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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity! deep brown color off white head. Rich toffee and caramel with a bit of butterscotch and movie theater butter. Decent beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- unfiltered copper color with a very modest head, a thin lace that dissapears halfway.
Smell- sweet, buttery, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch.
Taste- the toasted malts taste predominates. Also, some fruity sweetness. However, a modest but significant battering hops presence is felt on the backend and balances it out nicely. Dryness in the finish.
Feel- medium bodied, buttery, and soft carbonation. I thought this was a very smooth drink.
Overall- I enjoyed this one. A simple and clean malt forward drink that is sessionable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber colored pour with a thin, soapy, toffee colored lacing.

S - Earthy and grainy toasted malt aroma.

T - Toasted earthy caramel malt with a light pine and grassy finish.

M - Full medium body, very light carbonation with a slippery feel.

O - Not my gig.

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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 illpass78
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: This bottle was shaken pretty badly, so this is kind of skewed, but it poured a cloudy amber with a big eggshell head that stuck around for the duration. A little lacing.

Aroma: Kind of a muted aroma. A little caramel, a little sugar, some faint grass.

Taste: Caramel, buttered toast, earth, grass, some sugar. Flavors come out a little more as it warms, especially the caramel. Not bad. A solid malty winter beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Easy on the palate.

Overall: Solid winter offering. This bottle was kind of old and also fell out of the refrigerator prior to serving so conditions were less than optimal. Not sure they still make this one - a little bummed if they don't.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am stunned at just how many and of what kinds of beers are in my backlog. I bought these with every intention of drinking them in season and then things seemed to get away from me. At least, I am catching up at this point.

From the bottle: "HIBERNATOR This robust and malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night. ENJOY!"; "UNFILTERED WINTER BREW"; "TAKE A HIKE!"

I popped the cap and let fly, watching breathlessly as the pseudo-cascade took place, slowly morphing into two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a brownish-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich and sweet with malt - caramel, cocoa, toffee. Oh my. There are times that I question my buying habits because as a hophead, this is not in my wheelhouse. The head fell in an unusual way, collapsing down and in on itself. Mouthfeel was medium and the richness of the malt almost threw me into diabetic shock! It was tasty, though, more like toffee than caramel. Finish was sweet, but not cloying, so I did not have any problem drinking all of it. This is one that would be more suited for the Winter season, if I were to get it again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Dark orange amber pour, with little head, and not much lacing.

Not much in the aroma. Maybe some caramel.

The flavor is better, but not by much. Caramel, butterscotch, some peat, and oak, but all very muted.

The body is too thin and watery for a "rich winter brew." Medium carbonation, goes down easy.

Overall a miss from Long Trail. Too many flaws.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Phat Tuesday celebration prior to sacrificing beer for Lent.

A - Light brown with a great head and lacing trailing all the way down the glass.

S - Subtle malty sweet.

T - Effervescent malt: Not overwhelming, but not disappointing - just right.

Overall: I love this beer. Hibernator might be a slight exaggeration in the sense that this really isn't a "heavy" beer, but, it is most satisfying. Strong enough for winter but light enough for spring.

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Photo of scotorum
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/25/13. Cute graphic of a bear sitting at a fireside smoking a pipe and reading a newspaper.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Nothing other than a single hint of vinegar.

t: Rather medicinal malt. Grassy and a bit spicy later. Some bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Medium.

o: Fortunately neither the initial hints of vinegar nor the medicinal tinge lasted. However, this "Scottish Ale" did not offer much other flavor..

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Photo of curasowa
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, reddish-copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt, slight dish rag/lemon cleaner, mild spice, some earthy hops.

Taste: Caramel malt up front, then thinning a bit with floral hop notes and some yeast, then flattening out to a more dull bitterness on the back end with some nuttiness and a slightly astringent dried spice note.

The Rest: This one doesn't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium and carbonation is fine, but the aroma is slightly off-putting and the taste didn't really make up any ground. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep amber/orange color in morning sunlight. Hazy, with ample visible carbonation and a creamy head that retained rather well. Thick, creamy lacing persists all the way down the glass. Regrettably for me, this is the best part of the beer.

