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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. pours into pint glass almost black, with a tan head. some lacing. aroma is a roasty coffee smell.

taste is a nice balance with a little sweetness and slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate.

lower carbonation, a smooth thick body. drinkability is good, as its a tasty brew thats not too strong.

Edit: now had on tap. Extremely creamy with quite the lacing. Distinct rings on the glass. So bumping the appearence and mouthfeel

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a near black in color with a thick khaki head that rose to nearly fill the tulip but fell somewhat quickly. Light lacing and ruby highlights around the edges.

The nose is of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, with a touch of ripe dark fruit. Very bright and vibrant nose, not overly complex, but solidly robust.

Huge roasted malt, a little bit of char, bittersweet dark Belgian chocolate, ground coffee beans, dark cherries and plums and a hint of warming in the finish. Once again, rather straightforward, but what it does, it does very well. Robust, full of flavor.

Medium to heavy body. Silky smooth with a lightly bitter, crisp finish. Some mild roastiness lingers and melds with some heat from the ethanol for a near perfect marriage.

The flavor profile here is spot on, the carbonation level is near perfect and the abv is barely noticeable. A joy to drink.

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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 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 Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a brown two-finger head into my fluted glass. It leaves a bit of lacing as well.

Aroma is cream and a bit of bitter coffee as well. A bit of chocolate is present with also some alcohol warmth.

Taste is nice with coffee, chocolate, caramel and cream all making their presence known. Very creamy especially in the very middle.

Mouthfeel carries over with the lingering of flavors mentioned above and a dry finish.

Very nice! Easy to drink and enjoy even at the abv listed. It's what I feel an imperial porter should taste like. A bit like a stout in some ways but again, easier to drink.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and very dark brown with wide, coppery chestnut edges. A fluffy, dark tan cap hung around for a while, leaving some chunky lace clinging to the glass. Good porter aroma, lots of dark malt, caramel, and grapefruit hops. Notes of chocolate held thing together nicely. Hop bitterness was pronounced, resinous, and overpowered the malts somewhat. Citrusy throughout, mostly grapefruit with some citrus pith/rind as well. Malt sweetness mingled with fruity sweetness, but chocolate and roast character was mostly absent. It finished with a hint of alcohol and warmth, plus lingering citrus bitterness. The malt had almost completely fallen away by this point, leaving only a slight sweetness on the palate. The texture was great, full bodied with creamy carbonation and a light dryness from the hops and dark grains. I have to say that I was a bit let down by this beer's flavour. I could tell it was highly hopped from the aroma, but hoped that the malts would still provide enough balance - which they didn't. I still enjoyed it, but feel that it would have been much better if it was more balanced.

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

I've rally enjoyed the Brewmaster Series from Long Trail, and this one might be the best. Black color with a light brown head. Some lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Very strong coffee taste, some chocolate. Very rich, almost approaching RIS territory. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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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 rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a two finger head, midway between white and tan, leave behind wonderful lacing.

S-Lots of roasted malt, some hops are present as well

T-Boat load of roasted malt, a little coffee, some chocolate. Ends with decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, somewhere between smooth and creamy

O-One of the Long Trail's best offerings. The bitterness at the end is a great touch.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair porter, with a good drinkability but an uncommon hoppy bite to its profile.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Simple light cream label with brewery seals, name and serving indication. Notes bottling date (080910), and Alc. by Vol. (8.3%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges. good brown creamy head, fair retention, minimal lacing with some surface memory and a nice ring.

S - Tamed nose, roasted notes, malty with an emerging herbal and hoppy sense that announces things to come.

T - The roasted range is there, and nicely offered, chocolate, coffee... And then the herbal-hoppy range, with some resin even, closes the profile.

M - Medium body with fine carbonation, a touch thin that is then picked by the bitter closing.

D - Fairly drinkable but a bit off from style, not a bad thing, but the hoppy structure gives it a somewhat raw character.

Notes: First Long Trail for me, nothing remarkable but the price-quality ration is pretty good, so I would not care to give some of their other brews a chance.

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and dry bitter chocolate, with a little cream and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like strong coffee with some dry bitter chocolate and dark cherry, and a bit of burnt barley and copper. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a little harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Fitting for the style.
D: This was a pretty good strong porter, with great scent and nice taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink even though it had some harshness. Age may help mellow it out too, but probably not long-term. Enjoyable fresh, but a little forgettable.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date pours a very dark brown color with an impressive cap of mocha colored head. Very creamy and dense and leaves sheets of lace.

Nose is surprisingly hop-heavy, lots of tropical and citrus aromas. Some roast and a little fruit can be found in here as well as alcohol.

Taste has lots of hop flavor, but not an overabundance of bitterness. Very smooth and fresh tasting, I must have lucked out and gotten a fresh sample. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but still plays an integral role. Mouthfeel is really nice as the beer doesnt feel overly heavy and it has a nice creamy aspect. Malts are on the lighter side, not all that roasty or chocolaty but it seems to work just fine here. Glides down the throat with ease. I'm impressed!

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Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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