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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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 735
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a "Bottled" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Clear deep copper (reddish tint) in colour with a well formed creamy bubbled lace.

Smell: Touch of butterscotch and herbal hop with a mild twang of fruitiness.

Taste: Light carbonation yet very smooth, nice chewy malt mouth feel in the middle. Hints of toasted malt, subdued fruitiness and a herbal hop bitterness which is a tad sharp along with the alcohol. Hints of butterscotch, ghost like rum alcohol and toasted bread help to finish off this brew.

Notes: A more than decent pick for the big influx of winter brews in this year (2003) ... just enough hops to tame the body. Quite an enjoyable malty brew.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-brown with a small off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Smells very nutty, slightly earthy, and grainy.

The taste is what I was hoping the Harvset would be but wasn't. Lots of sweet caramel and toasted malt with a underlying sweetness of citrus and sugar. Slighlty buttery and chewy in texture. Very nice mouthfeel. Super smooth. Moderately weak hop finish, but enough to balance all that malt. Great beer.

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

Pours red and clear with a small off-white head. Smells fruity with hints of honey. A bit yeasty and sour?

Tastes spicy and sweet. Fruity with those smooth honey flavors underneath it all. Medium bodied with a light hoppy finish. Sour aftertaste. Good winter/holiday beer but not outstanding. Would rather have a Harvest Ale given my choice, a bit too sweet.

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Photo of beernut7
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happened upon this brew in a lost little store in the middle of nowhere. Being a cold night, I figured it was only appropriate I pick some up. Pours a deep honey amber color with a quick ivory head. Aroma is malty and sharp with a hint of honey and bread. The flavor is initailly sharp with a toffee undertone and an aggressive bitterness. The sharpness smoothes off a bit with a bold alcoholic warmth ebbing into a coffee finish. This brew leaves quite an impression on the palate. Good for warmth, but a bit too sharp for a warmer evening.

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Photo of Jarod
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter ale flavored with honey.

This beer poured a orange/brown with red highlights when held to the light. It was very clear and well carbonated. The head was a medium brown and was chunky, creamy and foamy, and this was also mirrored in the lace that it left behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet malt, hops, brown sugar, herbs, and a very slight sweet honey appeal. Not overly impressive considering the label stated that it would be. The tastes that came from the glass were of hops – floral and citrus (very slight), a carbonation bite, sweet malt, watery feel, pine trees, flowers, slight lemons, roasted nut, barley (when it warmed), bread/yeast (slight) and a slight alcohol (warmed). The aftertaste was hops and slightly dry. I tasted more hops in this beer then malt, even though the label stated that it used 5 malts in the brew process. I noticed the malts more in the nose then on the tongue. And as for the honey, I only detected a small hint in the nose and none on the pallet. Medium bodied, but I was hoping for more. A better then average beer, but IMO not a great example of a scotch (strong) ale.

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

Has a nice dark amber color, pours a nice 1/2" head which thins out but never disappears.spicey aroma with a very little licoricey taste, even though I don't think they add either. Very tasty winter brew that is not too cloying or overly spiced. You can drink a few of these at a sitting. Got them for 11.99 a 12 pack so you can't beat the price. Always love going to Vermont and having my cousin pull one out of the fridge, lets me know I'm in Vermont.

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

Another good beer by Long Trail... Not as good as Double Bag though.

Excelent carbination levels. The label has a nice by the fire scene of a bear presumably doing what all of us would like to do in the winter by hibernating. the beer was a nice treat after sledding all day in northern VT.

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Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, minimal head (pretty much a small ring of lace). Aroma is malty sweet, butterscotch, and a slight nuttyness. Flavor is initally malty sweetness, with some brown sugar and honey making up the aftertaste. Minimal (if any) hop presence.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear mahogany color, the head moderate in size, the consistency frothy, beige in color and the residual lace a nice thick covering sheet. Sweet malt nose, with a hint of butter, candied apples also come to mind, a pleasant sniff. Ambrosial start, malt a plenty, the top middling, somewhat tart finish that has a purposeful spicy hop bite, carbonation middling, and the aftertaste bitter and long lasting. Quite a quaffable beer and one that suits my palate, and worth the sample.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hibernator poured a dark cherry red color with a smaller than average thick foam head.The aroma is of malt The first taste reveals wheat and malt..lots of it.The taste seems very complex.Very crisp fizzy mouthfeel leading now to a slight bitter finish.Rings of lace circle my glass with every sip.A full body that leaves a dry finish.Roasted grains and a hint of a biscuit are noted.Hibernator is a true winter brew that would take the chill out of the coldest of winter nights.Leave it to Long trail for another solid offering.The ABV has to be between 6 and 7 on this one.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice dark copper pour with a small head that will die quickly and it didn't leave any lace on the glass for me.

nice aroma of spices, sweet malts, and hops that is just perfect for the winter season. lots of malts and spices dominate the flavor of this beer. it has a nice warming character that makes it a great winter drinker. very smooth with a nice rich body, it goes down great.

