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Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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: 739 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of Klunco
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear honey tinged, ruby-brown into my ommegang chalice. Good mocha colored head that was tight until the end of the pour. Head dissipated rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Not a lot going on smell wise. Bit of bready smell along with a bit of spice. Would like more.

T-Initial taste is sweet, bready malt with a hint of smoke. Somewhat of a woody taste. Finishes dry with a lingering spice.

M- Low carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth in the mouth.

D- It goes down easy and is nice for a winter beer but I think the contrast of sweet malts coupled with spicy finish would get to be too much after a while. The malts come in smooth and then the finishes throws off the balance. Overall, a solid choice for winter.

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Photo of keyserkeg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pub pint glass.

Dark amber to copper with reddish hues. Reminiscent of a classic ESB in color.

Toasty sweet malt aroma, but not particularly complex.

Taste starts pleasantly malty with biscuit notes. The finish has a transition from subtle hops to an almost abrupt wateriness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but has a silky element that somehow brings it around.

Certainly a decent session beer, but I was expecting something a little more interesting from a Winter Offering that spins the Scottish Ale style.

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Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin white head that fades quickly. The smell was somewhat disappointing, I wasn't getting too much from it. It smelled sweet and malty with a subtle hop aroma. The taste is similar, with a good deal of malty flavor with sweet notes and a somewhat bitter finish. A very light mouthfeel, I was expecting something heavier, but a good balance in flavor. Not a very powerful beer, but enjoyable. This is an easy drinker, not the first beer I would choose for a winter beer, but still tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby that is fully clear. Nose is very perfumed at the start. Soap is also there. After a very short while it turns into a milder sweet toned leafy character. Flavor is smoothly sweet with that perfume coming out again over my tongue. I get an odd aftertaste that is like someone sprayed perfume in my mouth. Odd. Slightly sticky on the liquid and low on carbonation. Overall I feel like this is a "new world" scottish ale. A bit too hyper and vibrant and not subdued or mature enough. Decent enough, and definitely well made. There are just better examples of the style out there.

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

Had this at Cloveleaf Tavern the other day.

A: Pours a darker amber body with hints of red hues. A small white head is present, reducing to a nice lacing about halfway through the beer.

S: Smelled a little malty, although the odor was not that strong. Slight hints of honey.

T: Tastes same as it smelled. A good, malty beverage with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. A little on the sweeter side.

M: The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker. Slightly thin, possibly because it was on tap, but I felt it could have been a little thicker. Nice, smooth carbonation makes it easy on the throat.

D: Definitely a drinkable brew. Tastes very good, especially the slight honey presence in the aftertaste. Goes down nice and smooth, making for a nice, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown. Not much head,and only a trace of lacing. Aroma is malty,with a hint of brown sugar,and hops. Body is thinner than I expected,with some carbonation. Taste is sugary, with some bitterness in the finish. Way too sugary for me, but you might like it.

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

pours a hazy brown color with one finger of off white head leaving average lacing. The Smell is mostly of malts with a tiny hint of light hops sneaking in. The flavor start bitter with hops going into a solid malty back bone ending clean with a small hop bite. Not as thick and malty as some of the style, but a pleasant and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from Vermont, thanks to my buddy Chris and his brother!
Poured a light brown, slightly murky. A one finger beige head forms and slowly resides to a thick film with some spotty lacing.
Aroma-malty, strangely lagerish with some vanilla notes. A swirl and a deep inhale gets you some hoppy aromas too.
Mouthfeel-good carbonation and bitterness are the inital sensation and taste. A roll on the palate gets a sweet, grainy malt flavor. I try avoid the term balanced but this winter brew is with a slightly hoppier than malty edge. Finishes like an Alt with a kick. VERY sessionable, pleasing. Long Trail always pleases, Cheers.

