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

378 Ratings
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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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of yesyouam
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Trail Imperial Porter is a dim, but clear, dark brown ale with a huge, soft, beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma is pretty muffled by the head. There is a stightly sharp note of hops and a slight whiff of roasty chocolate. It's medium bodied; watery, but smooth. The finish is a little watery. It's a pretty well balanced roasty flavor, with notes of coffee, chocolate and salmiakki. There is something solvent-like about the hops. The aftertaste is of salmiakki. The flavors seem a bit disjointed, but it's tasty.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice size, fluffy, tan head. Head stays around awhile and leaves a nice wall of lacing.

S: A very big and roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. There are also some dark fruit and bitter hops notes.

T: Taste follows the nose very well- a lot of roasted malts, but a lot of bitter hops which I didn't expect. Notes of toasted caramel, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, loads of herbal bitter hops, dark fruits, and some heat from the booze. Finishes very bitter.

M: Full body; moderate carbonation; thick and chewy texture.

O: To me, this one was too bitter for the style and needed to have slightly less hops. However, I did enjoy it and probably could have 1 bomber by myself. Would recommend this one to a hop head, but otherwise, don't expect this one to taste like a regular imperial porter.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured an amazing dark brown color with small hints of what can only be called red when you hold the glass up to look at this wonderful brew. Had a beautiful 2 inch mocha colored head that just sits there as you being to enjoy the brew. As head begins to fade, spiderweb like lacing remains.

The aroma was pretty good. Not as much as you expect looking at the brew, but still some wonderful nods that hit your nose as you take in the aromas from this one. Roasted malts and chocolate are the first distiguishable aromas. Its followed with some smells of dark fruits and coffee. Has bit of sweetiness and bitterness that round out this brew.

The flavor is pretty much a muddlement of all the above. As you progress through this brew from pour to last drop you get hit with a large punch of great flavors. Chocolate and malts at the forefront, then followed with a fruitlike flavor and some coffee, caramel, and other spice.

The mouthful is a full-bodied and smooth. The alcohol in this brew gives it a good warming feel as you consume this brew. Its a bit high for some, but they do a great job in hiding it in the brew. The complexity of this brew helps give it sweet and tangy character that you don't always expect from a porter like this. It was very good.

The drinkability of this brew might be a little hard for some. Just due to the full body of the brew. People who don't like heavy beers would not want to venture to this one. But anyone who enjoys a great porter, would enjoy this brew. I will definitly seek this one on tap again.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Soxfan45
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stunna
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of deanhead
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark coffee colored ale with a frothy toffee colored head. Adequately carbonated. a mixture of big bubbles and little bubbles in this frothy head, which settled to a nice lace clinging to the sides of my glass.

Taste is slightly tangy, almost like hints of acid aldehyde. a little on the thin side. Somewhat chewy with a citrusy aroma.

Rich and robust with roasted malts.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jdibbs
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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 MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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 jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, opaque chocolate brown with a quarter inch creamy head that lingers for "awhile". Smells of nutmeg, chocolate, roasted malts, phenols, bread. Has a taste of toasted chocolate malts, has a mild booziness finish. The roasted chocolate is definitely dominating and lingers on the tongue for quite awhile after the sip. There is a very mild, almost undetectable hop profile. This beer is incredibly smooth, almost velvet-like, and very drinkable. Any Porter locver should really like this (I like it and I'm not a Porter lover.). The alcohol content is almost entirely hidden and paired with its smoothness, it will creep up on you incredibly fast. As I work my way through tha glass, , the foam sticks to the side (which is darn impressive), this beer is creamy smooth. My personal opinion, not being a porter fan, this is the best beer Long Trail brews.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark dark brown with one finger of tan head and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter hops, roasted malts, alcohol, and a hint of vanilla.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice porter. Would have liked the taste to be a little sweeter but very solid and would definitely try again.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours frothy into the glass, rich 2 finger beige head. Deep rich chocolate nose, and detectable hops in there. Taste is hops infused with chocolate and coffee flavours, an interesting combination to taste. Definitely a different type of taste. the initial hoppy mouthful is overcome by the chocolate and coffee. A very different type of porter, if it weren't for the hoppy bitterness in the initial sips, this could be a keeper. It is worth trying...You decide!

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big and dark beer, light red tones in its dark brown body. Head is a firm two fingers, lightly tan and lingering well throughout the drink with good lacing. Nose is heavy on the smokiness and malt, not a lot of diversity in there.

Taste is big and malty, with a smoked grain and a decent amount of chocolate snuck in there as well. Good balance, a tiny bit of hops in there as well. Body is very full, and this is definitely a smooth beer for the ABV.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tutes3 for this bottle!

Poured into a goblet. Pours a thick dark black with a moderate-sized tan head on top. Dissipates to a thin ring around the edge; leaves some spotty lace. The nose is somewhat underwhelming for this big beer. I'm getting some faint coffee, cocoa powder, and a wash of citrus hops on the end.

The body is creamy smooth. Spot-on for the style. As far as flavor goes, this one is not big and bold up front either. Definite roasted malts are present with some slight alcohol burn. The aftertaste is dark coffee which is excellent. Mild cocoa presence.

This isn't the best Baltic I've ever had, but as I continued to drink this one, I liked it more and more. Not bad at all.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage bomber, bottled 092111.

8.3% ABV is well balanced and well hidden making this a winter beer that's frighteningly easy to drink. Pours a dark mahogany colour with ruby at the edges of the glass. The respectable coffee-coloured head leaves an impressive amount of lacing, despite its own short life. Aroma of roasted dark malts with underlying vinous barrel tannins. Not certain how much of that rawness is age, or even if it's perhaps mellowed out, but the barrel overtakes the coffee and chocolate tones that also become more pronounced as it warms. Flavour has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with dark chocolate the presiding note in the finish. The creaminess in the mouthfeel is muted, but still a fulsome beer to drink. Glad to be sharing this bomber, but will look to pick up more when I can.

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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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