciness. Greatly creamt, this brew remains very drinkable throughout. I would highly recommend this one to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Reddish brown in color. Pours with a mellow head of foam. A little bit murky,
(S) Malty sweetness with a slight hop aroma.
(T) Sweet nuttiness, mild hop bitterness.
(M) Crisp and clean. Medium bodied. Covers the whole palate.
(D) A very delicious Scottish ale. More hops than most Scottish Ales.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a hazed, but bright, copper hue. head is starts by almost bustling out of the glass. thick. good retention and great lacing.

S: there is definitely something smoky going on here. im guessing a small percentage of peat malt was used. otherwise, all malt here. virtually no hop aroma.

T: a touch of smoke/peat flavor, but just a touch. rich malty character. there is actually a reasonable amount of bitterness in the body. finish is dry.

M: moderate carbonation on what i would call a light body.

D: one minute peat, one minute malty, the next a little bitter. good complexity on the body of this thing. a tasty winter brew that is perfect for the falling of the leaves. i wish there was a little more on the body here, but otherwise solid.

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Photo of bgildea
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light amberish color with a decent white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Has a nice sweet aroma that comes across at the beginning. The sweet smells fades into a slight smell of hops and barley.

T: The taste mirrors the smell. The flavor starts with a nice sweet flavor that then blends into a nice strong hoppy finish. The hops leave a nice pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Really nice amount of chew to the beer. I was expecting a lot less chew, so I was pleasantly surprised.

O: Overall the beer was very good. The beer balances sweet with hops very nicely, and leaves a nice aftertaste. I would highly recommend this beer to all drinkers. I think hopheads will be enjoy the amount of hops that come through in the end.

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