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 | website

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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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a new belgium snifter

A: pours a very nice dark brown color with ample tan foamy head that lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of head

S: nice coffee scent, beautiful malt depth, slight sweetness

T: great coffee malts, no alcohol tingle, great complexity

D/M: incredible taste, smooth on the pallet, very slight carbonation tingle, overall great

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split of bomber tonight with my wife.

A: Opaque to the tenth power, with a nice medium brown head that sustained itself as a suds ring around the brew throughout the session. Mild spotty lacing.

S: Coffee for sure, followed by raisons, plums, and most definitely chocolate. It definitely had that sort of yeasty sizzle that I feel differentiates porters from stouts.

T: Fruity sweetness.... the kind commonly found in plums, and tons of cocoa on the end. The bitter coffee elements hit the palate, worked itself into my taste buds, but never overstayed its welcome. Moderately dry finish.

M: Nice and thick, like an Imperial Baltic Porter should be. The carbonation was fine, and the sweetness was very organic rather than manufactured sugary candy-like.

D: To me, this is a very competitive style. Even many breweries that are hit-or-miss with me make some damn good Baltic Porters. I would rank this one up there among them.

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

A: beautiful head, black, nice lacing postquaff
S: sweet roasted malt aroma
T: virtually a stout; lots of roasted grain flavor, but not very complex (generally I like my stouts like my scotches--complex, brooding)
M: very nice mouth buzz

Overall, a really good porter

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Photo of obywan59
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark mahogany with a 1 1/2 finger dark tan head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Deep ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Harder 2nd pout yielded a much more impressive 3 1/2 finger head that developed huge bubbles as it receded. It soon resembled a mocha ice cream float, as it dropped more quickly around the edge, leaving uneven rings of lace surrounding the glass.

Wow! This is my 3rd Baltic Porter, counting a homebrew, and this has by far the most explosive hop aroma yet! Herbal grassy hops and sweet malt. Smell of overripe citrus and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. Very fruity with tangy sweet citrus. Herbal notes rising in the back of the mouth. All countered by a lasting hoppy bitterness, and the smoky taste of roasted malt.

The second glass seemed smoother than the first, with only the lightest of prickles on the tongue and some light alcohol burn in the throat. Medium-thick bodied.

A sipper, but very drinkable nonetheless. If I had another bomber, I'd be tempted to continue.
I had Long Trail Ale on tap at Galyn's in Bar Harbor, and it was good, but this is AWESOME!!!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date pours a very dark brown color with an impressive cap of mocha colored head. Very creamy and dense and leaves sheets of lace.

Nose is surprisingly hop-heavy, lots of tropical and citrus aromas. Some roast and a little fruit can be found in here as well as alcohol.

Taste has lots of hop flavor, but not an overabundance of bitterness. Very smooth and fresh tasting, I must have lucked out and gotten a fresh sample. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but still plays an integral role. Mouthfeel is really nice as the beer doesnt feel overly heavy and it has a nice creamy aspect. Malts are on the lighter side, not all that roasty or chocolaty but it seems to work just fine here. Glides down the throat with ease. I'm impressed!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria and served in a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a huge off-white head with large carbonation bubbles. This leaves some spotty lacing after some excellent retention that went with the several-finger head. The nose is roasty with some dark fruits, plums, and mild chocolate. Really strong on the plum/prune character. The taste gives fairly-strong dark fruit component and then adds in some roasted malt without too much else. Medium body and a dry finish. Very strange. Overall, just way too heavy on the dark fruit flavors, even when a bit expected in a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours an almost black dark brown color with a good sized frothy brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of chocolate, citrusy hops, roasted malts and some coffee. Taste has a nice mix of hops, chocolate, some orange and a bit of a mocha finish. There is a lot going on with this beer. More hop flavor than I had expected. I have yet to have a bad Brewmaster Series beer by Long Trail. Worth grabbing again and the price is decent as well.

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Photo of biglite351
1.92/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - just a little res around the edges. Tight off-white head.

S - smells like those multi-color licorice bulk candies.

T - licorice candy again, but it has been sitting out in the sun. Hops and other bad things. I had this in a bottle and thought it was bad. On tap is worse.

M - medium coating with a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I would rather have a Miller High Life. How is that for drinkability?

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and dry bitter chocolate, with a little cream and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like strong coffee with some dry bitter chocolate and dark cherry, and a bit of burnt barley and copper. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a little harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Fitting for the style.
D: This was a pretty good strong porter, with great scent and nice taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink even though it had some harshness. Age may help mellow it out too, but probably not long-term. Enjoyable fresh, but a little forgettable.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 50th beer review.

