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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Imperial Porter features a complex, darkly roasted malt flavor complemented by a thin, creamy head. The abundance of malt is balanced with a variety of hops, creating a clean finish. The recipe has been a homebrew secret that was developed by one of our own brewers. We are proud to present Long Trail Imperial Porter...ENJOY!

56 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2009)
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dar482

New York

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2011 Vintage.

The beer comes in an almost black color with a mocha head.

The aroma has some soy umami, a lightly roasted malt, and chocolate.

The flavor follows with chocolate, some coffee, a good amount of soy and roasted malt. A well balanced creamy porter flavor with a medium to full smooth mouthfeel.

A well done and balanced imperial porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:11:07 | More by dar482
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage bomber, bottled 092111.

8.3% ABV is well balanced and well hidden making this a winter beer that's frighteningly easy to drink. Pours a dark mahogany colour with ruby at the edges of the glass. The respectable coffee-coloured head leaves an impressive amount of lacing, despite its own short life. Aroma of roasted dark malts with underlying vinous barrel tannins. Not certain how much of that rawness is age, or even if it's perhaps mellowed out, but the barrel overtakes the coffee and chocolate tones that also become more pronounced as it warms. Flavour has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with dark chocolate the presiding note in the finish. The creaminess in the mouthfeel is muted, but still a fulsome beer to drink. Glad to be sharing this bomber, but will look to pick up more when I can.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:16:16 | More by hopsolutely
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NYR2

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown almost black with a sight tan head. Good lacing on the glass(note: I poured this into a goblet)

S - The smell is slightly sweet and toasted.

T - Very flavorful, I am getting a mildly smoky chocolate taste along with what seems to be a toasted malt. Not bitter at all to me, but I did have an IPA a little earlier so that may be effecting my taste buds a bit.

M - Very smooth with a mild carbonation.

O - I would say Long Trail nailed it here. It is a porter in every sense of the word. I will definitely be picking up another bottle of this, especially since I tend to lean more towards porters in the winter,

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:23:12 | More by NYR2
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yankeepride

New Jersey

3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure of the release schedule of these, but the bottle had vintage 2011 on it. Got to enjoy a little of that classic porter "fall down" into the pint glass, and caught a solid whiff of some chocolate and only the very tiniest smoked smell. It was so faint I may have actually been dreaming it from wanting to smell more of it. The taste, however, was nothing like it smelled or looked. It was a pretty thin beer, and completely poundable for an imperial. What I really got as a dominant flavor was hops. Not powerful hops, mind you, just the most prevalent flavor. I didn't get very much at all of the classic porter flavors in this, and as a result, I'd rather just have this as a session brew. Good flavor at the price point, but for 8.3%, it didn't give a slow, satisfying glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:23:55 | More by yankeepride
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark black and very cloudy and murky, very nice tan thick foam head about half inch plus thick, very beautiful off the pour,

Smell- very nice espresso really overall dominates the first whiffs, slight bitter hops, but alot of coffee notes overall

Taste- A decent amount of burnt malts and coffee and espresso really dominate the flavor, the overall flavor is a little light but still decently nice, the finish is pleasantly coffee like more then anything else, slightly bitter hop finish which does check out the coffee a bit

Mouthfeel- Overall the mouth feel is a bit lighter then I would of liked, its almost a feeling of a tad watered own considering the alcohol, very light

Drinkability- This beer is not bad by any means but it just really lacks a lot of the complexity I would expect in such a big bear, Its very one dimensional and almost over the top in certain aspects, its not a bad beer but certainly nothing overall y great either.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 20:26:07 | More by Stunner97
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metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a thin film of lacing covering the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of coffee beans.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has just about a moderate amount of bitterness from the underlying hops. Hints of chocolate malts are also detectable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer packs in lots of roasted malt flavors but is very drinkable and hides any traces of alcohol exceptionally well.

Note: 2011 Vintage

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:15:06 | More by metter98
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MadScientist

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 2011 Vintage

A: A very dark brown with a deep ruby hue. The is long last but thin, forming a thin creamy cap of tan bubbles.

