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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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1,035 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 930
Gots: 384 | FT: 29
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:
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

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of AleWatcher
1.38/5  rDev -67.2%

2009 vintage -- the cool label.
reviewed from notes.

Sadly, the cool label is about the best thing this beer has going for it.
Pours like a thin brown body with red and yellow(?!) hues in the legs. Looks like a strange cola more than an RIS. Doesn't look appealing. No lacing, no head.
nose is pretty weak... like earthy tobacco and some chocolate malt. Just barely, at that.

(at this point I relate an anecdote of a waiter at a thai restaurant giving me a porno dvd. I cannot insert the story here as it is highly inappropriate... so BM me for the story!)

This beer is a lot like that DVD-- perhaps I'm better for the experience, but it isn't something I want again!

The feel is really thin and water, and WAAAAY overcarbonated.
The tobacco flavors really start to come through as this warms up... blech. Some bitter cocoa notes on the finish are actually unpleasant and harsh. Brutal.
Just not good... Very sad about this beer.

AleWatcher, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of klipper
2/5  rDev -52.5%

klipper, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
2.13/5  rDev -49.4%

2010 Groucho Bottle

A: Pours extremely dark and thick with a decent head, and some lacing as well

S: This is was one of the worst smelling stouts I have ever come across. It had way too much dirty ashtray, smoke, and some tobacco.

T: Sometimes after the aroma you can be put off and then be pleasantly surprised by the taste, but this did not deliver. It tasted of extremely bitter dark chocolate, tobacco, ash, and astringent roast coffee.

M: I was impressed with the mouthfeel though, it an extremely rich, thick, consistency to it, and also some light carbonation.

O: Overall, I would say they over did it on the roast barley, carafa III, and black patent. It just was undrinkable. I had to pour out my glass, this was like kissing a chain smoker! I dont know what they were thinking while tasting this, but who knows maybe there was too much of roasted barley added in the mash. I am usually generous with my ratings but with this one I couldnt do it. Maybe this was just a bad batch because I know I am in the dissenter position.

PaulStoneAnchor, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark brown with small mocha colored head

S- The smell is off as I keep getting pennies that overpower light coffee and slight dark fruit

T - Roasted coffee, slight vanilla, caramel, dark roasted coffee. Slight prune juice as well. It drinks better than it smells but it's not great

MF - Light carbonation with medium body that gives it a slight astringent and bitter lingering taste

O - Cool bottle but the beer is off as it has too much copper for a RIS

jeonseh, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -35.2%

Thanks to Ethan for sharing this one. '09 bottling with the now defunct lable.

A - Black beer with a bit of a brown head. Didn't stick around for long.

S - Roast and char, some malt sweetness, prety boring.

T - Charred malt, some chocolate. Really just kind of bland and boring. It really needs some more flavor.

M - Smooth, too much carbonation.

O - I really didn't care for this beer that much. Average at best, and something I'd never try to get again.

AgentZero, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of seedsofchaos
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Perhaps it was the true geek in me that made me want to try this beer. An Imperial Storm Trooper to vouch for the delectable nature of the Dark Side via a Russian Imperial Stout? How interesting... "Brewed in a brewery not to far away and not too long ago..." 2010's bottle cracked and shared amongst three friends and poured into brandy snifters...

The dark side of the force is strong with this one. Jet black and impervious to light. A billowing chocolate head rises and lingers as if to mock the very alcohol that tries to bring it down. Fairly viscous, lacing clings to the glass with hues reminiscent of cocoa mixed with cayenne powder. Truly, the appearance of this beverage of the Sith is a beautiful thing indeed.

No bouquet arises from the pour itself and a formidable inhalation only brings up a conservative aroma. Were they paying by the laser here? A bit of baker's chocolate takes center with a slight touch of roast and dark sweet malt. Plenty of carbonation but the beer almost smells like it could be flat. This beautiful head speaks otherwise though. The nose is simple and unimpressive.

First taste is a touch of smoke that hides at the very tip of my tongue. Baker's chocolate fills my mouth with a silkiness that is very pleasant. Full bodied but without accentuating taste. Bitter chocolate is, inevitably, the majority vote of what this beer is and can be. Earthy hops play into and hide amongst the mediocrity. Perhaps with enough Jedi meditation I could find a faint trace of licorice, but the taste is not pronounced by any means. Not much going on here... You've failed me for the last time, Admiral.

