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Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 bottle
2013 - 500mL bottle labeled 12/2013
2014 - 500mL bottle
2015 - 12oz can

Added by goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006

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Photo of Patinsane
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks - A deep deep black pour with thick light brown head

Smells - Rich malts, wicked dark chocolate and some coffee on back end

Taste - Coffee hits me first and then chocolate takes over, finishes a nice sweet malty flavor

Feel - A light to medium thickness

A fabulous brew, definitely enjoyable. If Guinness is the only stout you've tasted then count this as your top 5 to try out.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown almost black body with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grounds

Taste - flavors aren't quite as intense as the aroma : dark chocolate, roasted malts, fudge some coffee, some molasses

Mouthfeel - roasted flavors from the chocolate and malts dominate out front, back end has notes of coffee and fudge, medium bodied, medium carbonation, the body comes in a tad thin for the style

Overall - good RIS that falls somewhere in the middle of the category in terms of quality. Worth a try

Price point - $3.99/12 oz can

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Photo of agreenman19
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a dark, chocolately black. Not pitch black, but looked like motor oil coming out of the can. Beautiful liquidy smooth dark brown head. Unusually dark. Incredibly appealing. The head consists of loads of tiny bubbles, all working together to create a strong film that holds strong to maintain shape as the glass is tipped or jostled. The bubbles seems very sticky. Good lacing.

S - immediate coffee roast up front. A good dose of hops give it a fresh and potent aroma. This is gonna be a bitter stout.

T - dark chocolate up front, creamy coffee and milk chocolate in the middle as things start to settle. Dark fruits. Bright, floral hops all the way through. NEBCO has that hop profile down pat. Unique and fresh.

F - low to medium carb and not terribly thick, but somehow manages to feel dense and packs in a shitton of flavor into every sip. Neat mouthfeel. Another unusual characteristic that sets it apart from other stouts. Creamy and one of the best features of this beer.

O - first time I've been able to sit down and truly enjoy this beer! Thank you NEBCO for canning it! Very impressive offering. Maybe I'll get around to cracking open that barrel aged version from last year!

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Photo of emount91
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

got cans dated 1/6/16. pours a very daaaaaark black, no light goes through this beer whatsoever. big dark brown foamy head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin one. smell is not intense at all: light coffee, light chocolate, and a very slight bitter piney hop flavor. taste is best described as taking black iced coffee and straining out the ice, and maybe adding the slightest little back end note of pine. i could drink this beer every morning before work instead of my coffee and not feel like I'm missing out on anything! mouthfeel was good, though I think this beer would be much better on Nitro. im not usually a stout guy, but this one may have just swayed me to start trying them from other places again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pitch black pour with a thick toffee colored head.

S - Dark chocolate, cream, and licorice aroma. Mild astringency.

T - Based on the age - Molasses, licorice/anise, dark chocolate, cream. Nice lingering dark chocolate bitterness with a little bit of sugar molasses on the finish.

M - Full medium body, slippery, sticky on the lips.

O - Good, but I let this bottle sit too long.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is no wow factor associated with this beer, but it was far better than I had anticipated, given the gimmicky name.

It delivers on being a fairly good stout and that is all I wanted out of this beer.

Coffee and chocolate flavors on the palate in an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/13/15

Dark medium thick pour. Poured with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Very roasty, almost burnt flavor. Lots of chocolate taste.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass.

The aroma is sweet at first with some peanut brittle making its appearance with a slight black licorice aroma. There is a dough smell here that is a little bagel and brown bread mixed together. Chocolate is back there in the back to just tease and then lets the bready malts take back the aroma till it trails off.

The taste is sweetness first with a creamy rum flavor and hints of grape and other dark fruits. There are figs here to mix in with a dominant peanut brittle flavor. Shaking the tree loose of weak flavors, as this warms up there are roots in coffee and dark chocolate. A big mallet of currants, black cherry, and slight raspberry flavor makes the dark fruits spectrum complete.

The feel of this beer is big on flavor big on flavor with a big ABV that challenges the standards and blazes a new trail of hardcore flavor characters.

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Photo of Jjski
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightish in the world of RIS. Balanced but straight forward , dry finish with some mild char. I searched this bout on reputation, obtain 6 bottles 2 years ago.

