Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

735 Ratings

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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my favorite standard pint glass.

A-- A beautiful dark amber color straight out of the glass. Held up to the light, the color softens a little; reminds me of the burnt sienna crayon in the huge 64-pack that all the cool kids brought on the first day of Kindergarten. Pours about an inch of head down the center of the glass.

S-- Agree with one reviewer to a 'T': toffee and caramel notes, with a faint smell of hops playing in the background. Of course, this beer really isn't for the hops. You're trying to enjoy a warm, malty flavor, and the smell mirrors that.

T-- The taste really mirrors the smell. There is a pretty standard malt base to this beer, with a hint of hops. It is a little lighter than I expected from the color, and the effervescence from the yeast comes through a little bit over the malt. The malt is sweet and toasty, but that's the only layer of skin on that onion.

M-- The foam and fluid is a little thin, and the carbonation is a touch high on a beer of this style for me. Once again, it falls a little short of what the beer advertises on the smell and on the beautiful look. I swished this one around and took smaller sips and bigger ones, and no difference. I kept expecting it to be thicker, and it wasn't. Not to say that it's bad, because it wasn't...

O-- Long Trail's got a little ways to go here, but one thing's for sure: they picked grains that would make this beer look and smell excellent. Now, they just have to get that to the taste buds in a much stronger way. I'm sure those malts can come through much stronger, and when they do, those batches will be phenomenal. This is still a very good beer that I'd come back to next winter.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Brooklyn Winter Ale.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Malt and hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to medium hop bitterness. Bitterness up front then sweeter toasted malts. A bit mild though.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth but kind of thin.

O: I can't pick a winner here. Both descent Scottish Ales.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a medium sized white head.

Smell is rich and malty with some brown sugar sweetness and earthy hops.

Taste is boozier than the abv indicates. Perhaps due to the unique hop profile. Malt and grain dominated with the bitter end of hops shining through

Medium bodied with good carbonation

Not my favorite from Long Trail but worth a try this winter.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber/light copper, with light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice ring.

Smell is mild, slight caramel and toffee notes, feint hop notes.

Taste is clean to lightly sweet caramel malt, light toffee type flavors, very feint hop tones providing some bittering.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good carbonation with decent flavor presence on the tongue.

Overall, nice brew, i remember the flavors as more pronounced from previous years versions, but this is still one of my favorite long trail brews.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 091211. Pours a cloudy dark brownish mahogany color with minimal head. Good lacing. Aroma is slightly boozey with some malts and earthiness. Maybe some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma. Some sweet alcohol flavor along with earthy malts. Hints of toffee. Medium bodied. Alcohol aftertaste. Pretty solid winter brew. Overall, I will look for this one again.

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 735 ratings.
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