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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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361 Ratings

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Ratings: 361
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-17-2012 15:05:14 | More by nschofield
Photo of Gatch


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown with a light brown, fluffy, thick head. Builds quickly but dies quickly and leaves little lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke. Weak overall.

T: Great roasted malt character. Some dark chocolate, dark coffee, brown sugar, and smoke. Delicious.

M: Flavors are there but the body is a bit thin at the back. This is typical of every Porter but with the amount of flavor and booze, I expected a heavier body. It's still heavier than most Porters, though, and the booze is pretty much nonexistent throughout which is great.

O: A very delicious, consistent, and impressive Imperial Porter from Long Trail. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:10:03 | More by Gatch
Photo of Jumski

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-24-2012 19:39:10 | More by Jumski
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4/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2012 03:31:25 | More by rjpetrizzo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-06-2012 00:46:15 | More by Chugs13
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4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:47:17 | More by JayQue
Photo of Tucquan


4/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 15:41:18 | More by Tucquan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

04-28-2012 03:57:32 | More by Njstoutlover23
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New York

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

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark as the night, average tan head rose to roughly a notch over a finger's length.

Smell: Light bitter chocolate meets a little caramel.

Taste: Malty as F'k, it is bitter but still pleasant. Dark chocolate, and malty, did I say that before?

Mouth: Medium carbonation a rough smooth, if that makes sense.

Overall: I am not disappointed but there is better out there, but for about 4 bucks a bottle I would buy this again and again. I only wish I had something to go with it, like a pork chop or even wings...food sometimes does help compliment the taste buds. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:53:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

04-06-2012 20:04:04 | More by PGVG
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-25-2012 00:58:46 | More by mavbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-24-2012 10:42:27 | More by jrfehon33
Photo of Fish113d


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled it pours nearly black with a soft pillowy tan head on top rising to about a finger thick. Sitting it leaves a nice half-finger surface layer. Very nice!

Dark roasty chocolate malts along with toffee hits my nose. A bit of alcohol phenols also come across with some slight earthy hops. Nice.

Sipping reveals a nice chocolate malty start along with some sweet toffee notes as well. A drying bit of alcohol finishes this off with a bit of heat and roasted coffee on the finish.

Nice body and nice feel overall. The alcohol becomes present on the finish and makes me like it even more. wow!

One of the better roasty beers I've had this year at the end of the winter and beginning of spring months. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:18:01 | More by Fish113d
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2012 21:38:13 | More by DSlim71
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

03-10-2012 02:26:33 | More by RyanGoodman
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2012 02:46:01 | More by thegerm87
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a thin layer of a light tan head

S-Roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, and a light smokiness

T-taste is similar to the smell but seems a bit thinner, maybe things will pick up when it warms a bit. Roasted malt and coffee with notes of dark chocolate and a decent amount of citrus hop bitterness.

M-lighter than expected but gets bigger the warmer the beer gets, light to medium carbonation, dry finish

Overall it is ok, the citrus hops sort of throw me though. The body and taste improves with warming and leaves you with a roasted malt, chocolate, citrus taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:59:09 | More by ksimons
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-27-2012 02:17:25 | More by MJLatimer
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a chocolaty head

powerful aromas of dark chocolate, malts, and ground coffee. Very good depth as well

full bodied with lots of malts and coffee. Very good depth and the feel is very good

A quality imperial porter. While it isn't the most complex, it does what it does very well

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:32:04 | More by KDawg
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-20-2012 18:03:35 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-18-2012 22:53:41 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-15-2012 19:04:28 | More by PeteRiz
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2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer sent by ActonBrewer! Poured from bomber into imperial pint...

A- Black, completely black with incredibly large tan foamy head. Rocky, bubbly lacing. Nice glass presence.

S- Not much roast, more of a upfront chalk smell that transitions too a subtle sweetness. Burnt brown sugar, wheat and grain, even some sweet corn. Just ok, underwhelming.

T/M- Hmmm, well its ok here again. Very acrid roast, almost a burnt astringent coffee. Some green raisins, and medicinal cherries. Weird mix of phenols and esters that clash. Finishes with some ethanol. Very different than the aroma. Again its chalky, reminiscent of Pacman yeast. Medium body and moderate carbonation, could be a bit thicker.

O- Meh, wouldn't go for this again I don't think, at least not with my own money. Nice to try, but it was underwhelming and had some off kilter flavors. My friend who I shared this with really enjoyed it though!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:55:04 | More by TheGordianKnot
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (2011) into a pint glass.

A: Near pitch black (light shines through 4 mm) with a two-finger, tan head. Decent retention as the head gives way into some great lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and coffee. Mostly chocolate when cold; transforms into coffee as it warms.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front gives way to a chocolatey yet hoppy bitterness. A subtle and brilliant twist. Also some smoke that lingers with the bitterness. A good place for this beer to really shine.

M: Creamy but cut with a moderate level of carbonation. Very little alcohol sensation despite the ABV and a high level of drinkability for a porter.

O: A delicious porter that I wish they sold by the six or four pack...one of these bombers and I'm actually feeling it a bit. I would seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:09:36 | More by tylerprince
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark oily brown. Huge foamy head quickly recedes down to a half finger but stays rocky.

Smell: What the? This cant be a porter its all hops on the nose, floral first followed by some really nice citrus and this bottle isn't even all that fresh. Just a tiny bit of coffee aroma.

Taste: Starts with a quick bittersweet chocolate hit followed by roasty coffee notes and some toffee, sadly the hops didnt make an appearance here except for maybe a smidge of bitterness, the alcohol was not apparent. The warmer it gets the more coffee comes out.

Body is a lighter than expected carbonation is medium, maybe a little high for a porter.

Overall this is a good beer, Im honestly not sure you can call this a porter because of the super strong hop aroma. If you love the smell of hop but not the taste and love the taste of roasted malts but not the smell, this could be your ultimate beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:34:05 | More by Imsothirsty
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.