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

Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series)
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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 bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking so many Baltic porters these days, but its not planned. Anyway, on tap at Coles, so I grabbed a snifter.

Great black pour with a light mocha head that laced like a dream and had great retention. Rich, treacly aroma has notes of raisin, chocolate, dark fruit and smoke, which is spot on for the style.

The taste follows through, and this is a satisfying beer. Nice chocolate and coffee notes blending with dark fruit, and the surprising appearance of oat-like characteristics, which lend this a light smokiness. Medium-heavy body is well suited to the strength and the moderate carb keeps it from becoming cloying.

Another good baltic, and probably the best of the night (until Olfabrikken came along).

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

This is a big (American) porter... I don't think they've seen anything like this in the Baltic... but I love it.

A: Black with a tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Piny, floral, citrus, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar.

T: Licorice, dark rye bread, dark chocolate, piny, citrus, molasses, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, smooth, moderate body.

D: An excellent sipper.

Had another one at the beginning of March 2010. The hops are fading a little, so the nose is tamer. I might be inclined to up the flavour to a 4.5. This one is nice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/31/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, bitter hops. Flavor of parmesean cheese, roasted malt, some smoke. Hmm, I just didn't find this beer very complex or interesting. It was just an average porter for me, mediocre at best.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent bottle. Surprisingly good IP by this brewery. Black colour, enormous head with big brown lace. Malts are roasted. Taste is hoppy, and that carries you through a voyage of hoppiness, of roast, a little mollasses. Taste is citrus, minority of wood chips. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter - watching Eagles / Giants!

pours mostly black with a reddish hue. A thick finger and a half of foam bubbles to the surface. Lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is dominated by booziness, and some roasted malt. Alcohol is featured though.

Suprisingly, the booziness initially does not carry over into the flavor. This is a very thick, viscous brew. Flavor profile is heavy on the coffee malts. As it warms, the alcohol begins to burn through and back up the boozy aroma.

This is a thick, creamy brew that is reminiscent of a RIS. Mouthfeel is excellent.

As for drinkability, we'll have to take this one slow. The richness of the thick beer combined with the alcohol burn makes this a sipper for sure. This one might mellow a bit with some age.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a tulip glass. Recommended by the beer manager at Garys in Madison NJ. At $3.99 for an imperial why not?

A-Pours an inky deep chesnut with ruby highlights when held to light. A creamy tan head that settles nicely with beautiful lacing.

S-Dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and I'm detecting a strong herbal note and a bit of hops in the background.

T-Nice. Hearty burned semi sweet mocha marked by a with a slight sourness followed by a mild hop buzz and a lingering astringent bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but only in the background as a warming note.

M-Medium full and rich, a bit chewy and spot on with the carbonation.

D-A pretty drinkable brew. I far prefer a stout to a porter, but this is a damn good beer. At $3.99 a bomber it may be one of the best buys out there.

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Photo of bbeane
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Small brown head that doesn't last long but leaves spotted lacing. Beer itself is black, and almost completely non transparent

S- Has that burnt smell accompanied by mostly coffee as well as some chocolate aroma

T- Starts with a nice burnt chocolate taste, and finishes with a great chocolatey coffee flavor

M- Somewhat chewy with light/medium body. Leaves a great coffee aftertaste clinging in your mouth

D- One of the best porters I've had... Great flavor, no boozy taste, and good price


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Photo of scootny
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A majestic tan head that stays forever leaving thick lacing and a shaving cream covering. A dark root beer liquid that is quite clear with no carbonation evident.

Smell is rich with chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel. Delicious roasted malts and yeasty fruit esters.

Taste is more choco-coffee. A really good blend of it. Sweet caramel malt flavors combine with the breadier malt notes and give a satisfying and hearty taste. A hint of the alcohol in there somewhere but it is basically hidden. so well as to be invisible. A mild and expert hopping leave a somewhat longish and chewy finish with coffee and a light lactic sourness. A slight warming. Feel is silky and finely carbonated. Just enough weight for a cold winter's night.

This goes down like a superb regular porter. Drinkability is off the charts!

Got this 32 oz growler from DeCicco's last month and kept it cellared. This keeps beautifully so if you see it score immediately! I only wish I had another for the cold nights ahead.

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Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black with some garnet coming through when held to the light with a one finger light tan head with good retention. Aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, oak and coffee. Coffee and chocolate flavors up front wih some oak and alcohol warmth in the middle finishing with roasted malt and raisins, very well balanced with each flavor having its turn in the lead. Creamy, full body, medium carbonation, this one is a treat.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I treated myself to this after a trying brew day today.
Pours a dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy mocha head sticks around for a while lacing the glass nicely on the way down. Smells of coffee, roasted grains, alcohol, and a touch of earthy citrusy hops. Taste is heavy on the roasted coffee with some dark dried fruits coming through midway, followed by a brief taste of citrus that is quickly destroyed by an alcohol burn, and a long lingering roast bitter finish. Almost creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, thick body. Great Baltic Porter, though not as smooth as some. Its a little hot right now and the flavors almost seem like they need some more time to meld. Perhaps my cellar will get a few of these for later.