S - Predominately roasted malt aromas. I expected to smell something a little sweeter.

T - Not really what I expected. This may be my first Scotch Ale, so that could be a big part of it. The roasty aroma that I smelled is there, but it plays a lesser role. The dominant flavor is some kind of bitter coffee type flavor. It's the kind of bitterness from coffee, but without the coffee flavor, if that makes sense. Seems to be some smoke present. Not really a strong combination for my palate.

M - Medium bodied, but it a little more watery than I expected given all the visible carbonation. Not a fan of the aftertaste.

O - I bought a 12-pack for my wife and I'm glad that she likes it, because I wouldn't really jump at the chance to have another one. Not a terrible beer, but just doesn't suit my tastes.

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Photo of Tingle
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Appearance is medium-brown. There is little foam on pour and it does not retain. Malty and some roasted aromas. Taste is similar, with mainly bitter dark-chocolate or coffee type malts and some roasted taste and scent. Feels a bit inconsistent in the mouth - sometimes creamy, sometimes poignant, sometimes just watery.

Advertises as a good beer for a winter night. I agree, especially since better dark beers are a lot more expensive. Overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber to deep amber. Decent clarity. Laces nicely after a fluffy head settled.

Cereal grains with a whole-grain Wheaties vibe. Subtle cherry nuances and hints of vanilla. Seeming notes of cinnamon and light roast. Dry and a little musty.

Sweeter grains with dark fruity esters, roasty bitterness, hemp, pomme, maraschino, husks, and light booze. Some tea notes in the mix.

Medium body with an early bumrush of carbonation. Works for drinkability. Booze never oversteps its boundary.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good beer from Long Trail. This is a good company. Beer pours a massive 3 finger head with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Scents of peat and grassiness on the nose. Taste is medium bodied with a bit of unbalance, only drawback. It is an easy to drink beer and good enough to session. Not sure why it's classified as a winter beer, but Hibernator is a nice alt style beer, although classified as a scottish ale.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The cloudiness and color of apple cider. Not sure how I feel about that. Some head retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel and toasted malts. Faint floral hop present on the smell.

T: Interesting - Some spiciness and the toastiness and caramel is there. A bit of toffee.

M: A little too light bodied for my taste. Tad watered down.

O: Nice for a winters night for sure. Not great but worth a try.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drawn into a pint tumbler at Long Trail's brewery pub in Bridgewater Corners, the beer is a fetching dark amber, topped with a short off-white head that leaves a dense web of cling.

The aroma, of toffee, is mild, complementing a lightly sweet flavor that is rather hoppy for a Scottish ale. The taste and mouthfeel bespeak not so much deep autumn as Indian summer. Pleasant. Sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long Trail Hibernator
12 oz. bottle

Long Trail's Hibernator is an unfiltered Scottish-style ale. It pours a hazy orange-chestnut body beneath a creamy cap of light tan. The head holds well and leaves some very nice rings of thin, craggy lace throughout the glass.

In the nose it's both malty and hoppy, which is unusual for a Scottish ale, but it's pleasant enough, and clean. The malt is gently caramelish, and there's also a hint of what leans towards being roasty but actually isn't - basically meaning that there's some dark malt to it, but it doesn't come off as coffee-like or chocolate, or anything particularly distinct.

The flavor follows suit, and although I feel there's a little bit too much hop flavor to it given the Scottish designation, it's not really that far overdone. Or maybe it's just the hops that they've chosen that I find odd. They're brighter, and perhaps more piney, spicy, and herbal than what I'd normally expect, which would be more English in character. The malt comes through nicely though, and it's got a perfect balance to it. Moderate bitterness focuses it, and it finishes dry and spicy with a light note of caramel and a dusting of dark chocolate powder.

Overall it's a really well-brewed ale, and one that satisfies. Well done!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for providing the bottle so I didn't have to buy one.

Appearance: A slight haze on a relatively straight up copper color. Small, off-white head drops to a spotty cap and tiny collar almost immediately. Moderate carbonation on the pour. A bit of clarity at the edges.