S: A rich dark fruit aroma of prunes, figs and raisins. How did a some citrus hops stay in there after a year and a half? There are light cocoa and coffee aroma with a moderate, soft alcohol note.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominate at a moderate strength backed by the alcohol and a moderate hops bitterness. The fruit comes out about mid-taste through to the aftertaste having flavors of figs and prunes accented by a very-light lemon hops flavor. While there is a light malt sweetness the balance is moderately bitter with an off-dry finish. Besides the fruit the aftertaste also has some dark malt dryness and some coffee flavors. There is a little harshness on the finish like too much hops where used to bitter the beer.

M: A medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy with a light alcohol warmth.

O: I like the hops bitterness and the fruit character but on the whole it lacks balance. Some more malt character might help round it out. From the aggressive hops loving side of my brain I think I'll look for some of this fresh, I'm thinking it'll be pretty good like a Black IPA gone a bit to heavy with the malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:44:16 | More by MadScientist
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours quite near black. Thin, creamy tan head. Leaves plenty of lace.

S-A very well put-together aroma. There isn't really anything incredibly unique or memorable about the flavor except for the fact that it just smells 'right'. A big, roast, chocolatey and slightly chalky nose.

T-The flavor is even better. Fudgy chocolate and light chalk with more than enough roasted coffee to keep me entertained. A slight burnt quality and even a lingering hop-derived bitterness in the finish.

M-Drinkable for its size. A bit creamy in the feel. Full bodied and rich.

O/D-Better than I thought it would be. Very, very well crafted. Everything in this beer should be there. Nailed it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 19:11:06 | More by VelvetExtract
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with only the faintest hints of very dark amber highlights and a light amount of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense and creamy very dark tan head that slowly reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass including some large bubbles in it. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee - there is also a lighter amount of dark fruit sweetness and just a hint of pine hops.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some moderate to strong flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits (plum and raisin). There is also a light amount of smokiness and ash. There is a light amount of bitterness from the pine hops but the beer finishes with just a hint of sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty well balanced beer with a nice amount of complexity.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: The Long Trail Brewmaster Series beers are always a very nice beer for a great price (in fact, they are pretty cheap in the NYC area) and this one did not disappoint - this is a very solid American Porter that is a very nice sipping beer. This is a big beer with a decent amount of alcohol in it, mostly hidden, so it is best enjoyed slowly - and it went really well on a cold winter afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:08:35 | More by dbrauneis
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a one and a half finger tan head. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Cacao, coffee, raisins, sweetness (molasses), and hints of soy.

T: Dark chocolate, cacao, raisins, and some acidity & tannins. There is some hop bitterness noticeable as well.

M: Medium to heavy body for a porter. Good amount of carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't quite overwhelm.

O: This isn't really working for me, but it's not awful. Glad to have tried it, but I don't foresee another in my future.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:58:57 | More by macrosmatic
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky, tan head. Deep dark brown color where only a minimum of light passes. Good ring lace on the glass.

Chalky cocoa aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate. Light alcohol in the background.

Starts off mild with darker caramel malts. This fades with the black patent component that kicks in a couple of seconds later. There's some solid hop bitterness in the swallow. A long aftertaste of bakers chocolate and bittering hop.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:42:57 | More by smcolw
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glassware: Duvel tulip...occasion: watcing The Ten Commandments after the Easter vigil feast--and forty days without beer!...aroma: thick malty presence; not lactic, but a bit milky...appearance: dark black body with an imperially thick brown head; nice brown lacing...palate: active, aggressive presence; full-bodied, effervescent end...taste: slightly hoppy with a staunch malt backbone--a powerful punch...ovverall: "Robust?" Yup--although the alcohol slightly obscures the balance of the beer itself; intense and gripping, with a small physical price and a larger monetary bill--wish I could afford more of this!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:17:06 | More by dacrza1
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match1112

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass, 2011 vintage.

