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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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367 Ratings

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 18 | 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:
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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Photo of SlickestWilly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SlickestWilly, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

HoistinBrews, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

zhumphrey, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from scottg for winning SNF Squares Week 13, Thanks Scott!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a khaki color head that was thick and creamy, hung around for a long time and left a sheet of lacing behind.
The aroma I got was roasted coffee beans, molases, and dates/figs.
The taste is very good, roasted coffee with dark fruit a hint of espresso-like bitterness before finishing sweet, yet dry. Hmmm, hoppy burps, I like that - a lot!
Medium bodied with a super smooth feel that makes drinking this brew a pleasure.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

blange3, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

duff247, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with the tiniest ray of light shining through. Big brown head with bubbled walls of lace.

Smells of dark roasted grain, coffee, burnt chocolate dough, tobacco, cedar and a heavenly floral hop aroma. Some peppery scents and smokiness as well.

Taste follows nose into an ideal roasted character with some malt centric sweetness and diving straight into an even citric bitterness. Pretty big hop profile for a "complex malt" porter as stated on the bottle. Love it! Some steely bitterness aftertaste.

Smooth with even carbonation..slightly dry

Highly recommended for porter fans

TheMultiYeast, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JaymeAyotte1, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

otrejo, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LT's Imperial Porter pours very heavy and almost jet black in color, even when held in the direct light. As this is technically a "Baltic Porter" there is a good deal of carbonation even for such a strong beer (8.3%). The head is a nice, creamy and bubbly coffee color. Looks delicious.

Aroma is lots of dark roasted coffee (think of an espresso with no milk), bitter chocolate, sweet malt and a good deal of hop aroma.

Wow, that is a lot of flavor. Tons of bitter, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Actually put those together, its tastes like dark chocolate covered espresso beans! There is also has a great fresh hop piney bitterness that hits the tongue as the carbonation fizzes around. Its such a nicely balanced beer with a lot of great flavor. This is not a super sweet strong beer, its got a nice hop flavor that goes well with the bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Good stuff!

This is definitely one to sit and enjoy. As it warms a bit the flavors get stronger and it mellows out a lot.

I am really impressed with this beer. I love the style and commend Long Trail for releasing such a great Baltic Porter.

indiapaleale, Aug 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MarkSmithVT, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mrandypandy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Believe this was part of a trade or an extra. Been in the cellar for quite some time.

A - Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Brownish hues at the edges. Big tan head on initial pour dies down to a thin layer and leaves average lacing.
S - Wow, roasty! Touch of chocolate and toasted malt, but the roast dominates. Good.
T - Delicious. A wonderful combo of roast and chocolate, with a touch of coffee and creamy sweetness.
M - Velvety smooth, creamy, medium body.
O - Highly recommended. Not sure how this was fresh, but it has certainly aged like a champ. If you're looking for a big porter, look no further. This is why I love to cellar beers...

mrandypandy, Sep 18, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll get to this part later but I have to say my first impressions right now after I had popped open the cap. A huge surprising whiff of hops hit my nose immediately and out of nowhere, was not expecting that.

Pours from a 22oz bottle, a dark dark brown almost blackish color with a decent sized head, fades fast but leaves a thin layer on top and a ring of lacing.

The aroma caught me off-guard at first but now that it's been sitting in the glass for a minute, the hop aroma has faded quite a bit but is still slightly present, a deep roasted malt, chocolate/coffee aroma now controls.

The taste is definitely run by the roasted malt with subtle hints of chocolate and the slightly less subtle coffee, strong bitter aftertaste that comes from both the dark roasted malt and the heavier than usual (for the style) hops, right amount of thickness and stays sticky in the mouth long after, carbonation is almost damn perfect for a porter which is usually thing most porters do wrong (either way over-carbonated or hardly carbonated at all).

A really good Imperial Porter from Long Trail and another great entry in their Brewmaster Series. I had never been much of a Long Trail fan until they started releasing these beers, now I won't hesitate to pick up any of their fine beers in this continuing series.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with crimson highlights around the edges.

Smell- Coffee, roasted barley, and alcohol. Deeper down is baking chocolate.

Taste- Coffee and bittering chocolate. There is a small hint of pepper. I usually don't like any pepper taste but in this case it gives the beer another dimension.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel for an Imperial porter. Just realized that this is listed here as a Baltic Porter. Mouthfeel "should" be a little thinner.

Drinkability- I could find room for another of these pretty easily.

Great beer would like to try more from this brewery.

MADhombrewer, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a brown two-finger head into my fluted glass. It leaves a bit of lacing as well.

Aroma is cream and a bit of bitter coffee as well. A bit of chocolate is present with also some alcohol warmth.

