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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 956
Gots: 404 | 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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Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Probably the coolest bottle I have seen. Pours black, with no highlights. Thick frothy mocha head. Very nice head retention. A great looking beer.

Lots of chocolate and roasty notes up front. A bit of smoke and tobacco. Some vinous notes near the end.

Good amount of sweetness up front, with some roasty and bittersweet chocolate notes. A few vinous notes as well. Good bitterness at the end helps to balance things out.

Slightly thin, but there is a nice creamy feel to it. Slight warming from alcohol. Very nice.

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

12 oz bottle I received from the great BA and trader IBUnit63. This is one beer I have been looking forward to for a long time and he was nice enough to hold a bottle for me til we could build up enough ammo for our second trade. So here it is and I am all smiles. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: I usually don't factor bottle art into appearance and I don't really have to. With that said, this is probably one of the coolest bottles I have ever seen with the great depiction of the Storm Trooper helmet. Beyond that, you have an incredibly solid RIS appearance. Really nice and glossy, rich black pour. Allows just a bit of light through at the edges, creating some nice and deep ruby red highlights. The really nice part is head. Its probably the darkest brown head that I have seen on a beer. It is beyond tan and mocha, just a straight up dark brown half finger. It has some lasting abiltity and does a great job of coating the glass with some thick lace. It would stick but the film the beer creates on the glass keeps in sliding back to the body.

S: Smell is very nice and pleasant with just enough punch to keep you interested. First thing out of the gate I get some pipe tobacco aroma. Its a nice fruity and rich tobacco aroma. Behind that you get some nice chocoalate notes, its a bit of some milk chocolate along with some semisweet darker chocolate. There is a nice nuttiness on the backend, maybe some hazelnut. It has that nutty aroma that packs a touch of sweetness. Finally, there is a nice dark cherry aroma to finish it off. I know the aroma really should get a higher score from my description, but the scent is a bit subdued and like I said it has just enough punch to keep you in. it could be a bit more powerful, but it is still good.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the respect that it has a lot going on but it is a bit subdued. Getting some nice chocolate flavors up front, a bit more of the dark variety in the flavor profile. Behind that is a bit of coffee, cream and sugar. Then we get some of tht nuttiness along with that tobacco presence. It absolutely is that pipe tobacco, rich with that nice cherry presence. The nuttiness may be more in line with some slightly roasted almonds rather than the hazelnut detected in the nose. There is a slight touch of wood in the backend that mingles with some earthy hop bitterness (oh so slight, but enough to cut down the sweetness).

M: Gotta go with a nice full body, but its not crazy chewy or thick. Just enough. The best part is how incredibly creamy this beer is. Its damn near velvety. Has that nice richness but still has an airy quality to it. Damn. Carbonation is low but just enough to add to that creamy ass feel. ABV is perfect, just enough for some heat but not out of hand. This beer is almost spot on in this category. Aftertaste is that light wood with a nice chocolate goodness.

D: I really struggled with whether or not this deserved a 5 in this category. As far as RIS's go, this is incredibly drinkable. I have to keep myself in check to not chug, gotta savor this one because it is the only on I have. Everything works in this beer. My only gripe is that the nose and flavor could be a bit more hefty and robust. It seems that this beer does just enough the flavor and aroma category, but it could be amazing. It has the canvas but broader strokes could have been used in the final painting. Still a great beer but it could be skyrocketed into the realm of amazing. Still a great experience.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another mini milestone for me...not in terms of numbers of reviews, but a milestone for a huge beer from my wants list, brought to me by Knifestyles...thank you so much!

This has to be the most unique and baddest assed bottle I've seen so far...12 oz. bottle poured into my very privelaged pint glass...

Once I broke through that wax seal, little did I know what I was in store for...

Appearance on this bad boy was oh so perfect! Huge and sticky mountain of milk chocolate head with great retention. Lots of lacing and perfect legs...IST had an midnight black body with so much opacity. There were some ruby highlights around the edges, but mostly just black...so damn black!!

Lots of smoke and raspberries in the nose. There is also some bacon and coffee up front. Notes of tobacco and sweet chocolates near the back...and some moloses and leather as it warms. Very complex nose...

Damn this beer is balanced! Lots of sweet chocolates and pit fruits at the front with tons of wood and smoke to balance out the finish. It still has a sweet finish, but some hops and malts help neutralize it into a slighty balanced mixture of sweet and bitter. Oats and raisings as it warms as well...liquid happpiness!

So smooth and creamy, like the best chocolate milk imaginable...only better!

This is too drinkable...smooth and balanced with almost no alcohol showing through? This could be the death of me, lol!

