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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sammy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria and served in a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a huge off-white head with large carbonation bubbles. This leaves some spotty lacing after some excellent retention that went with the several-finger head. The nose is roasty with some dark fruits, plums, and mild chocolate. Really strong on the plum/prune character. The taste gives fairly-strong dark fruit component and then adds in some roasted malt without too much else. Medium body and a dry finish. Very strange. Overall, just way too heavy on the dark fruit flavors, even when a bit expected in a Baltic Porter.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
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

metter98, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice pour, with a rocky tan head that sits atop the nearly pitch black liquid; a curtain of lace drips down the sides of the glass

Smell: Roasty black bread and chocolate with a charred, but piney hop character

Taste: Toasted black bread, with a chocolate and piney hop character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops overwhelm the malts, though there is some residual chocolatey sweetness that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly not a Baltic Porter (and there is nothing on the brewery's website that would lead one to believe that they think it is a Baltic Porter, either), so I didn't rate it as such; still, it is rather unbalanced and I would like to see the malts stand up to the onslaught of the hops better than they do

brentk56, Apr 24, 2011
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 kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +22.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and hearty roasted malt character along with flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee and dark fruit. There is some smokiness in the background and a very faint touch of alcohol sneaks in as well. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Light fluffy slightly darker colored head of 1 finger. The beer is almost black with a slight dark brown pitch to it.

N: Sweet malts, stout like actually, dark malts, roast, black patent. With that is some earthy hops, slight sweet brown sugar, caramel, a little coffee, and a slight creamy milk chocolate.

T: Some sweetness with lots of coffee and roast. A slight earthy charred malt bitter flavor comes through too with lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some earthy hop bitterness. The bitterness combines between the charred malts and some hops.

M: Medium body, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation.

F: Still sweet with lingering minerality and earthy charred malt bitterness. A slight earthy hop bitterness also comes through. There is also quite a bit of lingering coffee and roast, with a little caramel and brown sugar too.

jlindros, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a tremendous coffee and roasted malt character along with a really nice hop aroma; maybe too hoppy for the style. The taste is good. It has a smooth chocolate and patent malt flavor along with a very hoppy finish. It's extremely flavorful with multiple layers of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good imperial porter. I love the hop character. It's the primary focus here even though porters are traditionaly malt driven.

WesWes, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -26.5%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours black with a thin tan head that lasts, leaving some rings and spots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy for style - citric and herbal - pungent, with chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate/caramel/coffee with a pungent, somewhat "green" hop accent.

Medium-bodied with alcohol well-covered.

There is something a bit "raw" here. I do love my hops, but here I don't know that it melds so well with dark maltiness. Still, it is well-priced and certainly worth trying!

jwc215, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored head. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts are easily detectable.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with loads of bitter chocolate, coffee, prunes, mild alcohol tones, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long and warming as the flavors linger in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: this beer was super fresh which made me drink it a bit faster than I normally would. Flavorful beer that hits the style nicely.

Gavage, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown that almost pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two inger frothy creamy light tan head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with rings of chunky, soapy lacing.

Deep roasty aroma with lots of dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, toffee, oatmeal and very earthy, piny hops. Surprisingly prominent hop character, especially for the style but the roasted dark malts still shine through.

Chewy medium body that is very hop forward, probably too much so for my liking with a lot of dry earthy bitterness that lingers throughout over a roasted dark malt body into a very dry bitter finish. Slight citrus character to the hops as well but mostly just dry and piny. Very roasty dark chocolate malts with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, licorice, oatmeal, hazelnut, toffee and more bitter hops. The hops are way to bitter and dominant and they overpower the silky roasted choaolte malt flavors that I usually love in this style. An interesting take on the style but not something I would seek out again.

corby112, Nov 15, 2009
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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.