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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 376
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2009

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
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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 376
Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (916 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair porter, with a good drinkability but an uncommon hoppy bite to its profile.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Simple light cream label with brewery seals, name and serving indication. Notes bottling date (080910), and Alc. by Vol. (8.3%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges. good brown creamy head, fair retention, minimal lacing with some surface memory and a nice ring.

S - Tamed nose, roasted notes, malty with an emerging herbal and hoppy sense that announces things to come.

T - The roasted range is there, and nicely offered, chocolate, coffee... And then the herbal-hoppy range, with some resin even, closes the profile.

M - Medium body with fine carbonation, a touch thin that is then picked by the bitter closing.

D - Fairly drinkable but a bit off from style, not a bad thing, but the hoppy structure gives it a somewhat raw character.

Notes: First Long Trail for me, nothing remarkable but the price-quality ration is pretty good, so I would not care to give some of their other brews a chance. (1,048 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (866 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of david18
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of Long Trail Brewing (they're s sub of one of the Macro's, right?) but it was on tap at my local bar and I had to try it. It was not bad and a pretty good example of style.

Dark brown color with a dark head as well. Good aroma, with a hint of chocolate and definitely some coffee. Flavor is roasty but also a little sweet...almost under attenuated. A little strong to drink much of and little uninteresting to be a sipper. (438 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!! (477 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-27 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a firm, 3-finger tan head that lingers and leave excellent lacing. There's a tinge of ruby around the edges of the glass when held to the light.

S - Chocolate malt, dark roasted grain, plum, oak wine barrel. Very nice.

T - Dark roasted grain, tart citrus, raisin, muted chocolate, mint, astringent, not too sweet, significant roasted/burnt and hop bitterness that lingers a long time. It's got a hearty flavor.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Less body than I expected. Not overly smooth. Somewhat prickly.

O - This is a fine brew, particularly if you're in the mood for the charred taste. It's not as soothing as a Founders Breakfast Stout; more like a Founders Imperial Stout with less body and ABV. I'd always be glad for a glass of this but wouldn't make it a staple in my fridge. (871 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,209 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (933 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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). (717 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  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. (482 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long overdue that I tried this before it went off tap

Dark brown with a tan head. Ruby in the light, but still opaque. The head dissolves rather quickly, but was approximately 1-2cm before doing so. The beer is well carbonated and has a dense complexion. I am intrigued and avidly await it's smell and taste.

Hoppy aroma, definitely a stronger porter,but a balancing sweetness comes through nicely. I am reminded of fresh cut grass by the hops. Similar to other strong porters I have smelled, the hops are less citrus than they are bitter. A warmer serving temperature would help to bring these flavors out more.

Tastes great, it's a calm, balanced porter that doesn't jerk around while driving your senses. I would say the hops provide a nice bitter to mix with the sweetness of the malt backbone. The carbonation helps bring out a subtle bite from the hops infusion + 8.3mL EtOH/100mL alcohol by volume.
Relieves the stress nicely from a rigorous week of exams.

Tangy, bitter, plentiful in calories, and a deep-down bad ass. I am familiar with this style and commend the creators for their porter interpretation. The beer is very smooth drinking and i would assert that there was careful ingredient selection (if there wasn't... eff you longtrail, you still made a good beer). I let the beer sit after filling (without opening of course) for the better half of a week (something I would not recommend), but the carbonation still came through strongly.

I could easily drink this growler by myself, but 2 pints will do the trick. I submit to you that you will enjoy drinking this brew (as many others have), however, you may also particularly enjoy its very affordable price tag. I have certainly paid more for a beer of this caliber and my tender wallet thanks me for not letting it take another beating. Jump into beers of this caliber and you will enjoy the smooth dark bitterness that they have to offer. (1,966 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Dated 080910. Thanks to ShanePB for sending this one in our Hotter Than Hot BIF.

Great pour--perfect color is a deep russet brown hue with cola seeping in at the edges. The ecru head is stubborn, the lace thick, and the bubbles pearly. Aroma is rich in dusty, crumbled dark chocolate nibs and roasted earthy malt. A hint of vanilla spice and ripe plum in the background.

Tasty beer, amplifying the earthy roasted malt with a bit of char and lots of bittersweet chocolate. Some sweetness is present in the form of toffee and boozy dark fruits. Excellent mouthfeel maintains its Porter roots with an uppity carbonation level and drying finish, but gives a discrete nod to the Imperial status with a thicker body and a touch of chalkiness. Overall, a worthy beer from the Long Trail brewers. Definitely worth seeking out... (861 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown color with just a little light coming through on the bottom of the pint glass. Good size light tan head with good lacing and head retention.

