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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 943
Gots: 396 | 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:
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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Mauerhan
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part two of our mauerhan-olieipa drink night. a big thanks to jwale72 for this.

pours black as night with a rich dark chocolate brown head.

smell is rich and roasted. coffee. some chocolate. big malts.

taste is smooth rich full of roasted malts, bit of a boozy back to it. not as good as it smells but that seems to be a pattern tonight. the flavors are complex and run the spectrum. coffee to dark fruits. interesting.

mouth has a slight boozy presence but this is a very drinkable beer. I am very happy that jason was nice enough to send this along out of the kindness of his heart. :)

Photo of OlieIPA
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, Mauerhan opens up another epic beer! Props to you my good friend.

A: The lacing and head were lacking on this stout, which could be due to the Duvel glass I'm using for this tasting (second beer with basically no head). Anyways, when swirled vigorously, this beer consists of a caramel color that is still missing the thick lacing I desire. Also, just like any good stout...this beast is the blackest of black.

S: A complex variety of roasted malts (coffee perhaps), chocolate, dark figs, and oak. Not an in your face aroma that big imperial stouts, like the Dark Lord give off, but a more delicate and balanced approach that I appreciate.

T: Again, a lot of dark and roasty-like notes that have a peculiar acidic taste. I also pick a slight chocolate as well, along with a delicate fig flavor in the finish. Alcohol is slighty present as well, as it warms my chest a bit after a few big sips.

M: Divine! A very thick and creamy feel that helps the flavor linger on the palate for an extended period of time. Carbonation is almost perfect as well...not too much and not too little.

D: An extremely balanced RIS when it comes to flavor, smell, and alcohol bite. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

Overall: A feel that a lot of RIS's try to impress you with their big and robust flavors, instead of creating a more balanced type of beer. I'm not saying that I don't like beers like the Dark Lord, Bourbon County, or Kate...but this beer takes the more subtle course in it's being...which is a nice change of pace. A must try. Cheers!

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

all the hype and this from a state I could drive to but due to various laws and distribution systems I can't get a whiff of up here in NH. SO, now that you've gotten past that rant, how's the beer? well, this is one nice RIS. Aromas of dark roasted grains, molasses and bakers chocolate are followed up by similar flavrs and a rich sweetness balanced by a roasty / slightly bitter note. Truly tasty and easy to sip. overall a quite pleasant RIS.

my only real complaint is for the price that's a small bottle of beer. glad to have tried it though.

Photo of schinebd
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release...

A - Black with a dark brown head. Laces a glass quite well.

S - The roasted malts dominate the smell. A little underwhelming to be honest

T - First few sips are dominated by the roasted, smoky coffee detected in the smell. As the beer warms it brings out the goods, the coffee yields to a more bittersweet chocolate flavor with some raisins buried somewhere in there. Finishes with some hop bitterness and aforementioned raisins.

M - A bit lighter than expected. Very smooth and a little carbonation.

D - The mouthfeel makes this one go down easy, but this beer has definitely blasted my palate.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"TK-421 why aren't you at your post? TK-421 do you copy!"

Finally got my hands on a couple of these bad boys at Firehouse 12 in New Haven last night (very cool place, by the way). This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had - very original character. Lots of dark chocolate and bourbon, a little licorice. It was served a little cold for my tastes, so I didn't get a real idea of what the feel would be like at ideal temperature. Once I finished the first one, I immediately ordered another. I'll be picking up a bunch of these for sure.

Photo of seaoflament
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think it's about time I open this bottle. This is a 2007 release, courtesy of Photekut, thanks for the trade!

Impenetrable darkness! A huge, cocoa colored, 3 finger layer of foam, trickling down slowly. Great retention.

Coffee, raisins, a mixture of dark fruits, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, intense toast aroma, brown sugar, light molasses, and hints of vanilla wafers. Earthy hoppiness in the background. Chocolate covered nuts. A little peanut in the background. Hints of maple syrup. The aroma is good to very good.

Roasted barley and toasted malts upfront with a dry cocoa finish. Starts off a bit too thin but the finish and aftertaste is quite nice. Not as big bodied as the aroma would lead to believe. Some raisin and chocolate in the finish. Dry and slightly bitter roasted barley in the end. Good, but not as complex as I thought it would be.

Medium carbonation, feels thin at first but the carbonation rescues the beer in the finish.

Photo of BColton1
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84.

Served in a tulip.

Just lighter than motor oil (color-wise) with a chocolate look at the top of the glass.

Smell is light with hinks of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is well balanced with a little more alcohol up front.

Mothfeel is medium bodied.

One of the top 3 stouts I have had the opportunity to taste.

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Track 84. Served in a tulip ($7 a glass). Poured Two shades shy of black with some light penetration and reddish-brown highlights around the base of the glass. Tight, half inch creamy, mocha-colored cap eventually settles into a thin, broken skim. Head is refreshed with a gentle swirl of the glass. Spots and slashes of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed; good adhesion. Nose is somewhat subdued, but yields cocoa, coffee and brown sugar. Taste follows nose - good balance without too much hops to throw it off. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation; not overly viscous or chewy. This is perhaps one of the most drinkable and well-balanced RIS's I've had the opportunity to try. Unfortunately, the rarity and price tag make it fairly inaccessible.

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 3/8/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured an oily black body with a creamy dark brown head that was reduced to a thin ring of bubbly retention and a bit of lace.

S - Smokey and chocolatey aroma up front with subtle smoked meat notes, coffee, licorice and toasted oats. An earthy hop presence also makes its way into the fold.

T - Nutty and smokey flavor overall with a mild meaty character that quickly segues into a chocolate and coffee extravaganza with a bit of nutty astringency in the back. Finishes with a good bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Super slick, creamy and oily texture with very soft carbonation. Finishes with quite a bit of earthy bitterness and a touch of sour astringency on the palate.

D - Very good RIS with an amazing mouthfeel. I would imagine this is the kind of beer that Dark Vader would enjoy. If not, then I find his lack of faith disturbing.

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

Bottle. Pours black with a small dark chocolate colored head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, some notes of bitter chocolate, and molasses. Flavor is rather smoky with some smoked meats, roasted nuts, roasted malt, and sweet fruits in the finish. Rather tasty! Full-bodied and quite pleasant.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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

Pours pitch black with a beautiful dark caramel colored head that quickly recedes. Smells heavenly with coffee and burnt malts dominating the nose with some tobacco notes also present. First sip is amazing in its flavor and mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, vanilla, raisins and light tobacco all blend well making a balanced but very complex brew. This is very special. It is great to have a super hyped beer that is truly worth of all the attention. World Class!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SteveO1231 I got 2 of these beers in CT several weeks ago. Now that I've had one I can see why it's hyped (but I can't see it as being worth the coin it commands). The beer was dark brown-black with dark mocha foam. The smell is strong RIS, roasted malt and dark fruits, a little coffee and hints of alcohol. The taste was wicked and rich, roasty but still sweet, very filling. This is a thick RIS but nothing near Dark Lord or Darkness viscosity, more like Mephistopheles. Very good, but couldn't it be made for half the price?

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.