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Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of warmstorage
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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 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 scotorum
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/25/13. Cute graphic of a bear sitting at a fireside smoking a pipe and reading a newspaper.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Nothing other than a single hint of vinegar.

t: Rather medicinal malt. Grassy and a bit spicy later. Some bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Medium.

o: Fortunately neither the initial hints of vinegar nor the medicinal tinge lasted. However, this "Scottish Ale" did not offer much other flavor..

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Photo of PeatReek
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice deep amber color, almost copper, crystal clear. Head starts thick and rocky, just a touch off-white, and dissolves to a lid fairly quickly.

Smell: very faint, but some bready malts are coming through with a touch of orange-pine hop smell at the end.

Taste: much drier than I thought it would be. Bread is strong in the initial attack, but not really sweet at all. After the bread come the hops, a little more grapefruit than orange this time but still piny. Finish is hoppy-bitter, with the bread kind of lingering as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Substantial, full, but a bit oily-feeling. Carbonation is more prominent than I would've expected for a Scotch ale.

Drinkability: After several sips, the grapefruit hops interfere with the nice breadiness. I would probably not choose to drink more than one of these, possibly a couple.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light cream colored head that leaves just a tad of lacing. The color is somewhere between a dark copper and a ruby bronze. It smells like skunky hops, not all that appealing.The flavor is not too strong, mostly hops that are just barely bitter, a bit of burnt malt and butterscotch hold it back. The body is light and the beer is pretty carbonated, it's almost like swallowing a frothy beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber/brownish beer. Has a nice off white head, with a good lace. The aroma is a malty sweet with some caramel and a hint of coffee. The flavor is light malt with a quick note of chocolate and coffee just before the hop finish. Not enough of an alcohol warmth to be considered a strong WeeHeavy.

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Photo of mschofield
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark honey-red, head is a yellow-tinged white.
The smell is a sweet honey-malt. In the mouth it comes across as buttery, with a rum undertone, a good amount of malt flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth but thin.

Overall not bad, but nothing to write home about. There are better winter brews out there. I might have been expecting too much with the -ator name, I wasn't expecting a doppel, but I did want something more than this.

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Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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 thekevlarkid
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle and into my glass this beer is an amber color with some reddish hues. Off-white head laces a little but not much retention. Nose of roasted malts, hints of caramel. Palate is predominantly malts with subtle hops underneath. Unbalanced. Caramel, wheat bread, slightly sweet. Medium carbonation, decent mouthfeel, but not as filling as I was expecting (or hoping for in a winter seasonal). About par for LT and it does display their usual drinkability and smoothness. But there are far better Winter brews.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a golden brown color, with amber hues to the light. It held a half finger tall tan head, which showed poor retention. This left chunky bubbles atop the liquid, with surrounding sheets of lacing. No sediment or haze was noticed, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma opened with mild, steely malts. With warmth these took on great complexity, showing chocolate and deeper toffee components. Otherwise the nose met light earthy hops, with minerals, honey, and nectary floral sweetness. Our first impression was that this beer was not bad, and had a curious bitterness. The flavoring opened up with a strong synthetic cherry vibe. The malts here were coffee-esque, with a surprisingly strong roastiness. The middle peaked with bitterness of floral hops and booze. This gave a metallic and medicinal feel to this stage of the tasting. The malts deepened, becoming more chocolatey and chalky here, and only slightly sweeter. The finish showed even grassiness to take over all else. This washed the palate, leaving room for a final twinge of brown sugar sweetness in the final drops. The aftertaste breathed of bready grain, cherry cough syrup, metals, grassy hops, booze, raw honey bomb, and raw bananas. The body was medium and the carbonation was average. There was a light metallic coating around the mouth, with a final dryness, but this never approached astringency. At times the feel was a little watery, with only decent froth and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank somewhere in the middle.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the malty inclusion, and the eventual complexity to the flavoring. While not all the flavors were necessarily well blended, that malty complexity of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and coffee all coming together was nice. We felt the nose to be a bit mild, and ultimately the beer need a bit more sweetness to fit the classic stylistic guidelines.

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Photo of Tingle
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Appearance is medium-brown. There is little foam on pour and it does not retain. Malty and some roasted aromas. Taste is similar, with mainly bitter dark-chocolate or coffee type malts and some roasted taste and scent. Feels a bit inconsistent in the mouth - sometimes creamy, sometimes poignant, sometimes just watery.

Advertises as a good beer for a winter night. I agree, especially since better dark beers are a lot more expensive. Overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a reddish honey gold, slightly hazy, off-white head dissipates from a half inch to a lacing.

Smells of dry barley malt, slight caramel and scotch, and a light woodiness.

