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 jimj21
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled December 2009. Bought as part of the Long Trail Survival Pack. Pours a reddish brown. Pretty hazy, as it's unfiltered. About a finger of rocky, off white head. Fades pretty quickly, but leaves good lacing.

Not too much going on with the smell. Nice malty aroma with some caramel sweetness. I'm not getting anything in the way of hops.

Taste is all malt up front. Sweet caramel, some nuttiness, and some toasted character. Some floral hops on the finish. Not too dry. Aftertaste is sweet and toasty.

Medium bodied. Very smooth. Carbonation is perfect. Slightly watery though.

Good drinkability. Good taste. Nice balance. A good beer to relax with on a cold night.

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Photo of u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Reddish brown in color. Pours with a mellow head of foam. A little bit murky,
(S) Malty sweetness with a slight hop aroma.
(T) Sweet nuttiness, mild hop bitterness.
(M) Crisp and clean. Medium bodied. Covers the whole palate.
(D) A very delicious Scottish ale. More hops than most Scottish Ales.

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

Pours a clean, clear, light-red-orange-brown with a very thin white head which disappeared almost instantly. Smells of butterscotch, molasses. The taste starts with a strong, sweet maltiness then ends with a nutty finish which hangs around on the tongue. Goes down smoothe and easy.

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

Served in a standard shaker glass and finished over about 30 min. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Color is clear and deep amber with reddish undertones. Head thin and quickly disappearing with ring around glass and some lacing.

Smell: Faint with some malt caramel.

Taste: Soft but definite caramel malt flavor with no detectable hop presence, but not overly sweet. Early on with the first few sips there seemed to be a hint of metallic flavor, but that disappeared as the beer warmed a bit.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel good with some body and nice carbonation. Short finish that leaves the mouth ready for more.

Drinkability: Fine for one, but I think I'd switch after my first to try something else. I do have to say that this was my first sample of this beer and based on the "-ator" in the name I was expecting a Doppelbock and not a Scotch Ale. Nonetheless it was a worthwhile brew.

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

Pulled out of a mixed case. The appears is a simple brown with a white head. The aroma leaves a lot to be desired with a plain, too-clean mix of mineral-y water and a hint of toffee. The flavor gets a little better with a deep caramel and toffee flavor and hint of chocolate. It's not perfect, the flavor is too weak for the style, but overall this is an OK beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this bottle.

Pours from the 12oz bottle a dark amber color with a small white head. Slighty hazy due to the beer being unfilitered.

Aroma isnt typical of most scottish ales I have had. Smells almost wheat like with some yeast aromas as well. Very grainy. Brown ale like as well. A melange of aromas that do not indicate scottish ale.

A bit hoppy and bitter for the style. Pretty aggresively hopped with some earthy hops. Caramel and toasty backbone lend their ears.

Not bad overall. Kind of basic on all fronts but a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with about a finger of head. Noticed the head dissipated some & separated into thicker "islands" of foam, interesting & not something I'd expect from such a medium-bodied beer. The smell was the high point -- sugary caramel & toffee notes, with just a little hope bite for balance. The taste was like the smell, but more bitter, & a little roasty flavor. I notice a mild syrupy character in the aftertaste & mouthfeel, one that sticks around for a minute after each sip. Not so much bitter like other reviewers had said, but almost like the sensation you get a few minutes after brushing your teeth: fresh for a little, then stale, & I'm compelled to drink more just to refresh the sweetness. Smooth & even-bodied enough, I could probably put away a few of these without flinching.

Looking at the style on this profile now makes sense -- given the name, I was expecting a Doublebock & felt it fell short of the style. Not a bad brew, but not one I'd search out.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this from a Long Trail Survival Pack one of my friends brought to my room. After pouring it into a glass, I noticed only a small, light lacing. The beer itself was a deep amber color. The aroma was not overwhelming to any degree. I picked up the faint smell of citrusy hops, but nothing else stuck out. The taste was nothing special. There was the taste of the hops from the smell, and another nice bitter flavor to offset this. The aftertaste was a bit bitter for my liking and I felt there was not a lot of depth to the beer overall. The mouthfeel was good, although I think there may be too much carbonation. The drinkability was average. I could myself having a couple of these at a bar, but no more as the bitter aftertaste would become urksome after some time.

