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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%


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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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Serving type: growler

03-13-2014 19:49:52 | More by alaimoa
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled at NEBCO to a tulip (a few times). I've had this year's batch a few times now, time to review.

A: Jet black, like motor oil. A little bit of a fizzy dark tan head. No lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and licorice. Raisins. Fruitier than I remember. Very nice.

T/M: Delicious milk chocolate dominates. Toffee. Sweet and smooth. A little dark roast and a bit of a hop presence makes for a somewhat bitter finish. Not much of the dark fruit from the nose. Not a hint of booze. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with low carbonation. (I remember carbonation being higher in the bottle.)

O: NEBCO continues to crush it this year. Well done boys.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2013 13:03:07 | More by CharlatanSin
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler. Filled on 12/18/12.

Inky dark brown to black, viscous body. Small, half finger of dense, dark khaki head. Some retention and lacing. Lots of roasted malts on the nose. Dark chocolate covered fruit. Licorice. Sumatran coffee funk. Nice.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Swells with dark fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, and rum raisins. Peaty, with Sumatran funk and bitterness comes through, along with licorice and some molasses. More roasted bitterness in the finish with plenty of lingering sweet peaty malt and chocolate. Slightly warming, but very drinkable. Full bodied with a lush, velvety feel. Very nice, especially once it hits cellar temperature.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2012 20:12:21 | More by alexgash
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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of montrose79 at my recent tasting.

Pours a fairly thick, viscous black body with dark brown head, that foams up to a large bubbly head.

Aromas begin quite full and rich, initially sweet smell coming off of it, almost akin to a milk stout but much stronger and with a much greater depth to it. Rich chocolate notes were rotating in and out and mingling with roasted coffee and vanilla, really becoming quite full. Some light soy sauce emerges more as it warms. No hint of alcohol in the aroma what so ever. There was a touch of a grainy and earthy like back that could be found hiding deep underneath a well and slight hints of dark caramel.

The tastes begin very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure, bordering charred maltiness. A good earthiness and bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla. The intense char interacts with that same soy sauce element I was getting in the nose. Not offensive as it sounds but a big flavored beer for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a medium amount of carbonation, thank goodness, otherwise this would be like sludge on your palate. The finish is dry and roasty and bitter from all the dark malt additions here.

Overall, I am kinda over big boy stouts like this one, and I thought I was going to hate this but I actually enjoyed my small pour decently. 4 oz is all I really needed as this beer is packed with massive roast, char and dark chocolate flavors. Not for the faint of heart and worth a go if you like extremely dark roasty stouts.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2012 15:40:27 | More by claspada
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henskejk

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler bought from the brewery and poured into a pint glass

A - Looks thick and syrupy as it was poured into the glass and is black, such that no light shines through.

S - Some coffee and chocolate aroma, with also some detectable maltiness.

T - Big sweet, roasted flavor, with coffee and chocolate.

M - heavy body and thick, but also pleasantly carbonated so it feels slightly creamy when swished in the mouth.

O - Delicious brew, big sweetness and flavor cover up the alcohol in this very well, with very little if any booziness detected.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2012 23:44:13 | More by henskejk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz swing top bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Big thanks go to Stakem for filling this off a personal keg that he had of this rarity. We’ll effectively consider this a growler serving.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger of rich and burnt looking mocha colored head. This retains with a tight ¼ finger of foam, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty forth and dark oils. The aroma has a LOT of power going on with it, with a assertive mix of chocolate, roast, and green citrus in the nose, but it’s probably the spicy alcohol sweetness from the ABV that dominates this the most. This has some presence to it.

The taste is equally thick, with notes of bitter chocolate, some sweeter feeling caramel flavor, a firm and green tasting hop bitterness, and then finally some dark roasted coffee character that fills out the back of the profile. The flavors themselves here are pretty straight forward overall but like the nose, it’s the ABV that adds that little extra something here with a bold alcohol sweetness and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is naturally full bodied, with a solid chewy heft to it that sits underneath a bit of a softer and creamier feel to the carbonation. This definitely has some warmth to the body but it’s never overly hot or stinging, keeping most of my impression of the alcohol confined to that extra layer of complexity that it adds here.