Crater filled tan head. Dark ruby red in body. I can see some slight bubblage. As it sits the head becomes more creamy. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is delicious! Roasted malts and hops hit the nose immediately. The dark robust hops and malts seem about equal.

Bitterness upfront, chocolate, cherries and a lot of hop in the middle and then settles down to a dry sweet coffee taste at the end. It's really delicious! If you like a pretty decent amount of hop taste in your porters or stouts, this is it!

It feels medium body in the mouth but very creamy. Definitely has a nice smooth feel going down.

Drink ability is quite good. I had to walk away from it so I can savor it instead of wanting to finish it right there. Great going down and I wish I had another bottle.

This is my first from Long Trail Brewing Company. I hope their other brews taste this good, I'm certain I will find out.

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

Consumed on 12/21/10.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip as per the picture on the bottle (normally I'd pour a porter into a pint glass). Body is black - some ruby shines through when backlit brightly. Head is a 2-finger chocolate-milkshake colored, with big bubbles. Leaves behind good lace.

S: Wow - this does not smell like a porter at all. And I for one will not complain. It's about juicy, citrusy, tropical-fruit-like hops. As it warms up I get some chocolatey malt underneath, but the hops still dominate. Interesting.

T: First impression: interesting. This beer straddled the line(s) between a Black IPA, DIPA and American Porter. Roasty malt is underneath, with some chocolatey malt and a hint of charcoal, but it finishes with juicy hops. Citrusy grapefruit and tropical fruit salad. Lingering bitterness does battle with a hint of roast and even smoke.

M: Lighter than expected given the strength of the nose and flavors. Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is soft.

D: Very good. I like this beer, though calling it a porter doesn't quite seem right. More like 60% Black IPA, 15% Double Black IPA, 25% porter. Somewhat similar to Victory's Yakima Glory, actually, though with a touch more porter characteristics (roast, char, smoke) than chocolatey.

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Photo of david18
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of Long Trail Brewing (they're s sub of one of the Macro's, right?) but it was on tap at my local bar and I had to try it. It was not bad and a pretty good example of style.

Dark brown color with a dark head as well. Good aroma, with a hint of chocolate and definitely some coffee. Flavor is roasty but also a little sweet...almost under attenuated. A little strong to drink much of and little uninteresting to be a sipper.

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

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - pours a dark brown, near black. One finger of light brown head. Big bubbles. Nice lacing.

S - Surprising amount of hop. Roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.

T - Again, a surprising level of hoppiness. A bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malts in the finish, but this is mostly a hop show. The finish is completely chocolate and roasted malt, as the hops have left by then.

M - Medium body, quite wet. Finishes good and a bit warm. Neither dry nor wet in the finish.

D - Very tasty, and no alcohol flavors to speak of. This is a very easy to drink beer and very enjoyable. Keep up the good work, Long Trail, this Brewmaster series is quite nice. I like this more with every sip.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a deep, dark brown with a larger frothy, creamy tanned head. Retains pretty well, leaving a coat of lacing along the pint glass.

A nice helping of roasted dark malt in the nose with semisweet chocolate, mocha, and a flair of hops.

Very robust up front with rich dark malts and a nice dose of chocolate. Espresso with bitter hops enhance the profile quickly. Some notes of dark fruit sweetness are evident, along with some caramel malt and molasses. Finishes slightly warm and bitter with some lingering flavor.

Medium body, a little creamy, but higher carbonation. Drinks nice, more of a sipper but delicious flavor and the alcohol is just enough.

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Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby edges when held up to the light. Develops a thin, but creamy head that recedes to some moderate lacing.

Smell is somewhat atypical for a porter as it is dominated by hops with some roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Taste is surprisingly malt heavy given the preponderance of hops in the nose. The roasted malt flavor is very nice and is balanced out y the hops as well as hint of dark chocolate. This is a great tasting and very complex beer. I feel this is one of those beers where three different people will get three different dominated flavors.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and filling. The drinkability is pretty great for a 8.3% porter too. It's a pleasing, warming sipper for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of paulrb28
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been on a porter kick recently, and this has been one of the best. Maybe not a typical porter, but a delicious beer. The smell was very hoppy. Appearance is dark. A slow pour provides a nice head with lacing that last till the end of the beer. Taste is chocolate and coffee with the hops kicking in at the back end. Will get this beer again.

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

Fair porter, with a good drinkability but an uncommon hoppy bite to its profile.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Simple light cream label with brewery seals, name and serving indication. Notes bottling date (080910), and Alc. by Vol. (8.3%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges. good brown creamy head, fair retention, minimal lacing with some surface memory and a nice ring.

