Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 977
Gots: 419 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006

2006 - 12oz bottle
2007 - not released
2008 - 12oz bottle
2009 - 750ml bottle
2010 - 750ml bottle and Groucho glasses label change
2011 - bottle date added to label
2012 - 500ml bottles
2013 - 500mL bottle labeled 12/2013
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Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Its long been a want of mine and I got to try a 2009 and 2014, side by side. At its core there seems little change only the mellowing of age. The nose is classic stout with char, smokey embers, chocolate malt, oats and coffee.

The flavor delivers that same classic stout but with a nice balanced assertiveness. This has nice coffee, embers, charred oats, chocolate malts, dryness and roast. The feel is not particularly viscous and lightly dry.

Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of dark chocolate and roast malts. Burnt malts, oatmeal, boozy edge, cocoa nibs, molasses. Heavy body, light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, chocolate and char aftertaste.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Edition poured into snifter

A - Black, with a creamy looking mocha colored head that dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a nice film and significant lacing.

S - Strong deeply roasted, almost burnt malts, dark chocolate, some coffee.

T - Dark chocolate, expresso, dark chocolate/cocoa powder. Charred barley and coffee beans gives it a very bitter taste.

F - I wouldn't consider it really full bodied, but does have a fairly creamy texture. Average amount of carbonation.

O - This beer has some really good flavors and feel, but it is a little short of outstanding for me because of the amount of bitterness. I think the coffee profile is way short of Founders Breakfast Stout, so that surprised me. Almost comes across as hoppy like a Victory Storm King. Still very good though.

Photo of MadScientist
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This is a fine looking beer with a thick expresso colored head mostly creamy, slightly rock bubbles. The head is very looking lasting and leaves a light touch of lacing on the glass. This impressive head sits atop a jet black beer showing a hint of deep garnet on the edges.

S: A nice rich malty nose with coffee, cocoa and some licorice notes. Some moderate dark fruit notes of prunes and figs. There is a medium-low citrus hops aroma and a low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A creamy, coffee and unsweetened chocolate with rich dark malt flavors that just go on and on. The level of malt flavor is high on this but it's fairly smooth with just a touch of dark malt bitterness and a light charcoal flavor; dark caramel, brown sugar and more my tongue is getting lost. The hops bitterness is moderate as is the earthy hops flavor. It has medium to medium-low fruity esters of plums and figs. There is a fair amount of malt sweetness but the balance is still bitter with a medium finish. The aftertaste is of dark grains, unsweetened chocolate and a light hops bitterness.

M: A very creamy, full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A rainbow of dark malt flavors, well executed and pleasantly balanced. Sometimes when you use too many grains the flavors end up muddied and muted like mixing to many paints it ends up dull and grey; that is so not the case here this beer is rich and flavorful.

Photo of Someguy1989
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter for the Superbowl,

A: Fairly dark, with a large brown head that dissipated quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, some sweet chocolate. The coffee aroma in this was great.

T: More coffee finishing with a bit of very bitter chocolate. Finishing boozy with a lot of heat from the alcohol. Maybe a bit of herbal backbone from the hops.

M/D: Thick and syrupy, with a bit of creaminess to it, great feel. The heat from the alcohol with the heaviness made it very hard to drink. Definitely a sipper

Aside from the awesome name and bottle art, I wasn't too impressed by this one especially given all the hype. I have another bottle and am gonna age it to see if some time makes this one a little better

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sludgy, viscous inky black pour into my glass that's as dark as the dead of night with a half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. Sticky patches of lacing ensue. Aromas start with rich malts alongside deep, vinous dark fruits. Cocoa and molasses mingle with licorice undertones. Hints of toffee with a bitter cloak about it.

First sip brings rich, smooth dark malts upfront with lots of dark fruit flavors swirling about. Somewhat vinous as it moves into baker's chocolate and mild coffee accents. Flows down with a nice kick of bitterness to counteract the sweet maltiness. Creamy finish with a hint of marshmallow. Bold and tasty with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy which is nice as it makes it easier to enjoy. This here is a tasty imperial stout that doesn't go overboard on ABV, making it something I can actually drink and enjoy on a weeknight. Thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with family at Christmas. There definitely wasn't consensus about the beer but here is my review.

Black black with a big thick creamy heady. The head stays to the end floating on top and lacing the edge. This is a beautiful beer, that everyone agreed upon.

The aroma is buttery roasted chocolate and chocolate and maple syrup

The mouth is smooth and very nice with big maple and butter. It's like chocolate pancakes with maple syrup this is very nice.

