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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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Photo of ryan1788a5


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Lighter hues on the outskirts of the glass. Thick, bubbly brown head caps the beer. Very good retention. Thin rings of lacing left behind.

S: Very roasty. Woody and smokey aromas. Burnt caramel and maybe even a touch of maple syrup. Mild alcohol. Hops are earthy and herbal with some pine thrown into the mix. Very slight plum and currant esters.

T: Very big and roasty, just as the nose suggests. Caramel, chocolate, dry roasted coffee, a bit of vanilla. A charred roasted malt edge is very apparent. Esters divulge tastes of plum, cherry, and raisin. Earthy hops offer tastes of herbal spiciness, pine, and some slight citric fruitiness. Very long finish is dominated by roasted and burnt malt flavors. Roasted coffee, some nuttiness, and woody/smokey tastes all linger.

M: Full and thick. Very chewy, syrupy, and mouth coating. Not a beer to be trifled with.

D: Extremely big and thick. Definition of a sipper.

Notes: A huge beer. Imperial Porter? What the hell is the difference between this and an Imperial Stout? A very good beer, but I found it to be just a tad too estery for my liking. A little bit of cellar time would probably iron that right out though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:35:49 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of thain709


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

A - Served with a black body...I looked and couldn't find any light coming through...the head was mocha in color and stood two fingers...it was rocky and the retention followed suit by never really going away...great lacing

S - Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sweet caramel

T - The malts come out first...they present a nice roasted characteristic and present chocolate...dark chocolate...the middle of the beer takes the edge of the bitterness and roastiness...caramel really stands out and allows for a nice sweetness...some coffee rushes in and the beer ends with a nice, bright hop bite

M - Medium bodied...close to being full...the carbonation keeps it a little lighter...creamy, smooth, a dash of sweetness, nice bitter end

D - I was happy to finally try this one in the Brewmaster Series...and to get it on tap was even better...a good looking porter with the flavors mirroring the nose and a nice finish

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 13:21:16 | More by thain709
Photo of Stigs


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received as a Christmas present. served in a 12oz English style shaker glass.

A - pours with over an inch of fluffy and thick, light khaki colored foam which slowly recedes, leaving some thin yet wet lacing behind on the glass. the beer is very dark brown, light brings out some deep amber hues.

S - rich milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and toasted nuts. lightly fruity with some cherries, and a light mustiness to it all. beneath that as it warms, a noticeable citrusy hop scent comes alive. very nice.

T - begins with the lightly sweet fruit, some ever so slightly tart cherries and raisins, chocolate and candied almonds. more robust flavors creep in the second half via some chocolate and brown malts, and a very pleasant weak coffee taste. nicely balanced.

M - body is just a touch think, amplified by slightly higher than moderate carbonation. sweetness leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky and chalky, though alcohol is very well hidden.

D - very nice brew here. insanely balanced, has all the qualities of an English, American, and Baltic porter rolled into one. bordering dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:12:32 | More by Stigs
Photo of MuddyMcGinny

New Jersey

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

22oz. Bomber into English nonic pint.

Semi hard pour gave a good finger and a half dark tan head with decent lacing. Black as black... no hints of crimson whatsoever at the crown. Not much on the nose, some roasted barley and coffee, whiff of the hops. Little bit of mild chocolate and grains on first sip but then gives way to the sweet malts and dark fruits. Light body and creamy feel, goes down the hatch smooth and dry. Great bang for the buck on the 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:20:18 | More by MuddyMcGinny
Photo of tchenery


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brownish black. Tan creamy head that is lacing on top.

Smells a bit fruity at first, which is weird. Transitions into a smooth chocolate milk smell.

Taste is spot on. Heavy alcohol gives it a bit of a twinge but it's welcomed. This one is definitely a warmer. Very creamy on the tongue and goes down smooth.

Totally drinkable. Great value for the 22 oz. size.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 23:36:04 | More by tchenery
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly, leaving chucks of lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate with bittersweet chocolate finish. Smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent imperial porter. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:34:05 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Bendurgin


3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with about a finger of creamy tan head that settles down and leaves thin runny lace. The aroma is kind of faint but overall it's not bad. Mostly a chocolate right up front with a coffee undertone. Dark roasty malts support the aroma nicely. But again, it's pretty faint. The flavor is kind unimpressive but not offensive. Weak coffee flavor, weak caramel flavor and a faint chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would like and the carbonation is surprisingly harsh. Again, not offensive, but not mind blowing. Drinks pretty well, not the best porter ever, but a sound effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:37:06 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of hooliganlife


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to smason for this

pours a dark brown, close to cola. slight hints of dark ruby in the lacing and oily residue on the sides. thick creamy head. pretty impressive

lots of cherry, mocha, coffee, roasted malt, and sweet booze

starts of roasty and dark. lots of coffee and roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. sweet dark cherry kicks in. light vanilla and oak through out. ends sweet and roasty with a hint of citrus hops.

full body, nice oily feel on the teeth. bit of dryness.

i loved this, very impressive. fantastic baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:57:00 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a new belgium snifter

A: pours a very nice dark brown color with ample tan foamy head that lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of head

S: nice coffee scent, beautiful malt depth, slight sweetness

T: great coffee malts, no alcohol tingle, great complexity

D/M: incredible taste, smooth on the pallet, very slight carbonation tingle, overall great

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:31:47 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

A: beautiful head, black, nice lacing postquaff
S: sweet roasted malt aroma
T: virtually a stout; lots of roasted grain flavor, but not very complex (generally I like my stouts like my scotches--complex, brooding)
M: very nice mouth buzz

Overall, a really good porter

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:31:22 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of obywan59


4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark mahogany with a 1 1/2 finger dark tan head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Deep ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Harder 2nd pout yielded a much more impressive 3 1/2 finger head that developed huge bubbles as it receded. It soon resembled a mocha ice cream float, as it dropped more quickly around the edge, leaving uneven rings of lace surrounding the glass.