This beer had everything that I could possibly ask for in a stout of any kind. I haven't had a lot of the top 100, but this is up there on my list. I will be doing all I can to aquire more of it in the future, because I want to see what it tastes like aged...this beer was definitely a journey. And a journey that I owe in part to Knifestlyes!

GREAT BEER!!

Photo of ndm502
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: pours nicely thick and viscous with a creamy looking, chocolate-colored head forming. A thin, persistent layer of head sticks around for the duration.

S: Rich notes of rum, black licorice, coffee, and black-strap molasses. A whiff of alcohol is in there as well.

M: Luscious, thick and velvety textured. A simply amazing texture to this beer, easily right up there with some of the best stouts that I've drunk.

T: Flavors of roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate (think 85% dark) flavors dominate, accompanied by flavors of black licorice, salted caramel, and a very noticeable malty backbone. The alcohol flavors are pretty well-masked by the texture, and are not very prominent. The finish really wraps things up perfectly, with pronounced flavors of flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate pots de creme, and chocolate-covered raisins.

D: pretty drinkable, with the 8.5% well-masked the velvety texture really helps this beer go down easily

Photo of johnd513
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes to MtGoat for this one.
First of all this beer gets some serious "points" (not included in my score) for packaging. The description of this beer, "brewed in a galaxy not too far away" is a nice touch. Pours pitch black thick like motor oils similar to other big RIS with an almost non-existent fizzy off-white head that disappears within seconds. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and big espresso. The taste is smooth and creamy with chocolate, chalky cocoa and espresso. The mouthfeel is high in carbonation begins a little rough before getting smoother. Drinkability is good for the high abv, i had no problem finishing the bottle. Overall a solid RIS that I was fortunate enough to try.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sludgy, viscous inky black pour into my glass that's as dark as the dead of night with a half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. Sticky patches of lacing ensue. Aromas start with rich malts alongside deep, vinous dark fruits. Cocoa and molasses mingle with licorice undertones. Hints of toffee with a bitter cloak about it.

First sip brings rich, smooth dark malts upfront with lots of dark fruit flavors swirling about. Somewhat vinous as it moves into baker's chocolate and mild coffee accents. Flows down with a nice kick of bitterness to counteract the sweet maltiness. Creamy finish with a hint of marshmallow. Bold and tasty with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy which is nice as it makes it easier to enjoy. This here is a tasty imperial stout that doesn't go overboard on ABV, making it something I can actually drink and enjoy on a weeknight. Thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup.

Photo of mikey711
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap over the weekend at Julians in providence RI. I wrote some notes on a napkin so bear with me. It was poured into a tulip glass with an overflowing dark brown head on top of a motor oil black.

it smelled amazing. lots of roastiness, coffee, toffee, burnt caramel, chocolate. everything you could want in a stout as each flavor was distinct yet together.

it tasted much of the same. all the flavors came through...as it warmed it got a bit roastier which was great.

The problem with this beer is that i was so good and drinkable that i could have many many more and there isnt that much to go around.

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

A. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with dark mocha head that settles into a thin skim nice lacing

S. Roasted malt, sugary cocoa, coffee

T. Rich coffee, cocoa, licorice

M. Robust, creamy, medium body

D. I think that the 8.5 alochol is hidden and balanced.

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson who answered my plea for a bottle of this brew & lo! it showed up soon afterwards.

Fantastic presentation on this one. As a certified sci-fi geek, this is one cool bottle. Bonus for appearance on that. 2008 version.

Pours black, with a quick-collapsing tan head. Smells has some surprising hops to it in addition to the Imperial Blackness.

Take a quick sip & then let it warm up a bit after exiting the deep freeze. I have to resist the urge to gulp rather than sip appreciatively, a good sign. This is the kind of RIS I keep tasting trying to tease out what it's all about. There's a whiff of smokiness, a shot but not too much coffee, deep-dark malts, a jutabyte of hop nip at the end, mmm. Nothing jumps out of the mix, but the DJ has done a good job.

M&D is where this one shines. Creamy, not filling, thick, vicious, goes down way easy for an RIS. On the low end of the ABV for the style, & still managed to pack a solid punch of taste, nice nose.

Excellent beer. I can see why this one is lodged in the top 100. Would love to try it again with some age on it.

Photo of Hibernator
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Imperial Stout Trooper
12 oz brown bottle
2008 Bottle
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass, a personal favorite

Thanks to Lar for picking this beer up for me -

Pours an opaque black. This is a 'no joke' looking brew. Jet black in appearance with these light brown trails. I started off pouring lightly, but became more aggressive.

Nice whiffs of chocolate, cocoa and perhaps coffee notes.

