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 beer4colin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, no light can pass through this ink.
S - This is a beautifully clean with only a toasted
coffee bean aroma
M/F - Peole always think that dark = heavy! Not true!
Surprisingly this lives up to that! You KNOW you
have this in your mouth.
T - Coffee. Charred malt! It's all
here. Very much depth.
D - I could spend 4 quaters with this brew easily.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Robert at State Line highly recommended this to me. Who am I to say no to a gentleman like him?

Dark brown with a dense, brown head, creamy and delicious-looking, this beer looks great! A delicate sheet of lace forms as the head recedes to a disk. Highlights are reddish brown. The nose is surprisingly hoppy! Rather unexpected in this regard, I get a fruity, pine hop character. The floral character from the centennial hop does grow as it warms (and as an aside, makes me crave a Two Hearted). Roast is light, there's chocolate and some caramel. Aggressively-hopped porters usually aren't my thing, but this one is pretty good.

The palate opens with a very prominent hop character. They clearly used a lot of flavor hops here, I get some citrus, lime leaves, a little pine and some floral character. Strangely (or maybe not), the Nugget hop character makes me crave a Nugget Nectar. Bitterness is light, mostly grain-derived, and there's chocolate, roast, and some caramel. This is closer to a stout than a porter. The malt character isn't terribly complex, but it works - the caramel sweetness is medium-light, and the roast, a little lighter than I'd like. Chocolate is present as well, as a light cocoa flavor. Hoppy on the finish, there's roast and hop flavors, actually very well-balanced. A touch juicy as well, this beer is mildly sweet on the finish. Medium in body with low carbonation, this feels quite excellent on the palate, soft and creamy. I'm quite liking this.

I'm not sure I'd age this, the aggressive hop character makes me think this could become a cheesy, oxidized mess if aged too long, and the malt complexity doesn't seem to be quite where it needs to be either. Still, an excellent effort.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep ruby reddish color-really borders on black but has some very nice highlights. Good sized head. Very "inky", sweet, somewhat mild licorice aroma. Strong roasted graininess in the flavor. Almost comes off as a mild flavored stout. Slightly toasted flavor. Prominant hop bitterness but the grain flavor is very omni-present. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I cannot get away from the grain flavors. While it doesn't detract in general it sure makes itself known. Worth a shot and was very fairly priced.

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Photo of jmstod
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black in color with a nice foamy lasting head that leaves a pretty good lace behind

Smell: A little bit roasty, a little bit chocolatey, with a slight american hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a mild chocolate flavor followed by a roasty kick then a hop bite

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky mouthfeel with a slight oil slick

Drinkability: Not personally a huge fan as it's more roasty than I like in a porter whether imperial or not.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. 090910 stamped on the bottle. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose/frothy khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a sudsy cluster of bubbles around the perimeter and an oily slick across the surface. Only a few spots of lacing presented during the tasting. Nose suggests chocolate malt and a trace of dark fruit. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a roasted quality as well as a slightly vinous character and a light, burnt flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency. A very pleasant Baltic Porter - perhaps a little too much carbonation, but very tasty all the same. That being said, it still falls short of Smuttynose's Baltic Porter in flavor and value in my opinion.

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Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Brewed on 092910 on neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Very, very dark brown with beige, rocky 1-2 finger head with good retention and a few random trails of lacing.

S: Malty with slightly sour note up front but bolstered by dark malt and light acrid note. Hoppiness is ramped up with some citrus, floral, and earthy character, but I expected this would be a bit more full in the nose.

T: Very flavorful with distinct hoppy citrus-floral bite which works interestingly with the light biscuit and higher than expected caramel component. The roasted acrid edge works well in the finish. This is a solid, all-around good porter.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick feel from relatively low carbonation.

D: A really nice brew from Long Trail, but I wish it had a bit bolder aroma and some more dark malt and coffee flavors.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Lighter hues on the outskirts of the glass. Thick, bubbly brown head caps the beer. Very good retention. Thin rings of lacing left behind.

S: Very roasty. Woody and smokey aromas. Burnt caramel and maybe even a touch of maple syrup. Mild alcohol. Hops are earthy and herbal with some pine thrown into the mix. Very slight plum and currant esters.

T: Very big and roasty, just as the nose suggests. Caramel, chocolate, dry roasted coffee, a bit of vanilla. A charred roasted malt edge is very apparent. Esters divulge tastes of plum, cherry, and raisin. Earthy hops offer tastes of herbal spiciness, pine, and some slight citric fruitiness. Very long finish is dominated by roasted and burnt malt flavors. Roasted coffee, some nuttiness, and woody/smokey tastes all linger.