Smell: Lightly caramelized malts. A big white bread aroma. A bit phenolic. Some apple and raw grain. Biscuits and caramel. Slight roasted character. Even some vague toasted notes. Moderate malt backbone. Minimal hopping pushes hints of herbal and leafy hops. Some pale and amber malts. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: Herbal hop notes over the top of some pale malts. Bread crust with a hint of citrus. Some amber malts. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Minor roasted malt profile. Some toasted edges. Same mildly phenolic kick as the nose. Apple. Legit toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. A bit of creamy smoothness. Lingering dry finish.

Overall: You couldn't last the winter on this beer alone.

Drinkable en masse, despite terrible style claim. It's a mild bock type thing. Drinkable and not terrible.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded very rapidly leaving a great level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready aromas mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness and some oak and nut smells as well. Overall the aroma is quite light.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a more breaded and lightly roasted malt flavor. Up front there are hints of a caramel sweetness. The sweetness begins to fade more toward the middle as flavors of a bit more roasted malt and more bready flavors come to the tongue joined by a lighter citrus hop of a grapefruit flavor. Other flavors of a woody and spiced nature then come to the tongue. In the end, with a increase in the caramel sweetness once again, a moderately sweetened spiced and bready taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The thickness of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side with a little bit of chewiness and a lower level of carbonation. The slightly thicker body was quite nice for the bready and spiced flavors of the brew. A bit more carbonation may have been nicer for the lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavors of the brew, but overall it was pretty well done.

Overall – Not bad. While the combination of flavors upfront was not too appealing, with somewhat off transitions, as the brew warmed more it took on a bit more sweetness allowing for a bridging of the flavors in a smoother transition.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/1/13

Appearance: Deep amber with some light brown - mostly cloudy, with some clarity around the edges - small, off-white head, fades quickly - low carbonation - leaves a wispy cap, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Moderately malty - lightly toasted, bready, and decidedly grainy - caramel, amber, and pale malts - lightly roasty and earthy - some malty sweetness - mild overall, doesn't smell like a Scottish Ale

Taste: Follows the aroma - lightly roasty, lightly toasted - earthy, with some grass - some yeasty flavors - dry and roasty, but also sweet - bready, with some amber and caramel malts - some sweetness, some bitterness in the finish - flavor gets a lot more interesting as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, low carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, regardless of the style (or lack thereof)

This is not a Scottish Ale, regardless of what Long Trail claims on the website. But I don't know what I would call it. Long Trail describes it vaguely as a malty, winter ale on the bottle, and this makes more sense. This is definitely quaffable, but it's not exceptional in any way. I don't regret buying a 6-pack that was on clearance for $6. Win.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel.

The taste was obviously malty with tones of earth and peat. Balancing bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty malty treat.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an eggshell head that recedes to leave some moderate lacing.

Aromas of light sweet caramel and roasted malts and some earthy/woody hops in the background.

Tastes follow the nose but improve as you get to your 3rd or 4th sip. Starts with a sweet caramel, toffee and lightly roasted malt flavor which is balanced somewhat by a bit of an earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this was a solid brew and I enjoyed a few of them just to make sure. While not very complex or robust, this beer knows and serves its purpose well. Extremely approachable, sessionable and easy to drink, this is a definite safe option brew in macro-havens. Not a must-try by any means, but a solid choice when options are limited.

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Photo of jjchristiano
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange hue looks as if there is a lot of yeast still in the mix. Bottle says unfiltered so I assume this is the reason. Almost homebrewish in appearance. smell is dominated by hop aroma. Can't taste sweetness. More crisp hoppy flavor that also has a bite of hops at the tail. I'm not really getting any spice either so for me this is not a preferred winter beer offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, vibrant, ruby coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy surface coating of head. Aromas of rich caramel, both sweet and smooth, a touch of hops bitterness, and some floral jasmine highlights. Very smooth and balanced aromas. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a scotch and caramel backbone that is sweet, but balanced. Malt profiles expound as the beer covers the palate, giving rise to some bready and molasses characteristics. Light bodied despite the rich flavors, and when combined with the lower ABV this beer becomes very drinkable. Sweet, slightly tart aftertaste with the hops presence resurfacing for a touch of bitter and spice to clean the palate. Crisp, clean finish with a touch of spice linger. Tasty brew.

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