Wow! This is my 3rd Baltic Porter, counting a homebrew, and this has by far the most explosive hop aroma yet! Herbal grassy hops and sweet malt. Smell of overripe citrus and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. Very fruity with tangy sweet citrus. Herbal notes rising in the back of the mouth. All countered by a lasting hoppy bitterness, and the smoky taste of roasted malt.

The second glass seemed smoother than the first, with only the lightest of prickles on the tongue and some light alcohol burn in the throat. Medium-thick bodied.

A sipper, but very drinkable nonetheless. If I had another bomber, I'd be tempted to continue.
I had Long Trail Ale on tap at Galyn's in Bar Harbor, and it was good, but this is AWESOME!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:42:22 | More by obywan59
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date pours a very dark brown color with an impressive cap of mocha colored head. Very creamy and dense and leaves sheets of lace.

Nose is surprisingly hop-heavy, lots of tropical and citrus aromas. Some roast and a little fruit can be found in here as well as alcohol.

Taste has lots of hop flavor, but not an overabundance of bitterness. Very smooth and fresh tasting, I must have lucked out and gotten a fresh sample. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but still plays an integral role. Mouthfeel is really nice as the beer doesnt feel overly heavy and it has a nice creamy aspect. Malts are on the lighter side, not all that roasty or chocolaty but it seems to work just fine here. Glides down the throat with ease. I'm impressed!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:18:37 | More by twiggamortis420
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:16:27 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of PicoPapa


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

22oz bottle. Pours an almost black dark brown color with a good sized frothy brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of chocolate, citrusy hops, roasted malts and some coffee. Taste has a nice mix of hops, chocolate, some orange and a bit of a mocha finish. There is a lot going on with this beer. More hop flavor than I had expected. I have yet to have a bad Brewmaster Series beer by Long Trail. Worth grabbing again and the price is decent as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:16:49 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of biglite351


1.88/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - just a little res around the edges. Tight off-white head.

S - smells like those multi-color licorice bulk candies.

T - licorice candy again, but it has been sitting out in the sun. Hops and other bad things. I had this in a bottle and thought it was bad. On tap is worse.

M - medium coating with a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I would rather have a Miller High Life. How is that for drinkability?

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 02:48:51 | More by biglite351
Photo of Pencible


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:53:53 | More by Pencible
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 50th beer review.

Crater filled tan head. Dark ruby red in body. I can see some slight bubblage. As it sits the head becomes more creamy. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is delicious! Roasted malts and hops hit the nose immediately. The dark robust hops and malts seem about equal.

Bitterness upfront, chocolate, cherries and a lot of hop in the middle and then settles down to a dry sweet coffee taste at the end. It's really delicious! If you like a pretty decent amount of hop taste in your porters or stouts, this is it!

It feels medium body in the mouth but very creamy. Definitely has a nice smooth feel going down.

Drink ability is quite good. I had to walk away from it so I can savor it instead of wanting to finish it right there. Great going down and I wish I had another bottle.

This is my first from Long Trail Brewing Company. I hope their other brews taste this good, I'm certain I will find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 06:00:19 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:42:17 | More by Kendo
Photo of david18

New York

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 18:48:25 | More by david18
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - pours a dark brown, near black. One finger of light brown head. Big bubbles. Nice lacing.

S - Surprising amount of hop. Roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.

T - Again, a surprising level of hoppiness. A bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malts in the finish, but this is mostly a hop show. The finish is completely chocolate and roasted malt, as the hops have left by then.

M - Medium body, quite wet. Finishes good and a bit warm. Neither dry nor wet in the finish.

D - Very tasty, and no alcohol flavors to speak of. This is a very easy to drink beer and very enjoyable. Keep up the good work, Long Trail, this Brewmaster series is quite nice. I like this more with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:13:23 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of xnicknj


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

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a deep, dark brown with a larger frothy, creamy tanned head. Retains pretty well, leaving a coat of lacing along the pint glass.

A nice helping of roasted dark malt in the nose with semisweet chocolate, mocha, and a flair of hops.

Very robust up front with rich dark malts and a nice dose of chocolate. Espresso with bitter hops enhance the profile quickly. Some notes of dark fruit sweetness are evident, along with some caramel malt and molasses. Finishes slightly warm and bitter with some lingering flavor.

Medium body, a little creamy, but higher carbonation. Drinks nice, more of a sipper but delicious flavor and the alcohol is just enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:03:16 | More by xnicknj
Photo of pburland23


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby edges when held up to the light. Develops a thin, but creamy head that recedes to some moderate lacing.

Smell is somewhat atypical for a porter as it is dominated by hops with some roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Taste is surprisingly malt heavy given the preponderance of hops in the nose. The roasted malt flavor is very nice and is balanced out y the hops as well as hint of dark chocolate. This is a great tasting and very complex beer. I feel this is one of those beers where three different people will get three different dominated flavors.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and filling. The drinkability is pretty great for a 8.3% porter too. It's a pleasing, warming sipper for a cold winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:53:13 | More by pburland23
Photo of paulrb28


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been on a porter kick recently, and this has been one of the best. Maybe not a typical porter, but a delicious beer. The smell was very hoppy. Appearance is dark. A slow pour provides a nice head with lacing that last till the end of the beer. Taste is chocolate and coffee with the hops kicking in at the back end. Will get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:31:56 | More by paulrb28
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 00:09:47 | More by Daniellobo
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.