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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Photo of almychristopher
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark brown with clear red highlights and an off white head that recedes to a layer of lace slowly leaving lace on the side of the glass, very pretty. the aroma is killer. the roasted coffee maltiness combined with the rather high hop profile for the style makes for an aroma that really covers all the bases. the taste follows with a rich sweet maltiness up front balanced nicely by the roasted malt astringency and hops. the medium body and adequate co2 make this a very good beer.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a rich dark black and offers up a head of coffee colored goodness. Lingering lacing abounds.

The smell is exceptional with a hoppy Centennial? aroma that just hits the nose perfectly.

The taste is rich Espresso like coffee tones with hoppy undertones that balance the malts beautifully.

It has a medium to heavy bodied mouth feel that offers a balanced carbonation.

All in all a great porter and very enjoyable paired with the appropriate food.

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Photo of far333
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into NB globe. Bottled 9/6/11 - 2011 vintage.
Really nice looking. Deep brown/black with a thick long lasting tan head. Really nice roasted malted and dried fruit aromas. A lot of hop aromas...especially for a porter.
Taste is really nice. Bitter chocolatey malt, boozey malt, dried fruit, and nice bitter hop flavors. Its a bit boozey mouthfeel; sharp and warming, deff a sipping brew. Overall, a fantastic more complex porter. Well worth the $4.99 paid!!

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Photo of m1ked
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at WF Bowery beer usual

A- I poured this rather gently, down the middle, and recieved an instant 4 finger mocha colored big bubbled head that shrank a finger every 30 seconds or so. While receding it did leave behind some strands of lacing. Besides the mocha head, this thing is pitch black at first. Held up to the light, you get a soy sauce colored edge.

S- Fresh burnt wood and ash, an herbal laser beam bookended by some roasted/burnt grain. A slight boozy note to it. Sambuca? Touch of strong dark roast coffee.

T- Dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso, smokey burnt wood, roasted dark grains, boozy (and hot) notes, bitter coffee with some grassy herbacious notes mingled throughout. Ends with an ashy earthy taste.

M- Medium, heavy for a porter....some slickness between the tongue and roof of my mouth. Low carb, which s good here.

D- This is a dark color and flavor profile with the earthy, woody, ashy that also has a thread of contrast thoughout. I have not had many Long Trails, and this is my first BMserie. I could not do more than 1 (22 oz) of these, but I don't think it is that kind of beer...overall very tasty and very drinkable (in imited quantities). I look forward to trying some more Long Trails, especially some BMseries.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a tremendous coffee and roasted malt character along with a really nice hop aroma; maybe too hoppy for the style. The taste is good. It has a smooth chocolate and patent malt flavor along with a very hoppy finish. It's extremely flavorful with multiple layers of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good imperial porter. I love the hop character. It's the primary focus here even though porters are traditionaly malt driven.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thin brown head. The head faded very fast giving way to a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big of a brown bread, cocoa, and coffee mixed with good doses of some dark fruit. Rounding out these aromas is a stronger boozy aroma.

Taste – A big malty taste meets the tongue. A dark bready and cocoa flavor are the biggest of the initial tastes. These flavors are soon greeted with some flavors of the dark fruit more toward the middle, which sweeten it to a light extent, but by no means make it a sweeter brew. At the end, a nice more roasted flavor comes to the tongue bittering up the taste quite a bit. This is accompanied by an oaky and boozy taste which leave a lingering roasted boozy bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Thick and big. The body of the beer is big and chewy. The flavors of the roasted malt and cocoa really soak into the tongue with this thickness as it coats the tongue. The carbonation level is rather low, only accentuating the coating of the tongue that the body promotes.

Overall – Very chewy and roasty. A good cold weather warmer with big flavor.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Halley
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer review! Finally inspired when I have a work-related deadline, and decided to drink a beer instead. And after much prodding from Hank, my dear beer-nerd friend. Thanks, Hank!

A-Deep brown, very nice head--although it dissipates fairly quickly.

S-Subtle roast. Definitely not very strong. I like them to knock me over a little more.

T-Roasty and malty. Some chocolate, sweet notes toward the end.

M-Light and smooth, almost bouyant, especially for a porter.

D-Very drinkable and smooth. At 8.3%, could keep drinking for awhile; the alcohol is quite masked.

