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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 941
Gots: 385 | FT: 28
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 tjthresh
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle that pours dark brown. This beer appears to be water thin. There is a decent brown head. The aroma presents light chocolate, char, and cooked sugar aromas. The flavor is mostly cocoa. Pretty hoppy and sugary. Thin body with lots of carbonation. Seems fairly run of the mill to me.

tjthresh, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a Duvel tulip. The label is a classic.

Cinnamon-maple colored head. Thin - about 1/2 finger - and it goes quickly, leaving wisps atop an espresso/spent motor oil-colored body. Lacing is moderate. This looks ominous indeeed.

Boatload of brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Chocolatey malt and its roast mix up well with heavy coffee tones and slight grassy hops. Maybe a hint of mild vanilla oak. This is actaully quite understated while remaining impressive.

Oooh, the smoke and BBQ char of it all. At the moment I am wicked pissed that we're cooking up a couple of big fat ribeyes tonight and I didn't allocate one of these gems for the project. Rich but dry slate texture of seared steak char all balance out the molasses/brown sugar sweetness quite nicely. Hop grass is mildly bittering. No alcohol to speak of to put it over the top. If I didn't know better I could session this. Slight ultra-black currants on deep background.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. At all. Rich on all fronts - big malt, nice coffee and hop bitterness, no alcohol burn to speak of, and clean yet woody finish. Perfect.

This is mid-range to me between a true session stout and a classic RIS. It LOOKS like winter. As Ron Hawkins' amp used to say in masking tape on the front, "Clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy."

IBUnit63, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark body with thin off white head. Good rich sweet chocolate aroma. A ton of aroma for a beer. Starting to thin a bit in the flavor but still good chocolate. Some sweetness and leaves a nice malty aftertaste. Light body for a stout but medium at a minimum. Can't wait for this to release again.

drseamus, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Otter Creek pint glass. Thank you birradr14 for the hook-up.

A- Imperial stout trooper pours a very dark black murky color with a brownish foamy head that stays, great retention. not much lace going on.

S- A whole bunch of bitter chocolate with some alcohol and some dark fruit rounding it out. i'm also sensing alot of malts with some hops and a dash of smoke that make the nose all the better. pretty well rounded.

T- I'm lovin it. Dark Chocholate is at the forefront and is balanced nicely against some coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. some bitterness comes next with a nice hop presence, but not overkill. Smoky, with some alcohol.

M- IST is full bodied and is thick and not as smooth as some RIS that i've had. All the taste stays with you for some time while it finishes fairly dry. It's a tad hot and bitter but is not a chore to drink. Little carbonation.

D- I could go for another right now. Not sure of the abv but i defiently felt the force after finishing the bottle. I nursed this for a little over 45 minutes and it was lovely, I would love to try this on- tap. Too bad it's limited.

This RIS makes me want to seek out some of the other offerings from New England Brewing Company. i see they come in cans, even better.

BARFLYB, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a foil-capped 12-ounce bottle dated 2008 into an imperial pint glass. Many thanks to Don for this one.

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque black, color with a very thin veil of coffee colored carbonation which left slight residual lacing and a thin, syrupy coating on the glass.

S: Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, caramel, cocoa powder, charcoal, molasses and earthy, herbal aromas.

T: Taste is a big bouquet of roasted malt flavors ranging from semisweet chocolate, bitter, weakly brewed coffee with a bit of milk, earthy soil and coal flavors, with a resinous herbal oil hop undertone. Finish is deep roasted and deliciously bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly syrupy. Not tough to drink, but one you'll want to take your time with.

D: Fantastic, full bodied malt flavors make this a really enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. The mystery ABV is felt, but is well masked among the eight different malts used, and therefore it makes for a great winter sipping stout.

At nearly $9 per bottle, Imperial Stout Trooper is well worth the investment, given its relative rareness and masterful local brewing. Gives Old Rasputin a good run for its money, though it's not as good a value. Still, I keep loving what these local homebrew heroes keep coming out with.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is from the original release.

Great color like a purple/black with a damn fine looking rust colored head. Everything seems to have purplish hues. Fades into a creamy topping with slight lace. Some yeast floaties as well.

Fudge, bakers chocolate, and dark cocoa are the main point of interest in the nose then moving towards a big caramel, and black fruit component with a hint of vanilla bean. Black fruits really start showing through lead by currant and raisin with plum and more very nice.

Very nice roasty character shows in the mouth and helps keep things soft with a light carbonation that is spritzy on the finish. Nice hop bitterness with a bit of pine. The mid palate and long finish are just overwhelmed with layers of chocolate, chocolate cake, dark chocolate fudge, hot fudge, and then caramel and the black fruits of the nose on the finish.

Thick and creamy and somewhat tannic from the roasted malt. A big very good imperial stout.

mcallister, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours near black wih a thin espresso head. The nose is very chocolatey with roasty malts and aged hops. The taste is also a nice blend between the chocolate and big malts. Full body passes well over the palate. A well balanced beer that is right up there with the best.

rye726, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for (finally) sharing a bottle of this one!

