Long Trail Hibernator

Long Trail Brewing Co

USA

I love the label. There's a pipe-smoking bear reading a book, sitting in front of a fire in a cabin, with two hunters heads mounted over the fireplace. You don't usually see humor as such on beer labels. The ale itself started out quite bitter. I quickly got used to that, and enjoyed the rest of the bottle, which seemed to get better with every sip. My friend John and I drank this as a long-distance toast with TOBP Steve to celebrate a big win by our beloved Devils. (side note: thanks to my co-worker Ali who picked this beer up for me on his last trip to Vermont)

Reviewed: August 09, 2003

Rating: 7/10

The name definitely implies "Doppelbock," with the "-ator" at the end, but I was left feeling a little disappointed because that's what I was expecting. I wanted something very alcoholic, very warming, rich and malty. What I got was a basic Bock. It was good, but not great. Maybe it was only meant to be a Bock, not sure. Don't get me wrong, Long Trail makes great beers, and this was good, but it was off-style, if the name is to mean anything.

Reviewed: September 06, 2008

Rating: 5/10

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