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Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

# 2 in the sampler was this one ; pours a hazy med. copper color w/ a very thin head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little to no lacing in my nonic ( crap, noticed an oily film from my lip balm on top) ; a sweet malty smell, rich w/ alcohol and some hop and diacetyl undertones ; starts w/ a stronger than expected hop bite, followed by a malty, alcoholic "whiskey"-like flavor, a little hop flavor present as well ; a med body w/ slight carbonation, true to style, feels a little thick w/ all the hop bitterness lingering ; not a bad beer at all, just a little too hopped for the style...

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Photo of yelterdow
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/07. Served in a pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours an almost clear deep amber, supporting a creamy light bisque two finger head.

Smell- Biscuity malts, tangy hops, and spicy.

Taste- Hoppy and malty at the same time, this example of a Scottish Ale definitely ranks on the more bitter side of the scale.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel is king here... creamy and slick, it's almost perfect for the style. With the right food, preferably a stew or some slow-cooked crockpot meal, this would be great.

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

Long Trail Hibernator pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a thin off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a thick ring, leaving only a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma isn't very strong, but has bready notes, some ripe fruit, like prune and alcohol mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a firm carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor has notes of caramel malt, fruit, perhaps strawberry, and a hint of rye. At the end a bitter flavor moves in with a touch of spice to finish it off. Once gone the sweet caramel malt and a touch of fruit lingers on the palate.

A beer with a great mouthfeel and balanced flavor. I'm not a big fan of Scottish ales, but this one is pretty good!

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Photo of marcpal
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slight head through the beer with some lacing. Color was dark amber, dark crimson.

S: Bready, malty aroma. Didnt pick up the honey here.

T: Good taste, wasnt too sweet despite the honey and additives. Not a warming seasonal but pretty good.

M: Heavily carbonated given the style of beer. Fairly thick in the back of the mouth.

D: Would have liked to have tasted more of the warming alcohol but it is a drinkable beer. Enjoyable but not a favorite.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a thin head. Aroma is a bit smoky upfront with the malt showing through nicely. As it warms up, this aroma gets stronger. Taste is smoky on the tongue with a nice balance showing through. It's nice and subtle and not your typical winter beer. The smokiness isn't overpowering either. I like the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. I just never gave it this much thought.

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

poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle crimped on cap. 5 out of 6 Long Trails sent from Sudsdog all good drinkable beers so far nothing outstanding yet.

Clear dark to meduim amber color with reddish hues. fair retention and carbination leaving bits of lacing.

Moderate pleasing subtle aromas,very earthy,light sweet toasty,some doughyness,a good bit of fruity and nutty aromas ,a hint of honey sweetness.

Clean taste,tart fruityness,earthy,some sweet maltiness, some spiceyness,doughy,hints of honey.Good balance,the taste was a bit on the weak side. BA lists this beer as Scottish ale more like an Amber ale to me.

Medium almost light mouthfeel,smooth,with a bit of cloying. Goes down easy just don't think it a beer i could drink more than a couple of.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper color. No aroma really. Rather metallic and plain. Malty enough flavor with a touch of bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall quite average or maybe better. Could use a more pronounced malt flavor and lose the metallic flavor and aroma. Too close to their regular ale. Doesnt really compute.

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Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a redish copper color and with a slightly forced pour got a two finger off white head that faded to just covering the beer with some lacing. caramel and roasted malt along with some fruity esters for smell. taste lots of caramel, toasted bread, very sweet, but i could not pickup on the honey. i have a slight cold and that may be the reason. mouthfeel light, good carbonation, sweet but not cloying on the palate. tasty, easy session beer.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle said this was a winter ale, but BA says it is a scottish ale.

Appearance - Nice amber color, some head but ir disolved to nothing. No lacing either. You can swearl the beer in the glass and see it for 2 seconds.

Aroma - Hops, and honey.

Taste - hops, honey, malt.

Mouthfeel - Light and carbinated.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, interested taste. Would try again.

