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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 935
Gots: 383 | 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 flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as an "extra" from jaxon53 last summer. Thanks again!

Bottle says "2006" on it.

Pours a flat black color with a nice light brown head. Nice looking stout.

Aromas are pretty strong, a bit vegetal, burnt sugars, dark roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee beans.

Beer has a very dark roasted malt flavors. Almost a toasted burnt flavor, pretty strong tasting stout. Lots of malt flavors going on here, bitter chocolate, coffee, and dark bread. Finish is crisp with a hop bite, and a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit off for my liking. Somewhat thin for a Russian Imperial Stout, and feels a little too prickly. Almost a cola like feel to it.... Not bad though.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice example of the style. Not quite up to snuff with some of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but this is still a high quality brew that I am glad I got a chance to drink.

flexabull, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been retired?


I had two glasses of Abyss on tap today, and a bottle of this. You know what, damned if perhaps I didn't like this more.

Poured black with dark brown edges and a big cascading head. Not sure what the ABV is, but this was one of the longest lasting and best looking toppings of foam I've ever seen (nice deep tan color). Plus, the bottle is f***ing sweet.

Delicious blending of chocolate, vanilla (love that vanilla!) molasses, a bit of coffee (but not too much) and tart/roasted cherries. Just wonderful in every respect. Perfectly carbonated, great chewy mouthfeel.

Overlord, Feb 02, 2008
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of TJP75Beer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review so bear with me.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass like a cup of Peets Major Dickason's coffee with a two-finger mocha head.

Smells of chocolate and ripe cherries

Taste hints of chocolate, brewer's licorice and maltiness.

Mouthfeel bathes the palate and hangs around well into the next sip.

Drinks well. One is satisfying while two might be wasted on a tongue that has already done battle with a very good beer.

TJP75Beer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Black clor with a tan head that didn't stick around. Showed some lace potential but not the sticky kind.

smell - Roasted malts, coffee, smoke smells here.

taste - Dark cocco taste with a dry hop finish. Roasted malts , all the choco stuff above.

mouthfeel - Full body here.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, but was surprised, i think i was expecting more. Paid $7 i think back in the day and just opened it up now.

auxiliary, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IRS stem. Trickled out like motor oil, when a lovely 2 fingers of creamy cocoa head arose. Beautiful crown of froth with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top.
Aroma of hot cocoa, vanilla and hot alcohol. Taste started out with notes of bittersweet chocolate, melting into a creamy marshmellow middle. Next came the espresso notes ending with a big alcohol coating. Subtle, creamy loveliness yet hot at the same time. Maybe that's why it's The Imperial Stout Trooper? I liked this one...alot.

RustyDiamond, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from the brewery. "Bottled in 2006" (Acc. to John/jcwattsrugger a brewer there said that it was in Dec.)

Pours black with a brown head - looks like espresso with a darker head.

The smell is of licorice/anise with a berry-like fruitiness, woodiness, alcohol, chocolate and a touch of tar.

The taste is wonderful - the alcohol and acidity quickly subsided to mild, revealing chocolate, roasty dark maltiness and licorice. Woody, fruity notes intertwine and blend in nicely. Sweetish, long finish.

The feel is superb - creamy, rich, velvety and lingering.

The alcohol sneaks up, but for style is so drinkable because of the luscious taste and rich, silky feel. Try pairing with dark chocolate - It's a real treat!

jwc215, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

The Darkside is strong with this brew. Dark black colored beer as dark the soul of a Sith Lord. Small very dark brown colored head the color of a freshly blasted Ewok. Could have more head though so not quite perfect.

Smell is sweet and bitter with a strong Kahlúa liquor aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee aromas. Fair amount of booze and raisin scent. There is an unexpected chocolate cookie smell to this.

Tastes starts out dry and heavily roasted just like Lord Vader after his last encounter with enemy of the Empire Obi Wan Kenobi. Quickly the sweetness kicks in and this starts tasting a lot like an Imperial Milk Stout. Faint berry taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Very mild mannered RIS. Flavor and smell could be more complex but this won’t trash your sense of taste for the night either.