While the complexity wasn’t quite there to get this up with some of the top Imperial Stouts out there, I still rather enjoyed this. It made great use of its ABV, with warm spicy flavors and a beefy attitude that kept me interested. I wouldn’t bank the farm to acquire a bottle or anything but I sure wouldn’t turn one down either. This is good one.

Serving type: growler

06-30-2011 14:50:34 | More by Kegatron
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. I scored pours from both a bottle and a growler, but I got a bigger pour from the growler so...Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark as night with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical stout. Hints of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light booze, and some hops sneaking in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with some sweet roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of coffee and more chocolaty sweetness. Finish is a mix of sweet dark roasted malt and some light smokiness. Not bad but it really didn't blow me away.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, bodied with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I liked this one for what it is but it left me wanting something more. I feel like I have had this beer multiple times before, yet this is the first time I have had it.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 22:10:32 | More by orangesol
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begforme4484

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler and a few bottles right from the brewery. Great work on the new label, rofl.

Pours black. 1 1/2 fingers of light brown head that receded quickly to a nice ring on the edge. Lacing is sticky and spotty.

There are lots of roasted malts on the forefront of the nose. Nice hints of dark chocolate and some dark fruits too.

This is easily one of the best stouts that I've had. Great amount of malt sweetness. Roasted malts and a coffee flavor come in an bitter it up. A hint of raisins helps finish out the slightly bitter hoppiness in the end.

Full bodied, viscous, thick. Very nice feel for a stout.

The drinkability is very high. I split the growler between myself and family on Christmas. Each one that tried it, loved it. From a fellow craft beer enthusiast(brother), to a regular drinker/borderline alchoholic(father), and someone that hardly ever drinks beer(Bro's GF).. it was a hit.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 03:03:56 | More by begforme4484
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler into pint glass. $24 w/ glass, filled @ the brewery.

A- 1 finger oatmeal cookie colored head that comes to life with a few swirls. Beer is dark brown, not black.

S- coffee, mild sweet cream, bitter chocolate. Some undefined dark fruit sweetness.

T- Bold and impressive at first sip. Very bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and some mild fruit sweetness on the finish. Malt is big and toasty/roasty. This beer is balls-to-the-walls with flavor. Not for the faint of heart. I'm diggin' the earthy bitter hops here. Good lingering bitterness and chocolate notes.

M- Fairly high carbonation, substantial heft in the body. Nice finish. No qualms here.

D- High. Great stuff. I will be popping bottles of this fresh, the hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness is really the bee's knees. Well done, NEBCO.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 23:21:06 | More by ShogoKawada
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modernartblues

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into my newly purchased Duvel Tulip. 2010 Batch.

A- Darker than the deepest black. Decent size brown head. Sheets of lacing hold up on the glass throughout.

S- I mainly get chocolate, but also roastiness and just a touch of floral notes from the hops. The nose (like the rest of the beer) changes drastically as it warms. This is a beer to be savored with all the senses.

T- Like I noted previously, chocolate is the biggest flavor for me, but as the beer warms I get a kaleidoscope of flavors including coffee, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits, and more. Each sip seems to reveal something different.

M- Full bodied without being ridiculously overbearing, creamy and delicious, Perhaps perfect....

D- Stupidly drinkable. Make sure you have some friends to help drink the growler or 750ml or you are gonna get drunk quick. The only downside to this beer is the empty glass at the end of it.

Had several samples at the brewery and then the growler the same night. This beer is stupendous. I was only able to split a bottle last year (while I was sick) and had a hazy memory of the beer. This years batch blew me away. Right up there with the Abyss in my mind. One of my top favorite beers ever.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2010 19:43:38 | More by modernartblues
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler at the brewery. Thanks Matt & Rob for your hospitality once again. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Jet black, medium head.

S - Here comes the coffee!

T - Really get the coffe and chocolate. Great coffee bitterness afterwards.

M - Medium carbonation

D - Very easy.

Nice to get the holidays going with a good local beer. Happy to have had a growler rather than a bottle which will be snatched up shortly next week!