After a few sips its quite evident how complex this beer is. Roasted malts with a dark chocolate profile. So sugary sweet, almost reminding me of molasses with bitter blackberry presence. The hop profile is really nice too.

A great beer overall and definitely one of the best beers that I've had from a Connecticut brewery.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with (for Star Wars geek) the hands-down awesome-est label ever; I have to admit a name like 'Imperial Stout Trooper' and a sweet label had me pretty jazzed to try - am keeping this bottle. My first NEBC brew, courtesy of BanditBrewingCo (x2, thanks Alan!). 'Drink It, It's Good' admonishes the label.

A: Plenty dark, just shy of black. At least I saw auburn/maroon light filtering through as I poured. Miniscule head, barely a covering of dark tan cream; seconds later, it's even less impressive - a thin ring of cream and a few specks of film.

S: Aroma is what a rich, dark stout should be: lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, fruity berries. Just a little astringent alcohol tingle.

T: Loads of chocolate and not-so-subtle smokiness, toffee and berry fruit fill the mouth. Charred malt (the 'smoke'?) and a chalky bitterness enter with each sip, but melt away to a sweeter and slightly boozy caramel and (raisin?) sweetened fruit.

M: Velvet smooth feel, nothing overly rich or amazing. Medium for the style, borderline thick or heavy. Bitter chocolate hangs for several minutes. Alcohol is vaguely present: like The Force, you know it's there but really can't prove it.

D: Quite drinkable, a very nice version of what is my favorite beer style. Extremely smooth, balanced and flavored to near-perfection, this is an RIS I"d love to have again. Recommended and quite well done, all hype aside.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep black with a small tan head with a slight touch of lacing.

S: Roasty chocolate and coffee tie together to make this a very pleasant nose.

T: More of the roastiness with chocolate and some coffee. Slight hoppiness left.

M: Nice full body and lightly fluffy. Just a bit of hoppiness and carbonation.

D: Given the ABV this might be one of the most drinkable stouts my palate has had the pleasure of tasting!

Photo of tedpeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a Stout you want to drink. <hand gesture>

Send them to me. <hand gesture>

12 ounce poured into a pint glass. 2008 release.

A - Poured black with a huge mocha head that settled to an eighth inch layer with good lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Very malty, sweet malts, roasted malts. Slightly bitter. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Thick but not viscous. Nicely carbonated.

D - This is a good RIS.

Photo of infestaxion
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from mikeyv35.

My first thought is this thing is damn hard to open.

A - Inky black with a DARK brown head that dissipates into a film on the top.

S - Roasted malt with a bit of dark fruit. Not impressive but not bad.

T - Mostly dark roasted malt with some espresso bitterness to it. A bit of sweet molasses. Dry finish. This is some good stuff.

M - Fairly full body but also carbonated. Sort of unique in my experience. Very nice.

D - I could see myself having more than one.

Photo of prototypic
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Darth kkipple for this one. You're a very generous Sith Lord, my man.

Imperial Stout Trooper clearly has the look of a beer brewed on the Death Star. It's onyx with absolutely no light getting through. The head is an absolute stunner. It's about three fingers deep and a very dark chocolate-mocha color. Thick sheets of dark lace line the glass as it descends. Damn, this is a really impressive looking beer. Honestly, I can't think of single thing that would improve the look. Yeah, it's flat out badass. I mean...Vader badass.

The nose is good, but not quite as impressive. It's just a little underpowered. Chocolate malts are the primary feature and have a sweet chocolate fudge-like smell. Not much bittersweet dark chocolate going on. Sweet caramel malt is also here and adds more of sweet smell. Roasted malts are noted, but are much less prominent. I really like the malt bill. It's diverse and pretty impressive. There's definitely a hoppy quality to it that's a nice touch. It's tame, but notable. Light coffee is present and is a secondary role player. If there's alcohol here, it's certainly not noticeable on the nose. This is a nice smelling beer. It opens up a little and improves as it warms, but not quite enough to bump the score.

My first impression of the flavor is that it's very good. But, it's much more Storm Trooper than Vader. It's very malty and has a nice flavor. Chocolate malts are the most prominent flavor. They're sweet and fudge-like. There's definitely some sweet caramel malt and roasted malt flavors, but they're secondary to the chocolate. Collectively, they give it a very solid malt base. At the secondary level, light coffee complements the malt flavors very well. It's a light coffee presence and won't even come close to offending the non-coffee crowd. But, as a coffee fan, I like it and appreciate its subtle impact. There's a light hop presence that provides a slight bitter kick. It tastes slightly citric and grassy. Nice addition there. Alcohol is masked extremely well and is not at all noticeable. It finishes with a clash of sweet chocolate and light bitterness. Overall, the flavor's very good. I like it a lot. I can't quite say it's special though. It just needs a little something extra to get it over the hump.

