One their new “Brewmaster & Limited Edition Series”. Like many quality craft brewers these days, Long Trail has created this growing collection of “premium beers” for those looking for stepped up quality . The series currently includes their “Coffee Stout”, “Double IPA” and this “Imperial Porter”. Now the details…
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!!
Everything I would have expected from a truly “premium” beer from a quality Vermont brewer. The “Double IPA” was also excellent and I can hardly wait to find the “Coffee Stout”.
I have been fortunate enough to be selected, along with a short list of other beer bloggers, to blog for the RateBeer Web site (www.ratebeer.com). RateBeer is one of the leading authorities on all things “beer” and I am very excited about this opportunity.
RateBeer has created a special site, called The HopPress, for all of these bloggers to post to. My personal HopPress blog can be found at koenemann.hoppress.com. Occasionally, links to selected posts from these beer bloggers will appear on the RateBeer home page.
Check it out!
The Brewers Assocation has just named Vermont as the state having the most breweries per capita in the United States for 2008. According to their site statistics, Vermont has 19 breweries and 621,270 people… that’s one brewery for every 32,698 people… how awesome is that?! The other top 5 states in breweries per capita are Montana, Oregon, Maine and Colorado. The state with the least number of breweries per capita is Mississippi with only 1 brewery for nearly 3 million people. The article offers a downloadable PDF version of the complete report on how all of the other states ranked.
The Beverage Warehouse in Winooski is, without question, Vermont’s best place to “browse for beer”… I swear that I cannot leave that place without dropping $100 (or more!) for beer. They have more than 450 beers (“The most in Vermont”) and with the change in the state beer laws last summer, they are really starting to stock some truely fine beers. They also offer a “Free Pint Glass Friday” event most weeks… on 2/20 they will be hosting Vermont’s own Magic Hat Brewery and on 2/27 they will be hosting two great breweries… Brooklyn and Stone. Stone Brewery is one of my very favorite brew makers.
The Beverage Warehouse site can be found at http://www.beveragewarehousevt.com.
Jeff Baker, BW’s Beer and Wine Manager, has an excellent and very up to date blog at http://bwbeerlog.blogspot.com. Jeff keeps the rest of us abreast of new beer arrivals, BW events and other important information.