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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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365 Ratings

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Ratings: 365
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 ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a 6oz tasting glass (I'm sharing this bottle with two others). It is a very dark brown color, nearly black. There is a thick head of light tan bubbles and foam. It's leaving patchy lace as it settles. It has a strong toasted grain, coffee-like aroma, along with some herbal hops. It has a surprisingly hoppy taste for a porter. It's a bit bitter, like you would expect from a coffee-flavored beverage, but this bitterness appears to come from hops. The flavor gives is no indication this is an 8.3% ABV beverage. It has a medium body that is very smooth. It drinks quite easily. I can see myself enjoying this beer over the course of an evening.

ToasterChef, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of taigor
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with big head that leaves significant lacing around the edges.

S - Roasted malts with chocolate and hops.

T - Starts up with chocolate and molasses that follows up with rich roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good and mostly enjoyed while sipping.

taigor, Nov 16, 2009
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
Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Jayli, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

072809 on the bottle.

Black in the glass, with a light brown head that has a decent texture. The head starts big and then dies down to an average cap.

The first thing I got from the nose was some burning "hop cousin." Good amount of fresh herbal hops in this one. The dark malts create a mix of chocolate frosting and dark fruits, but the hops come through the most. Some alcohol is detected.

The flavor is big, dark, and intense. The dark malts here create a burnt ash flavor that is detected mostly in the finish. The bitterness is solid, but it comes from hops and not dark malts or roast. The hops also contribute a slight mint in the finish.

The body on this beer is big, robust, and has a mouth coating thickness. The carbonation is moderate and creates a real creamy feeling, especially with the sips that have foam in it. The drinkability is a bit below average. The beer feels bigger than its ABV tells. I ended up leaving a few sips behind.

jeffthecheff, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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!

GbVDave, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of VanillaMike poured into a tulip.

Pours completely black with almost no light penetrating underneath a huge fluffy tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves a thick clump of foam on top and tons of lacing. A gorgeous looking beer overall.

The aroma is a nice balance of sweet and dark chocolate as well as roasted black malts and some coffee. But the most surprisingly thing to me is the huge hop presence that I absolutely wasn't expecting in an imperial porter. There are some sweet oranges and pineapples and some softer pine.

The taste has a really interesting bitterness up front that is partly bitter citrus hops and partly roasted coffee. This gives way to the dark malt backbone with some chocolate notes and a finish that is flush with floral hops and leaves a serious hop bitterness, unlike anything I've experienced in a porter taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a big porter but the unique hop presence makes up for that a little bit.

I was surprised by both the uniqueness and the quality of this beer. It's probably not the best porter I've tasted but it's definitely the hoppiest and that really adds to the complexity and overall appeal for me. Very, very good.

gford217, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really nice when poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque, with a rich tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is, as others have noted, very hoppy: sweet sappy pine. Touch of chocolate in the background.

Flavor is good, more balanced than the aroma suggests. This is a very American interpretation of the style with the strong hop presence. Nice chocolate undertones with a roasty aftertaste. Tangy and not terribly sweet, which I like. Slightest touch of licorice. Mouthfeel was kind of thin for the style, but improves somewhat as this beer warms. Carbonation was medium.

In the end this is a tasty porter, but not upper-echelon like Smuttynose or other Baltics.

dasenebler, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up after seeing it at Bootleggers in Thopsham had to try it given it was on sale for like 3.99 what a bargin !!

A - Nice dark look with creamy chocolate head.

S - Really my most favorite part nice roasted chocolate coffe smell that improves it it warms.

T - maybe the weekest part feels a little weak somewhat milky its okay above average.

D - This is good stuff based on the price point gives this one a high drinkability rating.

Casey10, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you know it's getting cold out when the big Imperial Porter's start popping up.

This one is a total black-out, 2" mocha brown sea-foamy head, sticky-icky lacing.

wow, the aroma is all hops, pinetree's and pineapple, smells more like a DIPA. Let this one warm up!!! do not drink right out of the fridge, it's more like a huge IPA unless you let it warm a bit. The chunky chocolate malt pops out later with some blueberry pie at the end.

A huge whack of bitter hops, cranked up to 11! Pine tree sap bitterness and some pineapple sweetness underneath, very dry feel with a thin bitter chocolate malt that almost makes this one on-style. There's some serious earthiness as well, the malt complexity is rather low for the style and a bit thin in the body for my taste. The malt lacks punch, but the hops do not! There is some black coffee roastiness in the back but it's hard to notice due to the attack of the hops. The feel becomes more more full bodied as it warms, with the coffee/chocolate malt becoming more up-front. Eat a nice assortment of Vermont cheeses to get a better malty flavor from this one. Better yet, lay it down for 8 months and then we'll see what we've got.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of beer4colin
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, no light can pass through this ink.
S - This is a beautifully clean with only a toasted
coffee bean aroma
M/F - Peole always think that dark = heavy! Not true!
Surprisingly this lives up to that! You KNOW you
have this in your mouth.
T - Coffee. Charred malt! It's all
here. Very much depth.
D - I could spend 4 quaters with this brew easily.

beer4colin, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of 86sportster883
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly rated, 8.3% abv and only $2.99 for a 22oz bottle? I had high hopes and the pour only reinforced this feeling. A dark brown body with ruby highlights and a big tan head. Her smell was surprisingly dominated by piney hops but later, as she warmed, her roasted malt soul became more apparent. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The taste was well balanced between the dark malts, alcohol and hops, but definitely more hoppy than more traditional baltic porters. If you're a fan of unsweetened dark chocolate, you're going to like this beer. Of course the longer she sits in your glass, the longer and more bitter is the end. Yet, very drinkable from start to finish and, at 8.3, you're going to be feeling real fine when you get to the bottom.

