Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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3.66 w/ 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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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ghamel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3/5  rDev -18%

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 +17.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +5.2%
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 +9.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +18.9%
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 +10.7%
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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Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored a clear amber brown with a slight white head that dissipated quickly leavig a very slight lacing.

Aroma of malt, caramel and floral hops.

Taste had a little grainy malt, hint of butterscotch and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate to light carbonation, creamy smooth and a slight bitter ending.

This is a nice session beer, however, I would expect a bit more malt and a little less hops for this style.

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with one finger of off-white head with decent retention properties. Aromas are sweet (somewhat caramelly) and grainy, a bit simplistic for a beer of this style. Flavors are consistent with the nose, but add another layer on the finish by contributing a tea-like or earthy bitterness that balances the malts. Such a well-crafted, medium-full body should be more flavorful in my opinion. This beer has a pleasantly hefty weight and feel but lacks the flavor strength to withstand a hunk of basic cheddar. If the maltiness were more assertive, I'd give this two thumbs up.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going against the grain on this one. From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a partly hazy amber, off-white head. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, malts, caramel, some earth. Malty, caramel aroma, brown sugar. The finish is an earthy, floral hop bittering. Thin/medium to medium in body. This beer didn't put together for me at all.

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Photo of Kitt
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep red-brown with a straw colored one-finger head. Prominent and persistent lacing.

Aroma rather weak. An earthy-malt scent. Not much here.

Taste rather bitter for a Scottish Ale. Malts not heavy or strong. Some caramel and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and and fairly light. I disagree that this is a full-bodied ale. There is room for improvement.

Drinkability favorable. Definitely smooth. Carbonation prevalent, alcohol not quite as much.

Overall, I am disappointed with this beer. I had heard good things. It's not as rich or flavorful as I would have liked and I fell it has a rather weak body contrary to popular belief. By no means is this my favorite style of ale - but even so, I expected something that stands out. This beer seems rather bland to me.

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Photo of asabreed
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of TheGarvenator
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours into an amber color with a lingering head

S - smells like toasted malt and herbs, also some butterscotch

T - caramel and other malts...has a fruity taste thats shadowed by the first taste of the malts

M - smooth with a little kick with a medium level of carbonation

D - very drinkable, the little kick with the fruity malty taste provides a good winter brew experience...

I thought it was pretty good...the original taste had me question it but it won me over...a good winter beer and i recommend it

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 102510 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.

A: Slightly brownish amber with 1-finger of off-white head with good retention and a nice line of lacing.

S: Nice toasted malt aroma with bits of butterscotch and herbal hops tossed in

T: A good malt ride with buttery biscuit mixed with plum and raisin flavors. Hops are earthy and herbal in nature. There is a bit of a grain edge as well.

M: Smooth and coating with pleasant plummy aftertaste. Carbonation is low-medium.

D: A nice winter ale from Long Trail. Brings a good malt punch in its moderate ABV package.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste has subdued flavors of biscuit and caramel malts along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer went down very smoothly; I would have no problem having more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of ksimons
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear deep amber red with a nice amount of head that leaves some lace and stickiness on the glass

S-malts and a hint of earthy hops

T-a mix of malt and hops, a little watery, has a bit of a metallic taste to it

M-moderate carbonation, light body

D-I wish it was a little maltier and richer, but overall a decent sessionable winter beer to enjoy since its so easy to drink.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear dark amber color, with white head, some lacing.

smells sweet and malty, maybe a little oxidation.

taste is malty, with just a touch of spice. sorta one note, nothing too special. moderate carbonation and medium body, but an odd chalky feeling of an aftertaste.

I'd say below average drinkability just because it seems a bit off.

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 48.3% out of 100 with 735 ratings
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