Overall, a good beer to try, but not my favorite from Long Trail.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a nice vanilla custard colored head.
The aroma of hops and fruit.
The taste of roasted malts,hops and some fruit hints.
The feel was smooth,medium body and low carbonation. A tangy,metallic finish with some bitter notes to the finish.

Notes: A good beer to have on a cold night and one to keep in rotation as it was very drinkable.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Hefe glass, celler temp, bottle. Went really well with a smoked pork chop that I had.
Aroma: floral hops and spices (cinnamon?)
Appearance: light head, quickly dissipating, dark amber, clear
Mouthfeel: medium body, dry finish. Light, pleasant carbonation.
Taste: floral hops and spices from flavor, light malty sweetness on the tip of the tongue disappears as the beer goes to the back.
Drinkability: Good beer, more seasonable than most winter ales.

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Photo of thain709
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber body...a tan head that turns into a cap...laced down the glass

S - Nothing special...couldn't pick up anything except for some faint malts

T - I was turned around on this beer by the taste...it has a sweet caramel malt flavor...this blends well with the perfect amount of piney hops

M - Medium body...creamy

D - I was turned off by the smell...but after my first sip I was hooked...a nice beer that I will be enjoying again

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting cup from the tap.

The color is a dark amber / red with a dark white head.

The smell is a bit bitter at first with a hint of malts and wheat. It is also a little sweet as well,has a slight caramel feel.

The taste has a slight hoppy taste to it before giving way to a chocolate and caramel feel.

A great beer to have on a cold day. A tad bit heavy but not too heavy and would go good with a nice steak.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangey brown with a nice thick 1/2 cm head. Aroma is sort of like Raison D'Etre.. very raisiny that suggests of alcohol or a Doppelbock with a good balance of malt and hops. Taste is extremely malty with well placed hop bitterness finish and really tastes like it has more alcohol than it really does. A bit of a grainy sandy mouthfeel to it. Usually I'm all about malty beers but this one is just rubbing me the wrong way at the moment. Something about the suggestive alcohol content, although it's only 5.6% is getting to me. Not bad, but I'm having a hard time finishing it.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color and opaqueness makes it look like a glass of maple syrup. With a beer viscosity, of course. Poured from the fridge it's just a standard semi-bitter hopped beer. Nothing special. Medium body, not much there in the aroma outside of a bit of citrus.

Given my usual affinity for scottish ales this beer doesn't do much for me. It lacks much malt flavor and doesn't hide even the low-ish 5.6% alcohol content. Any warming sensation is overpowered by a bitter, semi-astringent aftertaste.

It's odd. I had a Long Trail sampler pack this summer in upstate NY and recall really enjoying it. Is the winter sampler pack all that different? Something tells me I'm not going to dig the Milk Stout or the hoppy IPA, either.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Quentin Tavern.

A: The ale is a darker ruddy color, dark enough to be brown. Not much head on this one.

S: The aroma is malty, bready with caramel aromas. An earthy hop presence adds some body.

T: The taste is malty, more bready flavors that get thicker as the ale warms. A thick, peaty presence lacks smoke but creates a full taste. Hops are grassy and earthy, a decent counterpunch to the malts.

M: The ale is smooth with a strong malty flavor; a decent winter drink.

D: A good choice for lunch, the ale won't knock you out despite its decent flavor profile.

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Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another trade with co-worker. Had several of the Long Trail offerings previously and the Hibernator follows along. A good solid beer. The color is a deep amber almost brown. Pours with a small off-white head that disappears shortly. Very smooth taste. The beer feels very dry on the tongue, and leaves a distinct but pleasant aftertaste. This is a good choice for the winter season.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winter ale flavored with honey. It is a perfect amber jewel with a creamy, rocky off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty with caramel, pine, and earth. The flavor is fresh pear that's well bittered (30 IBU?) with pine trees. The texture is a bit oily and the finish is short and dry from the honey. This has been my default session beer since moving back to the Eastern US.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

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Photo of JayNH
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy reddish brown with not much of a head.

S- sweet and bready with a hint of banana. A hint of piney hops.

T- Starts a little sweet, then detecting some sour green apple. Finishes with a mild grassy hop taste mixed with the taste of an apple peel.

M- smooth but thin and watery.

D- It's not "bad" but it's not "good" either. I'm a Long Trail fan but this one was a disappointment. It's like a watered down Double Bag.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that jumps out at me is the interesting way the head has formed. It forms a cloudy light frothy head, with a soda popping circle of foam surrounding it. The two rings are even different shades of tan. It's the most interesting thing. It looks like an eclipse. When it's all said and done, it leaves a good coating on top, with some tightly packed large bubbles. Light spotty lacing during the session. Brew is a clear, dark mahogany in color.

