Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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479 Reviews
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Reviews: 479
Hads: 1,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 980
Gots: 418 | 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:
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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Reviews: 479 | Hads: 1,179
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. (901 characters)

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. (250 characters)

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. (211 characters)

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.. (197 characters)

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. (551 characters)

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. (216 characters)

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. (793 characters)

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. (445 characters)

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 (189 characters)

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. (314 characters)

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. (169 characters)

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. (770 characters)

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. (356 characters)

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. (590 characters)

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. (949 characters)

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 (389 characters)

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. (546 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has been on my want list for a long time. Thanks to PrimeBeer for the hookup!

Dark tan head on top of a pitch black brew, and that's what we're looking for.

Smells of molasses, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel and vanilla. Fairly complex without being muddled. A faint hop aroma arises later.

Dark chocolate overtakes milk chocolate on the palatte. Caramel, oak and hops find their way into the mix as well.

Smooth as it hits the tongue and roughens up a bit as it goes on down. Can be slightly oily at times. The alcohol bites down but let's go quickly.

Could use some refinement, but this is an Imperial beer, so who am I to argue the finer, more delicate points of taste? (689 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle of the 2012 vintage pours an oily black with a fine-bubbled cap of mocha head. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is cocoa powder, dark chocolate, leafy hops and raspberry jam.

Taste has a nice chocolate presence, like the sludge at the bottom of a cup of chocolate milk. Fair amount of blackberry fruitiness and still a formidable finish of old world hops. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous...smooth and low carbonation...silky even. Very nice brew here...always happy to get this one in a box! (511 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid and firm brown head, with very good retention, eventually fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Lacing is excellent. Brew pours the expected oily black for this kind of stout. Very dark. Excellent looking beer.

Aroma is a little boozy, red grape. Past that, the dominant note is slightly burnt coffee, with smooth and sweet cream behind. Fairly balanced and subtle nose overall.

Flavor follows the nose, and matches that of the solid porters and stouts of the US. Slightly sweet and creamy; hints of dark chocolate; solid bite from burnt coffee notes, mainly on the back end (similar flavor profile to FBS, but smoother, more subtle). Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and full-flavored, but on the medium side WRT viscosity and chewiness, especially for a stout. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and the coffee bite is excellently balanced.

This isn't a dessert stout; it really reminds me of FBS. It's a little understated by comparison. That's more to my liking; it may not be to yours. (995 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 2012, opened Dec 2013.

A - Thick black body with dark muddy highlights. Foamy, light milk chocolate head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose. Roasted grains, milk chocolate, dark toast, bread crust.

T - Toasted rye bread, bitter burnt malts, touch of vanilla, dry 90% cocoa, unsweetened latte.

M - Medium-light body, especially for the style. Nice dry, creamy backend.

O - Not overly complex, but what's there is really nice. Flavor profile reminds me more of a milk stout than an RIS. (501 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. I'm thinking 2010 based on the 750ml, no date and Groucho glasses. Thanks surge1311!

A – Black with no light and a moderate tan head that dissipates quickly. Clings to the glass nicely.

S – Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted barely.

T – Smooth with chocolate and roasted barley joined by a depth of subtleties including a hint of molasses. The flavor is relatively tame but still interesting and enjoyable. Leans toward the dry side but still a hint of sweetness.

M – Creamy with a well behaved carbonation.

O – Not overly assertive but flavorful and enjoyable. (605 characters)

Photo of Rish907
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had the 12/2012 batch. 500ml bottle.

Poured fairly thin with decent amount of head. Smell was coffee, dark chocolate, and malts notes mostly. Mouth-feel was very thin, I was expecting more viscous for a stout. Tasted chocolate and coffee notes with some dark fruits. Let down my expectations a bit, I think this one definitely needs the bourbon-barrel to add some character and depth. There are so many other great ones out there, but worth a try to have once. I look forward to the barrel-aged version down the line. This one is a B- overall. (544 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head.

S-Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

T-Nice balance. Chocolate, roasted malt. vanilla with slight bitterness.

M-Heavy, creamy, nicely carbonated.

O-A great RIS, been wanting to try it for a while and it lived up to my expectations. A really good beer. (310 characters)

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