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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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365 Ratings

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Ratings: 365
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Ohiovania, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Soxfan45, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ROGUE16, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ms11781, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

stunna, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Proclarush, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

fredmugs, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

fountainofyouth, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DIPAFAN, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jdibbs, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Long Trail Imperial Porter is a dim, but clear, dark brown ale with a huge, soft, beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma is pretty muffled by the head. There is a stightly sharp note of hops and a slight whiff of roasty chocolate. It's medium bodied; watery, but smooth. The finish is a little watery. It's a pretty well balanced roasty flavor, with notes of coffee, chocolate and salmiakki. There is something solvent-like about the hops. The aftertaste is of salmiakki. The flavors seem a bit disjointed, but it's tasty.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

yesyouam, Aug 17, 2009
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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.

MadScientist, Jan 25, 2013
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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.

kingcrowing, Sep 19, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

The brew poured an amazing dark brown color with small hints of what can only be called red when you hold the glass up to look at this wonderful brew. Had a beautiful 2 inch mocha colored head that just sits there as you being to enjoy the brew. As head begins to fade, spiderweb like lacing remains.

The aroma was pretty good. Not as much as you expect looking at the brew, but still some wonderful nods that hit your nose as you take in the aromas from this one. Roasted malts and chocolate are the first distiguishable aromas. Its followed with some smells of dark fruits and coffee. Has bit of sweetiness and bitterness that round out this brew.

The flavor is pretty much a muddlement of all the above. As you progress through this brew from pour to last drop you get hit with a large punch of great flavors. Chocolate and malts at the forefront, then followed with a fruitlike flavor and some coffee, caramel, and other spice.

The mouthful is a full-bodied and smooth. The alcohol in this brew gives it a good warming feel as you consume this brew. Its a bit high for some, but they do a great job in hiding it in the brew. The complexity of this brew helps give it sweet and tangy character that you don't always expect from a porter like this. It was very good.

The drinkability of this brew might be a little hard for some. Just due to the full body of the brew. People who don't like heavy beers would not want to venture to this one. But anyone who enjoys a great porter, would enjoy this brew. I will definitly seek this one on tap again.

mattgreger, Oct 23, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured a rich, opaque chocolate brown with a quarter inch creamy head that lingers for "awhile". Smells of nutmeg, chocolate, roasted malts, phenols, bread. Has a taste of toasted chocolate malts, has a mild booziness finish. The roasted chocolate is definitely dominating and lingers on the tongue for quite awhile after the sip. There is a very mild, almost undetectable hop profile. This beer is incredibly smooth, almost velvet-like, and very drinkable. Any Porter locver should really like this (I like it and I'm not a Porter lover.). The alcohol content is almost entirely hidden and paired with its smoothness, it will creep up on you incredibly fast. As I work my way through tha glass, , the foam sticks to the side (which is darn impressive), this beer is creamy smooth. My personal opinion, not being a porter fan, this is the best beer Long Trail brews.

jzeilinger, Dec 23, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark dark brown with one finger of tan head and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter hops, roasted malts, alcohol, and a hint of vanilla.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice porter. Would have liked the taste to be a little sweeter but very solid and would definitely try again.

mdfb79, Aug 14, 2010
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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.

hopsolutely, Dec 29, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

Big and dark beer, light red tones in its dark brown body. Head is a firm two fingers, lightly tan and lingering well throughout the drink with good lacing. Nose is heavy on the smokiness and malt, not a lot of diversity in there.

Taste is big and malty, with a smoked grain and a decent amount of chocolate snuck in there as well. Good balance, a tiny bit of hops in there as well. Body is very full, and this is definitely a smooth beer for the ABV.

Jesstyr, Mar 10, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

I treated myself to this after a trying brew day today.
Pours a dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy mocha head sticks around for a while lacing the glass nicely on the way down. Smells of coffee, roasted grains, alcohol, and a touch of earthy citrusy hops. Taste is heavy on the roasted coffee with some dark dried fruits coming through midway, followed by a brief taste of citrus that is quickly destroyed by an alcohol burn, and a long lingering roast bitter finish. Almost creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, thick body. Great Baltic Porter, though not as smooth as some. Its a little hot right now and the flavors almost seem like they need some more time to meld. Perhaps my cellar will get a few of these for later.

johnnnniee, Nov 30, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

I purchased this bottle from Wegmans -enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is black and opaque with a thick 3 finger medium tan cap, thick lace clings and bead is ultra fine with very good retention.
The smell is fruity and roasty with slightly hoppy aroma with a light woody scent and an intensely chocolate note in the malt iwth light citrus accents. Thick, viscous feel with moderately high carbonation and medium bitterness with a subtle roast and light creamy tinge with a subtle warming of alcohol in the texture iwth light drying finish and moderately spiced throughout.

The taste is toasty with a lithg brown sugar flavor with subtle citrus tinges and mild woody notes up front. The taste has more roasted coffee in the taste with light grapefruit coming from the hops as it warms with a mild amount of grain astringency and slight bit of bittersweet cocoa and a honee aspect in the woody/roasty finish w/ a mildly sugar taste as it warms with slight stone fruit element in the finish. Overall a nice hoppy porter with light alcohol flavor and pretty smooth for an 8.3% Imperial porter

Slatetank, Jan 17, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours frothy into the glass, rich 2 finger beige head. Deep rich chocolate nose, and detectable hops in there. Taste is hops infused with chocolate and coffee flavours, an interesting combination to taste. Definitely a different type of taste. the initial hoppy mouthful is overcome by the chocolate and coffee. A very different type of porter, if it weren't for the hoppy bitterness in the initial sips, this could be a keeper. It is worth trying...You decide!

thequeen711, Mar 18, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Robert at State Line highly recommended this to me. Who am I to say no to a gentleman like him?

Dark brown with a dense, brown head, creamy and delicious-looking, this beer looks great! A delicate sheet of lace forms as the head recedes to a disk. Highlights are reddish brown. The nose is surprisingly hoppy! Rather unexpected in this regard, I get a fruity, pine hop character. The floral character from the centennial hop does grow as it warms (and as an aside, makes me crave a Two Hearted). Roast is light, there's chocolate and some caramel. Aggressively-hopped porters usually aren't my thing, but this one is pretty good.

The palate opens with a very prominent hop character. They clearly used a lot of flavor hops here, I get some citrus, lime leaves, a little pine and some floral character. Strangely (or maybe not), the Nugget hop character makes me crave a Nugget Nectar. Bitterness is light, mostly grain-derived, and there's chocolate, roast, and some caramel. This is closer to a stout than a porter. The malt character isn't terribly complex, but it works - the caramel sweetness is medium-light, and the roast, a little lighter than I'd like. Chocolate is present as well, as a light cocoa flavor. Hoppy on the finish, there's roast and hop flavors, actually very well-balanced. A touch juicy as well, this beer is mildly sweet on the finish. Medium in body with low carbonation, this feels quite excellent on the palate, soft and creamy. I'm quite liking this.

I'm not sure I'd age this, the aggressive hop character makes me think this could become a cheesy, oxidized mess if aged too long, and the malt complexity doesn't seem to be quite where it needs to be either. Still, an excellent effort.

DefenCorps, Nov 17, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Black in color with a nice foamy lasting head that leaves a pretty good lace behind

Smell: A little bit roasty, a little bit chocolatey, with a slight american hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a mild chocolate flavor followed by a roasty kick then a hop bite

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky mouthfeel with a slight oil slick

Drinkability: Not personally a huge fan as it's more roasty than I like in a porter whether imperial or not.

jmstod, Oct 14, 2009
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.