A-Deep, dark black with a thin tan ring that leaves a meager coating of film.

S-Rather woody with a touch of a mettalic twinged. Bit of leather, dark fruit(prune) and then some smoke it the background upon warming.

T-Lots of flavours starting with a dry woodiness. Astringent leather and a bit of plum like sweetness. Tobacco sneaking in at the end. Most impressed with the way this has held up for being over 2 years old.

M-Medium-heavy body with a thick chewy feel. Flavours linger nicely.

D-Nice. This is better than expected. Quite complex with lots of dark, dry, astringent notes. Why is this retired? Please bring it back!

Deuane, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of cooperrip. Shared with Deuane.

A: The stout is pitch black, a moonless night in a glass. A tan-colored head, tinted with some redness, pools at the top of the glass.

S: The nose is complex, full of dark flavors. I pick up chocolate licquer, cocoa, charred toast, espresso and nuttiness. The nose is pretty darn good.

T: Much like the nose, the taste is unafraid to pull punches. Booziness is pervasive, adding a warm depth to the chocolate and roasted bread flavors. Coffee and caramel flavors, along with some lactose tartness, further highlights the intensity of the stout. This beer has held up nicely for being 2+ years old.

M: The ale has a full flavor that improves as it warms. A well-made imperial stout that has a wide-ranging profile.

D: The stout tastes heavy, boozy and warm. This was a good one to split.

akorsak, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you want in an RIS, rich chocolate, hearty roasted dark malts, well-masked alcohol and not overly sweet. There's a very mild hops presence that brings a good balance. There is a slightly bitter-sweet dark chocolate after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a well-made, flavorful and highly drinkable RIS and is one of the best that I've had in its style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black color with a solid one finger head. Nice retention with some lace noted.

S: Bold aromas pour from the glass. Tons of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet molasses, with a touch of licorice. Dark fruits can be picked up along with a hint of roast.

T: Nice bold roast flavor right up front with a bit of smoke. Tons of dark chocolate come next. Blackened brown sugar and a touch of tobacco round thing out. I like this one.

M: Full bodied, fairly rich and smooth.

D: Not a huge pour as this one was shared, but it would be a great one to sit back with an entire bottle just to enjoy.

tpd975, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice cocoa head forming on the pour. Looks good. Smell is heavily roasted malts and some molasses and cocoa. Taste is very much molasses and some more of the roasted malts. Huge, thick and wonderful on the mouthfeel.
I'm a huge fan of Bells Expedition, and that was the first beer that popped into my head that this beer resembles. It's missing a bit in the flavor, but appearance, mouthfeel and smell is very close to the Expo.
Very well done, and very good.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vitrually black, smallest ruby brown edges. Beautiful creamy tan head with light lacing down the glass, settles to a ring within a few minutes.

Smell is quite nice with licorice or molasses up front. Dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, hint of coffee and dark fruit. Very deep and dark.

Taste is pretty amazing. Big and rich, quite complex and something I can't get enough of. The molasses isn't quite as prevalent but still in the background. Rich, chocolate goodness along with coffee and hints of vanilla. Almost an espresso like flavor but a bit darker. Light tartness from dark fruits. Hints of bitterness from roast and hops.

Mouthfeel is lush, very creamy and full. Silky smooth and like velvet on the tongue.

Damn, I definitely enjoyed this one. If it were sold in 4-packs and I lived in the area, mine would be gone in an evening.

Big thanks to naproxen for this unbelievably delicious treat!

ncvbc, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Walken
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New England Brewing Company: Imperial Stout Trooper (Bottled: 2006) (Tasted 06/10/08)
12 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours opaque, pitch black with an inch-high flat mocha head that fades into a quarter inch cap. Swirling the glass leaves a solid sheet of lace along the sides.
Odor: Molasses, overripe currant and alcohol aromas up front, complimented nicely by the coffee ground, espresso and soft semi-sweet chocolate in the background. There's almost a whiff of banana in there too.
Consistency: Creamy, chewy and soft, full body. Some slight acidity, most likely from oxidation.
Taste: Molasses and rich chocolate flavors are the centerpiece of this brew, fruity esters phase in and out with an underlying mellow bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Roasted grain becomes more evident mid-palate to balance and then blossoms into the finish, which is surprisingly clean for such a big stout. Roasted grains take hold of the palate, chocolate and coffee linger.

Walken, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from New England Brewing Company pours out of a cool Imperial Storm Trooper bottle a pitch black leaving a thick brown head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, espresso, vanilla, herbal hops, spicy and citrus in nature.

The taste is bitter sweet, strong alcohol but soothing, it continues with a dark bitter chocolate, caramel, mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy, peppery, hop bitterness. Wow this is a great stout one I hope will return or shall I say "Strike back".

Franchise, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first officially retired brew courtesy of naproxen... Thanks, Aliza!

This is a Dark Side black to say the least.... Blacker than you can imagine black... On top sits a thick creamy tan head that makes this a stunning brew...

Aroma of dark roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, and surprisingly citrus hops.... Huh??

