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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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1,011 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 913
Gots: 383 | 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:
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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Kellifer


4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-16-2012 00:42:28 | More by Kellifer
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-12-2012 02:44:00 | More by eawolff99
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zhanson88

California

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 750mL bottle. Got this one in a trade quite some time ago and figured it was time to pop it.

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black and pretty viscous-looking. About 1/2" of medium khaki colored head forms that has pretty good lacing and retention. Pretty good looking stout.

Smell: Smells of some coffee, milk chocolate, a hint of roast and possibly a few dark fruits. Good smell, but it takes a bit for me to get much out of it. A little muted.

Taste: A hint of roast, coffee, milk chocolate, with some nice dark fruit character coming out as it warms. Again, I'd say it's comparable to the smell; good flavors, but just not enough of them.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium-full mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation. The carbonation really makes the mouthfeel. Overall, a good stout, but not something I was super impressed with. When I try this next I'd like to try it fresher to see if some of the flavors come out more.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:36:04 | More by zhanson88
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-06-2012 17:00:30 | More by CGMLS3
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-31-2012 23:41:28 | More by fehrminator
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SneezyAchew

Massachusetts

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

I have had this beer a number of times on draft and from the bottle. This review is from a tasting where a couple of friends and I drank 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. Mostly I took notes during the 2010, but each year was better than the last.

a: Looks like black coffee just poured from a keurig, you know, considering the foam that sticks around for a bit and all.

s: Really sweet and chocolatey with a smidge of bitter coffee. Personally, I'm also getting a lot of meat here, too. Kielbasa?

t: Caramel, coffee, and more chocolate. Huge taste here. After having a number of Stone IRS' the night before, I greatly prefer the huge, bold flavors you get here. The 2010 was much more balanced than the '11, but the flavors haven't completely melded yet. However, it's undeniably delicious.

m: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Not too viscus.

o: One of my favorite imperial stouts. Enjoyed these during Episode 3, and the beers continued to get more epic as the story did the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:11:33 | More by SneezyAchew
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Vintage 2011. Thanks to Celtic001 for this bottle! Bottle poured into a tall chalice. Pours a deep foreboding black, with a thick, lustrous mocha head. The nose is a bounty of coffee, roasted embers, bakers chocolate. The big downfall to this one though is the feel. This is an over-carbonated mess. Harsh bubbles scald the palate. Way overdone. This is a much more roasted beer than anticipated. Smoke, charred wood, some mild cocoa-like flavors. Not a lot of sweetness to help balance this one out. Meh. This one was disappointing to say the least. Not worthy of the hype for me anyways. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:24:14 | More by Onenote81
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Ultraman9000

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-30-2012 17:00:04 | More by Ultraman9000
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lalaloveyou


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

2008-2011 vertical shared with some of my favorite BAs.

2011(750 ml) - Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Pours black with a tan head. Sticky lacing on glass. S. Bitter chocolate, espresso/coffee, roasted malt. T. A little unbalanced, bitter chocolate flavor with hints of caramel. A slightly boozy finish. The carbonation gets in the way of the flavor a little. M. Light and carbonated, possibly to a fault. O. A little young, needs time for carbonation to settle and flavors to balance. Bubbly and bitter.

2010 (750 ml)- Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Black, no real head. Dark mocha lacing on glass. S. Chocolate, coffee, sweet molasses. T. Balanced flavor, chocolate with hints of molasses, coffee and caramel. Not overly sweet. M. Perfect carbonation, quite smooth. Viscous but not too thick. O. Balanced and dark.

2009 (750 ml) - Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Dark ("Black as the night" - Mielbeer). No head. Little to no mocha lacing. S. Almost smoky, roasted. Chocolate and coffee, with sweeter vanilla and caramel coming through. Smells sweet. T. Doesn't taste of alcohol at all, sweet chocolate. M. Really smooth and full bodied. O. Smooth and dark, super drinkable, balanced and sweet.

2008 (12oz) - Poured into a brandy snifter. A. Darkest yet, with no head. S. Chocolate, almost oak-y. T. Sweet chocolate, coffee and roast... but too sweet though. Flavor is balanced. M. Smooth. Really smooth. Thick and viscous. O. Great beer. Smooth, sweet and balanced. Gets better and better as years go on.

Seriously, though... the only bad thing about this beer is that it it gone now :(

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 07:36:53 | More by lalaloveyou
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Hopster2380


4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-30-2012 01:16:57 | More by Hopster2380
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-25-2012 23:48:13 | More by Evan
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americajesus

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-21-2012 02:46:18 | More by americajesus
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 2011 opened on 6.26.12.