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Photo of m1ked
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at WF Bowery beer usual

A- I poured this rather gently, down the middle, and recieved an instant 4 finger mocha colored big bubbled head that shrank a finger every 30 seconds or so. While receding it did leave behind some strands of lacing. Besides the mocha head, this thing is pitch black at first. Held up to the light, you get a soy sauce colored edge.

S- Fresh burnt wood and ash, an herbal laser beam bookended by some roasted/burnt grain. A slight boozy note to it. Sambuca? Touch of strong dark roast coffee.

T- Dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso, smokey burnt wood, roasted dark grains, boozy (and hot) notes, bitter coffee with some grassy herbacious notes mingled throughout. Ends with an ashy earthy taste.

M- Medium, heavy for a porter....some slickness between the tongue and roof of my mouth. Low carb, which s good here.

D- This is a dark color and flavor profile with the earthy, woody, ashy that also has a thread of contrast thoughout. I have not had many Long Trails, and this is my first BMserie. I could not do more than 1 (22 oz) of these, but I don't think it is that kind of beer...overall very tasty and very drinkable (in imited quantities). I look forward to trying some more Long Trails, especially some BMseries.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Brewmaster Series DIPA and enjoyed it and was glad to get my hands on this,a good baltic porter is one of the finger things in the beer world in my mind.Poured a deep cola color with a large blooming tannish colored head atop that left alot of froth behind as it settled slowly.A mix of earth,wood, and sweeter molasses in the nose,even a passing piney hop presence comes through,very nice.Big and roasted on the palate,that woody element comes in along with some lighter earthiness,not to sweet with light molasses and vanilla showing through.There is quite a hop presence to this big porter keeping it quite dry,the big roast though is,to me, the biggest component of the beer.

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Photo of Nickls
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Deep rich dark brown, almost black color; thin light tan head

S - Rich roasted malts; burnt sugar; caramel; really lovely stuff

T - Dark fruits; caramel; burnt malts (in a good way); more dark fruit flavors in the finish

M - Medium to thicker; very subtle carbonation

D - Nice enough drinking; but pretty hefty overall; makes for a good night cap

This series of brews from Long Trail are actually quite nice, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of them. Good brew.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a 6oz tasting glass (I'm sharing this bottle with two others). It is a very dark brown color, nearly black. There is a thick head of light tan bubbles and foam. It's leaving patchy lace as it settles. It has a strong toasted grain, coffee-like aroma, along with some herbal hops. It has a surprisingly hoppy taste for a porter. It's a bit bitter, like you would expect from a coffee-flavored beverage, but this bitterness appears to come from hops. The flavor gives is no indication this is an 8.3% ABV beverage. It has a medium body that is very smooth. It drinks quite easily. I can see myself enjoying this beer over the course of an evening.

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Photo of taigor
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with big head that leaves significant lacing around the edges.

S - Roasted malts with chocolate and hops.

T - Starts up with chocolate and molasses that follows up with rich roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good and mostly enjoyed while sipping.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown that almost pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two inger frothy creamy light tan head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with rings of chunky, soapy lacing.

Deep roasty aroma with lots of dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, toffee, oatmeal and very earthy, piny hops. Surprisingly prominent hop character, especially for the style but the roasted dark malts still shine through.

Chewy medium body that is very hop forward, probably too much so for my liking with a lot of dry earthy bitterness that lingers throughout over a roasted dark malt body into a very dry bitter finish. Slight citrus character to the hops as well but mostly just dry and piny. Very roasty dark chocolate malts with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, licorice, oatmeal, hazelnut, toffee and more bitter hops. The hops are way to bitter and dominant and they overpower the silky roasted choaolte malt flavors that I usually love in this style. An interesting take on the style but not something I would seek out again.

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

A: This beer pours an opaque brown, light barely passes through around the edges. One finger of light brown creamy rocky head that recedes quickly that leave sheet ringlets of lacing.

S: Nose is far hoppier than I would expect in a porter, chocolate, and a sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste starts with a bitter chocolate and espresso upfront. Some roasted malts and a touch of creaminess fill out the middle. Finish is a majorly hop bitter finish with another touch of espresso burnt malts.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light on the tongue, touch creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is a nice offering, sharp tastes that work well off each other and easily make this a beer to sit with for a while.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

072809 on the bottle.

Black in the glass, with a light brown head that has a decent texture. The head starts big and then dies down to an average cap.

The first thing I got from the nose was some burning "hop cousin." Good amount of fresh herbal hops in this one. The dark malts create a mix of chocolate frosting and dark fruits, but the hops come through the most. Some alcohol is detected.

The flavor is big, dark, and intense. The dark malts here create a burnt ash flavor that is detected mostly in the finish. The bitterness is solid, but it comes from hops and not dark malts or roast. The hops also contribute a slight mint in the finish.

The body on this beer is big, robust, and has a mouth coating thickness. The carbonation is moderate and creates a real creamy feeling, especially with the sips that have foam in it. The drinkability is a bit below average. The beer feels bigger than its ABV tells. I ended up leaving a few sips behind.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending this in our latest trade!'