What a delicious brew this is.... Loads of chocolate, fruit, malt, hops, a little coffee, some vanilla... Wasn't expecting all of that...wonderfully complex and delicious...

Scary drinkability on this one... Its dark and rich but I could drink this til I passed out... Its freaking delicious!!

Amazing brew... This one needs to be revived...

Tilley4, May 31, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 11osixBrew for the chance to make a few Star Wars/beer geeks dreams come true.

Pours jet black, no light being able to penetrate, decent sized tan head that fades at a fair pace, a little patchy lacing but not much.

Smell is of roasted malt, some smokiness, strong dark fruit presence, slight coffee/chocolate aroma.

Taste starts out with a roasted kick, then the dark fruit aspect hits the sides of the tongue to spice things up which then melds to a mild bitter coffee aftertaste, very creamy and smooth throughout, above average carbonation for the style but it works well.

deltatauhobbit, May 18, 2008
Photo of BillyB
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drawn to the dark side of the force!
And boy is this DARK!

Pours an inky, motor oil, jet black with a thin, tan to dark brown head.

Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol.

Flavors of sweet and burnt roasty malt. Chocolate sweetness balnced with bitter espresso/coffee -ness.

Very smooth velvety/silky mouthfeel. With a subtle carbonation fizz. Dangerously drinkable!
A fabulous beer!
The dark side rules!

BillyB, May 04, 2008
Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out motor oil black with a chocolate milk head that dies to a ring. Smells roasty with a hint of almond, maple and caramel. Wow, tastes very very roasty, I love it. Coffee ground like bitterness, some caramel and chocolate. A little thin in the mouth. Nicely drinkable. Fun beer to celebrate with on Easter after giving up beer for Lent.

franksnbeans, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Storm Trooper stout pours an inky black into the glass with a creamy dark brown head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring and sheet on the beer leaving behind splotches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rather faint, but has notes of roasted caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate and alcohol are present. Each sip of this full bodied beer is velvety on the palate. The carbonation is an effervescent fizz that covers the tongue.

This beer is very rich in flavor. It's mainly roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Towards the end some hop bitterness and hints of nuts come through. It finishes dry with a mild alcohol flavor. Once gone the chocolate and alcohol linger on the palate.

My only issue with this beer is the weak aroma, however it does intensify a bit as the beer warms. I wish I bought more than one and it was more readily available. P.S. Love the label!

WanderingFool, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of dickieb
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, probably the darkest beer I have ever drank. The head is a nice darker shade of brown, with average retention, the lacing being pretty weak was the only thing holding it back. The smell is rich with dark roasted malts with fresh coffee bitter chocolate, and some hints of oak. The flavor is so smooth, with lots of the dark malts hints of vanilla and coffee, with a bit of a hop bite that gives way to a lingering burnt malt flavor, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. The mouthfeel is creamy but light, especially considering the probable alcohol content, and this one is so drinkable. Its a complete and utter shame this is probably the only one I will ever have.

dickieb, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is mild. Malts and very mild coffee. Flavor has a noticeable sweet character but its just smooth as silk. Great balances. Very smooth liquid feel and a low but appreciable carbonation. This is a great RIS. So easy to drink.

RblWthACoz, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks n0rman for this one.

Small (unfortunately) capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
Pitch black, with a good sized tan head, lighter in the center but a burnt yellow on the edges, it shows average retention but nice lacing.
Aroma is impressive, roasted, smoked, with notes of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and even some bourbon (as far as I know this is not barrel aged, but it smells like it).
Full bodied, quite creamy on the palate, the taste is as suggested by aroma, but quite smoked, along with the same vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate notes.
Impressive, and despite strength and probably high ABV, it is very easy to drink.
Extremely impressive.

brdc, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for opening this one grub!!

Pours a super deep and opaque black, thin brown head forms, settles down to a solid collar, leaves some lace spots. Smell is nice, chocolate, roast, cherries, alcohol, toffee, sherry, vanilla, more chocolate, pretty intense, great. Taste is chocolate, licorice, sherry, very fruity, roast, toffee, some spice, cocoa, nuts, really complex. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth, very nice. great RIS, thanks for this one Russ!

Viggo, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says 2006, though I picked this up just a few weeks ago.

Appearance- pitch black. Have I seen darker? probably, but not very many get darker than this. The head is pretty frickin' sweet too given the high gravity of this brew- light brown with lacing.

Smell- the smell took me off guard initially... it's a bit more fruity than I expected. Chocolate pudding and a tamed roasted note come through too. Could use more hops in the aroma, but overall very good.

Taste- Overall theme is chocolatey with a leaning towards the cocoa side of things. This is a much sweeter RIS than most of the notorious malty hop bombs that are out there. Northern brewer hops do come through periodically however, along with a lactose quality?

Mouthfeel- Damn near, perfect. Let me re-think that. It is perfect.

Drinkability- is through the roof for the style especially. The gentle balance of the hops versus the hop slam of other large RIS really helps out here. This is an exceptional beer that I hope to be lucky enough to find some more of.

lpayette, Feb 13, 2008
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.