Beer #4 – Long Trail Hibernator
Vermont is a pretty awesome state. It’s got nice wilderness, a great city in Burlington, good skiing and mountain biking, and a bunch of good breweries. Long Trail Brewing Company isn’t my favorite Vermont Brewery, but it’s up there because they make nice variety of ales. They’re also quite environmentally friendly, which is always a plus. Since it’s winter time, I thought I’d pick up their seasonal ale, the Hibernator. It’s an unfiltered Scottish Ale, so it has the yeast still in the bottle and when pouring you should be careful to not pour the yeast into the glass, but rather pour rather vigorously to get the full aroma.
Aroma: Rich caramel malt aroma with some nice spice notes.
Appearance: Nice head, rich dark amber in color, yeast sediment visible. Very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it down.
Flavor: Nice toasted malts on the finish, with caramel sweetness lingering on the back with the tiniest hint of hops.
Mouthfeel: Very nice crisp carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Nice winter ale with good malt character. I wish I could’ve tasted a little more flavor on the initial sip, as most of it comes on the finish. Quality ingredients from a reputable brewery. It’s a nice example of the style that could be a good winter session beer if you are looking for something lighter than a stout or porter, but still with flavor.