Zorro, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this brew from BeerTruth in a trade and another from gpcollen1 for winning the BA Suicide Pool. This is my first brew from New England Brewing and can't wait to try this. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours super dark black with a beautiful one finger dark tan head. Leaves a great cap and collar along with enough lacing for two beers.
Smell- Probably one of the more unique smelling stouts I've had the privilege of taking a whiff of. Really fruity with some dark cherries and plums. Plenty of coffee and dark roasted malt along with a small amount of chocolate. Some nuttiness is also present and maybe a tinge of alcohol.
Taste- Starts with a blast of bitter roasted malt and a bit of French roast. Not as much coffee as I expected. Quickly turns sweet as the fruit that was so present in the nose, finally shows. Dark cherries give it a luscious fruitiness while a bit of citrus hop makes it's presence known. Vanilla and hazelnut are in the finish along with a lingering coffee bitterness. A bit of alcohol is detectable, but very little.
Mouthfeel- Super velvety smooth! This is perhaps the smoothest brew I've ever tasted. Light carbonation that almost isn't detectable.
Drinkability- The mouthfeel alone make this brew worth trying. It's really good but that being said, I think I expected something more along the lines of Bells Java Stout. The fruitiness is rather surprising along with how the coffee isn't the main focus. Big thanks to BeerTruth and gpcollen1 for this tasty beverage!

younger35, Dec 18, 2007
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to trade for this gem at Darklord day after I had sampled it from a growler that someone had brought earlier that day.

This is how a beer should look in a glass, two finger rich dark chocolate brown head sits on top of a thick jet black body. nose is full of meaty, roasty malt with hints of sweetness. Smokey feel is dominate on the nose. Syrupy sweetness is up front on the tongue at first sip. Zesty richness is carried by the malt smokieness. Does thin out a bit on the back of the palate with a slight bitter sour battle. Very thick mouthfeel that carries hints of coffee bitterness. Chocolatey feel overall adds to the drinkability. A very good stout that will probably age well for one or two years.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got this one from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. thanks mark!

12oz bottle topped with a white plastic wrapper.

pours nearly black, showing just a hint of ruby at the edges. the small dense dark brown head drops quickly but leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. roast. alcohol. dark chocolate. hazelnut. big biscuit malt. multi-bread. espresso.

taste is great. alcohol. dark chocolate. bit of peanut. hazelnut. light roast. coffee. big bread and biscuit malts. bit of molasses.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low very fine well integrated carbonation. nice big body.

drinkability is excellent. well balanced. nice depth and complexity. a very fine stout. thanks mark!

grub, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle.

a - pours thick and black, tan head with good retention around the edges and decent lacing

s - big deeply roasted malt aroma along with a strong scent of dark fruits, cherry and plum, bittersweet chocolate, nice alcohol notes

t - big roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors up front, mid-palate is dominated by dark fruits, lots of dark cherry and slight hop bitterness, finish is sweet with more dark chocolate and roasted malt, nice alcohol notes once again, nothing overpowering

m - full-bodied, low carbonation, nicely balanced finish, nice alcohol warming effect

d - not overly drinkable, but that's more a result of the style than the beer itself, the taste is very interesting and keeps me sipping

Excellent RIS...one of the best I've had recently. I'm giving the taste a 4.5, but it's more of a 4.75. Well worth seeking a bottle of this out!

WeisGuy, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

Dark black with ruby edges, and a small head of panna cotta, whipped meringue, espresso foam. Aromas are familiar to us all. An imperial stout all the way. Dark roasted malts, various incarnations of dark/dried fruits, heavy wines (durif?), slight booze, and coffee. Taste is awesome with some nice dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and again a sort of heavy red wine vinous character as well. Mouthfeel is thick, but honestly it did not help to cut the slight booziness that I mentioned earlier. This knocks the drinkability down one notch as well. Still, as it stands this is a killer example of a northeast brewed imperial stout.

francisweizen, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a thick, oily looking very dark (almost black) brown. There was just a touch of a brown head on it, but it didn’t last but a few moments. Mainly roasted coffee aroma, with a bit of sweet chocolate also. The aroma is a touch milder than I expected. Maybe a touch of vanilla as it warms. A bit silky on the tongue. The taste is complex. Yes, there is a roasted coffee and hint of chocolate, but there is also a lot more going on in there. Some sweetness, definitely some fruits in the mix, but blending nicely together. A very nice brew.

Boto, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rare finds like this makes beer hunting so fun...

Poured half into snifter. It is dark and slick.
The aroma is outstanding. Chocolate...lots of chocolate. Hints of coffee, maybe a bit of peat, vanilla. Each sniff brings out something new.

