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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 933
Gots: 382 | 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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Ratings: 1,046 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5%

Prost76, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

blknikon, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

oldedog, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

halo913, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

polishkaz, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

scott2269, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DangerDawg, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

M1A2, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010. 750ml bottle into snifter. Split with mjyoung. Thanks for sending me this a long while back, SneezyAchew.

A: Pours black with a rather large, dense, yet fluffy dark mocha colored head. Head slowly faded into a thick and greasy film that left streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Big chocolate and coffee on the nose. Very mellow and smooth smelling.
T: Follows the nose with dominating notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Dark fruits are in there too, with hints of dates, raisins, and slight vanilla. The finish is fairly bitter for the style (in a good way), and the aftertaste is roasted and chocolatey.
M: Full body, although not motor oil, with a very smooth but bitter mouthfeel. The carbonation is mellow and adds to the smoothness.
O: I was surprised how good this was. Definitely flavorful and super easy to drink. This could be aged even longer. Thanks again Michael!

scottfrie, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tbone1384, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Stockfan42, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Trevdawg, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada.

A - Super black, with a mocha-colored head which drops kinda quickly, but leaves a persistent film and pretty good lacing.

S - Sweet plums and raisins, brown sugar, and a touch of sharp molasses. There's a little something more, but I can't place it. Could it be chilis? Not sure. Regardless, I really like it.

T - This is tough to describe. It's rather sweet, with plums and raisins and such, with just a little roastiness, and I'm becoming increasingly convinced that there's just a little bit of chili in the aftertaste... but there's so much else in the flavor that I just can't put into words. Part of it reminds me of that slight twinge of sourness in baltic porters. Quite tasty.

M - Full, thick, smooth, lowish carbonation. Almost no hint of alcohol.

Overall, I like this a whole lot, but I have no idea what it is. An imperial stout, obviously, but beyond that I haven't a clue. It has something else going on in there that I haven't been able to place and which brings in a whole bunch of flavor.

Non-blind comments: This was vintage 2011

abraxel, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

zgunder, Oct 31, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from NEBCO bomber into a perfect pint glass. 2010 bottling, so aged somewhat.

Pours jet black, like oil, with thick head of brown foam. Sits a top like a foam cap. Coffee rich roasted nose. Dark chocolate too. Powerful. Smooth creamy taste, with loads of dark chocolate, hint of coffee. The bitter is buried deep in the back. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Soft, even. Top notch. Phenominal.

KTCamm, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

seplo, Oct 24, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage 750ml
Pours a hint mocha head that is easily roused to a half fingers worth. Alcohol legs are present with some wisps of head and some lacing. Black body with deep brown/red around the edges.

Roasted malts, coco powder and some earthy hops. I can also smell some burnt sugar, sweet sugary malts and alcohol.

Tastes like a solid Russian Imp Stout with some ashy, smokey and roast quality. A good bit of coco, dark chocolate, raisins and earthy hops. A bit of alcohol in the taste with a definite warmth as it goes down.

Medium full bodied. Low carbonation. Fairly oily and coating.

Overall this is an good beer. The steep price tag of this one may keep me from trying it again. I can't see myself spending $20 for another bottle for this coming release. I know it's cheaper at other stores but I have buyers remorse for this one. Maybe if I see it on draft coming up I'll get a taste to see if it's worth it.

Homebrew35, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

bigedct, Oct 21, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I can't remember who shared it, and my notes don't say.

A: Pours a dark brown body with some mild edge clarity. The center of the body becomes clear in smaller quantities. Tan head (small, short-lived) becomes a thin collar.

S: Roasty coffee, grain, some mild chocolate. Light anise. A pleasant, though not overwhelming, aroma.

T: Begins with roasted coffee, segueing into milk chocolate in the center taste. There is definitely an undercurrent of either anise or dark fruit, but it's so light that I can't really tell which it is. It finishes with some roasted grain aftertaste.

M: Just under medium-bodied; a bit thin for the style, but not flawed.

O: I find this perfectly serviceable, but I'm not sure it would merit any more attention than Old Rasputin if it weren't for the label controversy.

Arbitrator, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Hessian257, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a half finger of brown head that left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Definitely was able to detect plenty of milk chocolate in the aroma with some slightly muted coffee notes, hints of roasty malts, caramel undertones, and maybe very little brown sugar it seems like.

T: like the aroma the milk chocolate character also dominated the palate alongside slight roasty malts, some earthy woody notes, hints of dark fruits barely coming through but with caramel and coffee accents,

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slightly roasty, earthy, mild fruity, and slight bitter finish.

O: I honestly thought it was going to be a lot better from all the hype it has gotten over the years. It was just an OK RIS, nothing special.

Gobzilla, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2012
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.