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

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

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 44
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2009

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
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Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 217
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Just what we are looking for, dark and heady with a good cap of a head. Velvety with a rich, malty back; robust charred grain tones never become acrid. Dark chocolate creeps in, as does a mild roast of coffee to create sort of a mocha thing. Hops are not shy here at all, slamming down layers of mint, wild herbs and citric zest. The zest is muddled in a good way, sort of like a chocolate-covered orange slice. Sweet but very balanced. Hint of smoky charcoal in the middle with more of an espresso character in the finish.

The big body does not take away from the drinkability at all, albeit it is still a sipper. Further defining this reincarnated style that American brewers have taken for their own ... in an epic way, Long Trail has.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Brewmaster Series DIPA and enjoyed it and was glad to get my hands on this,a good baltic porter is one of the finger things in the beer world in my mind.Poured a deep cola color with a large blooming tannish colored head atop that left alot of froth behind as it settled slowly.A mix of earth,wood, and sweeter molasses in the nose,even a passing piney hop presence comes through,very nice.Big and roasted on the palate,that woody element comes in along with some lighter earthiness,not to sweet with light molasses and vanilla showing through.There is quite a hop presence to this big porter keeping it quite dry,the big roast though is,to me, the biggest component of the beer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've rally enjoyed the Brewmaster Series from Long Trail, and this one might be the best. Black color with a light brown head. Some lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Very strong coffee taste, some chocolate. Very rich, almost approaching RIS territory. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1p, 6oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no date on the bottle but the abv. is clearly marked at 8.3%.

Appearance: This beer pours slowly and has a very dark, opaque appearance. Its head is thick and long lasting. It has a rick tan color and makes lots of spotty lacing on the glass as I slowly sip this one down.

Smell: Its nose is full of dark roasted and sweet sugary malty notes. There is a hint of hops as well as a mild boozy character.

Taste/Palate: This beer is loaded with lots of tasty toasted/bready, roasted coffee like, and dark chocolaty malt notes. It also has plenty of sweet brown sugary and caramel like to give it a good balance of dark roasted vs. sweet sugary maltiness. Hop flavor is mild but still adds another layer of complexity. The alcohol is noticeable throughout and adds nice mild boozy warmth to the overall character. On the palate it has a nice full body and firm texture with mellow carbonation.

Notes: This was a very tasty and nicely complex Porter. I would defiantly buy this again or recommend it.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with 072809 etched onto the bottle. Bottling date info perhaps? Pours real dark, dark tan head, nice frothyness and retention, with fine spots and strands of lace. Pungent nose doused with notes of chocolate, coffee and piney hops. A load of chocolate on the tongue. Bold and quite flavorful. I'd love to try this one with vanilla dessert to let the flavors battle it out. Hops quite evident and adding nicely to the complexity. Fine brew, nice for an after dinner sipper or with a bold dessert. Simply yummy, dark beer lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff, clearly well worth a try.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a 12oz snifter.

Pours a dark black with a nice thick brown head. Gives some awesome lacing, nose is toasty, roasted and malty.

Taste is also nice and strong toasty flavors with a good roasted barley flavor. Very pleasant, easily one of the best porters I've had.

Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail's version of an Imperial Porter is fragrant with malts and hops, smelling somewhat like an extra-creamy mocha with a side of grapefruit juice. Caramelized brown sugars, dark chocolates, and subtle hints of black coffee mark the malts, and the hops are surprisingly strong for a porter.

On the tongue, there's an immediate battle between hops and malts, and for the better part of the mouthful, the malts win. Creamy chocolate malt and dark chocolate dominate the early rounds, joined by coffees, light tobaccos, and hints of ash and peat. Midway through the struggle, however, the darker sugars peel back to reveal a citrusy base, with grapefruit and lychee nut, as well as hints of caramelized apricot. The malts do make a comeback late into the fight, giving the aftertaste a distinct burnt-grain glow that fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation.

Overall, this is a good porter, with excellent flavors and a surprisingly strong hop counter (56 IBUs, which is more than is found in many IPAs).

Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thick head of dimpled froth that rises up a full inch and lingers long. Turns to rocky peaks as I sip.

Aroma of roasty malt with firm hop smells.

Flavor of rich darkly roasted malt, cocoa and espresso, citrus hop weaves in and out and gets stronger as it warms. Molasses and toffee emerge, notes of smoke and licorice. Understated bitterness, finishes with a piney note.

Full and rich mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying. Very tasty and drinkable beer, perhaps too hoppy for the style, but damn tasty.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick mocha-colored head that retains well and creates sheets of lacing.

Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, light citrus and espresso.
The taste follows the nose with a roasted malt backbone and well balanced hops. The ABV% is almost non-detectable.

Mouthfeel is cream, full, slightly sticky. Nicely carbonated for the style with tiny bubble activity.

A well made Imperial Porter, an instant favorite of the Brewmaster series. Well balanced and smooth but complex enough to take your time to enjoy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with with cola brown highlights when held toward the light, head had a light kahki tan hue nice evenly spread lacing. Aroma has citrus herbal leafy hops with dark chocolate malts flowing. Flavor has roasted malts with dark bitter chocolate and hars coffee edges, but there's also some strong hop bitterness and herbal/citrus qualities left on the tongue. This is the hoppiest dark beer I've come across really super hoppy flavors within an imperial porter, it's great definitely an American take on it nothing like a Baltic porter. Fuller bodied sturdy carbonation leaves dark bitter roasts and hoppy bitterness with a dry finish. Overall a very nice drinkable hopped up strong porter, you can't really go wrong with this one.

Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Botled on 9/21/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.98/bomber

Appearance is pitch black with a one inch creamy light tan head. Long retention and wicked legs draped on the sides of the glass. A definite looker.

Aroma hits the nose first with coffee, burnt sugar, chocolate and roasted malt. Lighter than I'd like but still appreciable.

Flavor is similiar with all of the above along with a noticeable piney hop presence.

The mouthfeel here is a stand out in my book. Creamy and soft with a fair amount of carbonation. A healthy dose of hop bitterness beats it's way in adding to the balance along with some dryness.

Overall a pretty descent beer with it's share of hops. A good looking example of the style with a pleasent mouthfeel. Well priced too which adds to the score.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a tulip glass. Recommended by the beer manager at Garys in Madison NJ. At $3.99 for an imperial why not?

A-Pours an inky deep chesnut with ruby highlights when held to light. A creamy tan head that settles nicely with beautiful lacing.

S-Dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and I'm detecting a strong herbal note and a bit of hops in the background.

T-Nice. Hearty burned semi sweet mocha marked by a with a slight sourness followed by a mild hop buzz and a lingering astringent bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but only in the background as a warming note.

M-Medium full and rich, a bit chewy and spot on with the carbonation.

D-A pretty drinkable brew. I far prefer a stout to a porter, but this is a damn good beer. At $3.99 a bomber it may be one of the best buys out there.

Photo of rdilauro
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was what I expected out of an Imperial Porter. However, from that point on, I was some what disappointed.
I enjoyed the chocolate aroma and was waiting to taste it. It was there, but I found that there was too much malt and hops here. It sort of throw off the chocolate and what I was hoping for a porter.
Last, it wasnt that rich deep porter full body that I was hoping for, a bit too light for me

Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail- Imp. Porter

A- Dark flat black with a thick sea foam head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Dark roasted malts, big sweet pine hops, chocolate and molasses.
T- Big sweet pine hops blended in nicely with milk chocolate roasted malt and a touch of molasses, coffee bean, and a slight touch of grapefruit.
M- Very smooth and hoppy. Sweet hops with a slight bitterness. Roasted malts and a light dry chocolate bite.

Overall- Quite smooth and very tasty. A delicious Porter.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you know it's getting cold out when the big Imperial Porter's start popping up.

This one is a total black-out, 2" mocha brown sea-foamy head, sticky-icky lacing.

wow, the aroma is all hops, pinetree's and pineapple, smells more like a DIPA. Let this one warm up!!! do not drink right out of the fridge, it's more like a huge IPA unless you let it warm a bit. The chunky chocolate malt pops out later with some blueberry pie at the end.

A huge whack of bitter hops, cranked up to 11! Pine tree sap bitterness and some pineapple sweetness underneath, very dry feel with a thin bitter chocolate malt that almost makes this one on-style. There's some serious earthiness as well, the malt complexity is rather low for the style and a bit thin in the body for my taste. The malt lacks punch, but the hops do not! There is some black coffee roastiness in the back but it's hard to notice due to the attack of the hops. The feel becomes more more full bodied as it warms, with the coffee/chocolate malt becoming more up-front. Eat a nice assortment of Vermont cheeses to get a better malty flavor from this one. Better yet, lay it down for 8 months and then we'll see what we've got.

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received as a Christmas present. served in a 12oz English style shaker glass.

A - pours with over an inch of fluffy and thick, light khaki colored foam which slowly recedes, leaving some thin yet wet lacing behind on the glass. the beer is very dark brown, light brings out some deep amber hues.

S - rich milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and toasted nuts. lightly fruity with some cherries, and a light mustiness to it all. beneath that as it warms, a noticeable citrusy hop scent comes alive. very nice.