It took me a while to taste. After the find, the appearance, the smell...what if I was disappointed in the taste. It happens.
I wasn't disappointed. It is simply and delicious if you just drink. Lots of chocolate goodness. It is complex and delicious if you choose to experience it. Chocolate, coffee, hops, creamy, malt.

LittleBreeze, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage
Revisited: 20 Nov 2010
At Least 2 Years On This Bottle

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, some nice carbonation still, almost a one-finger creamy tan head, some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, chocolate/toffee notes, roasted, slight vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of roastyness, and slightly vanilla (sweetness), lots of very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The finish is slightly dry, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full body. Very Drinkable, this one is stilling holding up pretty well.

2009 Vintage
22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, small tan head, with some oil slicks and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, chocolate/toffee notes, roasted, slight vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of roastyness, and slightly vanilla (sweetness), lots of very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The finish is slightly dry, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full body. Very Drinkable, this is another awesome brew from New England Brewing. Highly Recommended.

2008 Vintage

Thanks to ybnorml for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, almost a one-finger creamy tan head, some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, chocolate/toffee notes, roasted, slight vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of roastyness, and slightly vanilla (sweetness), lots of very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The finish is slightly dry, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from New England Brewing. Highly Recommended.

2006 Vintage

Thanks to TheManiacalOne, ampzilla, and UncleJimbo for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, small brown head, some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, chocolate/toffee, roasted, maybe some vanilla. The taste is fabulous, malty, nice touch of roastyness, and slightly vanilla (sweetness). The finish is slightly dry, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full body. Very Drinkable, this is another awesome RIS people should seek out, Highly Recommended. Glad to have 2 more bottles left.

Wasatch, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of KevinB
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

was in a local packe,looking at the stock figuring out what I wanted with nothing coming to mind. Out of the right corner of my eye a spotted some odd beers, a look closer it was a pile of beers from Spain, they intrigued me until I saw what was behind them, the Trooper! it was the only one! I hadnt seen these anywhere and knowing it was out of production I know I had to grab it, despite the price tag.
12oz bottle poured in a pint glass. The pour was heavy, it revealed a rich, dark obsidian body with a creamy, 1 finger brunneous head. Head retreated steadily over time, leaving hardy amounts of lacing.
Smell was of rich toasty malts, sweet molasses, anise, coffee and coco.
Taste was a rich malty molasses and licorice flavor with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel was thick, this is a full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation.
Overall a very good beer though very overpriced at almost 8 bucks, having said that it's a tasty treat worth trying and is surprising easy to put down for the abv.

KevinB, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

What an amazing bottle design. I am glad I got my hands on one of these before George Lucas issued his cease and desist order.

As for the beer, it poured a deep pitch black with a tiny, frothy, coffee-colored film covering the liquid.

The aroma was super boozy, oaky and smooth. Rich, rum-like alcohol came through strong along with dark chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. A touch of smoke lingered as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma took on intense port-like characteristics.

Unlike the nose, the taste was quite harsh. I felt like there was a lack of flavor up front. Charred, bitter malts, oak and a pungent, bourbon-like characteristic came through mid-palate. Some hoppiness appeared on the back end and carried into the long-lived, burnt malt, alcohol-rich finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy and fluffy, yet slightly thinner than expected for the style.

As for drinkability, I found this beer quite tough. The roasted character and the intense alcohol presence (I would estimate this beer to be around 11% ABV) were both a bit overwhelming (as was the $8 price tag).

Damian, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of erosier
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not only a catchy name and funny bottle but it delivers on so many levels. On tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, CT for a while which is where I got it.

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades slowly down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet and bitter roasted malts, some coffee, chocolate, caramel flavors, and a hint of vinous fruit. A slight hop aroma at the end finishes the smell.
T: Tastes even better than it smells! Big roasted barley malt that is both sweet and bitter. There are then bold flavors of chocolate, caramel, and coffee all intertwined. There is a slight hop characteristic but then finishes with a nice sweet and bold and slightly bitter taste.
M: Very smooth, thick, warming, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Extremely drinkable and well worth every penny. This beer is all around smooth and it finishes really well. From start to finish this is one very drinkable and excellent beer.

The Force is Strong with This One.

erosier, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Tangfoot.

A: Dark brown/black. Poured with a 1" brown head, bubbled down to nothing pretty quickly. Leaves no lacing. Totally opaque.