Its body is medium, leaning thick, but feels just a tad too thin. As a designated representative of the Dark Side, this needs a big, badass thick body. Carbonation is light and restrained and it is smooth. But, it needs a little more. Drinkability is good. This is good beer that goes down easy for a sizeable RIS. At 8.5%, it's not overly strong for the style. I'm really enjoying the bottle, but it's not quite worthy of being in that top tier for drinkability.

Imperial Stout Trooper's a hell of a good beer. I like it a lot. It's got a really nice flavor, but doesn't quite reach the upper echelon of the RIS world. There's nothing overtly wrong with it, but it lacks that something special it needs to reach the next level. It probably wouldn't be tough to get there. A stronger coffee flavor or a bigger hop presence would probably do the trick. It's tough to pick on it too much. It's a damn good beer. I'd love to give some extra points for the kickass label on the bottle, but that doesn't factor into the score. All in all, it's a very good beer that's worth seeking out. Top 100? Nah, not quite. But, it is very, very good. Find a bottle...if you're up for a round with the Dark Side of the Force.

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

A viscous looking liquid that is opaque with a dark brown head. Fantastic smelling beer with loads of sweetened coffee and different varieties of chocolate mostly milk and dark.
Very rich beer with a great mocha presence. Very malty and rich.
Full mouthfeel and a rich body that coats the tongue and lingers pleasantly.,
I Will have this beer again.

Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very black with dark brown tan 1 inch head. Leaves slow.

S - At first, a little turned off. Ashtray comes to mind. After mellowing, bakers chocolate is the predominant smell.

T - Bitter charred malty flavor. Almost smoky, but thankfully, not too much. Coffee and chocolate in the mix.

M - Creamy, coating, decent carb.

D - Too heavy handed on the flavor and I don't really care for the smoky charred aspect. Nice, but one is enough.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a jet black, thick as motor oil. It didn't appear like much head was going to form so I gave it a bit of a harder pour and damn near ended up overflowing the glass. Two full fingers of dark brown head, as dark as any head you will see. It sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

S--Smell is sweet dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, fudge

T--Oh hell yes, this is what a stout should taste like. The dark fruits take a backseat and make way for a great roasted malt profile and a bit of coffee bitterness. The flavor profile is so complex beneath the roastiness...dark fruits, vanilla, fudge, nuts, coffee, marshmallows. Similar to Speedway Stout if my memory serves me correctly, although I don't even think that the Speedway Stout was this good

M--Full bodied....thick, creamy, and chewy. This is one bad beer. Not BAD meaning BAD, but BAD meaning GOOD

D--This one has my stomach rumbling less than halfway though, but I can't stop drinking it is so tasty!

Truly a fantastic beer and I look forward to more

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Ineedabeerhere. I'd been wanting to taste this for a while, so I was really glad to have this opportunity. Thanks! This beer is quite, quite good and I think lives up to the hype. I'd put it up there near the top for RISs. Pours viscous and absolutely black with a fairly thin head even after a hard pour. What head there is is chocolate brown- one of the darker I've seen. It smells nutty and quite chocolatey, with a powdery dark cocoa aroma as well as some cream, licorice, and even some spicy hops on the finish. Very nice. The taste is beautiful. Extremely smooth, almost syrupy, but only slightly sweet. Wonderful, rich cocoa notes dominate followed by some licorice notes, a touch of coffee and vanilla. Really well balanced, and very nice. A slight dustiness on the finish. Wonderful mouthfeel, that is silky and thick, and creamy but not overly sweet or unctuous. A tiny bit powdery, but to me that just heightens the interest and gives the tongue some purchase. Very, very nice and in fact perhaps a bit better than I expected.

Photo of treyrab
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out, and for ralflord for sending it his way. Poured into two tulip glasses...

A: This was literally sludge coming out of the bottle. Very, very thick coming out. It poured into the glass and concocted a small brown head that rescinded quickly into the brew. Pretty still and, again, pretty darned thick.

S: Smell is very good and on par with some of the best of its style. Some nice dark chocolate, slight soy, dark figs, raisins, and a touch of roast. Not much dark patent or bitter roast as I like in my big stouts, but this was on the fruitier side.

T: Good, but something is missing. It is a tad light and flavors of the above mentioned scents. Slight soy, rum soaked raisins and figs, and slight coffee.

Overall, I'm glad I as able to try this, but it is not my favorite in the class.