An alright beer overall but nothing close to great. Two of the three of us drank very slowly as if dreading the next drop. Perhaps the Dark Side of the Force is still strong in this one; Forcefully keeping us at bay so that others may drink this beer instead...

seedsofchaos, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

jbertsch, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of MarkIntihar
2.78/5  rDev -34%

Poured from the bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter. Huge thanks to Michael for this one! 2010 Groucho bottle.

A - Pours jet black with a finger plus of darker tan head. Seems to be a bit thinner than I expected when pouring, but in the glass looks thick and delicious. Retention is very nice as well.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and faint toffee are the first impressions on the nose. Upon taking a deeper whiff, there is a definite coffee presence in this one, as well as a bit of a dark fruit (fig, maybe?) that just adds to the complexity of this one. Each whiff brings something new to the table, and it all seems to melt together beautifully in the nose.

T - Taste is... off. Not like, infected off, either. Just weird, and not good. Burnt coffee, harsh alcohol taste, and just overall not good. I can't put my finger on exactly what is wrong with this, but it is definitely not the beer I was expecting. After having and enjoying the taste of the barrel aged version of this beer, this is a pretty big let down.

M - Thick and creamy at first, but that quickly fades to a harsh alcohol burn that stings the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol leaves a lasting bite that is unpleasant. Definitely feels overcarbonated as well, as some other reviewers have mentioned.

O - A huge let down, and possibly my first drain pour in a while, as I am wanting to get on to other beers tonight and this is not an enjoyable experience.

MarkIntihar, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -28.7%

dtx00, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -28.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rpstevens
3/5  rDev -28.7%

rpstevens, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of StoutFest
3/5  rDev -28.7%

StoutFest, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Retsinis, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -28.7%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

pest, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

nanobrew, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Someguy1989
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

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

Someguy1989, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing this 22 oz. bottle from the 2010 release.

The pour is pretty standard of a good Russian Imperial Stout. Bottomless opaque black capped off by a slightly lighter colored head that produces some reasonably good lacing that is more present early on and fading to nothing as I near the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted barley, with the charred malt being one of the dominant characteristics. I don't find any dark fruits in there, nor are there any coffee notes to augment the roast. A bit disappointed with it both in the nose and on the palate. The flavor is similarly lacking fruit and coffee notes, though it adds some harsher tannins that seem to derive from the roasted barley. Not by a long shot the most enjoyable stout that I have had to date.

A bit thinner than I would prefer, and the tannic harshness does make it a bit of a chore to drink for enjoyment. I would like to try this in a few years once it has time to mellow out a little, because it is just too rough around the edges at this point.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

750 ml bottle, vintage 2010 with the Groucho Marx disguise on the bottle.

A: Cloudy dark brown almost black body, though light enough that I could see some sediment floating at the bottom of the glass. Tan, creamy head with some pretty good lacing and retention. Not too bad but not as deep and dark as I like a RIS to be.

S: Roasted malt, charred oak, heavily roasted coffee beans, mild bitter dark chocolate with a finishing note of tobacco. A little too "burnt" overall for my likings, not inviting.

T: Roasted chocolate malt initially washes the palate, followed by some coffee grounds. Cocoa powder finishes but nothing strong enough to compete with the heavily roasted / burnt profile here. It's seems to overtake anything and doesn't provide much complexity as it could.

M: Medium-bodied which is too bad, I expect a full body on any Imperial Stout. The carbonation was a bit too much, not low to give it a creamy mouth feel.

Honestly, I'm really disappointed in this one. I think much of the allure to this beer is the branding and the fact that it's out of reach for most of the country. If this were sitting on shelves all over, it wouldn't get as much praise. Unfortunately, it just doesn't stand up with the other RIS on the market -- there are far better.

ShanePB, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of codysjb
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

codysjb, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.2/5  rDev -24%

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.

StevenBilodeau, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of seeswo
3.2/5  rDev -24%

Pours black with a good sized cocoa head. Looks good. Smell is light chocolate and roasted malts, maybe molasses. The taste is just monster hops. Way over the top with the hops, totally washing out the chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. I've had less hoppy black IPAs. The balance of the hops and the base beer is not as finely crafted as say Darkness. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonated and not overly sweet like some RIS's. Basically, I didn't like this beer. They either covered over a bland base beer with mega hops, or they totally ruined a good base beer by over hopping it. Either way, I found it to be frustrating. A big saving grace is the complete lack of alcohol in the flavor.

seeswo, Apr 24, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

jtladner, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

-NESTO-, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

HopsintheSack, Dec 09, 2013
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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.