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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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of gestyr
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the hotel I was staying at.

Pours a nice dark amber with plenty of head that left lots of lacing.

Smells of malt and carmel

Tastes malty... very malty.

low to medium mouthfeel. I would expect it to be a bit thicker as a scottish ale

I would buy this again. Nice winter ale.

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Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, while having dinner one night at a local dinner hotspot.

I figured, this was one of Long Trails seasonals that I haven't tried out yet so I figured it was time.

Poured a very nice..dark amber in color, very pleasing to the eye. Not much of a head on this one, then again...it could have been the way it was poured then served. Also, not much lacing was to be seen.

Smell - this one smelt nice. Overall, this beer had a nice nose to it.

Taste - I would have to say this is a good winter warmer. It's not too light, but not too heavy. Just enough of a hops kick right at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium body. Almost creamy but not. Maybe because mine was on tap, but there was hardly any carbonation to speak of. I think i'll revise this when I try it in bottle.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these on a cold winter night. Not sure if I'll go back to it again, but it is definitely a good try and I think, it would make a great session beer.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B. Figured this would be a nice one for my 75th review since this is one of the beers I used to have at my buddy Rob's house back in the day. Def one of the transitional beers which eased me into the craft brew scene.

A - Clear amber body. Caucasian head with very nice eacing.

S - Grains and a subtle amount of malt.

T - Grainy bready taste up front with a warm malty finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Nothing spectacular about this beer. It is a scottish ale I guess but it serves it's purpose as a nice winter warmer. Nice if you are looking for a decent pint. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey brown color with a small yet tight khaki colored head that left some clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma is bready with some caramel and has a light lemony sourness. The taste is of a big bready malt with a rusty metal/tin note followed by a bitter hop. There is some light fruitiness from lemon and some sort of berry. The flavor is a bit harsh. Moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, starts sweet but does have a bitter aspect. An ok scottish ale, would like to see more of a malt showcase with less of the bitter aspect. I wouldn't turn this down but wouldn't pick it up if I were looking for a scottish ale.

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Photo of mnrider
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Brown Bottle. Bottled less than a month ago.

A: Pours a copper color with a thin bubbly head. Lacing is o.k.

S: A bit fruity with a candy sweetness.

T/M: Mild carbonation. Nice and smooth. Hops are bitter while the chewy malts balance the brew out nice.

D: A nice winter beer. Very enjoyable. I see myself drinking this one a few times every winter, for sure.


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Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and malts. Taste is very hoppy and downright bitter, not to my liking. Feels light and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a beer that I really cared for.

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

Pours copper brown in color and has a decent tan head following a hard pour. Good head retention.

Smell is malt heavy with some mild bready aromas.

Taste is malty and somewhat thick followed by a little zing from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation level for the style, which is on the low side.

I could drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good winter brew in the vein of Bells Christmas, Brooklyn Winter, and Stoudt's Winter. More of a session winter than a warmer in my opinion.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hibernator has a clear orange body with a pillowly little head that leaves just a touch of lacing behind.

The aroma has grain, toffee and herbal hops.

The flavor fallows the aroma and the grany flavor is the most powerful, followed by an equal showing of both toffee and hops. The hops stick out a little bit actually, they are just a touch too bright and bitter for my liking. In fact, Hibernator doesn't bring the malt enough. That's not to say it isn't a pleasant beer, just that it isn't a great one.

Mouthfeel is pretty light with moderate carbonation.

Hibernator is pretty drinkable, but lacks any form of malty richness.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Pretty decent retension and an ample amount of lacing. Head is actually creepy looking as the larger bubbles pop and fade resulting in a thick head that has an uneven, crater-filled surface... intersting. Nose is slight malt with a faint amount of hops, and a bit of grain. Taste is a little more bitter forward than others for the style. Also tasting grain throughout and a lingering partially metallic aftertaste. Medium feel, low carb. Not bad overall.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the bat this one looks great. A dark rusty transparent body is capped off by a generous head that gives way to some decent lacing. It's kind of weird in terms of style. The name, maybe unintentionally, suggests a doppelbock, and the sweet malt profile in the taste and smell are also similar to the style, though a little more nutty. That's where the similarities end, but it still doesn't seem like a Scottish ale, as it's classified here. Pretty darn good though and a classic winter seasonal in the northeast, so maybe the lesson to be learned is not to overthink it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Brewing Scottish Ale, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A murky copper in color with a head that recedes to a fine film. No lacing.

