Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 378
Photo of robhunta
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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 sway0925
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice deep Starbucks coffee black with a nice caramel, toffee head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Smells of roasted malt, sweet toffee, some caramel, a lot of coffee in this one.

T- Very well balanced. The chocolate and caramel flavors hit the palate first. It has a long finish, even after a few minuets i can still get a flavor profile on my tongue. there is a big coffee flavor which gives off a bitter taste.

D- For being 8.3% this beer really hides it very well and for this size makes this beer even better. This really stands up for being one of the best potters i have had in a while.

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Photo of DrunkPagan
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this porter. I love it in all the right and wrong ways. I'd propose to this beer if I could. Coming on the heels of the Coffee Stout and the Imperial IPA, I had high expectations, but worried they'd just take the coffee out of the stout and call it a porter. Oh how wrong I was.

Appearance: Perfect. This is what all porters should look like. It's dark, with the perfect slightly tan foam, and as perfect clarity as you could hope for.

Smell: Malty aroma balanced perfectly by hints of hops and a roasted scent.

Taste: This porter is smooth, rich, perfectly balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable from first sip right up to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: You drink this and know you're drinking a porter. Not only that, you know you're drinking a near perfect example of the style. It coats your mouth with its flavor. I know there's a million dirty jokes you can make there, go ahead, I don't care.

Drinkability: I love this porter too much. If I could drink a case of it, I would. Then I'd be fat and have a failing liver, and wouldn't care. It's that effing good. I've had it in bottle form, too and it's still fantastic. But on nitro tap... My God, it's full of stars!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll try to sound a little less excited from my review of this beer on tap. I was incredibly surprised how much I liked this beer on tap, and I liked it just as much in the bottle, perhaps maybe even a little bit more. I picked up the last available bottle at Granite Liquors in Weymouth MA a few months ago and saved it. I had a friend over this evening and we split it (yes he was worthy and a very good friend, our wives cracked open a bottle of wine, so we drank this one). Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass and this beer produces a nice tan colored creamy looking thick head with very generous lacing. The beer is very dark and close to black in color with brown highlights to it. Much like my on tap review, the hops are the first thing you notice on the smell. I didn't refrigerate this beer for very long (intentionally) so I could pick up a little more on the taste and I'm glad I did. The malts are a little easier to detect in the aroma now that it's not quite as cold. You can again pick up the chocolate and coffee hints, as well as the overall roasted caramelized malts, smells great! This is what beer is supposed to smell like! The taste is exactly on par with the smell, just in opposite order. It starts with the caramelized malts with coffee and chocolate hints, slightly smokey. Then it continues on to the great hoppy flavor (I think pine) and finishes with smokiness again. The mouthfeel is very good, very nice, full bodied and smooth. Again this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Truly a favorite porter of mine.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick mocha-colored head that retains well and creates sheets of lacing.

Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, light citrus and espresso.
The taste follows the nose with a roasted malt backbone and well balanced hops. The ABV% is almost non-detectable.

Mouthfeel is cream, full, slightly sticky. Nicely carbonated for the style with tiny bubble activity.

A well made Imperial Porter, an instant favorite of the Brewmaster series. Well balanced and smooth but complex enough to take your time to enjoy.

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Photo of paulrb28
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Doshkin
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep plum black. big caramel head that lingers. great lacing

s - roasted, chocolately, all malt. a slightly sour smell

t - absolutely incredible. light carb up front with sweet malts. works into bitter roasted flavors and ends with a delicious chocolate aftertaste.

m - thick, full, and frothy

o - amazing amazing beer. i love this style so i'm pretty biased, but this brew nails every aspect. i'm very fortunate to have an awesome person give this to me in trade for some of my homebrews. i will buy this whenever i see it and i highly recommend it

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Photo of challenja
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served On Tap 4oz (pours) because I drink many many of these in a sitting at the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan DC.

A: Dark smoked chocolate, deep french press. A frothy 2 finger head that takes 3 minutes to dissipate.

S: Not super aromatic, dark cherries, malt balls, a french coffee presence.

T: This is a really awesome thick creamy dark chocolate french press bomb! Really heavy bitter dark chocolate and french press coffee ground madness! Heavy frothy smoked malt.

M: Heavy carbonation for a porter but it does it extremely well and its carbonation lingers well in-between in the gums and plays with my emotions like a succubus.

O: This is my favorite porter of all time! This bitch slaps the competition. Founders has taken a back seat to the new king!

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased 9/2010

Pours a nice two fingers worth of a mocha/light brown head. Deep brown semi translucent body. Great lacing, head dies down but is easily roused.

Smells of dark fruit, rum raisins, yeasty fruity esters. Some bakers chocolate, carmel and light alcohol.

Tastes fairly complex, dark fruit, rum raisins again, carmel, light amount of roast, dark chocolate, brown sugar. Alcohol is slightly warming but not heavy in the taste.

Medium thin bodied. Medium carbing. Quite silky smooth, and highly drinkable for this abv. Lingering taste is light roast and dark fruits.

Overall this is a tasty porter. A bit too fruity for a typical porter but as an imperial example works fairly well. The drinkability on this one keeps me happy and wanting more. If they make this again I'll get a few and cellar it for a few years like this one.

$5 a bomber

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Photo of yankiac
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost black but with a reddish glow. Nice long lasting lace on this one.

S - Malty! This one hits the nose strong with chocolate and caramel aroma's

T - Very well balanced. The chocolate and caramel flavors hit the palate first but are followed up nicely by a subtle balanced hop profile.

