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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper

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943 Ratings
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Ratings: 943
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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Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on cask at the real ae fetival in CT this year. It had been aged for 42 weeks in oak whisky barrels. I cant begin to say how wonderful thi beer was. The aroma was a sensual mix of coffe, chocolate, and vanilla. The taste was smooth and silky with a nice sweet balance of roasted malt and hops. It finished smooth and creamy. The oak and whisky came through in the middle and added to the warming senation of the alcohol. If I ever get a chance to try this beer in that way again I will consider myself lucky.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2009 01:04:58 | More by edbeer
Photo of capra12

New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on the first day of GCF at RNH with speedwayjim and special thanks to Patrick for aging this bad boy for a year and resisting the temptation to open it.

Appearance: Jet black and brown with little head.

Smell: Dark fruits and malts with a subtle alcohol nose.

Taste: Opens with dark fruits, malts and dark chocolate which carry over into the finish. From the middle there are dark grains and an earthiness which completes the sip and a slightly alcohol finish which leaves my palate with a mildly malty, dark grain and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with minimal carbonation and medium to full bodied.

Drinkability: So good I had to go back the next day to have another, definitely worth a try and I can't wait till my next chance to have this.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2009 05:44:31 | More by capra12
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Rattle-n-Hum during NY Beer week with capra12. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery Pint Glass.

A: Poured opaque and silky with a 1/2 finger creamy caramel head. Left layered lacing to the point where I could tell how much I sipped each time I did so.

S: Dark fruit (raisins, prunes) sweet soy sauce, dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, and sugary malts.

T: Opens with raisins and sweet soy sauce and develops into a chocolate, vanilla concoction without losing the initial taste. This one just builds and builds. Ends with slightly sour malts and a deep, dark soy sauce aftertaste that lingers.

M: Viscous, silky, and deep bodied just like it should be. Almost no carbonation and really coasts the mouth with layers and layers of flavor.

D: This brew was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to have it again. Definitely worth the hype and if I have to say so myself, no question that this is on par with Dark Lord, the stuff worthy of a cult following.

Serving type: cask

09-12-2009 01:39:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of indiapaleale


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the CT Real Ale fest in New Haven.

Dark inky pour with minimal coffee colored head.

Strong whisky notes in the nose, dark chocolate and coffee as well. Smells delicious and strong.

Taste is chewy, whisky characteristics abound, alcohol notes. Brown sugar and caramel notes as well. This stuff is not for the faint of heart as it is one hard hitting imperial stout.

Glad I got to try this on cask as it was a unique experience.

Serving type: cask

01-26-2009 01:56:29 | More by indiapaleale
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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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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
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


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
Photo of stephens101


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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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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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
Photo of Roguer


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New York

4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Viscous motor-oil like pour. Thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a big, building mochachino colored head that keeps building and then ever so slowly creeps back down the sides leaving thick sticky lacing throughout. Absolutely beautiful beer.

S: Big roasted chocolate malty forward beer with lots of cocoa, smooth subtle coffee, caramel and some dark fruitiness.

T: Monstrously full flavored deep dark malt-forward bitchin' stout. This is packed with so much goddamn flavor. I can't begin to describe the coating of roasted malts, bitter dark cocoa with a slight, subtle touch of coffee and even less black licorice.

M: As expected with an RIS it coats the mouth wonderfully and leaves what I assume is the same lacing as on the glass.

O: Easily hit the top 10 beers I've had. Might be one of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. This one does not have a lot of hype but maybe it should.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:58:13 | More by suspect
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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Black and opaque. An aggressive pour produced a small tan head that had rocky bubbles and diminished quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Bread, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and a mild roasted qualities all backed by sweet malts. A bit of alcohol is picked up as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell, all of the above lie within the taste. Overall sweetness is moderate, as well as overall bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full with a creamy texture. Carbonation is relatively soft.

Overall: I wanted to love this one due to the badass bottle and overall hype, and it certainly is awesome, but the alcohol was a bit prevalent and I found it to be quite one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:52:45 | More by ChrisKayler
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New York

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

Good Beer Sunday
2010 in I snifter
A - black, thin creamed coffee head..a stout basically
S - bitter coffee smell, vanilla, I got some metallic or ash smell from it too maybe, there is an odd smell I can't put my finger on
T - again the light metallic, I keep thinking cherries (not fresh cherries), other usual stout tastes . Bitter end note
M - really nice mouthfeel, not super thick, not thin
O - don't get me wrong, it's a really good stout but I was expecting more, I would like to try a 1 - 2 year old as well. I'd just buy Ten Fidy instead of trading for this in the future

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:30:50 | More by zipper8650
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a small snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Very little carb activity on pour. Black body. Mustered a small dark brown head that did enough to make it very inviting, but then it mostly went away leaving a thin ring around the edge and some patches near the center. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate. Bordering between dark and milk. There's a hint of nuttiness..maybe hazelnut. A whiff of licorice/anise. Very little hop presence.

