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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 963
Gots: 412 | FT: 27
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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Ratings: 1,151 | Reviews: 477
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appreciated super-extra, thanks dave (drmeadows). Pours a fairly thick black body with dark brown head, that foams up to a large bubbly head. Aroma, after it airs out, is roasty and chocolate, attractive. Drinks above-average, smooth, with good chocolate and roast. A superior RIS among many good RIS out there,glad I tried. The booziness seems higher than listed. Much licorice in there as well.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300th review!

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a spotty cap of bubbles. Thin rings of foamy rings coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a slight alcohol taste as well. Medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. Lower carbonation level makes for a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout and my first from NEBCO. I would get this one again if I had the chance. Very nice roast and chocolate flavors with this beer.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark coffee color with a good-sized dark tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark sugars, a bit of burnt toast, chocolate, and traces of vanilla. The taste complements the nose, with everything shining through with a nice balance. Mouthfeel was fairly thick, but somehow not quite thick enough for the beer behind it. Not too much alcohol presence, but not very much was expected given that the abv is in the low end of the range for the style. Drinkability is quite nice, and I'm glad I got to try this one.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a somewhat unimpressive head; still, the beer has legs and leaves streaks of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, dark fruit and licorice

Taste: Chocolate fudge, from the outset, with a hoppy bitterness that develops by mid-palate, bringing along currants, charcoal and licorice; coffee elements appear after the swallow, though it is ultimately dominated by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: With the domination of the more subtle flavors by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness, this beer lacks some of the balance I seek in a hoppier style stout

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that the expectations and availability have met the hype, I am happy to try this renowned beer for the first time.

Viscous and velvety look to the pour with a froathy mocha colored head that rises comfortably to the top of the glass. The head laces a bit and falls sooner than expected into a still and heavy beer.

Strong, strong roasted coffees and chocolates meet the forefront, leaving a heavy lactose sweetness to flavor and feel. Obviously taking clues from Sweet or Milk stouts, this beer favors sweetness over robust. The sweet character amplifies the cocoa notes and gives them a milk chocolate aroma and taste while suppressing the coffee and charred character of the beer. Lightly fruity with grapes, apples, and cherries but allowing the malts to shine.

Hops try to balance the beer but don't make any real impact to flavor or aroma. At times the beer reminds me a bit of cola or Dr. Pepper but does not deter from the sweet maltiness of the Stout.

A very nice beer that shys away from Mackeson's and toward Big Black Voodoo Daddy.

Thanks Conneticutpoet!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee notes and light black chocolate. Taste is an underwhelming taste of light roasted notes with light black chocolate and light dry coffee. Body is quite full though average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I guess I might have caught in hype and was expecting a lot more complexity from this one.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage 12oz plastic wrapped and capped bottle served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter glass

A - Poured a very dark and thick ink colored black with just the ever so slightest touch of a dark chocolate colored brown peaking in around the top bottom and sides of the glass. A very nice, and very full three finger high head of tan colored lace and foam then rose up from the bottom and formed a nice delicate pillow across the top of the glass. Very nice retention managed to let this one keep itself around for a good couple of minutes before finally settling down and relenting to just a thin layer of tan across the top, that was perhaps a half inch high and very nice residual side glass lace that left a stringy and foamy mess of tan webs all along the inside of the glass. Very classic look for a big stout.

S - The aroma was very full and rich, just what I would expect it to be. The first thing I noticed was very 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. 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 caramel. Overall pretty typical for your top of the line big stout, this is to say a whole lot better then average!

T - The flavor matched the aroma beautifully, and provided a very full and balanced, if not a tad mellow profile. The first thing that I noticed was a nice touch of coffee in the flavor, not really deep roasted coffee but more of just a general flavor which was used to let everything else build off of. The notes of chocolate went very well with this, really giving a great amount of depth and darkness, which was balanced out very well by some light notes of sugar and vanilla, perhaps even some cookie dough like flavors swirling around. Nothing really dominating this that you could say it was fit into a sub type, rather it was just a very nice all around big stout flavor. Very mellow as far as the alcohol goes, and in fact I am not entirely sure even now how much was in it, as other then a slight note of brandy like quality in the first sip, there was really no touch of it at all throughout the rest of the session. The finish was very nice and strong, blending well the coffee and caramel notes with a fresh earthy hoppiness that provided some much needed bitter relief towards the end and helped to dry everything out and stretch the flavor until you were ready for a little more.

M - The feel was very nice, I will make a remark that it could have been a little bit thicker, but that is more of a personal preference then anything else, as I always tend to think every big RIS I have should have the consistency of a chocolate shake and have really no room for any thinness at all. Now that aside this was still excellent, as it was very smooth and creamy and rich, with more the adequate carbonation and a very nice finish.

D - An excellent sipper, but to be honest it was a little bit more then that. It was soo mellow and smooth that I found myself taking bigger and bigger sips as the night went on and I honestly could have sessioned this one it was that smooth. There was just no hint of alcohol in this one at all and it was just perfect to keep going on this over and over. Really very nice quality here completely.

Overall I thought this was very good. I would not put it up in the call of an Older Viscosity, or the Abyss, but aside from those it was excellent and I could easily see myself having this one again. Now I did not mention it in the appearance, but this has to be the coolest bottle I have ever seen. I am a huge Star Wars geek and this one just made my night. One of the few bottles that I will be keeping around for a while. I would say if you can get this one, definitely check it out, it is worth it, a very high quality stout that was remarkably smooth and consistent.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both Jeff and Steve for hooking me up with bottles of this one. I've been waiting to try it for quite some time now.

A: The pour is a nice looking dark brown, nearly black color with a finger's worth of brown head.

S: A slight acidity to the nose, which is unfortunate. A very strong roasted character without too much in the way of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure. A good bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

M: The body is medium with medium carbonation, but it's a little high for an RIS.

D: Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this one. I enjoyed the roastiness of it, but there wasn't really anything else going on.

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Barry.

Near opaque mocha pour, pitch black in the glass with a short-lived dark brown head. Looks oily and viscous. Big chocolate malt aroma, little bit of burnt bread, caramel and vanilla. Similar flavor; chocolatey up front, but well-attenuated. Chewy without being cloying. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is excellent, making for a rich but surprisingly drinkable imperial stout. Bitter, roasty, borderline burnt finish that's balanced with just a touch of molasses. This is a great example of a traditional, no-frills imperial stout.

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

A hearty "thanks" is due to UncleJedi for sharing this one and to the New England Brewing Co. for blurring the line between beer and Star Wars.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Largely roasty nose with plenty of sweet-scented wafts and rich notes of black coffee spiked with booze, chocolate, toasted almonds, candied dates, and, what the hell, more roast.

Taste: Dark malts rolled up with plenty of smokey roast and semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Splash of almond syrup tossed with some dark fruits. Yeah, the alcohol is noticeable, but it's fairly well-integrated. Earthy hops, along with the roasted qualities, provide a medium bitterness to counter the sweetness. The tongue-coating mouthfeel really allows the flavors to persist and linger. Sweetish, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Rather thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty. Should you ever decide to live your beer-drinking life to the fullest, then grab up a bottle of the Imperial Stout Trooper and enjoy.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

2010 vintage. Gotta love those glasses, baby. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, light brown sugar, and toasted caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the usual stout notes of roast and chocolate coming to the fore, taking charge without o'erwhelming everything else. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth and lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout. That's all I can say. I think I was expecting something exceptional, though, and got something only really good. I hope that makes sense...

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.