I drank one and was underwhelmed. Aged the rest. Pulled one tonight and I feel the same.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This'll put hair on your chest, oodles of roasted, or perhaps charred, malts dominating. Think of some brutally bitter, black coffee and you've kind of got this. Tasty in some ways, but an exercise in endurance.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

All around great stout, roasted malts, chocolate, maybe some rolled oats.. Mouth feel is awesome.. Hint of that 8.5 does come out.. So this would be a great beer to put away for a couple of years..

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date Dec. 2014

L - Pours thick, not as thick as some RIS, with an oil consistency body and one finger medium khaki head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Roasted malts to the extreme, dark chocolate and some coffee beans. The smell just envelopes you.

T - Big roasted malts at first that develop into dark chocolate and coffee.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety body.

O - ABV to taste, this beer is killer. Really digging just the straight forward tastes I'm getting from it. A BA or coffee version has to be killer.

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Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of licorice is strong with this one. I guess as a licorice fanboy I'm going to be a little biased in the aroma department. Such a great imperial stout, nails the sturdy and silky mouthfeel that I crave. In the interest of full disclosure, this beer wears 8.5% on its sleeve. I've had 10 and even 11% stouts that were less boozy. There's a decadence to the alcohol heat here though, its hard to describe. Almost like a liqueur, that sort of heady, nose hair activating warmth that makes each sip feel like a treat.

Roast coffee qualities throughout, both in the front end, the bouquet, and the finish. But really not that bitter of a beer. Some malt sugars definitely lasted through the fermentation process, I'd call this beer a hair less than fully attenuated. Thankfully it doesn't devolve into diabetes territory, it's more of a light caramel and toffee kiss. I really enjoy the interplay between the astringency of that coffee note, the way it engages my palate, and the sweet mid section of this beer. The finish is slick, but more slippery than oily.

Well worth sipping over a protracted drinking engagement. The flavors and aromas really do change in subtle ways as the beer warms up. As you acclimate to the alcohol, the malts become more pronounced while the roasted notes harmonize in the background. If NEBCo ever has to rename this beer because of the litigious society we live in, Imperial March would be apropos.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. (500 mL) bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, GMRFx), 2013 vintage (orange wax), poured into a White Labs snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of dar482
4.82/5  rDev +15%

A '12 vintage.

A world class example of the style. It gathers the dark fruit (cherries, dates) and gentle balanced hop qualities of Darkness, but along with a thicket chocolate and roast quality of something like Founders Imperial and Ten Fidy.

The beer drinks above its ABV with a medium plus to full mouthfeel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Bessettes Colton NY for $8 - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some roasted notes and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - Something about it reminds me a bit of a milk stout. But still, the flavours are fantastic. It has a quality chocolate flavour that I also get from Speedway stout or even Hunapuh. Very easy to drink and great balance. Only fault is maybe the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage into a teku glass

A - Pitch black with dark brown head

S - Is this stout flavored? Huge milk chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruits, figs, even a slight cherry on the nose. Wow, is this complex!

T - Oh yeah. The dark fruits are more on the taste. Still getting the milk chocolate and espresso notes. Just great.

M - Fluffy and thick as all hell. Goes down so smooth.

O - Easily the best non-flavored and non barrel-aged RIS I've ever had. So much going on here. Feels bigger than the 8.5% abv and so robust. Will seek this out again. The force is strong with this stout.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is right into the top tier of stouts with tons of roastiness and complexity.
A: jet black with a few inches of puffy mocha head and sticky clouds left all over the glass
A: roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, burnt brown sugar
T: coffee notes dominate with a mix of brewed and grinds adding some bitterness. Very roasty with a touch of bitterness
M: smooth, thick, sticky coating finish

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer is subjective and I don't boast that I know more than anyone else, but for my opinion, this is the best beer I've ever had. It's black as ink with a coffee head that will last long after the sun burns out. The smell is laced with coffee and dark chocolate notes. The taste is amazing with coffee and sweetness from the malt coming in at different times during the taste. It's complex, yet without being overbearing. The mouthfeel is pure velvet and coats your throat down to your stomach. This is the beer that I compare all other stouts to.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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