Bottle dated 072809

A: Slides out of the bottle an absolutely angry shade of black with only a sliver of a slightly lighter shade of brown at the edges. Sitting on top is about three fingers of dark mocha colored foam that has the consistency of bubbly meringue. Absolutely gorgeous lace was left behind, polluting the glass!

S: Fantastic aromas of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malt, cherries, fresh green hops, caramelized brown sugar, molassas, and a hint of citrus and whisps of smoke.

T: Wow! A three part clobbering of espresso, hops, and roasted malt. As it warms, flavors of dark chocolate, cherries, spiced raisins, brown sugar, fresh green piney hops, and french press coffee emerged.

M: This one touches all bases. Starts off smooth and slightly sweet. That leads into a middle that starts a drying trend, and then finishes bitter, hoppy, spicy, and with a tad more dry astringency.

D: What a fantastic beer! This reminds me a lot of Alpha Klaus from FFF which is my go to winter seasonal Porter. Thanks a million, Joe. This beer was incredible!

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of VanillaMike poured into a tulip.

Pours completely black with almost no light penetrating underneath a huge fluffy tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves a thick clump of foam on top and tons of lacing. A gorgeous looking beer overall.

The aroma is a nice balance of sweet and dark chocolate as well as roasted black malts and some coffee. But the most surprisingly thing to me is the huge hop presence that I absolutely wasn't expecting in an imperial porter. There are some sweet oranges and pineapples and some softer pine.

The taste has a really interesting bitterness up front that is partly bitter citrus hops and partly roasted coffee. This gives way to the dark malt backbone with some chocolate notes and a finish that is flush with floral hops and leaves a serious hop bitterness, unlike anything I've experienced in a porter taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a big porter but the unique hop presence makes up for that a little bit.

I was surprised by both the uniqueness and the quality of this beer. It's probably not the best porter I've tasted but it's definitely the hoppiest and that really adds to the complexity and overall appeal for me. Very, very good.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really nice when poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque, with a rich tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is, as others have noted, very hoppy: sweet sappy pine. Touch of chocolate in the background.

Flavor is good, more balanced than the aroma suggests. This is a very American interpretation of the style with the strong hop presence. Nice chocolate undertones with a roasty aftertaste. Tangy and not terribly sweet, which I like. Slightest touch of licorice. Mouthfeel was kind of thin for the style, but improves somewhat as this beer warms. Carbonation was medium.

In the end this is a tasty porter, but not upper-echelon like Smuttynose or other Baltics.

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Photo of Casey10
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up after seeing it at Bootleggers in Thopsham had to try it given it was on sale for like 3.99 what a bargin !!

A - Nice dark look with creamy chocolate head.

S - Really my most favorite part nice roasted chocolate coffe smell that improves it it warms.

T - maybe the weekest part feels a little weak somewhat milky its okay above average.

D - This is good stuff based on the price point gives this one a high drinkability rating.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you know it's getting cold out when the big Imperial Porter's start popping up.

This one is a total black-out, 2" mocha brown sea-foamy head, sticky-icky lacing.

wow, the aroma is all hops, pinetree's and pineapple, smells more like a DIPA. Let this one warm up!!! do not drink right out of the fridge, it's more like a huge IPA unless you let it warm a bit. The chunky chocolate malt pops out later with some blueberry pie at the end.

A huge whack of bitter hops, cranked up to 11! Pine tree sap bitterness and some pineapple sweetness underneath, very dry feel with a thin bitter chocolate malt that almost makes this one on-style. There's some serious earthiness as well, the malt complexity is rather low for the style and a bit thin in the body for my taste. The malt lacks punch, but the hops do not! There is some black coffee roastiness in the back but it's hard to notice due to the attack of the hops. The feel becomes more more full bodied as it warms, with the coffee/chocolate malt becoming more up-front. Eat a nice assortment of Vermont cheeses to get a better malty flavor from this one. Better yet, lay it down for 8 months and then we'll see what we've got.

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Photo of beer4colin
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, no light can pass through this ink.
S - This is a beautifully clean with only a toasted
coffee bean aroma
M/F - Peole always think that dark = heavy! Not true!
Surprisingly this lives up to that! You KNOW you
have this in your mouth.
T - Coffee. Charred malt! It's all
here. Very much depth.
D - I could spend 4 quaters with this brew easily.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly rated, 8.3% abv and only $2.99 for a 22oz bottle? I had high hopes and the pour only reinforced this feeling. A dark brown body with ruby highlights and a big tan head. Her smell was surprisingly dominated by piney hops but later, as she warmed, her roasted malt soul became more apparent. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The taste was well balanced between the dark malts, alcohol and hops, but definitely more hoppy than more traditional baltic porters. If you're a fan of unsweetened dark chocolate, you're going to like this beer. Of course the longer she sits in your glass, the longer and more bitter is the end. Yet, very drinkable from start to finish and, at 8.3, you're going to be feeling real fine when you get to the bottom.

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Imperial Porter (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 378 ratings
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