Smell is bready malt, port wine and a little chocolate. Very pronounced and good.

Taste is exceptional. Smooth bready malt, vinuous (port wine), a little hops bitterness in the finish and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich. The port wine and touch of hops add complexity.

I see this more as a light RIS rather than a Porter, but in either case, it is a nice slow sipper. (545 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, trace creme/khaki head, splendid lacing

S: peach, grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa

T: same as the nose, just an amazing roller coaster for your senses.
starts off citrus sweet, malt middle, then roasted coffee/bitter dark
chocolate finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: Long Trail has created something excellent here.
I will be getting more of this beer and trying
plenty more of their other offerings.

DELICIOUS, SEEK IT OUT! (469 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black body with nary a highlight. Dark beige head makes up for its lack of depth with rrocky character.

Big aroma of roasted coffee. Starbucks has nothing on this.

Roasty coffee rolls across the tongue, followed by a huge engulfing wave of dark chocolate. Firm earthy bitterness sneaks in to balance the sweetness.

Rich thick silky smooth mouthfeel.

Outstanding drinkability. It may be big but its damn tasty.

Thick rich chewy chocolately, a tremendous porter from Long Trail. (481 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep ruby reddish color-really borders on black but has some very nice highlights. Good sized head. Very "inky", sweet, somewhat mild licorice aroma. Strong roasted graininess in the flavor. Almost comes off as a mild flavored stout. Slightly toasted flavor. Prominant hop bitterness but the grain flavor is very omni-present. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I cannot get away from the grain flavors. While it doesn't detract in general it sure makes itself known. Worth a shot and was very fairly priced. (533 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was an opaque black color with two fingers of tan colored head. The retention was very good and the lacing in scattered bands. The aroma was of roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate and nuts. The flavors were bold and totally on-point for the style. I tasted rich, blackened malt, chocolate malt, tobacco, dry roasted malt, alcohol, espresso and a little wood. It started dry but got sweeter in the middle especially as it was allowed to breathe. It developed like a red wine with a long, lingering finish! The mouthfeel was a touch rough due to a slightly high carbonation but the body was appropriately full. Very enjoyable and another winner in this series. (686 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ot tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes my way with a nice two finger cap of khaki head atop a black brew with nice legs. Head settles after a bit to some suds and beautiful lace.

S- espresso and bitter sweet chocolate, dark berries and molasses. Port and dried fruits.

T- dark berries, dates, port soaked plums. Coffee and chocolate, hints peat and smoke. Dark malts and brown sugar.

M- medium to full bodied and mid level carb

D- huge flavor and amazingly drinkable. Of all the long trail brewmasters this is my fav.

S- (531 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a one and a half finger tan head. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Cacao, coffee, raisins, sweetness (molasses), and hints of soy.

T: Dark chocolate, cacao, raisins, and some acidity & tannins. There is some hop bitterness noticeable as well.

M: Medium to heavy body for a porter. Good amount of carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't quite overwhelm.

O: This isn't really working for me, but it's not awful. Glad to have tried it, but I don't foresee another in my future. (637 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tutes3 for this bottle!

Poured into a goblet. Pours a thick dark black with a moderate-sized tan head on top. Dissipates to a thin ring around the edge; leaves some spotty lace. The nose is somewhat underwhelming for this big beer. I'm getting some faint coffee, cocoa powder, and a wash of citrus hops on the end.

The body is creamy smooth. Spot-on for the style. As far as flavor goes, this one is not big and bold up front either. Definite roasted malts are present with some slight alcohol burn. The aftertaste is dark coffee which is excellent. Mild cocoa presence.

This isn't the best Baltic I've ever had, but as I continued to drink this one, I liked it more and more. Not bad at all. (707 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours an opaque brown, light barely passes through around the edges. One finger of light brown creamy rocky head that recedes quickly that leave sheet ringlets of lacing.

S: Nose is far hoppier than I would expect in a porter, chocolate, and a sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste starts with a bitter chocolate and espresso upfront. Some roasted malts and a touch of creaminess fill out the middle. Finish is a majorly hop bitter finish with another touch of espresso burnt malts.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light on the tongue, touch creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is a nice offering, sharp tastes that work well off each other and easily make this a beer to sit with for a while. (709 characters)

Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.