Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by busterthecat:
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Drink this beer with honor, I will.
May, the fourth be with you day. Cheers!
Most recent release at time of review. Poured into oversized Mikasa tulip glass.
A- Pours a heavy velvet very dark caramel brown hue. A decent rich dense mocha head forms that leaves get filmy lacing. Beer sits a very dark brown in glass. Head resides to leave a gentle foam film.
S- Wow, lots of chocolate and mocha. A slight twinge of bittersweet cocoa nibs. Similar to chocolate frosting that has slightly hardened. Medium strength. really nice.
T- Very similar to aroma. Lots of cocoa, mocha and roasty dark malt. Some coffee and resin pine bitterness are there but take a back set at first. Alc is very well covered. Hops start to intensify as warms. Really good.
M- Big body but not too heavy. Really covers whole palate. bitterness on front of tongue and cocoa & mocha everywhere else. Lingers very well. A slight bite of acidity on palate which ads to feel and complexity. Slowly dries, making you want another sip.
O- A RIS worthy enough for Darth Vader himself, not Yoda status though. A bit steep at $20 a bottle, but a good purchase. Worth a try and would possibly buy again. A very solid RIS, but there are similar for less.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2011 01:53:02 | More by busterthecat
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3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Inky black (SRM 40+) in a Dogfish Head snifter. A thin, dark chestnut, creamy head quickly becomes nothing more than a ring above a thick, viscous film. Tiny carbonation lazily develops from within.
The aroma is that of rich, luscious chocolate syrup, followed by heavily roasted, almost burnt malt. Ground coffee makes way for a lactose aroma. Warmth brings out some vanilla.
Roasted bitterness amplifies a chocolate/coffee balance as anticipated from the nose. Sweetness comes out in the middle, giving way to a milk stout finish. Warmth develops the coffee flavors and, very late, brings out a hint of brandy.
This one has a full body and syrupy smooth texture. It is almost flat, with fine carbonation. Well controlled alcohol ultimately dries out the beer.
This is a fine Stout to enjoy while reading on a wet autumn day. While it lacks the intensity I seek from this style, I imagine it would be enhanced by chocolate-covered coffee beans.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 22:39:18 | More by SLeffler27
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.