Aroma, quite malty. Sweet Scottish malt, light floral hops, peat.

Surprisingly hop accented, with a piney and earthy character. There is a decent malt body, lightly roasted with a hint of toffee. The beer struggles a bit for balance but finishes bitter and somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a roasty, dry finish.

Drinkability rates relatively high, and it is interesting to drink a rather hoppy Scottish ale. A nice twist on the style from Long Trail.

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Photo of bamadog
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Review is from notes taken on 12/13/2009.

Appearance: A pretty standard copper color; starts with a 2 finger head that is the lightest tan that fades slowly and becomes a little rocky as it dwindles to a full skim; body is pretty cloudy and shows moderate carbonation; leaves a solid curtain of lacing.

Smell: Pretty grainy like I would expect more from a lager as opposed to a Scottish ale; slightly biscuity/bready backing; not an especially strong nose.

Taste: Pretty much just like the nose -- grainy and lager-like; slightly bitter coppery presence; mild malty backing with a slightly sweet and fruity aspect to it, bot overall it's dominated by the grains and that metallic bit.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special -- moderate carbonation; very slight sticky coating on the roof of the mouth, but beyond that, it's largely a clean finish.

Drinkability: Meh. Nothing I'd go out of my way to pick up, but I've definitely had worse beers.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light brown out of the bottle and settles into a slightly deeper hue in the glass. 2 fingers of white head that retains fairly well and leaves good lacing. More translucent than I would have expected. Doesn't look like anything special, although I can't say I've ever had a beer that looks quite like this.

S - Smell is rather faint, but what there is good. Smells very wintery and cozy. Almost a pepperminty feel to it? Mostly malt aroma.

T - Compared to Sam Adams Scottish Ale, it doesn't have as much smokey or hoppy flavor. Still, very well balanced. The spices and the hops give it a nice zest. Again, I get a slight peppermint taste on retro-olfaction.

MF - Appropriately heavy, although not very filling. Almost creamy yet with a good enough amount of carbonation to give it a kick.

D - Very strong and satisfying flavor even on big sips. Enjoyable and easy to keep drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pillowy ecru head that sticks nicely and leaves some wisps behind

Smell: Peaty and grainy, but lacking the malty presence I would expect from the style

Taste: A hint of bread and toffee, up front, with a metallic, grainy and tobacco presence developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, their is a bit more toffee and tobacco flavor, but the overall effect comes off as a bit unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would expect a bit more malt to make the flavor profile more interesting; the grainy aspect just doesn't work very well for me

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention on the head and sticky lacing.

S - Yeasty and slightly fruity. Malts dominate with a faint hop presence.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee taste from the malt. A bit nutty and toasty and just a tad dry/hoppy in the finish. Great flavors for the winter season. An earthy aftertaste. Would have liked more complexity, as it comes off a bit boring to me.

M - Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Very smooth, but feels a bit watered down.

D - Very drinkable and tasty, but not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pristinely clear dark amber with a large, snowdrift head that leaves lacey spackeling down mine glass. Love that Long Trail bear bottle art--a bear reading a book while two hunter heads adorn the mantel. I always wondered who would win in a fight between the Long Trail bear and the Otter Creek otter. Yeah I know the bear is bigger and strong but that otter just looks crafty.

At first I thought it smelled like vomit but then realized that's just an aroma I associate with scotch smelling things. Standard sweet/toasty/rusty Scottish ale smell.

Ridiculously clean. Flavor is subtle: sweet peat smoke tinged toasted caramel malt with some hickory. Mild fruit underneath it all.

The usual humble, clean, and leisurely Long Trail traits as applied to a Scottish ale.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - pours orange-amber, with a half finger of foam that rushes away quickly

S - crystal malts with a faint hoppiness. A slight yeast fruitiness is on the nose as well.