M: Full and thick. Very chewy, syrupy, and mouth coating. Not a beer to be trifled with.

D: Extremely big and thick. Definition of a sipper.

Notes: A huge beer. Imperial Porter? What the hell is the difference between this and an Imperial Stout? A very good beer, but I found it to be just a tad too estery for my liking. A little bit of cellar time would probably iron that right out though.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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 magnj
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very deep brown, coffee colored head leaves lots of lacing in the wine tasting glass.

S - Lots of roasted grain up front with the typical chocolate and coffee undertones.

T - Sharp up front, roasted grains and dark chocolate. Slightly fruity from the yeast, ends malty with hints of old coffee.

M/D - Sticky body but not too thick. Easy to drink, though a bit acidic. Really good value, something like $2.5 a bomber is a steal.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter - watching Eagles / Giants!

pours mostly black with a reddish hue. A thick finger and a half of foam bubbles to the surface. Lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is dominated by booziness, and some roasted malt. Alcohol is featured though.

Suprisingly, the booziness initially does not carry over into the flavor. This is a very thick, viscous brew. Flavor profile is heavy on the coffee malts. As it warms, the alcohol begins to burn through and back up the boozy aroma.

This is a thick, creamy brew that is reminiscent of a RIS. Mouthfeel is excellent.

As for drinkability, we'll have to take this one slow. The richness of the thick beer combined with the alcohol burn makes this a sipper for sure. This one might mellow a bit with some age.

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Photo of tchenery
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brownish black. Tan creamy head that is lacing on top.

Smells a bit fruity at first, which is weird. Transitions into a smooth chocolate milk smell.

Taste is spot on. Heavy alcohol gives it a bit of a twinge but it's welcomed. This one is definitely a warmer. Very creamy on the tongue and goes down smooth.

Totally drinkable. Great value for the 22 oz. size.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours a nice almost completely black, with a very attractive 3 inch dark tan head, with some lacing. Smell is smooth roasted malts, a little bready, some grass, and a hint of expresso. Taste is much more expresso, little smoky, and some citrus /grass. Body is on the larger side for the style, fairly dry, and nice carbonation. Very approachable for its abv. I like Imperial Stouts more than Imperial Porters, but this was really good and a reasonable price.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really nice when poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque, with a rich tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is, as others have noted, very hoppy: sweet sappy pine. Touch of chocolate in the background.

Flavor is good, more balanced than the aroma suggests. This is a very American interpretation of the style with the strong hop presence. Nice chocolate undertones with a roasty aftertaste. Tangy and not terribly sweet, which I like. Slightest touch of licorice. Mouthfeel was kind of thin for the style, but improves somewhat as this beer warms. Carbonation was medium.

In the end this is a tasty porter, but not upper-echelon like Smuttynose or other Baltics.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent bottle. Surprisingly good IP by this brewery. Black colour, enormous head with big brown lace. Malts are roasted. Taste is hoppy, and that carries you through a voyage of hoppiness, of roast, a little mollasses. Taste is citrus, minority of wood chips. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of MadCat
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown color with good brown head, head dissipates quick but leaves good lacing

Smell: Piney hops, roasted malts, maybe a little bit of plums

Taste: Piney hops, roasted malts, coffee. Not much sweetness to balance the intense hops. Good, but the flavors don't marry too well, not sure if different hops, less hops, or something else would change this, but something needs to change.

Mouthfeel: Full body, crisp carbonation, bitter finish. Second pour from the bomber was better here, presumably from losing a little bit of the carbonation, giving a bit smoother feel.

Overall: It is good, but not something I would buy again, even at the good bomber price of $5. I was hoping for a little more, especially considering how good the Centennial Red was.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mini nonic. (shared it with my older brother who doesn't usually drink good beer.

Appearance: it is quite dark black with a minimal head and no lacing.

Smells: slight roasted scent with a mild hop character that sets a tone.

Tastes: a bitter sweetness that has the roasted malt and a bitter hop note.

Mouthfeel: the 8.3% is smooth with the carbonation despite the head.

Overall: I payed $4 for a 22 oz bottle and shared it with my older brother and I must say it was a pleasure. It wasn't either of our favorites, but we both made a memory with it which is a reason I like sharing a brew with enjoyable company. I would buy another bottle for this reason, but ot worth a hunt.

