Unearthed | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by superspak on 09-27-2015

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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by Cthokiebird:
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3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Immortale25
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Bottleneck says 01/15/16.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Milk chocolate and vanilla aroma brings to mind malted milk balls.

T- Heavy roast that's not that pleasant. Kind of acrid and burnt tasting. Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, but both don't have a high quality to them. There's also some hop bitterness to go along with the heavy-handed roast bitterness but isn't very complementary. Bitter aftertaste.

M- The only decent part of the beer. Creamy and viscous with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Glad I didn't pay money for this since it's not my idea of a good stout. There's no balance here and, while it's decently easy to drink given the ABV, I would pass if offered again. lacking character.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a fluffy dark khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of rich chocolate syrup and some roasted malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The roasted malts do their thing. Very subtle anise and coffee notes. Subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty fluffy and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice stout. It's traditional and not flashy, but it's not boring and has alot going for it. Really nice flavors and aromas. Well crafted. Recommended.

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Photo of BJB13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/17/16
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Pours nearly black and opaque with one finger of thick light brown foam comprised of micro-bubbles that leave sheets of lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is mainly mild aromas of roasted and caramel malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Taste is mostly malty with a hint that of hop character and moderate bitterness that last right through to the finish where I am getting coffee. Otherwise semi-sweet and roasty with caramel and I think a little bit of oat flavor. Mouth feel is a little lighter than I'd like, medium bodied with carbonation about the same and a little bit of an oat feel.

Overall a decent American Stout if maybe a little thin.

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Photo of jp32
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a small, tan colored head. Smells very roasty and malty. With a flavor that matches it's aroma, roasted malts come to the forefront with coffee and cocoa both present also. Very nice quality beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and look forward to trying more from Long Trail.


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Photo of khoff5
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/31/15, poured into a snifter.
Very dark brown color. Small to non-existent head.
Fruity aroma hits the nose first, then roasted malt and a little chocolate.
The taste followed the nose. Dark fruit followed by espresso and charcoal.
A bit thin in the body, and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown on top. Heavy lacing. Sweet aroma of dark malt and lactose. I'm tasting bitter dark malt, a light smokey note and sweet lactose. The mouth is very creamy, dry, and smooth.

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Photo of doremite
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: November 9, 2018.... OCCASION: a cold, wet night after a good amount of house work ends with a stout... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... haven't checked in with Long Trail in a while, and what pours out looks anything but what I remember of their thinner ales and fruity fair--this is cavern black, with a thick, brown, two-fingered head lacing to a strong band of uneven fencing... first whiff is licorice, tootsie roll chocolate, some phenol, paint can, roasted nuts, coffee grinds and some nicotine--as Macduff says to Malcolm, "such welcome and unwelcome things at once, 'tis hard to reconcile"... a milky, textured, active sip, chewy and smooth for a beer at nearly 8% ABV... the tobacco and lactose reconcile in its flavor, with candied chocolate and roasted oats holding off the phenol at arm's distance...this grows bigger, bolder, and more appreciable into its second bottle... this works, but doesn't go beyond that clause--a stout that flirts with an imperial moniker and delivers a reasonable amount of flavor...

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black brew with a sizable tan head; good retention and great lacing.

Boozy banana, chocolate, and grape aroma; slight cola and figs. Just enough slightly tart sweetness that it would be difficult to tell this apart from a Dubbel or Quad on aroma alone.

Flavor follows: there's a surprising amount of overripe dark fruit on the front end, which is otherwise fairly light on stout flavors. However, the second act of this beer is exceptionally roasty: ash and char, burnt coffee, earthy hops, all at a level befitting a much bigger stout.

Fairly thin feel, but at this ABV, it's nearly a daily drinker of a stout. Pretty drinkable, although it's quite bitter.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is perhaps the driest stout I have ever had, and impressively so. As it's name may imply, the flavor is quite dry and more earthy than anything else.

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours out a very dark brown that looks perceptibly pitch black in the glass. Topped by a creamy, tan head head that leaves a thin ring and moderate lacing.

S: Soy sauce/umami, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, milk chocolate candy, and a twinge of smoke.

T: Upfront, you're smacked with the more bitter roasty character. There's dark roast coffee, espresso, and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Near the finish, milk chocolate and caramel. Then the finish returns to bitterness, liking chewing on coffee beans, baking cocoa, even a touch of pine, and earth.

F: Medium. Not creamy or chewy, but oily and slick. Carbonation is medium to medium-high, and moves the beer along the palate well.

O: An excellent stout. This holds up a candle to even some of the great imperial stouts.

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Photo of Riverbed
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Motor oil black with about a half inch of mocha colored head.

S: Pleasant notes of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, fresh ground coffee, vanilla bean and oak

T: Taste follows nose with a rich, roasted sweetness offset by mild smokiness and a well-balanced bitterness. Additional notes of molasses, stone fruit, ash, bourbon and cola.

F: Full, creamy mouthfeel. Feels bigger than 7.9%. Nice carbonation and fairly dry, though finish lingers a bit longer than preferred.

O: Overall this is a highly enjoyable beer and an impressive effort from Long Trail. Treads close to an imperial, but retains the drinkability of an smaller stout. Aroma and taste are complex and well-crafted. Initial mouthfeel is pleasant, though a touch bitter and lingering in the finish. Still, a minor grievance against what’s otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Unearthed from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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