Overall, a very solid beer, especially for the price. I've never seen this before in MD, but would definitely get again if I saw it on the shelf!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Just what we are looking for, dark and heady with a good cap of a head. Velvety with a rich, malty back; robust charred grain tones never become acrid. Dark chocolate creeps in, as does a mild roast of coffee to create sort of a mocha thing. Hops are not shy here at all, slamming down layers of mint, wild herbs and citric zest. The zest is muddled in a good way, sort of like a chocolate-covered orange slice. Sweet but very balanced. Hint of smoky charcoal in the middle with more of an espresso character in the finish.

The big body does not take away from the drinkability at all, albeit it is still a sipper. Further defining this reincarnated style that American brewers have taken for their own ... in an epic way, Long Trail has.

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Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense tan head that settles into a light ring with some spot lacing. Whoa, hop aggressive baltic porter. There is a nice citrus and tropical hop aroma as well as a solid roasted malt. The taste is of citrus hops as well as some piney notes, this is followed by a big roasted malt, some coffee grounds and light smoke. Full bodied and chewy with active carbonation, which makes the brew lively. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. Very nice hoppy baltic porter. I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus hop profile. I like the aggressive hop profile with such a big malty brew. A must try.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are nights when I get a beer to simply drink the beer and not worry myself too much with overthinking what I'm enjoying. This was going to be the case tonight, sipping this one with some strawberry yogurt pretzels... the flavour suddenly cut through the pretzels and I found myself taken back.

A: Nice, deep chestnut brown. Basically black, but there is a little bit of light that is able to illuminate the top when looking into the glass. Head leaves a nice, creamy smattering of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: A pleasant roasted malt aroma along with a touch of sweetness. Since it was the taste that came before a focused smell, I can honestly say that it is rather modest in comparison to the flavour. Nonetheless, it's a nice, deep roasted scent.

T: The flavour, as mentioned, was what caught me by surprise. Many of the standard flavours are there... roasted malt, a bit of a bitter coffee roast, some little hints of chocolate. The hopping stands out as being particularly well done, as well... for a more "malt-oriented" brew, the hops play quite a significant role in the experience. The balance is good, and the selection is very appropriate. There is a touch of smokiness that complements everything else quite nicely. All in all, a pretty pleasing taste!

M + D: Medium bodied, pretty straight forward, honestly. Just enough to leave a thin, slick film over the tongue which allows for some savouring of the flavours. Alcohol makes a special guest appearance, fairly notably in flavour, but also with a touch of warming on the finish. One to add to the rotation of great beers in the cooler months.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense dark brown color with just a little light coming through on the bottom of the pint glass. Good size light tan head with good lacing and head retention.

Smell is bready malt, port wine and a little chocolate. Very pronounced and good.

Taste is exceptional. Smooth bready malt, vinuous (port wine), a little hops bitterness in the finish and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich. The port wine and touch of hops add complexity.

I see this more as a light RIS rather than a Porter, but in either case, it is a nice slow sipper.

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Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big (American) porter... I don't think they've seen anything like this in the Baltic... but I love it.

A: Black with a tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Piny, floral, citrus, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar.

T: Licorice, dark rye bread, dark chocolate, piny, citrus, molasses, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, smooth, moderate body.

D: An excellent sipper.

Had another one at the beginning of March 2010. The hops are fading a little, so the nose is tamer. I might be inclined to up the flavour to a 4.5. This one is nice.

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Photo of jasmith
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this almost on a whim, and was very impressed. I drank this after a couple Wolavers organic oatmeal stoudts.

I had a 1 pint, 6oz bottle from Capone's bottle shop.

Poured nicely, smell was good, and the taste was, and this is the first thing that came to mind, 'solid'. For my tastes, it was very well balanced, not too hoppy, and all around a great experience. Nothing was particularly exceptional, but every aspect was at a consistent high level of quality that I was left very impressed.

I would buy this again. Don't remember what the price was though.

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Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (2011) into a pint glass.

A: Near pitch black (light shines through 4 mm) with a two-finger, tan head. Decent retention as the head gives way into some great lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and coffee. Mostly chocolate when cold; transforms into coffee as it warms.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front gives way to a chocolatey yet hoppy bitterness. A subtle and brilliant twist. Also some smoke that lingers with the bitterness. A good place for this beer to really shine.

M: Creamy but cut with a moderate level of carbonation. Very little alcohol sensation despite the ABV and a high level of drinkability for a porter.