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Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with an attractive off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of grainy malt, spicy fruit, and some hops as well. Taste is great, big bitter malt flavors, mild hops, some mellow alcohol notes hits the tongue along with spice and honey. This is a great ale, not the usual scottish but with a great twist. Highly drinkable and delicious. Nice label artwork too, I can't help but laugh when I look at that bear all cozy near the fire.

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Photo of granite
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured copper with creamy white head that faded quickly.

S---Caramel, toasted bread and fruity esters.

T---Bread like malt flavor with a clean bitterness. The honey addition seemed to have dried it out because I could not detect any residual sweetness.

M---Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D---A solid well made ale. Not what I would expect from Scottish ale with all that bitterness but the malt supports it well. Also it is really dry from the honey addition. I like dry beer but I'm sure most people expect Scottish ale to have a higher final gravity. This is very drinkable and a solid session beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear mahogany brown with a tight formed one finger sized white head leaving a broken ring of lace as it slowly settled,somewhat muted aromas mainly sweeter malt like that of brown sugar and dark fruit there was a hint of herbla hop but it was faint.Obviously malt tilted and pretty basic brown sugar and caramel sweetness mainly though not overly sweet a touch spicey hp comes thru in a rather quick finish.Not bad its drinkable but I got a bit bored with it in the end.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $1.40 for a single, from Paradise Market in Warren, VT.

Pours a deep copper bordering on brown, with a big light to medium dense off white head that leaves a LOT of lacing.

Aroma is grain and a little bit of sweet malt.

Taste is clean, a little too clean. I don't much find the honey I'm looking for; this is a malty thick beer with a malty thick mouth. Little to no hop presence. An easy drinking session sort of beer, really a little too easy for the style. Slight metallic aftertaste.

I doubt I'd buy it again. Drinkable, sure, but little of interest.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. A dark orangey brown color with a slight head that disappeared quickly. Slighty warm malty aroma. Looked like a good beer. Taste was ok, but not what I was expecting for the beer. Slighty bitter with some malts and a hint of spicy. I was expecting more spices. Very easy to drink and felt ok in the mouth. Not a bad beer, and since it's fairly easy to find in New England, much better than the BMC usually on tap.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dynamite pour , nice dark amber color ,with a perfect 2-3 finger , fluffy ,off -white head . Nice lacing ,on the pint glass . Lookin good .
Nice malty aroma , that says : Bock !, bock bock bock.. No hop aroma that I can discern
Flavor wise I'm a little let down .Tastes like a slightly over bittered , watererd down bock .I'll let it warm up a bit .... Slightly sweeter , and more enjoyable .

All in all a very drinkable beer .that I would serve to macro drinkers to nudge them in the direction of more flavorful beers .

Paired this with crackers and Stilton .

Edit: after posting this review , I read others and am suprised that this is an example of scottish ale . Maybe the -ator threw me a curve ...But it seems more bock-ish to me ...so there ..

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 pack at Shaw's for 11.99 (with your Shaw's card) Pours dark brown, very little head retention. Smells quite malty. Tastes quite malty, some hop bitterness in the back with spices (not sure what kind though) Good mouthfeel. Overall it's not what you expect for a winter warmer, but it is a good session beer. Not too bad, worth looking for.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the image on the front of this beer...makes winter seem that much warmer and cozier. Anyway enough about that, the beer pours a nice looking copper, almost ruby color, with a small white laced head. It is also surprisingly clear, with champaigne like bubbles floating to the top. Smell is of dry grain, doughy bread, caramel, toast...not bad. Taste, lets see...Im getting more of the toast and grain flavors, with a mild backing of chocolate towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bordering on light perhaps. This is a very easy beer to drink for the cold Fall and Winter months. While this may not be an earth shattering beer, it delivers in my opinion....nothing too extreme or offensive with this one, simply a beer you can rely on. I wouldn't mind seeing this one all year round.

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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 739 ratings
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