Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-29-2013 01:16:16 | More by hopsolutely
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-23-2009 23:13:22 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-25-2013 00:44:16 | More by MadScientist
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-15-2010 21:49:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-29-2009 00:33:38 | More by lordofthewiens
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-11-2010 14:25:39 | More by generallee
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-16-2009 22:48:54 | More by Billolick
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
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
07-14-2012 03:04:34 | More by Homebrew35
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
09-19-2009 15:44:46 | More by kingcrowing
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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).
08-04-2011 01:12:49 | More by jondeelee
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-01-2009 00:51:08 | More by far333
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-20-2010 01:11:04 | More by ThreeDimesDown
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-23-2010 03:16:40 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-27-2011 02:34:11 | More by 05Harley
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-13-2009 02:21:12 | More by caddybuyer
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
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
09-23-2011 21:02:14 | More by rdilauro
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
09-02-2012 03:17:06 | More by dacrza1
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-20-2009 23:48:55 | More by NJpadreFan
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
10-29-2009 22:56:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.