T - on the malty side, pleasant, yet a touch astringent. Not nearly as dark or malty as most Scottish ales I've had, but this is pretty good.

M - fairly thick, the sweetness is potent but not cloying.

D - overall pretty good, i'm enjoying this one.

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Photo of cichief
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Pours a deep amber with a nice tan head.

S- Not a lot, some malt and subtle hops spice.

T- Nice and malty sweet, balanced on the end by some hoppy btterness.

M- Medium body, nice and coating, not cloying though.

D- A good beer on a long, cold night.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours on the lighter side of brown, 1/ inch creamy head with decent carbonation.

smells of honey and robust almond with a slight metallic thing goin on.

taste's exceptional, this is a very light drinking winter ale. it goes down sweet and smooth. hints of nut and honey malts with a nice hop finish make this very drinkable.

i'd recommend this to anyone.
The Long Trail Brewing CO. will never disappoint.

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Photo of jdg204
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my co-worker's decided a late afternoon, Friday meeting at the local watering hole was in order and I was in full agreement. The choices were pretty limited but I was interested to see an untried Long Trail on tap, so I decided to partake.

A: Medium brown color with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Light aroma of caramel and roasted malt.

S: Starts with a sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt flavor which is balanced somewhat by a bit of a hopped finish.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: This was a solid brew and I enjoyed a few of them to prove the point. While not very complex or robust, this beer knows what it is and serves its purpose well. Extremely approachable 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 bbeane
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tumbler... Nice head about 3/8 of an inch thick. Brown color not so dark that light shines through.

S- Not overly pungent... smells of semi sweet malt and caramel

T- Nice malty taste the whole way through. Never gets to sweet. Leaves a malt taste lingering in your mouth long after finishing

M- Light/medium bodied... smooth. Flavors cling to your taste buds after swallowing

D- Not mind blowing, but I enjoyed it and would drink another


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Photo of BARFLYB
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass.

A- Hibernator has a nice looking amber-red appearence once condensed in the glass. Some sediment is seen floating around. A very nice frothy creamy off white head stayed on top forever leaving significant lace.

S- A malt forward scottish ale with some caramel and fresh baked bread. Hops are mixed in but dont make a huge appearence.

T- Getting alot of caramel from the malts with slight toffee tones as well. The hops used dont come forth. In the middle some nuts come up but are taken over by more malt sweetness. Toasted bread in here as well.

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth as silk going down with no interference. A bit watery towards the end but im still loving it.

D- Light in alcohol and I wish I picked up more of this. Not expecting much I was quite surprised at the outcome. Give this one a try if you have not had it. A very drinkable scottish ale that does not stray far from the style. good stuff.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with production date of 11 13 08. tasted in early may 2009.

dark amber. didn't think to decant until it was too late, so there is some "dusty" sediment. 1.5cm off-white head, slowly fades to thin layer. thin but consistent and plentiful rings of lacing.

aroma: malty caramel and apple esters. whiffs of leafy hop. a bit simple, but nice.

taste: malty with apple notes again, but less sweet, and just a touch watery. slightest hint of acidity, with mild grassy/herbal hop bitterness that lingers, plus light phenols in back.

light to medium body, hint of texture towards the finish. carbonation is moderate but a bit fizzy at times.

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Photo of JRed
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with big, off-white marshmallow head. A very subtle aroma pulls through: burned sugar, malt, slight spice. Medium bodied with notes of bread, toffee, malt, slight hops in the center, some ginger, and a light fruity undertones at the finish. A malty session brew that fits for the fall season but that's where the appeal ends.

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Photo of Folderol
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, with the name Hibernator, why couldn't this be a doppelbock? Anyway, this was a decent, but not overly impressive brew. It looked quite nice, an opaque tan/brown with a nice head that receded to a thin film. Smell was pretty neutral malt and hops, nothing special. I think I was expecting more in the flavor and mouthfeel - it's malty but not sweet, hoppy but not in your face, and dryer in the finish than I'd like. I also caught a lot more warming alcohol than I expected from a 5.6% beer. Not bad, but not worth a whole 6er. Double Bag remains my favorite Long Trail brew.

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