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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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363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
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 LilBeerDoctor

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Reviewed on 10/31/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, bitter hops. Flavor of parmesean cheese, roasted malt, some smoke. Hmm, I just didn't find this beer very complex or interesting. It was just an average porter for me, mediocre at best.

12-19-2009 03:49:54 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a near black color with a dense tan head that settles into a light ring with some spot lacing. Whoa, hop aggressive baltic porter. There is a nice citrus and tropical hop aroma as well as a solid roasted malt. The taste is of citrus hops as well as some piney notes, this is followed by a big roasted malt, some coffee grounds and light smoke. Full bodied and chewy with active carbonation, which makes the brew lively. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. Very nice hoppy baltic porter. I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus hop profile. I like the aggressive hop profile with such a big malty brew. A must try.

12-26-2009 03:03:48 | More by Gmann
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev -2%

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and dry bitter chocolate, with a little cream and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like strong coffee with some dry bitter chocolate and dark cherry, and a bit of burnt barley and copper. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a little harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Fitting for the style.
D: This was a pretty good strong porter, with great scent and nice taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink even though it had some harshness. Age may help mellow it out too, but probably not long-term. Enjoyable fresh, but a little forgettable.

12-27-2010 20:53:53 | More by Pencible
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a near black in color with a thick khaki head that rose to nearly fill the tulip but fell somewhat quickly. Light lacing and ruby highlights around the edges.

The nose is of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, with a touch of ripe dark fruit. Very bright and vibrant nose, not overly complex, but solidly robust.

Huge roasted malt, a little bit of char, bittersweet dark Belgian chocolate, ground coffee beans, dark cherries and plums and a hint of warming in the finish. Once again, rather straightforward, but what it does, it does very well. Robust, full of flavor.

Medium to heavy body. Silky smooth with a lightly bitter, crisp finish. Some mild roastiness lingers and melds with some heat from the ethanol for a near perfect marriage.

The flavor profile here is spot on, the carbonation level is near perfect and the abv is barely noticeable. A joy to drink.

12-23-2009 19:26:51 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

12-23-2009 02:18:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Pours quite near black. Thin, creamy tan head. Leaves plenty of lace.

S-A very well put-together aroma. There isn't really anything incredibly unique or memorable about the flavor except for the fact that it just smells 'right'. A big, roast, chocolatey and slightly chalky nose.

T-The flavor is even better. Fudgy chocolate and light chalk with more than enough roasted coffee to keep me entertained. A slight burnt quality and even a lingering hop-derived bitterness in the finish.

M-Drinkable for its size. A bit creamy in the feel. Full bodied and rich.

O/D-Better than I thought it would be. Very, very well crafted. Everything in this beer should be there. Nailed it.

01-15-2013 19:11:06 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thin brown head. The head faded very fast giving way to a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big of a brown bread, cocoa, and coffee mixed with good doses of some dark fruit. Rounding out these aromas is a stronger boozy aroma.

Taste – A big malty taste meets the tongue. A dark bready and cocoa flavor are the biggest of the initial tastes. These flavors are soon greeted with some flavors of the dark fruit more toward the middle, which sweeten it to a light extent, but by no means make it a sweeter brew. At the end, a nice more roasted flavor comes to the tongue bittering up the taste quite a bit. This is accompanied by an oaky and boozy taste which leave a lingering roasted boozy bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Thick and big. The body of the beer is big and chewy. The flavors of the roasted malt and cocoa really soak into the tongue with this thickness as it coats the tongue. The carbonation level is rather low, only accentuating the coating of the tongue that the body promotes.

Overall – Very chewy and roasty. A good cold weather warmer with big flavor.

06-18-2012 02:44:21 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Alewife spent a weekend up near Killington a few weeks ago. I mentioned to her that if she should get to Long Trail could she get me a bottle or 2 of this? Well, she gets back and has not 1 bottle, not 2, but a case! (Happy Birthday, she said...). She's a keeper!

