Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)
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American Imperial Porter
4.1 | pDev: 10.49%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)
Notes: 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 | Ratings: 379
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/8/11.

Poured into solo cup (all we had at camp!). Deep brown, some amber, a coffee colored head forms. Good retention. Smell is caramel, nice roasted malts, just a bit of hop presence. Taste is great, some caramel, roastiness throughout, slight grape sweetness, end with a little hop bitterness. Very slight warming from the alcohol and roasted in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, little carbonation. Overall this is an enjoyable and robust porter. Full of roasted flavors, gets richer as it warms up. Went great with B&M baked beans.

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Photo of kestrel28
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.


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Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 2011 Vintage

A: A very dark brown with a deep ruby hue. The is long last but thin, forming a thin creamy cap of tan bubbles.

S: A rich dark fruit aroma of prunes, figs and raisins. How did a some citrus hops stay in there after a year and a half? There are light cocoa and coffee aroma with a moderate, soft alcohol note.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominate at a moderate strength backed by the alcohol and a moderate hops bitterness. The fruit comes out about mid-taste through to the aftertaste having flavors of figs and prunes accented by a very-light lemon hops flavor. While there is a light malt sweetness the balance is moderately bitter with an off-dry finish. Besides the fruit the aftertaste also has some dark malt dryness and some coffee flavors. There is a little harshness on the finish like too much hops where used to bitter the beer.

M: A medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy with a light alcohol warmth.

O: I like the hops bitterness and the fruit character but on the whole it lacks balance. Some more malt character might help round it out. From the aggressive hops loving side of my brain I think I'll look for some of this fresh, I'm thinking it'll be pretty good like a Black IPA gone a bit to heavy with the malt.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark black and very cloudy and murky, very nice tan thick foam head about half inch plus thick, very beautiful off the pour,

Smell- very nice espresso really overall dominates the first whiffs, slight bitter hops, but alot of coffee notes overall

Taste- A decent amount of burnt malts and coffee and espresso really dominate the flavor, the overall flavor is a little light but still decently nice, the finish is pleasantly coffee like more then anything else, slightly bitter hop finish which does check out the coffee a bit

Mouthfeel- Overall the mouth feel is a bit lighter then I would of liked, its almost a feeling of a tad watered own considering the alcohol, very light

Drinkability- This beer is not bad by any means but it just really lacks a lot of the complexity I would expect in such a big bear, Its very one dimensional and almost over the top in certain aspects, its not a bad beer but certainly nothing overall y great either.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nkersten
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA perfect pint at Philly airport. Impressive selection for an airport bar. Color is opaque brown black with a tall ran head that slowly fads to a cap. Smell is coffee, roasted malt, some licorice, a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Taste follows, bitter dark roasted malts and coffee, bitter hops, a bit smokey. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for a Baltic but I think the carbonation could be lower- abv is well hidden.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter is roasty, bubbly, and rustic.

It poured black with a short, but long-lasting creamy tan head. A wall of thick tan lace stuck to the glass from top to bottom. There was very little aroma, but a very strong roasty flavor that had hints of dark roasted coffee and a dark fruit-like finish. The feel was overly carbonated, at first, but finished with an impressive lingering rustic bitterness. As it warmed and settled, the dark fruit flavors became more prominent and the feel much more mellow.

Long Trail Imperial Porter is more of grab-you-by-the-collar experience than it appears. The flavor and feel provide a bumpy, not smooth ride, but in a very good way.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of marcdalke
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RievyRW
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of cavedave
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A darkest brown beer shows red highlights when held directly before bright light, and reveals it is "clear", though quite dark. The massive, lathery head of dark beige that tops the glass for its first few minutes finally recedes to permanent thick cap. Strings of lace skeleton arms decorate the glass for the entire ride. Take a picture, this is what a big American porter should look like. Stunning.

Compared to other fine big porters this lacks a bit. It's a medium aroma big on roast malt, chocolate, and bittering hop, light notes of coffee, and as it warms some floral hop kicks in.

The taste follows the nose, but rises at finish as some hop bitter and roast bitter kick in. At times this beer has a bitter chocolate flavor, at times it seems like milk chocolate, at times the floral rises, but chocolate leads the brigade of roasty malt notes. As it warms the finish seems to mellow a bit, and get tastier, with less harshness.