a: dark cola colored body, two fingers worth of mocha colored head. great lacing and staying power.

s: dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, some roasted malts.

t: dark chocolate bitterness, caramel, raisins, orange rind and mint. as it warms a roasted malt/coffee aroma appears.

m: velvety smooth, incredibly rich. a slight bitterness

o: very impressive! a rainy day sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:52:15 | More by match1112
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into NB globe. Bottled 9/6/11 - 2011 vintage.
Really nice looking. Deep brown/black with a thick long lasting tan head. Really nice roasted malted and dried fruit aromas. A lot of hop aromas...especially for a porter.
Taste is really nice. Bitter chocolatey malt, boozey malt, dried fruit, and nice bitter hop flavors. Its a bit boozey mouthfeel; sharp and warming, deff a sipping brew. Overall, a fantastic more complex porter. Well worth the $4.99 paid!!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:57:54 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased 9/2010

Pours a nice two fingers worth of a mocha/light brown head. Deep brown semi translucent body. Great lacing, head dies down but is easily roused.

Smells of dark fruit, rum raisins, yeasty fruity esters. Some bakers chocolate, carmel and light alcohol.

Tastes fairly complex, dark fruit, rum raisins again, carmel, light amount of roast, dark chocolate, brown sugar. Alcohol is slightly warming but not heavy in the taste.

Medium thin bodied. Medium carbing. Quite silky smooth, and highly drinkable for this abv. Lingering taste is light roast and dark fruits.

Overall this is a tasty porter. A bit too fruity for a typical porter but as an imperial example works fairly well. The drinkability on this one keeps me happy and wanting more. If they make this again I'll get a few and cellar it for a few years like this one.

$5 a bomber

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:04:34 | More by Homebrew35
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thin brown head. The head faded very fast giving way to a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big of a brown bread, cocoa, and coffee mixed with good doses of some dark fruit. Rounding out these aromas is a stronger boozy aroma.

Taste – A big malty taste meets the tongue. A dark bready and cocoa flavor are the biggest of the initial tastes. These flavors are soon greeted with some flavors of the dark fruit more toward the middle, which sweeten it to a light extent, but by no means make it a sweeter brew. At the end, a nice more roasted flavor comes to the tongue bittering up the taste quite a bit. This is accompanied by an oaky and boozy taste which leave a lingering roasted boozy bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Thick and big. The body of the beer is big and chewy. The flavors of the roasted malt and cocoa really soak into the tongue with this thickness as it coats the tongue. The carbonation level is rather low, only accentuating the coating of the tongue that the body promotes.

Overall – Very chewy and roasty. A good cold weather warmer with big flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:44:21 | More by Darkmagus82
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown with a light brown, fluffy, thick head. Builds quickly but dies quickly and leaves little lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke. Weak overall.

T: Great roasted malt character. Some dark chocolate, dark coffee, brown sugar, and smoke. Delicious.

M: Flavors are there but the body is a bit thin at the back. This is typical of every Porter but with the amount of flavor and booze, I expected a heavier body. It's still heavier than most Porters, though, and the booze is pretty much nonexistent throughout which is great.

O: A very delicious, consistent, and impressive Imperial Porter from Long Trail. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:10:03 | More by Gatch
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JayQue

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown color with just a little light coming through on the bottom of the pint glass. Good size light tan head with good lacing and head retention.

Smell is bready malt, port wine and a little chocolate. Very pronounced and good.

Taste is exceptional. Smooth bready malt, vinuous (port wine), a little hops bitterness in the finish and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich. The port wine and touch of hops add complexity.

I see this more as a light RIS rather than a Porter, but in either case, it is a nice slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:47:17 | More by JayQue
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a firm, 3-finger tan head that lingers and leave excellent lacing. There's a tinge of ruby around the edges of the glass when held to the light.

S - Chocolate malt, dark roasted grain, plum, oak wine barrel. Very nice.

T - Dark roasted grain, tart citrus, raisin, muted chocolate, mint, astringent, not too sweet, significant roasted/burnt and hop bitterness that lingers a long time. It's got a hearty flavor.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Less body than I expected. Not overly smooth. Somewhat prickly.