Mildly sweet like honey and molasses followed by a dry woodiness with a barley character. Whisper of a hop bitterness. Bready in the end.

Medium body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A so-so ale and a descent Scottish, a bit bland ultimately. Interesting and worth a try as it goes down easy but presents a good body and a stronger flavor, but probably not something I'll return to in the future.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a quarter inch off-white head with short life. The body is a hazy amber/peach, almost a simple tea color. It smells simply of malt. And the taste is malt, too, with a slightly nutty aftertaste. The body is lightweight. There's an exceedingly long bitternut finish. Frankly I find this sample one dimensional.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/21/11.

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange, big ol off-white head retains well at about half a finger and leaves good lace. Some sediment floats about.

Smell is quite faint, but not bad once it warms. Sweet malts, caramel, some tea, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is big on the sweet malts and caramel malts, a tea leaf feel and herbal hops balance it out a bit along with some spice. Toasty bread in the finish. A light peat presence comes around with warmth and makes it a little more well-rounded.

Carbonation is a bit stinging but not bad. Decent mouthfeel.

An okay winter ale, doesn't offer much beyond that, definitely improves with warmth.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep amber / brown in color with a thin 1/2" head that fell quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: barely any aroma, only some malt sweetness can be detected.

Taste: nice strong maltiness, somewhat bready, with a very faint chocolate tone. Decent piney bitterness. No real peat tones noticeable. Actually quite tasty, just not in a scottish ale sense.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, and the finish is dry and smooth. Medium bodied. Short malt-filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable if you like a nice malty brew. Try it, everyone will have a different opinion on this one.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is deep red in color with an offwhite head

the aroma is malty with accents of caramel and biscuit

the flavor is some what rich, and dextrinous. the sweetness doesn't come across so much as caramel though, nor malty in the german way.. hops are negligible and the finish is rather average aside from the sweetness.

mouthfeel is quite pleasant. i love dextrines. wish there were more hops to hold up the sweetness, but the carb. level is good and the finish is nice as well.

drinkability is moderate. it is a malt forward beer that's a touch off balance for me. it's not interesting, but it is quite drinkable, winning points for not being offensive.

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Photo of HogHill
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown, the body is quite clear. A light tan colored head wisps away after a few minutes.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, not much hop bitterness in the nose.

Tastes clean, malt is the main flavor here. There is an earthiness to it, reminiscient of tea. There is a mild hop bitterness on the finish. Again, very clean tasting.

Feels medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: a decently enjoyable winter ale, at 5.6% it is nice to drink on a cold winter's day. Though it is not interesting enough to me to drink more than one or two.

Notes from the bottle: Hardy and robust, this full-bodied, malty brew with a smooth finish features a blend of 6 malts and a dash of honey. A great Winter Warmer!

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Photo of patreely12
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark reddish brown color, ruby. thin dissolving head, but a good amount of lacing.

S - first hops and wheat. lingering smell of malt and alcohol.

T/M - mild malt and hops, medium bodied. somewhat sweet but with a sharp finish where you can taste the alcohol, though it isn't off-putting.

D - a good scottish ale, haven't had too many of these. good cold weather beer, would be great with a holiday dinner.

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

Review from notes (11/25)

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a tan 1 finger head with slow dissipation. Leaves a layer of foam on the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

S: Very grainy, a little bit of biscuity malt, but not as much as expected.

T: A good bit of caramel and toffee from the malt. Also slightly nutty. Has a toasty bread flavor at the end.

M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean drinking. Overall its not bad. I would drink it again, but would prefer to try some others in the style to get a better handle of what a Scottish should be.

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

To say it quickly, this beer is good. It looks by the label to be more of a 'winter' beer. But it isn't at all. It's not dark, or heavy, or has a distinct taste. But it is good, and I can see it being relatively easy to drink several of these. It's pretty neutral, so I can see IPA and Ale fans enjoying this...while those that like a darker and heavier fare try a few of those for a lighter alternative. Long Trail is a fine brewery that makes some great beers...this one probably ranks slightly above the median of its offerings. Enjoy!

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Photo of brianjay
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, cloudy and hazy. A tall fluffy white head sits on top. Average carbonation.
Simple aromatics here. Caramel malts slighty toasted. Thats about it as i can tell.
Taste is malt forward slightly toasted some hops in the pine resin catagory. Back to the malts there seems to be a faint toffee aspectI'm picking up here.
Medium mouthfeel here.
Long Trail in my opinion makes good beers. Thier like a second tier brewery and they try hard but this is just an average scotch ale, pale ale,amber ale, whatever. I like this beer perhaps out of a tap in Vermont it would be better but today it's just average.

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