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 Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 davewlfpckfan29
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very wonderful dark porter. I got the 1 pint and a half bottle which was bottled on September 29 of 2010. Drank it over a year later, poured into a pint glass.

The color is very very dark brown. The head was thin as I poured it, but you could see a brown colored carbonation. When twirling the glass the head re-appears but fades fast.

This is a beer you want to drink slow, and enjoy the taste. There is so much to it. Hints of different fruits, malty aftertaste and just a very strong alcohol taste at first. But when you breathe threw your nose, and really pay attention, there is a chocolate background in the malt.

Good mouthfeel, I like the way this one feels, it goes down easy.

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

2011 Vintage.
22 oz. dark brown bottle. Tiny born on date stamped on bottle.
It pours a oxblood-hued cola color with a foamy 2 finger mocha head and lots of patchy lacing.
An overly complex blend of smells range from coffee and malted chocolates, to apples, pears and citrus, to grapefruit and rum.
The flavors mirror the aromas, but the hoppiness pulls forward and cuts through the chocolaty maltiness. A tiny bit of tobacco is noticed. A slightly syrupy sweetness sneaks in towards the end.
The mouthfeel is normal for the style. Slick, full and smooth.
I like this beer, but it's a bit too bitter and astringent for an Imperial Porter.

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Photo of aficionado
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown body with tan colored 2-finger head and lots of frothy lacing which remains throughout the drinking experience.

You can smell this beer from an arm's length away. Seriously aromatic with tons of robust malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and riddled with fresh Northwest hops. Reminds me of Stone 15th in a way albiet less bitter.

The palate is full of bitter coffee and dark cocoa. In your face with malt flavor and those piney, citrusy NW hops are also quite evident. More dry than sweet but there is a sense of fruitiness that comes from the yeast which is truly amazing. There's also a slight tobacco note to the taste. Some more chocolate sweetness would be nice, and I would like the bitterness from the hops to be less intense since the coffee notes also come off as bitter.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, which is typical for a porter. I would like it to be a bit thicker though. Overall, this is an excellent imperial porter. I have drank many of these bad boys and still want more.

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Photo of Doshkin
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep plum black. big caramel head that lingers. great lacing

s - roasted, chocolately, all malt. a slightly sour smell

t - absolutely incredible. light carb up front with sweet malts. works into bitter roasted flavors and ends with a delicious chocolate aftertaste.

m - thick, full, and frothy

o - amazing amazing beer. i love this style so i'm pretty biased, but this brew nails every aspect. i'm very fortunate to have an awesome person give this to me in trade for some of my homebrews. i will buy this whenever i see it and i highly recommend it

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Photo of stickynotes
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/8/11.

Poured into solo cup (all we had at camp!). Deep brown, some amber, a coffee colored head forms. Good retention. Smell is caramel, nice roasted malts, just a bit of hop presence. Taste is great, some caramel, roastiness throughout, slight grape sweetness, end with a little hop bitterness. Very slight warming from the alcohol and roasted in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, little carbonation. Overall this is an enjoyable and robust porter. Full of roasted flavors, gets richer as it warms up. Went great with B&M baked beans.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Imperial Porter - Brewmaster Series
Vintage 2011
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a opaque black with muddy brown highlights on the very bottom of the glass. An awesome fluffy head forms on top leaving magnificent trails of sticky lace all over the glassware. A good looking beer from the start.

Whiffs of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Perhaps some dairy notes too.

This beer showcases a rich and roasted malt profile. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and black olives. There is also a touch of sugary sweetness. An aggressive hop finish rounds out this beer. The hop notes are pretty intense for a porter with hints of black pepper, pine cone and even a citrus bite.

A "big beer" for sure and an enjoyable treat on this early Fall day. Good work Long Trail.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a thin, creamy tan head, leaves a nice bubbly lace

S: roasted malt sweetness accompanied by a slight coffee and hop nose on the back

T: an abundance of roasted malts, with a little coffee touch in the middle, well balanced by hop additions, some piney resin touches, has a lingering bitter and sweet finish

M: medium to thick, well carbonated

O: a great Imperial Porter, wonderful flavors of coffee and roasted malts and very well hopped

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail's imperial porter comes out black as midnight with a tan head with lacing on the glass. Aromas of coffee, espresso, and pine. A thick beer with a flavor of burnt coffee, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate, finishing with a moderate bitterness. Had it at Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington VT went very well with the Bonnieview Seaver Brook blue cheese.

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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 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 robwestcott
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold and black from the bottle to a founders brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, long lasting mocha head

aroma of molasses, smoke and dark chocolate in the wayback.

bitter espresso roast balanced up beside semi sweet dark chocolate, a bit of smoke after.

medium bodied, big carbonation, smooth, subtle bitter

overall - better than average, but not much - interesting and enjoyable, but i'm not writing home.

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

Pour was what I expected out of an Imperial Porter. However, from that point on, I was some what disappointed.
I enjoyed the chocolate aroma and was waiting to taste it. It was there, but I found that there was too much malt and hops here. It sort of throw off the chocolate and what I was hoping for a porter.
Last, it wasnt that rich deep porter full body that I was hoping for, a bit too light for me

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Believe this was part of a trade or an extra. Been in the cellar for quite some time.

A - Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Brownish hues at the edges. Big tan head on initial pour dies down to a thin layer and leaves average lacing.
S - Wow, roasty! Touch of chocolate and toasted malt, but the roast dominates. Good.
T - Delicious. A wonderful combo of roast and chocolate, with a touch of coffee and creamy sweetness.
M - Velvety smooth, creamy, medium body.
O - Highly recommended. Not sure how this was fresh, but it has certainly aged like a champ. If you're looking for a big porter, look no further. This is why I love to cellar beers...

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

Long Trail's version of an Imperial Porter is fragrant with malts and hops, smelling somewhat like an extra-creamy mocha with a side of grapefruit juice. Caramelized brown sugars, dark chocolates, and subtle hints of black coffee mark the malts, and the hops are surprisingly strong for a porter.

On the tongue, there's an immediate battle between hops and malts, and for the better part of the mouthful, the malts win. Creamy chocolate malt and dark chocolate dominate the early rounds, joined by coffees, light tobaccos, and hints of ash and peat. Midway through the struggle, however, the darker sugars peel back to reveal a citrusy base, with grapefruit and lychee nut, as well as hints of caramelized apricot. The malts do make a comeback late into the fight, giving the aftertaste a distinct burnt-grain glow that fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation.

Overall, this is a good porter, with excellent flavors and a surprisingly strong hop counter (56 IBUs, which is more than is found in many IPAs).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of roasted chocolate and coffee smells. There is also just a touch of sweet dark fruit as well.

T - Starts off right away with a nice balance of roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Through the middle, these flavors get a bit stronger and just a touch of sweet plum flavor comes through. The finish is again a nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors with just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and just a bit thick and creamy. The finish is really nice and roasty.

D - Very drinkable. The coffee and chocolate flavors are really nicely balanced all the way through and make for a really tasty beer.

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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 hamilton23
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown, nearly black with lots of tan head with nice lacing retained on the glass.

S: Alcohol, burnt coffee and some roasted malts.

T: Bitter coffee and roasted malts. A little too much bitterness.

M: Smooth slightly dry.

O: Decent, but not great. Too much coffee and bitterness in this one. It could use a bit more toffee or chocolate sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

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

22oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Dated 080910. Thanks to ShanePB for sending this one in our Hotter Than Hot BIF.

Great pour--perfect color is a deep russet brown hue with cola seeping in at the edges. The ecru head is stubborn, the lace thick, and the bubbles pearly. Aroma is rich in dusty, crumbled dark chocolate nibs and roasted earthy malt. A hint of vanilla spice and ripe plum in the background.

Tasty beer, amplifying the earthy roasted malt with a bit of char and lots of bittersweet chocolate. Some sweetness is present in the form of toffee and boozy dark fruits. Excellent mouthfeel maintains its Porter roots with an uppity carbonation level and drying finish, but gives a discrete nod to the Imperial status with a thicker body and a touch of chalkiness. Overall, a worthy beer from the Long Trail brewers. Definitely worth seeking out...

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Photo of nhindian
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by CharlieMurphy, thanks Nick!

A - Pours a darkish brown / red color which is kind of light even for a porter. Foamy bubbles make up the head, which is 2-fingers in height and is light tan. Retention is moderate, lasting a couple minutes, and leaves big bubbles in its wake. Lacing, however, is great, generously coating the glass with lace and bubbles.

S - This porter is surprisingly hoppy; a note that is evidenced immediately after smelling this. It's not exactly roasty, but the malts are focused on a semi-sweet chocolate tone. After that, it's all pine and citrus hops, which give off a strong, almost solvent, orange smell, like Orange-glo or some other cleaner. It's a 1-2 punch of malts and hops, but neither are incredibly pleasing or impressive, unfortunately.

T - A lot of the characteristics from the nose carry over to the taste, and although this is marketed as an imperial porter, if I had this blind I'd almost certainly call this a Black IPA. The malts are somewhat subtle, with too little roast besides some lingering in the finish, and disappear soon after taking a sip into a wave of hops. There's also some wood or oak notes I'm getting as well, which is confusing as I am pretty sure this hasn't seen a barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. A little bit thin and watery in the transition from the malts to hops, and the finish is some roast and hop bitterness without much lingering aftertaste. It's smooth, I guess.

D/O - Drinkability is low. The smell is unappealing and the taste follows suit. Way too much hop presence here without a proper balance of malts. The fact that even after knowing this is an imperial porter I can't shake the feeling a Black IPA leaves me with a bit of a disappointment, especially when I was looking forward to this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice pour, with a rocky tan head that sits atop the nearly pitch black liquid; a curtain of lace drips down the sides of the glass

Smell: Roasty black bread and chocolate with a charred, but piney hop character

Taste: Toasted black bread, with a chocolate and piney hop character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops overwhelm the malts, though there is some residual chocolatey sweetness that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly not a Baltic Porter (and there is nothing on the brewery's website that would lead one to believe that they think it is a Baltic Porter, either), so I didn't rate it as such; still, it is rather unbalanced and I would like to see the malts stand up to the onslaught of the hops better than they do

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Photo of claytri
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice black with a tan lacing. The aroma was faintly of coffee, dark fruits, and hops. It tasted of big roast malt on the front, and light hopping on the back end giving it a woody bitter finish. The feel was medium and wet. A fair example of the style, but not one I would be looking for in the future.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and hearty roasted malt character along with flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee and dark fruit. There is some smokiness in the background and a very faint touch of alcohol sneaks in as well. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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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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