O - This is a fine brew, particularly if you're in the mood for the charred taste. It's not as soothing as a Founders Breakfast Stout; more like a Founders Imperial Stout with less body and ABV. I'd always be glad for a glass of this but wouldn't make it a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 15:41:18 | More by Tucquan
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark as the night, average tan head rose to roughly a notch over a finger's length.

Smell: Light bitter chocolate meets a little caramel.

Taste: Malty as F'k, it is bitter but still pleasant. Dark chocolate, and malty, did I say that before?

Mouth: Medium carbonation a rough smooth, if that makes sense.

Overall: I am not disappointed but there is better out there, but for about 4 bucks a bottle I would buy this again and again. I only wish I had something to go with it, like a pork chop or even wings...food sometimes does help compliment the taste buds. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:53:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled it pours nearly black with a soft pillowy tan head on top rising to about a finger thick. Sitting it leaves a nice half-finger surface layer. Very nice!

Dark roasty chocolate malts along with toffee hits my nose. A bit of alcohol phenols also come across with some slight earthy hops. Nice.

Sipping reveals a nice chocolate malty start along with some sweet toffee notes as well. A drying bit of alcohol finishes this off with a bit of heat and roasted coffee on the finish.

Nice body and nice feel overall. The alcohol becomes present on the finish and makes me like it even more. wow!

One of the better roasty beers I've had this year at the end of the winter and beginning of spring months. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:18:01 | More by Fish113d
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ksimons

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a thin layer of a light tan head

S-Roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, and a light smokiness

T-taste is similar to the smell but seems a bit thinner, maybe things will pick up when it warms a bit. Roasted malt and coffee with notes of dark chocolate and a decent amount of citrus hop bitterness.

M-lighter than expected but gets bigger the warmer the beer gets, light to medium carbonation, dry finish

Overall it is ok, the citrus hops sort of throw me though. The body and taste improves with warming and leaves you with a roasted malt, chocolate, citrus taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:59:09 | More by ksimons
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KDawg

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a chocolaty head

powerful aromas of dark chocolate, malts, and ground coffee. Very good depth as well

full bodied with lots of malts and coffee. Very good depth and the feel is very good

A quality imperial porter. While it isn't the most complex, it does what it does very well

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:32:04 | More by KDawg
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer sent by ActonBrewer! Poured from bomber into imperial pint...

A- Black, completely black with incredibly large tan foamy head. Rocky, bubbly lacing. Nice glass presence.

S- Not much roast, more of a upfront chalk smell that transitions too a subtle sweetness. Burnt brown sugar, wheat and grain, even some sweet corn. Just ok, underwhelming.

T/M- Hmmm, well its ok here again. Very acrid roast, almost a burnt astringent coffee. Some green raisins, and medicinal cherries. Weird mix of phenols and esters that clash. Finishes with some ethanol. Very different than the aroma. Again its chalky, reminiscent of Pacman yeast. Medium body and moderate carbonation, could be a bit thicker.

O- Meh, wouldn't go for this again I don't think, at least not with my own money. Nice to try, but it was underwhelming and had some off kilter flavors. My friend who I shared this with really enjoyed it though!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:55:04 | More by TheGordianKnot
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tylerprince

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (2011) into a pint glass.

A: Near pitch black (light shines through 4 mm) with a two-finger, tan head. Decent retention as the head gives way into some great lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and coffee. Mostly chocolate when cold; transforms into coffee as it warms.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front gives way to a chocolatey yet hoppy bitterness. A subtle and brilliant twist. Also some smoke that lingers with the bitterness. A good place for this beer to really shine.

M: Creamy but cut with a moderate level of carbonation. Very little alcohol sensation despite the ABV and a high level of drinkability for a porter.

O: A delicious porter that I wish they sold by the six or four pack...one of these bombers and I'm actually feeling it a bit. I would seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:09:36 | More by tylerprince
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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.