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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 944
Gots: 382 | 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:
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 trbergman
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Black body with thin light brown head.

S - Sweet malts, molasses, licorice, chocolate.

T - Sweet up front with chocolate and molasses. By the middle, some roasted grain character comes through to bring some balance. Dried fruits make an appearance, with raisin and prune. Some alcoholic heat is detectable in the finish.

M - Full and silky, viscous and coating.

D - A rather subtle stout, a pleasure to savor slowly.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle Fresh.

A: Jet black with minimal coffee colored head. I find it increasingly difficult to word the difference between big stouts.

S: Coffee and roast. Sort of a tight nose for a beer this big.

T: Tons of chocolate. I thought the roast would even it out but it really dominated. Very nice malt component as well.

M: Medium to heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Better than I thought it would be. Probably a tad overrated. The label is amazing though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

Appears pitch black in color with a big two inch thick tan head that falls to a cap. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate, a bit of licorice, espresso, and some molasses.

Tastes of dark chocolate first and foremost, with some molasses and licorice. Some coffee in the finish and a slight amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel is meidum-full, pretty viscous but not too much. Could use a bit more carbonation I think.

This one was pretty good, though I was hoping it would be better. Wish I had another one so I could age it and see how it changes.

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours dark mahogany, nearly black, with a very low dark brown head that settles out quickly, leaving some soapy bubbles atop.

Aroma of cocoa and coffee, a hint of licorice.

Rich flavor right upfront, dark chocolate and espresso, licorice and rich darkly roasted malts. More nuances of molasses, charred bark, marshmallow, fig and toffee. Finishes with hints of tangy currant, and a flourish of hop bitters sharing the space on the taste buds with the rich roasty chocolatey flavors.

Even mouthfeel, perhaps just a bit on the thin side, even carbonation. Very drinkable, great sipper. Gimme a big fat maduro cigar.

Photo of discovolante65
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was about to beg a co-worker who lives in Conn to grab me some @ $12 per bottle this weekend, but found it at a local place in RI for $9. The hype is what drew me to it, plus having a friend who just had one and said it was exceptional.
I'm a star wars guy anyways, so this was a natural fit for me.

Used the Duvel Tulip for this MF'r.
Pours a light-absorbing void of blackness. Brief chunky espresso colored head. No carbonation that I can see.

Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and something earthy, I would assume from aging it. Whiskey-bourbon alcohol smell at the end as well. This thing smells rich and delicious, I can barely contain myself.

Taste- I had it too cold on the first sip, so I let it sit for 10 minutes or so. The first sip was all burnt coffee/sugar/malt and bitter on the finish. Once I let it warm up a tad, I was blown away by this one. Chocolate up front, espresso hints, with nutty/marshwallowy tastes in there as well. I don't know the ABV of this one, but I can feel it, not taste it.

Mouthfeel is unbelievably exquisite. Creamy with a perfect amount, to my surprise, of carbonation. Not too sticky or heavy considering it's appearance.

Drinkability- This is the best RIS I have ever had in my life. I wish I had more. I have never been so taken with a beer before. Too bad the price is a bit high. Would I buy it again? YUP. I hope others get an opportunity at this one, as it is one of the best. I can only hope the KTG I have on monday lives up to the hype as this one has.

Photo of jim102864
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wrote my review when I had it in a bottle (9 bucks per 12 oz) but have since had it from a firkin at the Real Ale Fest in New Haven last week. Two different worlds were discovered here.

First of all, and perhaps not suprisingly, this stuff on cask is exceptional. Very bourbony from the barrel aging, which comes through in taste and nose. The hilight of the fest, if I may digress somewhat.

Anyway, back to the bottle review. I decided to make the expensive purchase of this much bally-whood beer when it became available for sale on Christmas Eve. It wasn't on the shelves, but given that I knew the appropriate handshake and moose call, I was able to score two bottles. The nod to Star Wars storm troopers on the labels was cool and the white foil wrap and gold wrap cap made for nice packaging. As expected, it poured black as black can be and very viscous at that. No head to be found in my nonic glass from this brew.

The nose is suprisingly mild even after it warms. Wood, coffee and smoke. I prefer bigger noses than this. Mildly dissappointing start.

Typically coffee-ish and malty roast and smoke. Very nice flavor.

The mouthfeel is also suprisingly smooth and clean for a RIS.

It's a sipper. It's enjoyable. Is it world class? No. Is it over-hyped and over-priced? Yes. Glad I tried it but I wouldn't blow $9 on this again. Now, barrell-aged, that's a whole different story.

Photo of waltonc
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a trade thanks to ralflord. Pretty much black with a creamy tan head. I'm drinking this too late so don't have time to let it warm up enough. As a result, I can't smell a whole lot, but what's there is chocoate and typical dark roasted malt notes. Taste is more of the same plus some hop bitterness lurking in the background. Doesn't taste overly complex to me, but nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but nothing exceptional here. I've read that these are 8 or 9 bucks a bottle. If so, it's too much in my opinion. Cool looking bottle though.

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

Picked this bottle up 1/09 from the most recent bottling.

Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, a faint bit of hops in the back. Taste is chocolate syrup, some milk chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Hop or roast bitterness linger in the finish. Body is medium, mouthfeel is heavy and oily, carbonation is low. Definitely a sipper. The chocolate is nice, but I would have liked a bit more roast. A bit more body would have helped this one as well.

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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an awesome bottle and a great name.

A very dark brown bordering on black body that is completely opaque. Greater than two fingers of brown head that is creamy and has above average retention. Leaves some sheets and splotches of lacing on the glass.

Pleasant but subtle aroma of chocolately malts.

Tasty stout that isn't hugely complex, but is good. Dominated by all sorts of sweet and chocolatey malt notes. The slighest bit of caramel tuype sweetness comes through right off the bat. A touch of hops in the middle and the end are pretty noticeable. Finishes with some coffee flavor that stays with you through the aftertaste. If I really look I can detect only the slightest trace of alcohol, and it is really slight. It is pretty well hidden. Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor here, and it is pretty good.

Great creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

I have no idea what the ABV% here is and I can't even guess. It is either relatively low or really well hidden. These things coupled with a tasty beer makes this one really drinkable.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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".

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.