S: Sweet malt, bittersweet chocolate, roasty coffee.

T: Roasty-toasty. Black coffee astringency. Dark chocolate. Mild hop bitterness at the end.

M: Lighter than I expected it to be, doesn't feel heavy in the mouth at all. A creamy feel in the finish that is cut off by the mild hops in the end.

D: Quite.

k3n, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of naproxen
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was presented with a bottle this weekend, apparently this is no longer brewed and finding any stragglers is a task. Anywho, I was impressed right off the bat with the extreme blackness of this beer, even the milky head was the darkest brown ive seen. Absolutely delicious and dark, I almost felt like I was chewing at some points but I like that in an Imperial Stout. +10 points for the label.

naproxen, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my oversized snifter sprouts an island of mocha head from the bottom that immediately disappears. The beer is black as hell in color.

smell: Bold, deep barley roasts and smooth chocolate cream upfront. Supporting aromas include caramelized marshmellow and a smooth ethanol sweetness. Strong, thick espresso. Earthy hops. Nice.

mouthfeel: Medium-smooth carbonation, and a full creamy mouthfeel. Could be a touch smoother but quite nice as is.

taste: Big roasts, smooth and creamy, give way to chalky cocoa and charred barley after the swallow. Abundant flavors of earthy hops provide some balance and give a moderate bitterness.

drinkability: not bad at all...abv seems well hidden, whatever it is

from gpcollen1 in the original Anniversary bombing

blackie, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of fank2788
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Caraluzzi's nutmeg discount liquors in Bethel, CT. Served in a snifter
Imperial Stout Trooper leaves its awesome bottle in an inky black stream on its way into my glass. This beer is darker than the dark side completely opaque black with an orange brown head, the head is darker than many brown ales, very imposing in the glass. The smell is maybe one of this beers few shortcomings. I'm getting chocolate and black coffee/espresso maybe a bit of vanilla and a good deal of alcohol, there maybe some figs and plums hidden in there as well I would have liked some of the dark fruit to be out front more. The taste is very coffee like a little sweet I'm getting some bitter chocolates and also a little bitter tangyness from hops this subsides as the beer warms. There is a little alcoholic warmth but most of the actual alcohol flavor is nicely masked not much in the way of roasted burnt malt bitterness. At first this was a bit too prickly on the tongue for my taste but as it warms some of the carbonation subsides and leaves a wonderfully smooth beer with just enough bubbles to keep things moving, the finish is a bit warm and dry but very satisfying leading perfectly into the next sip. I was really excited when I was able to find this at the store. It is great to see such amazing beer brewed right here in Connecticut two thumbs way up to NEBC and please brew this one again!

fank2788, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure I got this one from BeerBeing, but for some reason I can't find it in my records. If it was someone else, I appologize!!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

How can you not love this bottle!! Pours an thick, oily, pitch black with a huge dark brown three finger head that takes a bit to die down, but settles to a nice thin layer. Stickiness is ok, not as good as I thought it should be for the style. Smell is somewhat weak, but what is there includes dark fruits, dark chocolate, and fresh black coffee. Tiny hint of alcohol in the nose. For some reason there seems to be a musty smell too, not very enjoyable. Taste is all about the coffee/espresso. So smooth and creamy on the tongue with a sweet caramel aftertaste. Midway through there was a very surprising hop tingle. I don't know what the abv is, but I can't taste any of it. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with very little carbonation. Great sipping brew, get your hands on it if you get the opportunity.

BeerTruth, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Awesome bottle w/ a Star Wars Stormtrooper peering from the bottle's label. Pours viscously deep jet black. The head is light brown with a slightly reddish tint.

S: Aroma is well balanced. Sweet malt aroma is strong with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Dark fruit (plum) esters as well. Bitter hop aroma at the tail.

D: Sweet and suprisingly hoppy/bitter flavor. Malt character is dark bittersweet chocolate. Dark fruit esters add character (raisins and cherries). Any roastiness is subtle, almost entirely absent.

MF: Full mouthfeel. Smooth and viscous bordering on slick/oily. Light carbonation. Alcohol warming.

D: Drinkability is good only because it tastes so good. A very full beer like this I would not want to session. Plus it was on the expensive side.

Notes: A nice and strong imperial stout. Well balanced and overall very tasty.

Nipitato, Jul 31, 2007
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.