M - Full bodied and robust. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but nothing overpowering; in fact it really adds to the complexity of the beer.

D - The high alcohol and full body prevent it from being sessionable. Regardless it wouldn't be hard to throw back 2-3 of these beers and have a very enjoyable evening.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of obywan59
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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!!!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black body with nary a highlight. Dark beige head makes up for its lack of depth with rrocky character.

Big aroma of roasted coffee. Starbucks has nothing on this.

Roasty coffee rolls across the tongue, followed by a huge engulfing wave of dark chocolate. Firm earthy bitterness sneaks in to balance the sweetness.

Rich thick silky smooth mouthfeel.

Outstanding drinkability. It may be big but its damn tasty.

Thick rich chewy chocolately, a tremendous porter from Long Trail.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of scootny
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A majestic tan head that stays forever leaving thick lacing and a shaving cream covering. A dark root beer liquid that is quite clear with no carbonation evident.

Smell is rich with chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel. Delicious roasted malts and yeasty fruit esters.

Taste is more choco-coffee. A really good blend of it. Sweet caramel malt flavors combine with the breadier malt notes and give a satisfying and hearty taste. A hint of the alcohol in there somewhere but it is basically hidden. so well as to be invisible. A mild and expert hopping leave a somewhat longish and chewy finish with coffee and a light lactic sourness. A slight warming. Feel is silky and finely carbonated. Just enough weight for a cold winter's night.

This goes down like a superb regular porter. Drinkability is off the charts!

Got this 32 oz growler from DeCicco's last month and kept it cellared. This keeps beautifully so if you see it score immediately! I only wish I had another for the cold nights ahead.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a thin, creamy tan head, leaves a nice bubbly lace

S: roasted malt sweetness accompanied by a slight coffee and hop nose on the back

T: an abundance of roasted malts, with a little coffee touch in the middle, well balanced by hop additions, some piney resin touches, has a lingering bitter and sweet finish

M: medium to thick, well carbonated

O: a great Imperial Porter, wonderful flavors of coffee and roasted malts and very well hopped

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from scottg for winning SNF Squares Week 13, Thanks Scott!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a khaki color head that was thick and creamy, hung around for a long time and left a sheet of lacing behind.
The aroma I got was roasted coffee beans, molases, and dates/figs.
The taste is very good, roasted coffee with dark fruit a hint of espresso-like bitterness before finishing sweet, yet dry. Hmmm, hoppy burps, I like that - a lot!
Medium bodied with a super smooth feel that makes drinking this brew a pleasure.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with the tiniest ray of light shining through. Big brown head with bubbled walls of lace.

Smells of dark roasted grain, coffee, burnt chocolate dough, tobacco, cedar and a heavenly floral hop aroma. Some peppery scents and smokiness as well.

Taste follows nose into an ideal roasted character with some malt centric sweetness and diving straight into an even citric bitterness. Pretty big hop profile for a "complex malt" porter as stated on the bottle. Love it! Some steely bitterness aftertaste.

Smooth with even carbonation..slightly dry

Highly recommended for porter fans

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LT's Imperial Porter pours very heavy and almost jet black in color, even when held in the direct light. As this is technically a "Baltic Porter" there is a good deal of carbonation even for such a strong beer (8.3%). The head is a nice, creamy and bubbly coffee color. Looks delicious.

Aroma is lots of dark roasted coffee (think of an espresso with no milk), bitter chocolate, sweet malt and a good deal of hop aroma.

Wow, that is a lot of flavor. Tons of bitter, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Actually put those together, its tastes like dark chocolate covered espresso beans! There is also has a great fresh hop piney bitterness that hits the tongue as the carbonation fizzes around. Its such a nicely balanced beer with a lot of great flavor. This is not a super sweet strong beer, its got a nice hop flavor that goes well with the bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Good stuff!

This is definitely one to sit and enjoy. As it warms a bit the flavors get stronger and it mellows out a lot.

I am really impressed with this beer. I love the style and commend Long Trail for releasing such a great Baltic Porter.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Believe this was part of a trade or an extra. Been in the cellar for quite some time.

A - Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Brownish hues at the edges. Big tan head on initial pour dies down to a thin layer and leaves average lacing.
S - Wow, roasty! Touch of chocolate and toasted malt, but the roast dominates. Good.
T - Delicious. A wonderful combo of roast and chocolate, with a touch of coffee and creamy sweetness.
M - Velvety smooth, creamy, medium body.
O - Highly recommended. Not sure how this was fresh, but it has certainly aged like a champ. If you're looking for a big porter, look no further. This is why I love to cellar beers...

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with crimson highlights around the edges.

Smell- Coffee, roasted barley, and alcohol. Deeper down is baking chocolate.

Taste- Coffee and bittering chocolate. There is a small hint of pepper. I usually don't like any pepper taste but in this case it gives the beer another dimension.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel for an Imperial porter. Just realized that this is listed here as a Baltic Porter. Mouthfeel "should" be a little thinner.

Drinkability- I could find room for another of these pretty easily.

Great beer would like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of roasted chocolate and coffee smells. There is also just a touch of sweet dark fruit as well.

T - Starts off right away with a nice balance of roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Through the middle, these flavors get a bit stronger and just a touch of sweet plum flavor comes through. The finish is again a nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors with just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and just a bit thick and creamy. The finish is really nice and roasty.

D - Very drinkable. The coffee and chocolate flavors are really nicely balanced all the way through and make for a really tasty beer.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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