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Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color, with a decent cream color head that hangs out for a while. Toasted malt, sort of like someone melted a Kraft caramel on toasted bread, in the aroma. Very appetizing. Killer label.

Sooo drinkable - a toasty malt flavor starts off, with caramel, toffee, and a very slight diacetyl flavor rounding things out. It starts to get a bit more bitter mid sip, and finishes like a more bitter, slightly drier version of the start with added hints of cocoa and slight hop spiciness. The flavors are very, very clean - no off flavors at all. The mouthfeel is a touch on the light side, but it makes this brew massively drinkable. One of my favorite winter seasonals primarily because it lends itself to day-long consumption and I'll never tire of the flavor.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sexy copper with a nice white head that leaves a sexy trail behind. An earthy aroma fills the nose as the head the depleats. This is a malty yet medium bodied brew that is very nice on this snowy evening. This is a nice brew to share with friends and family.


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Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bronze hue, w/ excellent clarity. Thin, but dense head leaves loose lace. Dark caramel malt, mild chocolate and light roasted barley sharpness. Mild earthy hop nose. Malt profile is dominated by dark caramel malt and biscuit, w/ an undertone of bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain. Light diacetyl adds richness. Lightly bodied, borderline thin mouthfeel. Moderate hop bitterness hinderse malt sweetness until the finish, which reveals a pleasant brown sugar note. Hibernator is a no frills, malt driven brew that falls slightly short in body. Its main strength is its overall balance and drinkability. Tasty. Thanks to Murph for the bottle.

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

12 oz bottle. Great label. A bear sitting by the fireplace, reading, feet in slippers, and two hunter heads mounted over the fireplace. He's drinking a beer with a pot of honey next to him on the floor. Funny stuff.
Golden toasted golden to light brown color. Minimal off-white head. Nice sweet toasted malt aromas and subtle honey presence. Taste is rich malty and sweet. Toasted carmel malt, the honey adds a thin sweetness to the end, ever so slightly. Not overdone. Not real spicy either, very nuetral flavored. Medium bodied. A good balanced, beer, not overly done.

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

Bright red-amber body, topped by a three-finger off white head of microbubbles. Excellent lacing. A sweet aroma, familar, but I can't quite place it. Read the label: honey. That's it. Taste is malty, sweet but not cloying, with a wonderful depth to it. Body is full and round. Drinkability is easy. A very good winter seasonal. Give me honey and brown sugar over pumpkin pie spices any day. Exceeded my memories of previous years.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label artwork is super! Almost worth an extra 1/2 point! The bier itself is a clear, healthy-looking copper color, and the head, though frothy at the start, shrinks quickly to a thin, tan layer. Belgian lace is fairly good.... Aroma is a tad malty, with some caramel and faint peaty aspects to it. Body is a bit lower than average, and it's relatively smooth on the tongue. The flavor starts out somewhat malty, with a sticky sweetness on the palate. A bit of caramel and toffee lurk around, and the finish displays some slight hop bitterness to round things out. This is a fairly tasty bier, though I'm not sure I'd put it into the "Strong Scotch Ale" stable. Cheers!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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

Dark coppery red body with a decent, though fast fading head of off white sticky foam. Aroma was mostly floral-bitter hops with a hint of caramel and some alcohol.
Smooth, sweet and malty up front, a bit bready with hints of fruitiness, the hops are there in with a nice dose of bitterness to help balance it out. A lasting sweetness on the finish. Pretty good beer, but not one of my favorite Winter beers.

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Photo of Murph
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a big creamy tan head that lasts forever and leaves a great looking lace all the way down the sides of the glass. Huge, creamy, and sweet maltiness dominates the nose of this brew with some spicy alcohol notes thrown into the background for good measure. Smooth and sweet maltiness all the way to the end. There are faint smoky peat flavors that linger only for a second before being swept away by the finishing alcohol spiciness. Greatly creamt, this brew remains very drinkable throughout. I would highly recommend this one to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of pbrian
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A touch of honey on the nose. A bit of the signature Long Trail toastiness on the tongue but that and the hops are overwhelmed by the malt and honey sweetness. The first one is quite enjoyable, the second one is hard to finish due to this mouth-coating sweetness.

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