O: A delicious porter that I wish they sold by the six or four of these bombers and I'm actually feeling it a bit. I would seek this out.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Pitch black with a respectable, 2 finger, white head. The aroma is tasty, big chocolate mixed with dark fruit, pine and some medicinal notes. The flavor does not dissapoint, and it follows the aroma. It finishes with a lingering sweetness. It is highly carbonated and medium in body. I may have to go buy some more of this.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 magine
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a black color, has a tan head, thick and stays nice. Great lace. Head settles to a thick island.

Brew has a roasted malts, chocolate malts. Sweet smell. Burnt malts maybe.

Brew is roasted and smooth, has a very roasted chocolate tatse. Near burnt taste. Has a dry and slighly bitter finish. Roasted coffee. Good stuff.

This is very drinkable for such a big beer (8.3% alc). Could easily session this. Burnt, and roasted porter. Very nice.

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Photo of SeussMD
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How do you know craft beer is really making a dent in the marketplace? When you can find a bottle of Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter at the Stop & Shop in Unionville, CT. 22 oz. bottle, "Vintage 2011." Stamp on the bottle says "090611," so one presumes this was bottled shortly after Irene tore through the state. Vermont Strong, indeed!

Poured into: My brand-new Boulevard Brewery tulip glass, which came in the four-pack "Smokestack Series" that I received as a gift. Should porter be served in a tulip? Don't know, but it's working here; it's bringing out the aroma beautifully.

Appearance: Black body, slightly opaque near the coffee-and-cream colored head a good two inches out of the first pour; subsequent refreshing about an inch. Decent lacing that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Divine (and this is where the tulip glass does its magic). Roasty-toasty malts galore, French roast coffee, a hint of dried fruit; hop notes are subtle at first and step to the forefront once it warms -- grapefruit peel, so I'm guessing those are the Centennials. The aroma says "drink me." Maybe the best aroma I've ever encountered in the style, and I love porter.

Taste: Hard to know where to start. Bottle was stored at about 50 degrees so it was never too cold, but the malts were more prominent at the cooler temperatures; slight coffee, caramel, dried fruit. The label says "robust malt flavor," but as it warms slightly, the hops take over the dance floor and start a mosh pit. By the end of the bottle all I could taste were hops. And oh yes, there's alcohol in here; the label says 8.3 ABV but it feels like 10 or more. Is this an IPA?

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy but balanced as the hopped dryness starts kicking in. Head/lacing is creamy. Gets a little syrupy by the end of the bottle.

Overall: An American porter with the kick-ass brawn of a Baltic. Nicely done, Long Trail. And let the record show that my string of never having a bad Vermont beer remains unchallenged. Not a session beer -- as I said before, "Vermont Strong," indeed -- but certainly a satisfying experience. "Warming," let's say. Better at cooler temperature, before the hops cue up "White Riot" by The Clash and start breaking furniture.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Botled on 9/21/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $10.98/bomber

Appearance is pitch black with a one inch creamy light tan head. Long retention and wicked legs draped on the sides of the glass. A definite looker.

Aroma hits the nose first with coffee, burnt sugar, chocolate and roasted malt. Lighter than I'd like but still appreciable.

Flavor is similiar with all of the above along with a noticeable piney hop presence.

The mouthfeel here is a stand out in my book. Creamy and soft with a fair amount of carbonation. A healthy dose of hop bitterness beats it's way in adding to the balance along with some dryness.

Overall a pretty descent beer with it's share of hops. A good looking example of the style with a pleasent mouthfeel. Well priced too which adds to the score.

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Photo of strohme2
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also from my NH haul, but this one came directly from Long Trail.

This beer has a dark brown body with a small 1/2" head of beige, tiny bubbles.
Smells of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Tastes like charred wood, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Dark fruits and black licorice come out in the end.
This porter coats the mouth and is smooth. There is no strong alcohol taste.
This is a good after dinner beer in my opinion. It goes down smooth. I am usually not a big fan of the "imperial" beers because of their big flavor and syrupy-ness. This imperial porter is definitely a better imperial for me. It has big flavor without overpowering my palate. Overall this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of match1112
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass, 2011 vintage.

a: dark cola colored body, two fingers worth of mocha colored head. great lacing and staying power.

s: dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, some roasted malts.

t: dark chocolate bitterness, caramel, raisins, orange rind and mint. as it warms a roasted malt/coffee aroma appears.

m: velvety smooth, incredibly rich. a slight bitterness

o: very impressive! a rainy day sipper for sure.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 378 ratings.
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