T: Wonderfully roasty and chocolaty. A touch of wood and dark fruit. Decent hop characteristic. A bit tannic/acidic in the finish. Cohesive flavors throughout.

M: Full bodied, somewhat chalky finish. Acidic and oily texture. Minimal carb.

O: This beer is defined by its ability to balance many ingredients and extreme flavors. I'll be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:16:34 | More by mjtiernan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This is a fine looking beer with a thick expresso colored head mostly creamy, slightly rock bubbles. The head is very looking lasting and leaves a light touch of lacing on the glass. This impressive head sits atop a jet black beer showing a hint of deep garnet on the edges.

S: A nice rich malty nose with coffee, cocoa and some licorice notes. Some moderate dark fruit notes of prunes and figs. There is a medium-low citrus hops aroma and a low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A creamy, coffee and unsweetened chocolate with rich dark malt flavors that just go on and on. The level of malt flavor is high on this but it's fairly smooth with just a touch of dark malt bitterness and a light charcoal flavor; dark caramel, brown sugar and more my tongue is getting lost. The hops bitterness is moderate as is the earthy hops flavor. It has medium to medium-low fruity esters of plums and figs. There is a fair amount of malt sweetness but the balance is still bitter with a medium finish. The aftertaste is of dark grains, unsweetened chocolate and a light hops bitterness.

M: A very creamy, full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A rainbow of dark malt flavors, well executed and pleasantly balanced. Sometimes when you use too many grains the flavors end up muddied and muted like mixing to many paints it ends up dull and grey; that is so not the case here this beer is rich and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:39:48 | More by MadScientist
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from the Bushnell's Basin Hess.

Pours a deep, dark black, almost opaque. Light brown half inch head. Pretty attractive lacing all the way down.

Smells pretty roasty, with milk chocolate in the mix.

Tastes incredible. Deep, rich roastiness, milk chocolate, light espresso, vanilla, slight smokiness. No dominant flavor here, just well rounded notes all around. Not much in the way of hop flavors, maybe some slight hop bitterness that I could be mistaking for roasty bitterness.

Full, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the ABV.

A big winner from NEBCO. They are doing great things. I'd love to try some of the variants of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:52:41 | More by GreesyFizeek
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12/2012 - Brought to just below room temperature and poured aggressively into a clean snifter glass. Khaki colored head with moderate retention and soft lacing, pitch black.

Smell of tart fruit with boozy undertones followed by roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Flavors are muddled a bit. Bitter chocolate, booze and a bland chalkiness. Sparse sweetness is reminiscent of cola, dry finish leaves behind a charred flavor.

Feels light on the tongue, airy, with a smoothness that contrasts the somewhat harsh flavor.

This beer lacks the smoothness that I find in other imperial stouts, despite having a below average alcohol by volume. For me, the taste fell short and I am left underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:56:00 | More by MarkJBurch
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really fantastic stout, no frills about this one, no coffee, cocoa nibs, nothing but an authentic imperial stout here. the pour is real dark, almost black, but tinted cherrywood red when held to intense light. an inch of white head is permanently fixed to the surface. sort of an understated smell, in a meticulously refined way. its dark and bitter of course, but its also got some subtle earthy notes, like damp tree bark, and a touch of black licorice. the flavor is super roasty, as dark as you can go before getting that bitter char taste. here is where some coffee essences can be observed, but its a parallel of roasting, not necessarily of a real coffee addition. there is a little sweetness towards the finish that brings to mind butterscotch oatmeal cookies, one of my most favorite desserts. full body, standard carbonation, cloudlike soft and moist texture that really makes it dangerously easy to drink. I also love that the abv isn't through the roof. it allows for more intake, and thus more reflection. overall this is an outstanding stout, a great illustration of the style, and a beer that I may never have gotten to try if it weren't for a great trade with thebrewo. cheers for this!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 19:37:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.