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 sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1000 review so had to make it a local favorite of mine!

Poured from a growler filled from an aged cask at the brewery. Leftover from a recent caskfest at the time of the growler fill.

I sampled at room temp poured into a pint glass, split the 2L growler with a friend so I could end the nite on a coherent note.

The beer pours motor oil thick and the color of chocolate syrup. Minimal tan head foams up and fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.

The aroma is heavy roasted malt with espresso beans dipped in dark chocolate, some molasses notes make an appearance too. Very rich and inviting. No hop presence to speak of and alcohol is fairly well masked, but you know this beer is serious.

First sip reveals a thick chewy body with slightly syrupy texture and very mild spacious carbonation. The beer leaves sticky residue on my lips after each sip. Flavor is as the nose advertised. Very rich malt flavor, roasted malt and molasses mix together effortlessly. There is mild coffee bite and a hint of booze on the finish, not really warm more of a hearty overall feel to the beer. Not really a lot of cask qualities, like oaky toothpick hits, or vanilla notes, maybe a little drier on the finish than the bottles, but otherwise fairly similar.

Again I dont get any hops but I dont miss em while drinkin this treat.

The beer drinks very easy for its size. As others have said this is probably one of the coolest names/labels for a beer out there. Definitely worth seeking out.
A well crafted brew from a great brewery close to home!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

2006.

It pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam with oodles of lacing.

The smell is very malty with big roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and a very sweet smelling fruitines. Man, this is one fine smelling brew!

The taste has a big bold chocolate goodnesss gretting my tastebuds followed by some roasted malt, light amount of licorice, some coffee notes, and the fruity sweetness I mentioned in the smell. This is one kick ass RIS. A bit of warming after the swallow but it's very welcome as it snowed last night and the current temp is a balmy 33F.

The mouthfull is thick and chewy and the carbonation is light and perfect....every sip is a winner.

Drinkability? I think, as good as it gets. Unbelievable, in fact. An online store back east was selling this for a very short time and I could kick myself for not taking advantage of the situation.

Bottom line: Stout Trooper ranks amongst the best of the style that I've tried and it comes from my wonder years state of Connecticut. Another big thanks goes out to Wasatch!

Photo of KeefD
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge, huge thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this awesome trade. Thanks, Chris!

As a self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd, this is one of the coolest bottles/labels I've ever seen. Pours a thick, dark black color that is completely opaque in my Darkness tulip, about a half inch of creamed coffee colored head that would have been bigger if I hadn't poured so slowly, and nice thick rings of lacing down the glass. That's beautiful, Clark. Aroma is a love mix of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of smoke and some dark fruitiness, not to mention a hint of spicy hops. Wow! Flavor is fantastic. Chocolate and coffee are the most prevalent, a nice creamy, vanilla-like undertone, a bit of smokiness, a smattering of burnt sugar and caramel, and a nice, dry, spicy finish. This is a very complex stout and ever so tasty. Roasty coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, chewy, viscous, just feels fantastic and silky smooth as it rolls over the tongue. Alcohol is there, nice warming on the finish, but it's well integrated, and I would guess it's somewhere in the 9-10% range. Dangerously drinkable because it's so darn delicious.

How is this beer not in the BA Top 100. Really makes me think the BA formula is crap, whether the bros care what i think or not. This is definitely a world-class RIS, and I'm sure it would be in the Top 20 on BA at the very least, possibly Top 10, if it were more widely available. I was very lucky to be given a chance to try this one and I plan on keeping my second bottle for some time to come - possibly forever because I love the label so much! Thanks again, Chris. You is da man.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tprokop for this one. One of the best named beers, ever. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: One of the darkest pours I've ever seen. Nearly jet black out of the bottle, black and opaque in the glass. One finger of dark brown head. The head lasted a decent amount of such a high ABV beer. Good lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a dark-fruity-tanginess that complements all the other smells.

Taste: Intense roasted bitterness, with a complementary hop finish at the end. The two different bitter flavors combine to create an incredibly long lasting aftertaste - one of the longest lasting. A slight fruit sweetness helps to balance the initial roasted flavors. A much dryer stout than others I've tasted. There is a tartness to the beer that I wasn't entirely expecting, and it's something I haven't really tasted in an Imperial Stout though. It complements the other flavors in the beer nicely. This is one of the more complex Impy Stouts I've had, and all of the flavors really develop as the beer warms - more of the tanginess and tartness come through.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, but seems to lighten up as it warms. A little too highly carbonated - a decent bite to this one.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, as there's too much going on in this one to drink it quickly. It's also very different and more complex than most imperial stouts. Best savored slowly over a long period of time. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this one.

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.