T - begins with the lightly sweet fruit, some ever so slightly tart cherries and raisins, chocolate and candied almonds. more robust flavors creep in the second half via some chocolate and brown malts, and a very pleasant weak coffee taste. nicely balanced.

M - body is just a touch think, amplified by slightly higher than moderate carbonation. sweetness leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky and chalky, though alcohol is very well hidden.

D - very nice brew here. insanely balanced, has all the qualities of an English, American, and Baltic porter rolled into one. bordering dangerously drinkable.

Photo of nkersten
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA perfect pint at Philly airport. Impressive selection for an airport bar. Color is opaque brown black with a tall ran head that slowly fads to a cap. Smell is coffee, roasted malt, some licorice, a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Taste follows, bitter dark roasted malts and coffee, bitter hops, a bit smokey. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for a Baltic but I think the carbonation could be lower- abv is well hidden.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent bottle. Surprisingly good IP by this brewery. Black colour, enormous head with big brown lace. Malts are roasted. Taste is hoppy, and that carries you through a voyage of hoppiness, of roast, a little mollasses. Taste is citrus, minority of wood chips. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Dark and viscous. a nice lingering head that is just barely off white. Lacing is great.

S: Roasts and chocolate mostly.

T: Very chocolaty and roasty. Good sweet and bitter balance.

M: A bit chalky tasting that causes more of the bitterness to come through. It is smooth too, but not as smooth as I would have hoped.

D: Pretty easy to drink, easily finished the bottle and could have had another.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to smason for this

pours a dark brown, close to cola. slight hints of dark ruby in the lacing and oily residue on the sides. thick creamy head. pretty impressive

lots of cherry, mocha, coffee, roasted malt, and sweet booze

starts of roasty and dark. lots of coffee and roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. sweet dark cherry kicks in. light vanilla and oak through out. ends sweet and roasty with a hint of citrus hops.

full body, nice oily feel on the teeth. bit of dryness.

i loved this, very impressive. fantastic baltic porter.

Photo of ams0286
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the local A&P Liquors as one of the beers to pair with my wild boar dinner. Long Trail is always a go to for me, and having hiked some of it this past summer, I had to pick this up.

The head pours thick and creamy with a few small fish eyes, but quickly subsides (probably my "beer clean" glass), because the lacing on this is great. The beer is not completely black, but very close. A few extremely red hues come through when held to the light.

The smell is loaded with crystal and roasted malts as expected, but the hops also create a very large presence in the aroma. A very citric hop must have been used as I am getting lots of lemon from this aroma. Also present is pine from the hops and even a little bit of vanilla creeps through.

The taste is again loaded with both roasted and crystal malts but also the extremely citric hops. This is great and I can already tell that this beer will age nicely. The citric hops that come through remind me of an Indian Brown Ale that I brewed. It tasted just like this but without the roasted barley/Special B.

The mouth feel is less full than I expected. I suppose this pairs nicely with the hops making this more of a refreshing beer. I like that it is lighter in body that other Porters, but I'm not sure that it is heavy enough to be an imperial. The carbonation is right on for this brew.

As far as drink ability, this is a sipper. It is good and I enjoy it, but I think the hops are overboard in 2010 for this particular brew. If given a few more years to age the hops may mellow out, but allow the beer to age gracefully. I will be picking up at least one bottle of this to add to my cellar, and I will do my best to re review it next year!

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater's Corner, VT) on 9/26/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a VERY dark amber/near brown, with some ruby hues coming out along the bottom, and is topped with about a finger of rich mocha colored head. The aroma smells of cocoa and caramel notes that meld with roast and coffee character and even has a bit of dark fruit and herbal hop character thrown in for good measure. I'm digging the complexity here but this overall seems like it could go a little fuller in the nose.

The taste is chocolate roast, some sweet toffee sweetness, and a good bit of coffee character, which adds an almost astringent twang to the profile. A dab of dark fruitiness and some green citrus also mixes in and adds to the tangy flavors here. This finishes with some leftover sweetness and earthy bitterness, leaving some sticky grit behind in its wake. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some sharpness to the carbonation but is otherwise fairly smooth, which helps compliment all of that sweet and tangy character. There is some warmth in the body and a gentle boozy haze that hangs on the breath but the alcohol here is relatively well hid.

I've enjoyed these Brewmaster Series entries for the most part and this one was no different. This was a full flavored and bodied Porter that was complex enough to keep me interested and smooth enough to stay a steady sipper during the duration of the glass. I just wish that I had picked an extra bottle of this up from the gift shop.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.