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Photo of bum732
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, pretty much black. Nice slightly tan creamy head with great retention and amazing lacing. Smells of pine needles (interesting), roasted coffee, touch of chocolate as it warms up. Tastes of sweet rich coffee malt followed by a bomb of piney and citrusy hops. Finishes dry and roasty. Alcohol present. Great full and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation medium low.

A really good porter, more like a robust porter than baltic, more coffee notes than dark fruit. I liked the different coffee flavors this beer presented, but what really stood out was the hops. By far the hoppiest porter i've ever had, but it worked, more pine than citrus fruits that somehow worked with the coffee sweetness.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A confusing beer and even a confusing description on the Long Trail website. Whatever style of beer this is (I would call it a stout but I am not the brewer), it is pretty damn good. Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. One finger of tan head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This is a hop forward beer with plenty of green cone aroma. Some are hops that you do not typically find in a dark beer like Amarillo and Simcoe. The hop aroma easily pushes the malt aroma aside but faint hins of chocolate and roastyness is detectable. The hops and malt are more balanced in flavor. Some chocolate and roasted malt that is complimented by the citrus and pine from the hops. More subtle dark fruit notes round out the flavor. A noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth near the finish. The only thing I wanted more in the beer is body. The IBUs and ABV are already high and this just does not have enough body to carry it all. Enjoyed drinking this beer on a cold, rainy day. Would definately like to enjoy this beer again someday.

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Photo of brianjay
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this one takes up about one third of my pint glass. It is light brown in color (which complements the pitch black body nicely) and light, full of air bubbles and sticky in consistency.

Not much aroma, but if you look for it you can find some of the hop oil essence lightly brushing the ol' olfactories in the form of citrus notes breaking through the strong roasted malt elements.

Initial taste is subtle, warming espresso with a dash of hop bitterness and a smooth, viscous body with sweet and buttery notes.

The smooth body, sweet notes and subtle dryness make this very easy to drink.

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

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a tulip glass. Recommended by the beer manager at Garys in Madison NJ. At $3.99 for an imperial why not?

A-Pours an inky deep chesnut with ruby highlights when held to light. A creamy tan head that settles nicely with beautiful lacing.

S-Dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and I'm detecting a strong herbal note and a bit of hops in the background.

T-Nice. Hearty burned semi sweet mocha marked by a with a slight sourness followed by a mild hop buzz and a lingering astringent bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but only in the background as a warming note.

M-Medium full and rich, a bit chewy and spot on with the carbonation.

D-A pretty drinkable brew. I far prefer a stout to a porter, but this is a damn good beer. At $3.99 a bomber it may be one of the best buys out there.

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Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Dark and viscous. a nice lingering head that is just barely off white. Lacing is great.

S: Roasts and chocolate mostly.

T: Very chocolaty and roasty. Good sweet and bitter balance.

M: A bit chalky tasting that causes more of the bitterness to come through. It is smooth too, but not as smooth as I would have hoped.

D: Pretty easy to drink, easily finished the bottle and could have had another.

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

Aromas are full of dark roasted and sweet brown sugar/caramel malty character. Slight mild boozy character is also present but the dark grains really own this show.

The taste is loaded with lots of delicious toasted malts, roasted coffee grains and dark bitter chocolaty malt notes. It also has plenty of sweet brown sugar and caramel maltiness. I cannot detect any significant hop profile or alcohol taste but you can "tell" that they are there. On the palate it has a nice full body and firm texture with mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and nicely complex Porter. I would defiantly buy this again or recommend it, especially because of the extremely reasonable $4 price point for a 22 oz. bomber. Long Trail is the best valued beers in the country to my knowledge, everyone take advantage.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light fluffy slightly darker colored head of 1 finger. The beer is almost black with a slight dark brown pitch to it.

N: Sweet malts, stout like actually, dark malts, roast, black patent. With that is some earthy hops, slight sweet brown sugar, caramel, a little coffee, and a slight creamy milk chocolate.

T: Some sweetness with lots of coffee and roast. A slight earthy charred malt bitter flavor comes through too with lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some earthy hop bitterness. The bitterness combines between the charred malts and some hops.

M: Medium body, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation.

F: Still sweet with lingering minerality and earthy charred malt bitterness. A slight earthy hop bitterness also comes through. There is also quite a bit of lingering coffee and roast, with a little caramel and brown sugar too.

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

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly, leaving chucks of lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate with bittersweet chocolate finish. Smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent imperial porter. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

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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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