Mouthfeel rated for style is right on, less viscous than a stout for sure, showing the requisite body, and cling, of a big porter. Easy on palate, nice clean taste, very good finish.

Drinkability is very good, this bottle has rapidly yielded.

Impression: Another fine beer in the brewmaster series. This brewery can surprise with their swings in quality. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's just a beautiful beer. Black as night, topped by a thick creamy head of mocha foam that just sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Wow! big big roast on this one backed up by some cacao. It smells like someone took a chocolate bar, covered it in coffee beans, then deep fried it. As it warms, the alcohol comes in through the aroma a bit more, as well as some dark fruits like plum, raisin, and fig.

T: The taste is pretty much exactly what you get on the smell. Fig, plum, raisin, roast, chocolate and coffee. Delicious!

M: Lower end of moderate carbonation, or higher end of low carbonation. The beer is full-bodied and coats the palate, finishes sweet with a lingering bitterness that finishes it out nicely.

D: This porter is a sipper. I generally don't like my porters this dense, but Long Trail has pulled it off.

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a 12oz snifter.

Pours a dark black with a nice thick brown head. Gives some awesome lacing, nose is toasty, roasted and malty.

Taste is also nice and strong toasty flavors with a good roasted barley flavor. Very pleasant, easily one of the best porters I've had.

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Photo of robhunta
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours dark red black/brown, exceptional brown head, poured three fingers thick, retention is good too.

S - intoxicating sweet aroma, period.

T - smooth chocolate and coffee flavors

M - A bit sharp for an imperial porter, but otherwise great

D - could be the most drinkable porter, imperial or not, I have ever had.

I love this beer.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. into a pint mug...beautiful. Retains an intense mocha head with a maple syrup color.

The initial contact is fairly simple with some nice bittersweet chocolate. The 8.3% is hardly noticeable upfront until the deep burn emerges soon after. Honestly, this brew is sophisticated in its woodsy aftertaste matched with a subtle sourness.

And the porter seems to intensify throughout. After a while I was met with black cherry.

Don't miss out on this one. Perfect for a cool night, chilled just slightly...

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of bbeane
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Small brown head that doesn't last long but leaves spotted lacing. Beer itself is black, and almost completely non transparent

S- Has that burnt smell accompanied by mostly coffee as well as some chocolate aroma

T- Starts with a nice burnt chocolate taste, and finishes with a great chocolatey coffee flavor

M- Somewhat chewy with light/medium body. Leaves a great coffee aftertaste clinging in your mouth

D- One of the best porters I've had... Great flavor, no boozy taste, and good price


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice price of 5 bucks for a bomber of this at my local Giant Eagle.

A - Pours a dark amber. Almost pitch black but with a mild light tone. Head is massive with more than an inch of coca head.

S - Starts off kind of coffee with slight chocolate and a bit of booze.

T - ABV hides the bitterness of the coffee and malt a bit and vice-versa. Very balanced and drinkable.

M - Medium to heavy bodied. Mostly medium yet ABv gets cloying after a while.

D - Well it was brewed once (limited) and I am not sure if I want another but it really is one super charged porter. Liked the big flavor but could do without the big ABV. Pretty decent.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer while I watched the Jets come up short against the Colts. While the game was a disappointment, the beer was not. Reviewed from notes from then.

The beer poured an extremely dark brown, with a light tan head on the smaller side, but it leaves very nice lacing. The smell was excellent. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate let their presence be known strongly. I also smell the now familiar (since I've been homebrewing), powerful scent of centennial hops. The hop profile is actually fairly complicated, with pine and citrus taking turns. Definitely something I'm not used to in a porter, but I'm certainly up for trying it.

The taste follows the nose. I really like the strong hops, and I'll have to look for more porters that use them. The taste has a bit of a dark fruity character that was absent in the nose, but the chocolate and coffee still dominate. A little booze on the finish.

The hops and the booze contribute to a very dry finish. Very smooth, and medium bodied. Carbonation seems a shade high for the style, but not distractingly so. Eminently drinkable, and the price is right for such a quality beer. Well done.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 379 ratings