Caramel in the nose. Some orange zest. Dark spices.

Mostly soft on the palate. Sweet and malty, with a slight hop bite. Smooth as silk carbonation. A little boozy at the back of the palate. Lots more hop bite as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Good resiny coating from the hops. Slightly cloying, but it seems to disappear very quickly.

My only complaint is that I didn't read the label close enough. I picked this up thinking it was an olde ale style. You know... warm fireplace, bear looking cozy, etc. But I got a lucky surprise that it was a pretty decent Scottish Ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a deep caramel amber brown with a large off white khaki head, forms a thick head that leaves behind even bands of lacing. Aromatics sweet baked holiday breads with a touch of peated malt, overall really sweet caramel tones with a touch of alcohol. All of their beers have that touch of maple syrup in them especially the Triple Bag I had on ta last night. Flavor isn't overtly too sweet a rustic somewhat balanced with hard edges of herbal notes and earthiness, kinda stuck on the tobacco leaf kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad cloying not overly heavy in anyway but something just doesn't sit well with each sip, I thought their IPA was rock solid but so far I can't say Long Trail is one of the greats through their whole portfolio. Drinkability is pretty weak with this offering not the brew I would look for again anytime soon.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scottish Ale? Fully expected a dopplebock because of the name... Anyway...
12oz bottle from the local Shaw's. Pours a hazy but translucent brown body with a thin half inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Chocolate and caramel and toffee notes as well characterize the aroma. Chocolate, roastiness, caramel sweetness, just a tinge of peatiness. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. A pretty easy-drinker. A fairly simple, straight-forward Scottish ale, but a good drinker for a winter night.

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Photo of jlaplume76
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First one in a pint glass, the following five out of the bottle
A: beautiful copper/orange pour, lovely thick head, lightly carbonated.

S: light nutty smell when it was cold, as it warmed the smell turned into raisins and date

T: caramel,toffee, earth, wood..complex and wonderful

M: rich and smooth

D: definately drinkable, gonna keep this one on ahnd for a while

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Photo of templar316
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep ruby, with a blossoming khaki head falling back with excellent lacing. he smell is soft cherries and subtle malt undertones. The rich juice flavor delivers those before exploding into a grapefruit bitterness and then calming into a enveloping biscuty finish. It rolls smooth across the tongue despite the biterness in the middle and would be excellent for an outdoor weekend by the fire. All in all I'm suprised at how all over the place the reveiws are as this is an imeninantly drinkable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed - somewhat murky - brown with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of light roasted caramelish maltiness.

The smell is of sweet malt with a bit of roast and a metallic touch. There is something Scotch-ale-ish giong on. Malty - though a bit light - with a hint of roast and a touch of bitterness. Sweetness turns to a late bitterish dryness.

There is a thinness about it for a winter ale, but it isn't watery and manages to hit medium-bodied. Carbonation could be eased up a bit.

Although it's not heavy and the abv is relatively mild for a winter brew, there is a limitation on the drinkability - maybe just that it is anything particularly special, IMO. Worth checking out though, as a lighter winter ale.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a dimpled imperial handle glass.

A: Poured a medium, amber-brown color with a fluffy, sticky two-finger head of ivory foam. Carbonation appeared to be minimal, but head retention was good and it left a bit of lace.

S: Smells warm, sweet and a little nutty. There's a hint of caramel and raisin in the malt that rises from this brew.

T: Taste is a warming blend of sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors and slightly fruity hop bitterness. Hopping is light and just enough to balance the rich, liquor maltiness of the brew. A smooth finish leaves flavors of earthy herbal hops and sweet, smoked wood maltiness.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied and sticky, but a smooth flavor and slightly chewy malt profile make for good mouthfeel and palate.

D: A smooth, sweet and slightly bitter blend of malts and fruity hops make for a balanced, drinkable cold weather brew. Would probably get a 6-pack to stick in the fridge for those bitter cold nights to come.

A good sipping session brew for winter. I want to be just like the bear on the bottle, cozied up in front of a fire with a blanket across my legs and this beer in my hand. Long Trail seasonals have never quite impressed me, but this Scottish ale winter offering is better than par for them.

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 735 ratings
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