Although there was slight disagreement among we all concluded it was unique and best as a desert beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 - 750ml

Awesome bottle/artwork! Pours an inky black with a tremendous, creamy, light brown head that goes nowhere. Great lacing. Smells of rip dark fruits, roasty, char, raisins, molasses. Taste follows with sweet rip dark fruits at first which then completely turns to a heavy roastiness and charred flavors. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is creamy, not really heavy, and finishes dry and roasty. Very drinkable.

Photo of tjthresh
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle that pours dark brown. This beer appears to be water thin. There is a decent brown head. The aroma presents light chocolate, char, and cooked sugar aromas. The flavor is mostly cocoa. Pretty hoppy and sugary. Thin body with lots of carbonation. Seems fairly run of the mill to me.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/2013 bottle.

Allowed to warm and served in a goblet.

Near black, very dark mocha head, stays nicely and leaves decent fine bits, low sheeting and sticky strands of lacing.

I pick up a rich chocolate note on the nose along with some charred dark grains.

Viscous and thick in the glass. More chocolate and dark malt goodness. What can be said? World class Imperial stout.

Photo of codysjb
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short Review, Poured from a 750ml bottle into my CBS glass. 2011 vintage.
L: Great, Nice and black and an awesome dark head that fades instantaneously.
S: Coffee and some caramel, mostly stout like.
T: Ehh not the best. Lots of Coffee notes, maybe some burned something or other. Little Caramel.
M: Same as taste.
O: Really disappointed in this. Wanted to like it, just didn't.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage 750ml
Pours a hint mocha head that is easily roused to a half fingers worth. Alcohol legs are present with some wisps of head and some lacing. Black body with deep brown/red around the edges.

Roasted malts, coco powder and some earthy hops. I can also smell some burnt sugar, sweet sugary malts and alcohol.

Tastes like a solid Russian Imp Stout with some ashy, smokey and roast quality. A good bit of coco, dark chocolate, raisins and earthy hops. A bit of alcohol in the taste with a definite warmth as it goes down.

Medium full bodied. Low carbonation. Fairly oily and coating.

Overall this is an good beer. The steep price tag of this one may keep me from trying it again. I can't see myself spending $20 for another bottle for this coming release. I know it's cheaper at other stores but I have buyers remorse for this one. Maybe if I see it on draft coming up I'll get a taste to see if it's worth it.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, clear, black in color

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate-smell is not overly strong

Taste: deep dark coffee and roasted malt touch of burnt hops at the end

Mouthfeel: robust and medium-full bodied, sweetish with a nice semi-bitter backbone, low carbonation

Drinkability:A nice and dry RIS that is very enjoyable to drink, but perhaps not as good as the hype. I could definitely have a couple of glasses, but will not go out of my way for this one. A very good beer none the less.

Photo of Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. Sampled Feb, 16, 2010.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a decent-sized brown head. The aroma is roasted malt along with coffee and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with chocolate standing out more than the coffee or malts. Creamy mouthfeel, which is the best part of the beer. Low carbonation. Not sure what I was expecting, but I was a little disappointed. A very good beer, but I expected a little more.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gpcollen1 for this brew as part of the BA Anny Club.

Cute Star Wars label which is begging for a lawsuit. Pours as black as my heart. Rich, roasted smell which matches the taste. Big taste of coffee with some chocolate. Nice mouthfeel without a hint of booze. Drinkable but I will sip this one slowly since this is a very good RIS. I would snag one again if I had the chance.


Photo of kingcrowing
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Thanks to mrandypandy for the trade!

Black. Opaque. Evil. Darker than the eyes of Darth Vader himself. This thing is dark! A very small head that dissipates quickly, very brown, one of the darkest heads I've seem. Very roasty aroma to it, reminds me of toast and coffee.

Very thick mouth feel, it's almost syrupy but it isn't sweet at all, it's just so thick, smooth and almost creamy. The taste is just as you'd expect dark coffee and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Really solid stout, amazing name and one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen! Seek it out!

Photo of mjtiernan
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a small snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Very little carb activity on pour. Black body. Mustered a small dark brown head that did enough to make it very inviting, but then it mostly went away leaving a thin ring around the edge and some patches near the center. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate. Bordering between dark and milk. There's a hint of nuttiness..maybe hazelnut. A whiff of licorice/anise. Very little hop presence.

T: Wonderfully roasty and chocolaty. A touch of wood and dark fruit. Decent hop characteristic. A bit tannic/acidic in the finish. Cohesive flavors throughout.

M: Full bodied, somewhat chalky finish. Acidic and oily texture. Minimal carb.

O: This beer is defined by its ability to balance many ingredients and extreme flavors. I'll be buying more of this.

