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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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 378
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.
4.06 out of 5 based on 378 ratings.
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