A - Pours a dark, but lively brown with a dark brown, also active, head.

S - Mostly chocolate, then some nuts, and finally some slight coffee.

T - Creamy milk chocolate and coffee, still some nuts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Creamy smooth and solid. Lighter body but that doesn't hurt it here.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:07:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-12-2012 01:59:03 | More by mcintire78
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-04-2012 01:43:41 | More by BeerHunter76
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brystmar

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle shared by Shufon.

Black pour from the bottle yields zero head. Lots of roast with traces of blueberries in the background of the aroma. Rich body carries the flavors to my palate. Fudge and chocolate complement the strong roast as you sip, hops show up towards the end but fade leaving an aftertaste of baker's chocolate. A straightforward example of the style.

IST is a good stout that's about on par with Founders Imperial Stout. Nothing crazy going on here: it's just a well-made RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 19:34:39 | More by brystmar
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mdvatab

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%

06-30-2012 10:45:39 | More by mdvatab
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Goose Isalnd Clybourn snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big spider webs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate, roast some coffee, and dark fruits.

T- big dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and faint dark fruits and light bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, creamy with slight acidic bite at finish.

O- very good RIS. Big chocolate, roast and coffee notes that you want in a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:18:33 | More by kawilliams81
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ThirstyJoe77

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-24-2012 14:09:51 | More by ThirstyJoe77
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MordorMongo


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #4, 2011 Vintage served cellar temp in a tulip

A : Straight black with a full lingering tan head which fades to a nice cap leaving plenty of lacing throughout.

S : Coffee, legit dark chocolate (not tha pansy Special Dark kind, the real deal organic bitter chocolate), raisins, roasted malts

T : More of the bitter dark chocolate, almost espresso-like, dry & bitter. While nice it seems a bit of a one-trick pony here.

M : Silky & full, a tad too much carbonation maybe and again just slightly one dimensional

O : I would drink again, gladly. It is a very solid offering, and while I would like to see some more nuances it does what it does well so cannot knock it for that. Wish it was easier to get around here.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:47:06 | More by MordorMongo
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't recall who provided this bottle, but thanks! 750ml bottle, 2011 vintage I'll assume. Into a snifter.

Dark brown in colour, brown with a finger or two of brown head. Good retention and some lace. Nose is quite hoppy initially, with a substantial dose of roast, a bit of acidity, espresso, alcohol and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is about the same, incredibly roasty, almost charred, coffee, black licorice. Hops are still present. Thick body, with a good bit of carbonation and drying. A really nice imperial stout, roastiness was really substantial.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 15:28:07 | More by liamt07
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klipper

Michigan

2/5  rDev -52.5%

06-16-2012 18:54:01 | More by klipper
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle served in a tulip.
2010 vintage.

pours a mostly opaque dark cola-brown, sits an impenetrable black in the glass... 3/4" mocha toned head demonstrates impessive retention and pretty decent lacing, too. nose is a nice RIS blend of roasted malt and chocolate with secondary notes of molasses and anise. not exactly a whopping, bowl you over boldness that i do appreciate in my RIS/imperial stouts, but very good nonetheless.

flavor follows the aroma closely: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and hints of molasses and anise. the major difference is a perceptible hoppy presence in the taste that apparently i missed in the nose. alcohol presence is also tuned up a notch, most notably in the finish. great mouthfeel. creamy and full bodied with adequate carbonation.

overall this is a stellar beer. falls short of world class (and perhaps of the hype as well), but very well made. would love to get my hands on a BA edition.

(originally reviewed: 04-29-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:09:05 | More by BostonHops
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a low profile, dense, creamy chocolate milk colored head. Aromas are creamy, with a mocha blending leaning slightly on the bitter side. Flavors are supersmooth, with a healthy underlying kick from the ABV. Bitter and dark roasted coffee throughout, with some dark, bittersweet chocolate overtones and earthy, roasted highlights. There is a subtle sweetness that jumps in at the end of the palate...seems like a tangy caramel. The body remains smooth throughout, but is light enough to be drinkable. Another solid boozey bite in the aftertaste, as well as a roasty and bitter blend. The finish is smooth and bitter at the same time; creamy, yet sharp. Very dynamic, solidly brewed RIS. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:13:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-27-2012 02:25:25 | More by aanakinskywalker
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.