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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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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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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 23:39:48 | More by jwc215
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:28:42 | More by Zorro
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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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 00:22:57 | More by younger35


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 19:58:30 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 19:05:58 | More by grub
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New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:27:16 | More by WeisGuy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 00:19:29 | More by francisweizen
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 22:33:49 | More by Boto
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 15:12:59 | More by LittleBreeze
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 23:59:29 | More by Wasatch
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 02:52:03 | More by KevinB
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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).

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 01:28:44 | More by Damian
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 17:23:24 | More by erosier
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:48:19 | More by k3n
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 15:59:35 | More by naproxen
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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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 01:08:17 | More by blackie
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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 00:44:20 | More by fank2788
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 00:20:24 | More by BeerTruth
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 17:06:02 | More by Nipitato
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4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black as night into my Smutty Big Bieer glass. Head rises mightily so I cannot get all 12 oz in on the first pour. Once it has a chance to rest, the remaining beer hits the glass and the head diappears to all but a ring around the glass.

Aromas of dark bittersweet bakers chocolate and alcohol soaked black cherries dominate and wanr to hints of fruity espresso beans and fresh figs sauteed, add some port with a vanilla bean.

Taste is a rush over the tongue...waaves of dark roasted cocoa beans with a generous portion of sweet black cherriesand some coffee bitterness winds out the tongue. The mouth on this is quite nice as my tongue and lips feel ever coated in this wonderful elixir.

This is one dangerous brew that suites my palate quite nicely. I cannot believe how tasty and drinkable this. Not many a flaw here as I may have found my one and only tru e love. Not one characteristic is too overbearing and all of them agree with me famously....I may have to buy all that are left.

Thank you NEBC!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 02:05:11 | More by gpcollen1
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as a Sith Lord’s heart, no light can penetrate it, even when backlight. Brunette head much like Tarfful’s coat; at the apex the foam was as tall as a Jawa. Respectable head retention, the foam slowly slid to a soapy cap. No lacing, sadly. Overall, the appearance is attractive in a menacing kind of way.

Big roasted chocolate aromas with hints of Corellian espresso, bittersweet baking chocolate just like Aunt Beru used in her cookies. Hints of alcohol, charcoal and Alderaan vanilla; I love the distant suggestions of dark fruit. It required a strong connection to the Force to detect the fruit, almost as if the dates, figs, and raisins were in hiding. Did they survive Order 66? Overall, the aromas are inviting.

Forceful palate. For Jedi Master’s only. I don’t think a Padawan could handle this; too easily to succumb to the power of the dark side. Chocolate and charcoal, Ithorian plums, Kashyyyk dates… the alcohol is quite pronounced like a homebrew from Hoth. As dry as the Jundland Wastes, bitter upfront but a lingering sweetness arrives at the finish. Smoky notes are found throughout. The palate is as complex as Mace Windu’s vaapad fighting style and every bit as powerful. There isn’t the grace of Ataru but that is not needed. Devastating. Tasty.

Filling mouthfeel, not like a Hutt meal… more like a Gamorrean snack. Low but natural carbonation; hot, bitter, raw aftertaste (sort of like what Vader felt being burnt on Mustafar).

Dangerously drinkable. If Ponda Baba was drinking this at Mos Eisley Cantina he wouldn’t have felt Obi-Wan cutting off is arm. Damn Dr. Evazan! It was all a misunderstanding! A true RIS; maybe not Council worthy but a powerful Knight nevertheless. This is an absolute joy to drink. “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” So be it.

Thanks jaxon53 for the beer and giving me the muse to write such a nerdy review!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 14:25:33 | More by bditty187
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New York

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a huge dark brown head that resists fading. Some lacing present.

The smell is reserved. Rich fudge brownie and Tootsie roll.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is smooth and creamy. The flavor is full and immediately engulfs the entire mouth. The deep chocolate taste finishes with a hint of bitterness and a lightly roasted flavor that lingers appropriately.

Drinkability - Wow. The challenge and reward is to hold a mouthful long enough to fully consider it. Thanks AMP!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 21:59:13 | More by jjayjaye
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at Delaney's, down the street from the brewery:

A- Completely opaque black, doesn't let any light through. Espresso-colored foam persists and stick cloyingly to the glass.

S- Smells fresh, the way beer usually smells at the brewery or brew-pub. Sweet and fresh that blends with more complex chocolate and malt aroma.

T- Bitter and sweet at once, segwaying into sweet then bitter, bitter espresso/coffee with a background malt sugar caramel then tingling ethanol finish one expects from an imperial stout. overall: bitter to sweet to coffee to coffee-caramel to ethanol.

M- Thick mouthfeel upfront with a smooth backslide and ends in a dryness that complements the ethanol finish.

D- Personally i think this is pretty drinkable, but for the average palate it may be something to have once in a while. Very intense and strong. Probably not most people's idea of a session beer, but what imperial stouts are?

And by the way, the bottle is awesome, and the guys down at the brewery are pretty cool too, if you get a chance to meet them. Personally, i think it's the best beer they've put out. Nice job with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 17:20:07 | More by xthemystic
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a syrupy, opaque black in color beneath a creamy, coffee-colored head with good retention. A bit of spotted and thin lacing with decent hold.

Rich, roasted espresso-mocha, coffee beans; notes of hazlenut. Milk chocolate with lingering smoke; creamy caramel. Notes of dark fruit: plum, grape, fig.

Roasted, gritty chocolate and mocha malt character that finishes dry and opens to a floral and pine-infused hop intensity. A moderate smokiness blends with a warming alcohol presence leaving notes of hazlenut, caramel, and bittered toffee.

Full in body; chewy, rich, but mostly gritty from the intense hop feel. Not as smooth/syrupy as I like for the style.

A hefty Imperial Stout more memorable for its unique hop presence than anything else. A pleasant, local offering that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 02:25:23 | More by NEhophead
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, ruby red around the edges, a nice pumpkin pie colored head dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong on the roastiness, some twangy sour acidity mixes with a hint of booziness, a very subtle and soft powdered chocolate sweetness is also evident. Roast malts also dominate in the taste some soft sweet chocoalte at the front of the tongue blends with a tanginess and bitterness at the back. Finishes with a drying bitterness leaving a roast and smoky aftertaste and a hint of alcohol. Alcohol is fairly balanced and only slightly noticeable. Soft medium to heavy body, slightly oily, is cut by a tingling bitter bite before the dry finish. Very nice roasty and slightly smoky stout. Thanks cooperrip for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 02:07:57 | More by hoppymeal
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.