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 00:31:31 | More by jimmy82063
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Serving type: growler

12-18-2010 19:22:44 | More by BranfordBound
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1000 review so had to make it a local favorite of mine!

Poured from a growler filled from an aged cask at the brewery. Leftover from a recent caskfest at the time of the growler fill.

I sampled at room temp poured into a pint glass, split the 2L growler with a friend so I could end the nite on a coherent note.

The beer pours motor oil thick and the color of chocolate syrup. Minimal tan head foams up and fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.

The aroma is heavy roasted malt with espresso beans dipped in dark chocolate, some molasses notes make an appearance too. Very rich and inviting. No hop presence to speak of and alcohol is fairly well masked, but you know this beer is serious.

First sip reveals a thick chewy body with slightly syrupy texture and very mild spacious carbonation. The beer leaves sticky residue on my lips after each sip. Flavor is as the nose advertised. Very rich malt flavor, roasted malt and molasses mix together effortlessly. There is mild coffee bite and a hint of booze on the finish, not really warm more of a hearty overall feel to the beer. Not really a lot of cask qualities, like oaky toothpick hits, or vanilla notes, maybe a little drier on the finish than the bottles, but otherwise fairly similar.

Again I dont get any hops but I dont miss em while drinkin this treat.

The beer drinks very easy for its size. As others have said this is probably one of the coolest names/labels for a beer out there. Definitely worth seeking out.
A well crafted brew from a great brewery close to home!

Serving type: growler

05-01-2009 02:05:03 | More by sulldaddy
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SLeffler27

New York

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
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 17:35:49 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:13:27 | More by stephens101
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:35:20 | More by twiggamortis420
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 16:41:26 | More by Billolick
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:27:17 | More by Roguer
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vfgccp

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:19:31 | More by vfgccp
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 19:28:04 | More by GJ40
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Rish907

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:38:59 | More by Rish907
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:09:43 | More by rlee1390
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joe1510

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Recieved this RIS from scthaden, thanks again. Imperial Stout Trooper gurgles from the glass. This beer is black as a moonless night with zero highlights showing through. The head that forms is also extremely dark. So dark in fact it has that purplish hue to it you find in only the darkest stouts. The head leaves behind some decent patchy lacing on its way down. By the looks of this one it's going to have some intense flavors.

Aroma is strongly roasted malts from beginning to end. The smell is as intense as you would expect from the looks of things. After you get past the thick layer of heavily roasted grains. There's a lactic quality in there somewhere along with dark berries and bittersweet chocolate. Mainly blackberries. The depth and complexity of the roasted malt just completely saturates the air.

The heavily roasted malts absolutely blanket the tongue as soon as it hits. There's a quick flash of the dark berries and cream up front but silky smooth dark chocolate combines with the roastiness and creates a great layering of flavor. On the swallow, while the roastiness just starts to fade but the chocolate still stays strong, freshly ground coffee joins the chocolate to create a perfect finish. There's enough of a hop presence to let you know they're there and leave a good balancing bitterness. This is an excellent tasting stout.

The mouthfeel of this beer is sublime. Heavy bodied with a good chewiness. The body coats the tongue and lets the flavors linger long after the swallow. Finishes slightly gritty. Perfectly rich luscious mouthfeel.

This beer is without a doubt a sipper but it's something that could easily be sipped all night long. If you have a cold Winter's night like tonight this beer is a sheer enjoyment to drink.

I've had my eye on an Imperial Stout Trooper for awhile now and I'm glad i finally got one. This is a RIS to seek out. Trade, hitch a ride, take a bus, do whatever it takes to get your hands on one. It's top notch.

Reviewed: 12/8/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:14:18 | More by joe1510
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black and a gorgeous rich mahogany head.

Aroma's what going on. Roasty and malty. Coffee, dark cocoa, raisin and bit-o-vanilla.

Tastes just like the smell but better. Adding to the smell, I'm getting chocolate cake and tart dried cherries. This troopers a beast and layered well.

Very rich and chewy. Hardly any carbonation.

An absolute pleasure to experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:41:19 | More by joeseppy
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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.