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 EkimGram
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Colour is a hazy amber. Very thin head fades to just a thin rim around the glass. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Generally mild aromas of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. A little nutty.

Taste: Lots of bite initially followed by sweet, roasted malts. Aftertaste is the winner here - lovely flavours of burnt, roasted malts with a mellow nuttiness to it.

Mouthfeel: Light body with some powerful carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A supremely solid beer. I'm quite pleased knowing I've got five more of these. The carbonation is a tad much for my preference but all-in-all I totally dig this brew.

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a half finger of off white head. A layer of head remains on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fruity notes. Not as much caramel as I would expect given the style.

Taste: Bready malt with some fruity notes, I'm picking up mild cherry. The finish is bitter with the malt flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice take on a winter beer. I would have liked just a touch more sweetness, but not a bad beer.

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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 JWU
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass

A- Cloudy copper color, with a small white head, decent lacing down the glass.

S- I get equal parts herbal hop, dark fruits and caramel notes.
Smells really quite good.

T- I get the hops up front, with a bit of the fruit twang, but it's quite subdued. Transitions into a really long toasted grainy note. Bitterness on the finish balances it all out. There's a bit of alcohol in there as well as it finishes. I could use a bit more sweetness.

M- Appropriately medium bodied, with a fizzy carbonation that you really feel on the tongue. Dry on the finish.

O- in the bottle it's good, on tap it's better.

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Photo of 11millsown113
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Sam Adams Boston lager glass.

A-- pours a nice reddish amber color. very thin head. the head almost completely disappeared within a minute.

S-- strong caramel scent. not roasty at all and has a hint of hops. i also smell a toffee kind of smell which adds. very good smelling beer.

T--sweet caramel and toffee flavor. a good combination of malts but i wish there was a little more to it. has a good flavor but i wish there was more to it. its also a little over carbonated and actually tasted much better after it sat for a while and released a lot of the excess co2.

M-- its much lighter then i expected. it looks and smells like a thicker beer but its not. once again i wish there was more to it.

O-- overall i think this is a very drinkable winter ale. its a good everyday beer, nothing too special. but not a let down. i wasn't expecting a big beer with a thick body. and for the price. im pretty happy with it. 9 dollars a 12 pack. if anything its a good in between beer when trying a lot of other beers.

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Photo of sirminkdeadly
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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
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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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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Photo of mvanaskie13
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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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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Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brownish reddish with a low off-white head. Low aroma of subtle malt and cracker. Flavor is malty upfront, biscuity, semi sweet, notes of toffee, nutty flavors, subtle caramel. Even mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall a tasty easy drinker, not over the top, but a good beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, cloudy and hazy. A tall fluffy white head sits on top. Average carbonation.
Simple aromatics here. Caramel malts slighty toasted. Thats about it as i can tell.
Taste is malt forward slightly toasted some hops in the pine resin catagory. Back to the malts there seems to be a faint toffee aspectI'm picking up here.
Medium mouthfeel here.
Long Trail in my opinion makes good beers. Thier like a second tier brewery and they try hard but this is just an average scotch ale, pale ale,amber ale, whatever. I like this beer perhaps out of a tap in Vermont it would be better but today it's just average.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 99% sure i have reviewed this before. weird.

a: hazy brown in color with a one finger thick white head that sticks fairly well.

s: rich malty aroma with subtle sugar notes. has that classic english-style yeast aroma as well. i like it.

t: deliciously rich malty flavor. has a bit of smokey peat-like undertones, followed by brown sugar notes and has a subtle earthy hop flavor to balance things out. well balanced and very drinkable.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a fantastic seasonal brew that i look forward to every year. recommended.

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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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber/brown color with good lacing. The scent is great. Has a little bit of everything. Some sweet malts, herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Flavors are there but mild. Touches of sweet malts, toffee, butterscotch, and toast. Finishes with a clean herbal hop presence. Flavors are mild but work very well. Has a very very mild fruit aftertaste.

Great beer but not exactly something id use to battle the cold months of winter. Definitely good though.

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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 zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of fluffy white head, hazy amber body. Some lace.

Some fruitcake on the nose and some yeast. Some 'chocolate orange'.

Taste is rich and malty in a very pleasant way. Lacing in specifics perhaps, but very pleasant and well balanced. Seems very sweet, wheaty at first, but there's some hops in the finish.

Thick, but not milkshake thick Foamy.

This is quite nice and at a decent price point. I guess I get the classification as a Scotch style.

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Photo of Bobancheff
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber color with about a half inch of quickly vanishing head. You can defiantly smell the malts and caramel in it. The taste is not very strong. I can taste the malts and caramel in it as well. I thought it was a little light compared to the other winter beers I have tried but was still a good beer.

I really enjoyed this beer and will get more in the near future.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a thin tan head on top. This beer has a malty sweet aroma with some earthy aromas too. The flavors of some light spice back up with some roasted malts and caramel. The mouthfeel of this beer is drinkable, it's not really thick and has a decent carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's got some warming spices in there that are nice but I'm had better Winter beers.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a trade with a friend at work. I hadn't had much success with most of the Long Trail, but he guranteed that this would be an enjoyable pour.

The beer pours to a decent amount of foam that stays well for a few minutes and leaves nice lacing. The beer has a nice amber color which works well for the type.

Off the top of the beer I smell fruitiness, like grapes. The taste is laden with more sweetness and fruits. I pick up plums and raisins.

Overall, this is a very drinkable winter beer. It is not too heavy, and the flavors work for the season.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich semi-clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - The aroma is a mix of rich sweet toasted malts and some background spices. There is also some bread aromas and just a touch of hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and a touch of background hops. Through the middle, a bit of bread and spices come through as well. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some spices that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and even a bit crisp. The finish has a nice balance of sweet and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nicely balanced, especially the spices. The slight hop presence is also very nice.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a notebook from last semester. A brief review I intended to input.

A-Darkish amber with some ruby hue. The head forms and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Quite sweet. Malty and deep. A faint hop scent. Sugary.

T-A bit more bitter than anticipated. Sugary sweet, and a bit grainy. Caramel, a nice balance actually.

M-Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O/D-Hibernator is not too shabby. Its hard to go into a store looking for a winter seasonal and not come out with Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. A six-pack of Hibernator won the battle once...only once.

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