Poured a couple of 12oz bottles (with upside-down Hit The Trail labels) into an imperial pint glass. Color is a deep, dark opaque mahogany. Can only get a true glimpse of the hue at the edges of the glass, with some backlighting. Head is creamy mocha-colored mound of mousse-like froth atop the liquid. Lacing is just all over the place, too. Pleasant aroma, with some toffee co-mingling with touches of dark-fruit. Almost akin to a rummy fruit cake. Body is a solid medium; no more, no less. As for the feel on the tongue, it is fairly smooth, with some light, bubbly prickliness.

Flavor comes in with an initial, mild sweetness, followed by some roasty, choco-coffeeish malts hitting the palate. These malts also contribute a bitterness which melds with a solid, floral hoppiness. Then add to this some fruitiness, in the fig/raisin ballpark, with the slightly sourish fruits and the hop bitterness lingering in a long aftertaste. Throw in a bit of warming from the 8% abv.... and you get a nicely drinkable bier. It grows on me, the more I quaff....

Thnx again, Liebch!!

(Note: This was the original version which came out in 12oz bottles, available only at the Brewery. Long Trail subsequently opted to distribute this widely in the present 22oz bomber version).

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


12-09-2007 20:24:34 | More by Bierman9
Photo of jaxon53


4/5  rDev -2%

06-26-2013 23:45:58 | More by jaxon53
Photo of jfcaa193


4/5  rDev -2%

02-18-2012 22:53:41 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of morimech


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

A confusing beer and even a confusing description on the Long Trail website. Whatever style of beer this is (I would call it a stout but I am not the brewer), it is pretty damn good. Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. One finger of tan head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This is a hop forward beer with plenty of green cone aroma. Some are hops that you do not typically find in a dark beer like Amarillo and Simcoe. The hop aroma easily pushes the malt aroma aside but faint hins of chocolate and roastyness is detectable. The hops and malt are more balanced in flavor. Some chocolate and roasted malt that is complimented by the citrus and pine from the hops. More subtle dark fruit notes round out the flavor. A noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth near the finish. The only thing I wanted more in the beer is body. The IBUs and ABV are already high and this just does not have enough body to carry it all. Enjoyed drinking this beer on a cold, rainy day. Would definately like to enjoy this beer again someday.

10-24-2010 17:15:35 | More by morimech
Photo of argock


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Brewed on 092910 on neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Very, very dark brown with beige, rocky 1-2 finger head with good retention and a few random trails of lacing.

S: Malty with slightly sour note up front but bolstered by dark malt and light acrid note. Hoppiness is ramped up with some citrus, floral, and earthy character, but I expected this would be a bit more full in the nose.

T: Very flavorful with distinct hoppy citrus-floral bite which works interestingly with the light biscuit and higher than expected caramel component. The roasted acrid edge works well in the finish. This is a solid, all-around good porter.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick feel from relatively low carbonation.

D: A really nice brew from Long Trail, but I wish it had a bit bolder aroma and some more dark malt and coffee flavors.

12-07-2010 04:41:43 | More by argock
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-01-2011 05:41:09 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of thegerm87


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2012 02:46:01 | More by thegerm87
Photo of jmdrpi


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

22oz bottle. pours into pint glass almost black, with a tan head. some lacing. aroma is a roasty coffee smell.

taste is a nice balance with a little sweetness and slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate.

lower carbonation, a smooth thick body. drinkability is good, as its a tasty brew thats not too strong.

Edit: now had on tap. Extremely creamy with quite the lacing. Distinct rings on the glass. So bumping the appearence and mouthfeel

11-03-2010 02:59:45 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of GbVDave


4.53/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending this in our latest trade!'

Bottle dated 072809

A: Slides out of the bottle an absolutely angry shade of black with only a sliver of a slightly lighter shade of brown at the edges. Sitting on top is about three fingers of dark mocha colored foam that has the consistency of bubbly meringue. Absolutely gorgeous lace was left behind, polluting the glass!

