VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber - Pours a very dark black/brown in color with a small tan head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy with darkly roasted malts, coffee, toffee/caramel and chocolate. Flavor is a really nicely balanced mix of roasted grains, slightly bitter coffee, creamy caramel and chocolate. Thick and chewy texture. Finish is lingering, medium bitter with dark roasted malts. Alcohol not apparent. This is really good!!
malrubius (1862) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Dar dark brown with lasting tan ring and lace. Roasted coffee chocolate mild smoke and wood aroma. Roasted coffee chocolate subdued dark fruit bitter roasty burnt dry finish with mild hop flavor. Nice texture not too heavy, which differentiates from an imperial stout. Pretty nice.
Dorwart (2394) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About a 1 inch thich head of dense bubbles, brown in color. Nice rich roasty aroma with some light coffee, dark roasted grains, a bit of smoke and a bit of chocolate. Color is a dark brown with a hint of red. Smooth and super creamy mouthfeel. Bit of zippy hops underlier a strong base of roasted grains, ash and some anise. Hides its alcohol very well. Finishess roasty and strong. A damn good no frills porter. These Long Trail Brewmaster series are very good brews. A great value too.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a foamy tan head, heavy lacing. Aroma is a creamy mocha with slight hops undertone and a faint coffee touch. Flavor starts with coffee and mocha backed with a dark roasted coffee backbone, followed by a bitter hop presence with a slightly sweet but dry finish. Sticky on the palate, medium on the carbonation. Very good, and quite a bargain at $3.99 for a 22oz,
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron. Pours a deep dark brownish/black with an average sized slightly foamy beige head. Aroma is great with lots and lots of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, balck licorice and some nice sweetness as it warms. Medium to slightly thin bodied with lots of tight bubbly carbonation and a bitter almost dry finish with a good long lingering aftertaste. Flavor is roasty and sweet with lots of dark chocolate, espresso beans, burnt toast and a touch of anise. This is one really well done beer and I’m loving the Imperial series that Long Trail has put out, some really nice effort compared to their average normal lineup.
SrSilliGose (3271) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 bottle from vtafro, thanks man! pours a dark brown with a decent tan head, nice lace, just want to drink it. Hoppy! unexpected, but a nice crisp citrusy hopiness to this one. complements the coffee, cream, and bitter cocoa perfeclty. this is an awesome beer. really nice hoppiness to it. way better than expected. creamy mouthfeel. really nice beer.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 [22 oz. (stamped "072809") from Bootleggers] Pours very dark brown with a finger or so of tannish head. Aroma initially features some possible phenols - Band Aid, plastic-like and/or generally off. As that slowly dissipates there is some chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel medium-heavy, fairly smooth, very lightly prickly. Webby, weepy lacing is quite persistent. Flavor of dark, almost burnt and ashen bitter chocolate. As it warms the flavor softens and improves to a dark, semi-bitter, semi-sweet chocolate with some molasses. A bit too much alcohol presence throughout. Winds up as fairly tasty but just a too few many detracting flaws to be a good Imp Porter. UPDATE (7/22/12): 2011 bottle - this was better than my initial rating - very tasty dark sweet molasses and chocolate flavor, no flaws. Smooth mouthfeel. Current rating is average of two scores.
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque brown black with a long-lived cappuccino colored head. Aroma is citrusy hops and a bit of caramel. Taste is roasty, and bitter with coffee / cocoa and a slightly tart and acidic export stouty edge. $5/22oz
PapaSkeetSkeet (862) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with persistent tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, hops, and refreshing. Tastes similar, a porter with a fair amount of hops that doesn’t fall into the overly wintery evergreen taste. The dark malts are allowed to come through a bit permitting my enjoyment. A bit thin for me, then again it is a porter and not a stout. Though I would expect an imperial porter to come in close to a stout in density given the amount of malt/sugar required to bump the alcohol/flavor content up.
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Tan head. I couldn’t believe it but this had an aroma that was exactly the same as a bowl of hop pellets with some roasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate. Flavor has more chocolate than the aroma would hint and has a nice hope bite too. This is well done.