S - Tamed nose, roasted notes, malty with an emerging herbal and hoppy sense that announces things to come.

T - The roasted range is there, and nicely offered, chocolate, coffee... And then the herbal-hoppy range, with some resin even, closes the profile.

M - Medium body with fine carbonation, a touch thin that is then picked by the bitter closing.

D - Fairly drinkable but a bit off from style, not a bad thing, but the hoppy structure gives it a somewhat raw character.

Notes: First Long Trail for me, nothing remarkable but the price-quality ration is pretty good, so I would not care to give some of their other brews a chance.

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Photo of nkersten
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA perfect pint at Philly airport. Impressive selection for an airport bar. Color is opaque brown black with a tall ran head that slowly fads to a cap. Smell is coffee, roasted malt, some licorice, a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Taste follows, bitter dark roasted malts and coffee, bitter hops, a bit smokey. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for a Baltic but I think the carbonation could be lower- abv is well hidden.

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Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Brewed on 092910 on neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Very, very dark brown with beige, rocky 1-2 finger head with good retention and a few random trails of lacing.

S: Malty with slightly sour note up front but bolstered by dark malt and light acrid note. Hoppiness is ramped up with some citrus, floral, and earthy character, but I expected this would be a bit more full in the nose.

T: Very flavorful with distinct hoppy citrus-floral bite which works interestingly with the light biscuit and higher than expected caramel component. The roasted acrid edge works well in the finish. This is a solid, all-around good porter.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick feel from relatively low carbonation.

D: A really nice brew from Long Trail, but I wish it had a bit bolder aroma and some more dark malt and coffee flavors.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter is roasty, bubbly, and rustic.

It poured black with a short, but long-lasting creamy tan head. A wall of thick tan lace stuck to the glass from top to bottom. There was very little aroma, but a very strong roasty flavor that had hints of dark roasted coffee and a dark fruit-like finish. The feel was overly carbonated, at first, but finished with an impressive lingering rustic bitterness. As it warmed and settled, the dark fruit flavors became more prominent and the feel much more mellow.

Long Trail Imperial Porter is more of grab-you-by-the-collar experience than it appears. The flavor and feel provide a bumpy, not smooth ride, but in a very good way.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty black, small brown head on top that leaves some lacing.

Smells like roasted barley and chocolate malt.

Tastes like a good, strong porter--all the right roasted elements are here and prevalent. More carbonation than expected and perhaps a hint of hops gives it a bit of a bite than expected; this aspect makes it remind me of a schwarzbier.

Slightly creamy feel, with more carbonation than usual for the style, as I noted above.

This is a fantastic porter, very drinkable for its ABV. Does not drink like a strong, dark beer that is best sipped slowly.

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

Appearance- Black with crimson highlights around the edges.

Smell- Coffee, roasted barley, and alcohol. Deeper down is baking chocolate.

Taste- Coffee and bittering chocolate. There is a small hint of pepper. I usually don't like any pepper taste but in this case it gives the beer another dimension.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel for an Imperial porter. Just realized that this is listed here as a Baltic Porter. Mouthfeel "should" be a little thinner.

Drinkability- I could find room for another of these pretty easily.

Great beer would like to try more from this brewery.

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

22 oz. bottle, pint glass

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head

S- Strong roasted malt notes, quite appealing

T- Very nice strong porter, well balanced, maybe a tad more bitter than I expected, but not in a bad way.

M- Finishes more quickly than I had anticipated, hides it's strength well.

D- Very solid true-to-style strong porter, would certainly drink again.

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

Delicious and rich. Pours dark black with a slow-developing off white head that froths up and sticks to the glass in deep curtains of lace. The aroma is chocolatey and smooth, with wood and dark, plummy fruit. The flavor is smooth and chocolatey, with dark fruit, cherry and plum, and a some cafe au lait coffee character. The finish is bitter and woody. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and milky, though it finishes on a chalky note, which isn't entirely welcome.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. 090910 stamped on the bottle. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose/frothy khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a sudsy cluster of bubbles around the perimeter and an oily slick across the surface. Only a few spots of lacing presented during the tasting. Nose suggests chocolate malt and a trace of dark fruit. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a roasted quality as well as a slightly vinous character and a light, burnt flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency. A very pleasant Baltic Porter - perhaps a little too much carbonation, but very tasty all the same. That being said, it still falls short of Smuttynose's Baltic Porter in flavor and value in my opinion.

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