Photo of jondeelee
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout Trooper (bonus points for an awesome name) begins with a rich, full aroma, heady with dark and milk chocolates, coffee, molasses, chocolate malt, toasted nuts, and good hints of earthy loam.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately dark, beginning with chocolate malts and descending quickly into black malt, with strong tobacco, black coffee, and ash flavors, touched with just a hint of anise and bourbon (note, however, that the brew is not bourbon-barrel aged). Around mid-mouthful, as the sugars die off, the hops make a small appearance, tinging the mixture with grapefruits--which, given that the IBUs clock in at 50, tells you about the strength of the malt flavors. Still, the tobacco and ash last throughout the mouthful in great strength, burning slightly on the soft palate, and continue into the aftertaste. A good smidgen of hops also colors the aftertaste, which lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a surprising medium-light, given the strength of the flavors, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is an amazing Imperial Stout, bountiful with enough darkness to suck black holes into its event horizon. This is the stout you're looking for.

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours dark mahogany, nearly black, with a very low dark brown head that settles out quickly, leaving some soapy bubbles atop.

Aroma of cocoa and coffee, a hint of licorice.

Rich flavor right upfront, dark chocolate and espresso, licorice and rich darkly roasted malts. More nuances of molasses, charred bark, marshmallow, fig and toffee. Finishes with hints of tangy currant, and a flourish of hop bitters sharing the space on the taste buds with the rich roasty chocolatey flavors.

Even mouthfeel, perhaps just a bit on the thin side, even carbonation. Very drinkable, great sipper. Gimme a big fat maduro cigar.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SNXXX glass, this stout pours a Darth Vader black with a dark tan head that almost looks like tanned leather. The appearance is definitely as bad ass as the packaging.

S: The aroma is dark roasted malt, super bitter sweet chocolate, and black strap molasses. Classic RIS!

T: Flavor is stunningly simple. Everything is here that every stout made should baseline off of. A deeply roasted malt backbone made rich with molasses and bitter chocolate. Not much of a hop tingle which has seemed to become the latest trend. This brew is much comparable to stone IRS.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost perfect.

D: Drink is boarder line perfect. Really this stout is just sitting a little heavy on my stomach, but I have yet to have eaten dinner.

Overall, big thanks to portia99 for hooking this baby up!. I would put this stout on the order of Stone RIS for those who can't get it. I'd love to see more of this and lay one down, however at 8.5% I'm not sure how much this guy would improve.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was decent Stout, dry finish, notes of toffee, and dark goodness.

Obviously why this beer was given to the "Dark Side," Unfortunately this beer won't be around much longer, production of this beer is at a halt due to copyright infringement.

It's too bad, this beer is good too.

A good Star Wars Memorabilia too.

Pours midnight black, some head, some lacing. Robust aroma, and smooth body.

I'm keeping my extra bottle around for a while.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; jet black with a solid finger of mocha head.
Smells of chocolate, lesser coffee, dark malt.
Tastes of big dark malt, lots of milk and dark chocolate, and some coffee. Light dark fruit and caramel.
Mouthfeel is big and full, well carbonated but clean.
Overall, a tasty and well done stout. I'd love to find the other variants someday.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th beer review. (Yay!)

Poured from a growler that contained this stout which was still in the packaging tank at the brewery itself, literally a day or two old. Pours black, plain and simple, a one finger head of tiny bubbles takes awhile to form as this beer appears super thick. Leaves tons of little lacing spots. This beer has "legs", super thick.

Smells of piney hops, chocolate, and slight molasses.

Wow! Very strong, super malty, tons of stout goodness, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee, etc. Ends with a nice roasted note in combination with a strong hop presence. Bitter. Aftertaste lingers. Like a strong Old Rasputin.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and smooth. Heavy bodied.

Well, if Imperial Stouts is your thing, then IST is the beer for you. Perfect for those who love Old Raspy, but crave a little more. About as drinkable as it could be.

"Drink it. It's good." - NEBCo

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

From bottle.
Pours near black and opaque.
Robust dark malt flavor but as sweet as many a milk stout. Lingering flavor of dark roasted malts with little burnt quality.

Photo of rudylaw
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joerodiii for this! Sampled third in a ten stout tasting and also placing third.

A nice, black pour with a 2 finger mocha head.

Milk chocolate and roasted malts in the nose with the faintest hints of smoke.

Chocolate milkshake and tobacco flavors are prevalent, along with a touch of raisin. This is a serious RIS. Velvety smooth and dangerously drinkable for something I know will destroy my soul if I continue!

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.