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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

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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 378
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 MisterSH
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, into tulip glass.

Beer pours a deep umber brown, verging on black but with a hint of color in the light. A finger and a half milk chocolate-colored head that leaves a nice lace.
Aroma: First note is coffee, accompanied by a surprisingly bold, pleasing citric hop aroma. All backed up by the obvious malty character one would expect given the beer's appearance.
Taste: Very rich, roasty malt, notes of raisin, a strong but not dominant hint of coffee. Finishes quite sweet, with a pleasing alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: fairly dense and syrupy, low on the carbonation.

Highly enjoyable, bold, complex, and very drinkable for 8.3%.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a DeCiccos for $3 a bomber.

A: Black with a touch of brown showing when held up to the light. The lacing is very impressive for this beer. Almost has the lacing of an IPA.

S: Hops and roast. Really works well together though. Totally not to style but who cares. Chocolate and hops. The lady will enjoy this.

T: A hoppy imperial porter? Why not. Any hoppy dark beer always reminds me of 2007 Darkness then Stone 11th. It really works though. Bitterness up front then the smooth chocolate. Made two different tastes work together.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation was nice and subtle.

D: Good beer. Never had a hoppy imperial porter before. A really nice take on a classic style. I would drink this beer now rather than cellar since the fading hops will complicate the taste. Drink this one fresh and often for the price.

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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 Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with 072809 etched onto the bottle. Bottling date info perhaps? Pours real dark, dark tan head, nice frothyness and retention, with fine spots and strands of lace. Pungent nose doused with notes of chocolate, coffee and piney hops. A load of chocolate on the tongue. Bold and quite flavorful. I'd love to try this one with vanilla dessert to let the flavors battle it out. Hops quite evident and adding nicely to the complexity. Fine brew, nice for an after dinner sipper or with a bold dessert. Simply yummy, dark beer lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff, clearly well worth a try.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can we say hoppy? This is drinking much more like a black IPA than as a Baltic porter but I won't be complaining. I'm not complaining! It maybe possibly loses some style points for it being so hops laden but it makes for a tasty brew. The hops bitterness mingles with the dark, roasted coffee type flavors that one expects to find in a big porter.
The character of the sugars speaks much more of raisin than molasses; more fermented fruit than brown sugar. More Belgian in style than English. Hoppy, Belgian strong dark ale time perhaps.
Alcohol is hidden in the big flavors but the kick is there. The hops keep the sweetness from being too cloying. Would I get this again? Yes yes yes. This beer reminds me that Long Trail does a lot of tasty work.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours black with a thin tan head that lasts, leaving some rings and spots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy for style - citric and herbal - pungent, with chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate/caramel/coffee with a pungent, somewhat "green" hop accent.

Medium-bodied with alcohol well-covered.

There is something a bit "raw" here. I do love my hops, but here I don't know that it melds so well with dark maltiness. Still, it is well-priced and certainly worth trying!

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. into a pint mug...beautiful. Retains an intense mocha head with a maple syrup color.

The initial contact is fairly simple with some nice bittersweet chocolate. The 8.3% is hardly noticeable upfront until the deep burn emerges soon after. Honestly, this brew is sophisticated in its woodsy aftertaste matched with a subtle sourness.

And the porter seems to intensify throughout. After a while I was met with black cherry.

Don't miss out on this one. Perfect for a cool night, chilled just slightly...

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was an opaque black color with two fingers of tan colored head. The retention was very good and the lacing in scattered bands. The aroma was of roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate and nuts. The flavors were bold and totally on-point for the style. I tasted rich, blackened malt, chocolate malt, tobacco, dry roasted malt, alcohol, espresso and a little wood. It started dry but got sweeter in the middle especially as it was allowed to breathe. It developed like a red wine with a long, lingering finish! The mouthfeel was a touch rough due to a slightly high carbonation but the body was appropriately full. Very enjoyable and another winner in this series.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife spent a weekend up near Killington a few weeks ago. I mentioned to her that if she should get to Long Trail could she get me a bottle or 2 of this? Well, she gets back and has not 1 bottle, not 2, but a case! (Happy Birthday, she said...). She's a keeper!

Poured a couple of 12oz bottles (with upside-down Hit The Trail labels) into an imperial pint glass. Color is a deep, dark opaque mahogany. Can only get a true glimpse of the hue at the edges of the glass, with some backlighting. Head is creamy mocha-colored mound of mousse-like froth atop the liquid. Lacing is just all over the place, too. Pleasant aroma, with some toffee co-mingling with touches of dark-fruit. Almost akin to a rummy fruit cake. Body is a solid medium; no more, no less. As for the feel on the tongue, it is fairly smooth, with some light, bubbly prickliness.

Flavor comes in with an initial, mild sweetness, followed by some roasty, choco-coffeeish malts hitting the palate. These malts also contribute a bitterness which melds with a solid, floral hoppiness. Then add to this some fruitiness, in the fig/raisin ballpark, with the slightly sourish fruits and the hop bitterness lingering in a long aftertaste. Throw in a bit of warming from the 8% abv.... and you get a nicely drinkable bier. It grows on me, the more I quaff....

Thnx again, Liebch!!

(Note: This was the original version which came out in 12oz bottles, available only at the Brewery. Long Trail subsequently opted to distribute this widely in the present 22oz bomber version).

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of scarletfire79
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served only on tap at the brewery (also available in take home bottles, but only from the brewery) poured pitch black, nice toffee head. looked like a standard porter but the smell was slightly larger. nice roasted aroma. the taste was fairly balanced. my only complaint is that the alcohol tended to be a little more present than i would have liked. it kind of hit you after the fact with a little rubbing alcohol taste. that aside, i thought this was a really good stab by long trail and something i was pleasantly suprised to find upon visiting. maybe with some slight tweaking there's a long trail porter year round beer in there.

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