S: Fantastic aromas of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malt, cherries, fresh green hops, caramelized brown sugar, molassas, and a hint of citrus and whisps of smoke.

T: Wow! A three part clobbering of espresso, hops, and roasted malt. As it warms, flavors of dark chocolate, cherries, spiced raisins, brown sugar, fresh green piney hops, and french press coffee emerged.

M: This one touches all bases. Starts off smooth and slightly sweet. That leads into a middle that starts a drying trend, and then finishes bitter, hoppy, spicy, and with a tad more dry astringency.

D: What a fantastic beer! This reminds me a lot of Alpha Klaus from FFF which is my go to winter seasonal Porter. Thanks a million, Joe. This beer was incredible!

11-13-2009 00:31:06 | More by GbVDave
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

I'm drinking so many Baltic porters these days, but its not planned. Anyway, on tap at Coles, so I grabbed a snifter.

Great black pour with a light mocha head that laced like a dream and had great retention. Rich, treacly aroma has notes of raisin, chocolate, dark fruit and smoke, which is spot on for the style.

The taste follows through, and this is a satisfying beer. Nice chocolate and coffee notes blending with dark fruit, and the surprising appearance of oat-like characteristics, which lend this a light smokiness. Medium-heavy body is well suited to the strength and the moderate carb keeps it from becoming cloying.

Another good baltic, and probably the best of the night (until Olfabrikken came along).

12-21-2009 03:32:05 | More by bobsy
Photo of Jspriest


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 16:13:26 | More by Jspriest
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

I split of bomber tonight with my wife.

A: Opaque to the tenth power, with a nice medium brown head that sustained itself as a suds ring around the brew throughout the session. Mild spotty lacing.

S: Coffee for sure, followed by raisons, plums, and most definitely chocolate. It definitely had that sort of yeasty sizzle that I feel differentiates porters from stouts.

T: Fruity sweetness.... the kind commonly found in plums, and tons of cocoa on the end. The bitter coffee elements hit the palate, worked itself into my taste buds, but never overstayed its welcome. Moderately dry finish.

M: Nice and thick, like an Imperial Baltic Porter should be. The carbonation was fine, and the sweetness was very organic rather than manufactured sugary candy-like.

D: To me, this is a very competitive style. Even many breweries that are hit-or-miss with me make some damn good Baltic Porters. I would rank this one up there among them.

01-13-2011 23:48:41 | More by Chaney
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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
Photo of BeerAdvocate


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
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

An opaque dark brown body with translucent, ruby edges. Huge tan head that has good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is really hoppy. Pine, citrus/grapefruit. The malt underneath has coffee and molasses aromas. The hops dominate the smell in a way that I did not expect from a Baltic Porter.

The taste is super hoppy also. Once again, hops are the main flavor in a way that I wasn't expecting from this style. The malt is the first flavor that pops with molasses and a touch of chocolate. Those flavors are annihilated by hops though. A ton of pine resin with some grapefruit, very bitter. A touch of coffee is noticeable in the finish. This beer tastes good, but it is not what I expect from the style at all; it really tastes like a fresh American strong ale.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of moderate in body and fairly well carbonated.

The drinkability isn't bad, but when I opened up a beer looking for a nice, malty, Baltic Porter on a cool night, I did not expect a hop bomb. This one would be an interesting candidate for aging though.

10-20-2009 23:35:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from bomber into NB globe. Bottled 9/6/11 - 2011 vintage.
Really nice looking. Deep brown/black with a thick long lasting tan head. Really nice roasted malted and dried fruit aromas. A lot of hop aromas...especially for a porter.
Taste is really nice. Bitter chocolatey malt, boozey malt, dried fruit, and nice bitter hop flavors. Its a bit boozey mouthfeel; sharp and warming, deff a sipping brew. Overall, a fantastic more complex porter. Well worth the $4.99 paid!!

07-20-2012 22:57:54 | More by DrinkSlurm
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4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2011 22:05:07 | More by Gatordaddy
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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