Taste is nice with coffee, chocolate, caramel and cream all making their presence known. Very creamy especially in the very middle.

Mouthfeel carries over with the lingering of flavors mentioned above and a dry finish.

Very nice! Easy to drink and enjoy even at the abv listed. It's what I feel an imperial porter should taste like. A bit like a stout in some ways but again, easier to drink.

Brad007, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 12/21/10.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip as per the picture on the bottle (normally I'd pour a porter into a pint glass). Body is black - some ruby shines through when backlit brightly. Head is a 2-finger chocolate-milkshake colored, with big bubbles. Leaves behind good lace.

S: Wow - this does not smell like a porter at all. And I for one will not complain. It's about juicy, citrusy, tropical-fruit-like hops. As it warms up I get some chocolatey malt underneath, but the hops still dominate. Interesting.

T: First impression: interesting. This beer straddled the line(s) between a Black IPA, DIPA and American Porter. Roasty malt is underneath, with some chocolatey malt and a hint of charcoal, but it finishes with juicy hops. Citrusy grapefruit and tropical fruit salad. Lingering bitterness does battle with a hint of roast and even smoke.

M: Lighter than expected given the strength of the nose and flavors. Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is soft.

D: Very good. I like this beer, though calling it a porter doesn't quite seem right. More like 60% Black IPA, 15% Double Black IPA, 25% porter. Somewhat similar to Victory's Yakima Glory, actually, though with a touch more porter characteristics (roast, char, smoke) than chocolatey.

Kendo, Dec 22, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of roasted chocolate and coffee smells. There is also just a touch of sweet dark fruit as well.

T - Starts off right away with a nice balance of roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Through the middle, these flavors get a bit stronger and just a touch of sweet plum flavor comes through. The finish is again a nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors with just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and just a bit thick and creamy. The finish is really nice and roasty.

D - Very drinkable. The coffee and chocolate flavors are really nicely balanced all the way through and make for a really tasty beer.

ngeunit1, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 50th beer review.

Crater filled tan head. Dark ruby red in body. I can see some slight bubblage. As it sits the head becomes more creamy. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is delicious! Roasted malts and hops hit the nose immediately. The dark robust hops and malts seem about equal.

Bitterness upfront, chocolate, cherries and a lot of hop in the middle and then settles down to a dry sweet coffee taste at the end. It's really delicious! If you like a pretty decent amount of hop taste in your porters or stouts, this is it!

It feels medium body in the mouth but very creamy. Definitely has a nice smooth feel going down.

Drink ability is quite good. I had to walk away from it so I can savor it instead of wanting to finish it right there. Great going down and I wish I had another bottle.

This is my first from Long Trail Brewing Company. I hope their other brews taste this good, I'm certain I will find out.

9InchNails, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tootsie Roll brown that is right on the border between opacity and lucency when brightly backlit. Sunshine brings out tangerine and maraschino cherry colored accents. The coffee milkshake-like crown oozes character and is all kinds of sticky, while an attractive array of lace puts the finishing touch on a great looking beer.

The aroma was predictable given the ingredients list. Roasted and chocolate malt comes through loud and clear, as does the citrus and pine of an outstanding lineup of American hops. Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo are present to the tune of 56 IBUs. This should be mighty tasty beer.

Imperial Porter doesn't taste much like a Baltic porter. To be fair, LTBC doesn't call it one. It tastes like a highly-hopped American stout or porter. Imperial is a bit of a stretch, but that doesn't mean it's less than good. And drinkable. Given all the lupulins, are we sure that Long Trail hasn't relocated to the West Coast? The contrast between sweet, bitter and tangy is sublime.

A little more malt would have turned the flavor knob up another half turn and would have wrested some control away from the little green cones. Not that I'm complaining. Flavors include bittersweet chocolate more than coffee, as well as a tropical fruit juicy blast that would seem out of place if the beer wasn't so delicious. Drinkability just got bumped.

While not bad at all, the mouthfeel is too light and is too loosey-goosey for the style and the ABV. It promotes rapid consumption, but something more lush and perky would have pulled this score up another notch.

Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter is at least as good as Double Bag, which is the best Long Trail beer that I've had to date. Some might not care for the style-busting hoppiness, but a generous amount of the right hops makes pretty much everything better.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of GregoryShmegory
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very dark with feint red hues in the light. Smells robust and stout-like with chocolate and roastiness dominating. Tastes great, definitely gets better as it warms. Coffee and chocolate with fair bitterness. Very much like a weaker RIS but with that drinkability of a Porter.

GregoryShmegory, Oct 16, 2009
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.