86sportster883, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Hojaminbag, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of GregoryShmegory
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very dark with feint red hues in the light. Smells robust and stout-like with chocolate and roastiness dominating. Tastes great, definitely gets better as it warms. Coffee and chocolate with fair bitterness. Very much like a weaker RIS but with that drinkability of a Porter.

GregoryShmegory, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Kinsman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black body with thick tan head leaving a nice lace

S: Toffee, chocolate, and other sweet scents welcome you followed by a bit of hop scents.

T: A sweet roasted malt flavor upfront, typical of most porters. However a bit of a harsh hop bitterness really detracts from the flavor of this beer. Almost like burnt coffee.

M: A smooth full bodied porter with a nice carbonation

D: Overall not too bad, a nice cold weather warmer.

Kinsman, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of jmstod
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black in color with a nice foamy lasting head that leaves a pretty good lace behind

Smell: A little bit roasty, a little bit chocolatey, with a slight american hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a mild chocolate flavor followed by a roasty kick then a hop bite

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky mouthfeel with a slight oil slick

Drinkability: Not personally a huge fan as it's more roasty than I like in a porter whether imperial or not.

jmstod, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a coal black with a one finger thick light brown head that fades into some decent lacing and foamy puddles.

S- Scents of dried cranberries, toffee, charcoal, and prunes.

T- Dried fruits, smoke, toffee malts. Has that burnt malt tanginess to it that I enjoy in the baltic porters.

M- Medium viscosity and medium, yet fine textured carbonation.

D- Wasn't completely n board with this one until it warmed up a bit. But once it did its very smooth and easy to drink.

UA8, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive rocky tan head when poured, this beer is close to being pitch black. Not a whole hell of a lot going on smell wise. I get some bitter chocolate and a bit of burnt coffee bean. Big and bold flavors of milk and dark chocolate hit the palate quickly, followed by some hops and a hint of marshmallow too. Mouthfeel is pretty hefty, but the heat of the alcohol is masked really well by the large tastes. I had no problem clearing off this bomber, and I doubt that you will either. Not a bad beer here by Long Trail. Probably their best so far in the Brewmaster Series. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 10, 2009
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 far333
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thick head of dimpled froth that rises up a full inch and lingers long. Turns to rocky peaks as I sip.

Aroma of roasty malt with firm hop smells.

Flavor of rich darkly roasted malt, cocoa and espresso, citrus hop weaves in and out and gets stronger as it warms. Molasses and toffee emerge, notes of smoke and licorice. Understated bitterness, finishes with a piney note.

Full and rich mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying. Very tasty and drinkable beer, perhaps too hoppy for the style, but damn tasty.

far333, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll get to this part later but I have to say my first impressions right now after I had popped open the cap. A huge surprising whiff of hops hit my nose immediately and out of nowhere, was not expecting that.

Pours from a 22oz bottle, a dark dark brown almost blackish color with a decent sized head, fades fast but leaves a thin layer on top and a ring of lacing.

The aroma caught me off-guard at first but now that it's been sitting in the glass for a minute, the hop aroma has faded quite a bit but is still slightly present, a deep roasted malt, chocolate/coffee aroma now controls.

The taste is definitely run by the roasted malt with subtle hints of chocolate and the slightly less subtle coffee, strong bitter aftertaste that comes from both the dark roasted malt and the heavier than usual (for the style) hops, right amount of thickness and stays sticky in the mouth long after, carbonation is almost damn perfect for a porter which is usually thing most porters do wrong (either way over-carbonated or hardly carbonated at all).

A really good Imperial Porter from Long Trail and another great entry in their Brewmaster Series. I had never been much of a Long Trail fan until they started releasing these beers, now I won't hesitate to pick up any of their fine beers in this continuing series.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of MisterSH
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, into tulip glass.

Beer pours a deep umber brown, verging on black but with a hint of color in the light. A finger and a half milk chocolate-colored head that leaves a nice lace.
Aroma: First note is coffee, accompanied by a surprisingly bold, pleasing citric hop aroma. All backed up by the obvious malty character one would expect given the beer's appearance.
Taste: Very rich, roasty malt, notes of raisin, a strong but not dominant hint of coffee. Finishes quite sweet, with a pleasing alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: fairly dense and syrupy, low on the carbonation.

Highly enjoyable, bold, complex, and very drinkable for 8.3%.

MisterSH, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a DeCiccos for $3 a bomber.

A: Black with a touch of brown showing when held up to the light. The lacing is very impressive for this beer. Almost has the lacing of an IPA.

S: Hops and roast. Really works well together though. Totally not to style but who cares. Chocolate and hops. The lady will enjoy this.

T: A hoppy imperial porter? Why not. Any hoppy dark beer always reminds me of 2007 Darkness then Stone 11th. It really works though. Bitterness up front then the smooth chocolate. Made two different tastes work together.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation was nice and subtle.

D: Good beer. Never had a hoppy imperial porter before. A really nice take on a classic style. I would drink this beer now rather than cellar since the fading hops will complicate the taste. Drink this one fresh and often for the price.

aerozeppl, Sep 20, 2009
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.