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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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482 Reviews
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Reviews: 482
Hads: 1,192
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 981
Gots: 422 | FT: 29
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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Reviews: 482 | Hads: 1,192
Photo of Tilley4
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first officially retired brew courtesy of naproxen... Thanks, Aliza!

This is a Dark Side black to say the least.... Blacker than you can imagine black... On top sits a thick creamy tan head that makes this a stunning brew...

Aroma of dark roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, and surprisingly citrus hops.... Huh??

What a delicious brew this is.... Loads of chocolate, fruit, malt, hops, a little coffee, some vanilla... Wasn't expecting all of that...wonderfully complex and delicious...

Scary drinkability on this one... Its dark and rich but I could drink this til I passed out... Its freaking delicious!!

Amazing brew... This one needs to be revived...

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 11osixBrew for the chance to make a few Star Wars/beer geeks dreams come true.

Pours jet black, no light being able to penetrate, decent sized tan head that fades at a fair pace, a little patchy lacing but not much.

Smell is of roasted malt, some smokiness, strong dark fruit presence, slight coffee/chocolate aroma.

Taste starts out with a roasted kick, then the dark fruit aspect hits the sides of the tongue to spice things up which then melds to a mild bitter coffee aftertaste, very creamy and smooth throughout, above average carbonation for the style but it works well.

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Photo of BillyB
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drawn to the dark side of the force!
And boy is this DARK!

Pours an inky, motor oil, jet black with a thin, tan to dark brown head.

Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol.

Flavors of sweet and burnt roasty malt. Chocolate sweetness balnced with bitter espresso/coffee -ness.

Very smooth velvety/silky mouthfeel. With a subtle carbonation fizz. Dangerously drinkable!
A fabulous beer!
The dark side rules!

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out motor oil black with a chocolate milk head that dies to a ring. Smells roasty with a hint of almond, maple and caramel. Wow, tastes very very roasty, I love it. Coffee ground like bitterness, some caramel and chocolate. A little thin in the mouth. Nicely drinkable. Fun beer to celebrate with on Easter after giving up beer for Lent.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Storm Trooper stout pours an inky black into the glass with a creamy dark brown head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring and sheet on the beer leaving behind splotches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rather faint, but has notes of roasted caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate and alcohol are present. Each sip of this full bodied beer is velvety on the palate. The carbonation is an effervescent fizz that covers the tongue.

This beer is very rich in flavor. It's mainly roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Towards the end some hop bitterness and hints of nuts come through. It finishes dry with a mild alcohol flavor. Once gone the chocolate and alcohol linger on the palate.

My only issue with this beer is the weak aroma, however it does intensify a bit as the beer warms. I wish I bought more than one and it was more readily available. P.S. Love the label!

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Photo of dickieb
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, probably the darkest beer I have ever drank. The head is a nice darker shade of brown, with average retention, the lacing being pretty weak was the only thing holding it back. The smell is rich with dark roasted malts with fresh coffee bitter chocolate, and some hints of oak. The flavor is so smooth, with lots of the dark malts hints of vanilla and coffee, with a bit of a hop bite that gives way to a lingering burnt malt flavor, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. The mouthfeel is creamy but light, especially considering the probable alcohol content, and this one is so drinkable. Its a complete and utter shame this is probably the only one I will ever have.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is mild. Malts and very mild coffee. Flavor has a noticeable sweet character but its just smooth as silk. Great balances. Very smooth liquid feel and a low but appreciable carbonation. This is a great RIS. So easy to drink.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks n0rman for this one.

Small (unfortunately) capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
Pitch black, with a good sized tan head, lighter in the center but a burnt yellow on the edges, it shows average retention but nice lacing.
Aroma is impressive, roasted, smoked, with notes of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and even some bourbon (as far as I know this is not barrel aged, but it smells like it).
Full bodied, quite creamy on the palate, the taste is as suggested by aroma, but quite smoked, along with the same vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate notes.
Impressive, and despite strength and probably high ABV, it is very easy to drink.
Extremely impressive.

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

Thanks for opening this one grub!!

Pours a super deep and opaque black, thin brown head forms, settles down to a solid collar, leaves some lace spots. Smell is nice, chocolate, roast, cherries, alcohol, toffee, sherry, vanilla, more chocolate, pretty intense, great. Taste is chocolate, licorice, sherry, very fruity, roast, toffee, some spice, cocoa, nuts, really complex. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth, very nice. great RIS, thanks for this one Russ!

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Photo of lpayette
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says 2006, though I picked this up just a few weeks ago.

Appearance- pitch black. Have I seen darker? probably, but not very many get darker than this. The head is pretty frickin' sweet too given the high gravity of this brew- light brown with lacing.

Smell- the smell took me off guard initially... it's a bit more fruity than I expected. Chocolate pudding and a tamed roasted note come through too. Could use more hops in the aroma, but overall very good.

Taste- Overall theme is chocolatey with a leaning towards the cocoa side of things. This is a much sweeter RIS than most of the notorious malty hop bombs that are out there. Northern brewer hops do come through periodically however, along with a lactose quality?

Mouthfeel- Damn near, perfect. Let me re-think that. It is perfect.

Drinkability- is through the roof for the style especially. The gentle balance of the hops versus the hop slam of other large RIS really helps out here. This is an exceptional beer that I hope to be lucky enough to find some more of.

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Photo of scott
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

V.06 (unknown because hand dated 07 by trader Photekut - you da' man)

I have been waiting to bust this out of my cellar since October. C'mon, tell me story...

Nice clarity, although this falls under the "black as pitch" category. Medium-hard pour delivers one hell of a head that is the darkest I have ever seen. Loose, fluffy and has lots of staying power. Simply gorgeous in it's appearance. Highly aromatic with a very robust nose portaying notes of blackstrap. This has a salty, bittered char effect, but in a very pleasant way.
Oh, this is very nice to drink. Thin for an RIS (maybe degredation?) with a nice malty presence. Not as bitter as the nose would have my mouth believe, this finishes like a champ. Creamy, delicious and just the right touch of warmth.
Well crafted.
Looks like a big stout, smells like a big stout, tastes like a stout, but drinks like a porter. How can you go wrong? This is almost amazing. I wish I had the opportunity to try this fresh...
Seek one out.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of TJP75Beer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  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!

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.48/5  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!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.4/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.4/5  rDev +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.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.