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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of MightyMonk
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -22.5%
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 -13.5%
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 +9.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +8.3%
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 -8.6%
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 -9.8%
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 +1.2%
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 -28.7%
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 -11.5%
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 -12%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of Jesstyr
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big and dark beer, light red tones in its dark brown body. Head is a firm two fingers, lightly tan and lingering well throughout the drink with good lacing. Nose is heavy on the smokiness and malt, not a lot of diversity in there.

Taste is big and malty, with a smoked grain and a decent amount of chocolate snuck in there as well. Good balance, a tiny bit of hops in there as well. Body is very full, and this is definitely a smooth beer for the ABV.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz at $3.99. I wish there was a 'value' rating, this is a 5.0.

Deep brown color, thick tan head that ends up like fluff before leaving thick lacing all down the glass.

Big chewey flavors that enhance an otherwise subtle nose here. There is a richness to the malts in the taste that is present in the nose, roast and chocolate notes.

The taste is on the mild side, well balanced with hop flavors, a full porter flavor that is clean and without any of the lingering malt/coffee sourness that can occassionally spoil a porter with such a creamy mouthfeel as this.

Nuanced and delicate despite the brutish malt flavors, this is well carbonated and clean throughout the drink. Very enjoyable.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 thain709
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a black body...I looked and couldn't find any light coming through...the head was mocha in color and stood two fingers...it was rocky and the retention followed suit by never really going away...great lacing

S - Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sweet caramel

T - The malts come out first...they present a nice roasted characteristic and present chocolate...dark chocolate...the middle of the beer takes the edge of the bitterness and roastiness...caramel really stands out and allows for a nice sweetness...some coffee rushes in and the beer ends with a nice, bright hop bite

M - Medium bodied...close to being full...the carbonation keeps it a little lighter...creamy, smooth, a dash of sweetness, nice bitter end

D - I was happy to finally try this one in the Brewmaster Series...and to get it on tap was even better...a good looking porter with the flavors mirroring the nose and a nice finish

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Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received as a Christmas present. served in a 12oz English style shaker glass.

A - pours with over an inch of fluffy and thick, light khaki colored foam which slowly recedes, leaving some thin yet wet lacing behind on the glass. the beer is very dark brown, light brings out some deep amber hues.

S - rich milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and toasted nuts. lightly fruity with some cherries, and a light mustiness to it all. beneath that as it warms, a noticeable citrusy hop scent comes alive. very nice.

T - begins with the lightly sweet fruit, some ever so slightly tart cherries and raisins, chocolate and candied almonds. more robust flavors creep in the second half via some chocolate and brown malts, and a very pleasant weak coffee taste. nicely balanced.

M - body is just a touch think, amplified by slightly higher than moderate carbonation. sweetness leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky and chalky, though alcohol is very well hidden.

D - very nice brew here. insanely balanced, has all the qualities of an English, American, and Baltic porter rolled into one. bordering dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of MuddyMcGinny
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber into English nonic pint.

Semi hard pour gave a good finger and a half dark tan head with decent lacing. Black as black... no hints of crimson whatsoever at the crown. Not much on the nose, some roasted barley and coffee, whiff of the hops. Little bit of mild chocolate and grains on first sip but then gives way to the sweet malts and dark fruits. Light body and creamy feel, goes down the hatch smooth and dry. Great bang for the buck on the 22oz.

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Photo of tchenery
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with about a finger of creamy tan head that settles down and leaves thin runny lace. The aroma is kind of faint but overall it's not bad. Mostly a chocolate right up front with a coffee undertone. Dark roasty malts support the aroma nicely. But again, it's pretty faint. The flavor is kind unimpressive but not offensive. Weak coffee flavor, weak caramel flavor and a faint chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would like and the carbonation is surprisingly harsh. Again, not offensive, but not mind blowing. Drinks pretty well, not the best porter ever, but a sound effort.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to smason for this

pours a dark brown, close to cola. slight hints of dark ruby in the lacing and oily residue on the sides. thick creamy head. pretty impressive

lots of cherry, mocha, coffee, roasted malt, and sweet booze

starts of roasty and dark. lots of coffee and roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. sweet dark cherry kicks in. light vanilla and oak through out. ends sweet and roasty with a hint of citrus hops.

full body, nice oily feel on the teeth. bit of dryness.

i loved this, very impressive. fantastic baltic porter.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 378 ratings
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