Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 978
Gots: 419 | 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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Ratings: 1,175 | Reviews: 479
Photo of Homebrew35
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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.

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

A: Black body with 1 finger head.

S: Roasted malt, floral hops noted (roses maybe?) - this floral aroma dominates other subtle aroma

T: Roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate, floral hops coming through again, tastes sweeter than it smells. Hop bitterness in the end. Very good. Tastes better than it smells, imo.

M: Thick and chewy. Good amount of carbonation (perhaps a tad bit too much carbonation).

O: Very solid stout. Not my favorite, but it's quite good and subtlely unique.

Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured right out of the fridge from the bottle right into an Ithaca tulip. Thanks to goblinmunkey7 for sending this my way!

A: deep black color with a huge tan to brown head that just stays forever as a layer of froth. I poured a bit hard, but it was cold - huge head and retention, great looking beer.

S: rich sweet notes with some toffee, but also has the roasted coffee smell and some earthy tones.

T: very earthy and a bit bitter, but the roasted notes allow for that. Not much of the sweetness, but there's very little alcohol if any.

M: good thickness in the body, but the carbonation is just too much and tears it apart just a bit. Still very good, but it was noticeably overcarbonated for me.

O: very good beer, but the carbonation kills it. Not sure if it was intentional or not. Overall still work seeking - maybe some age on this one would do it some good.

Photo of zhanson88
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.

Photo of SneezyAchew
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of 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 :(

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of 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.

Photo of liamt07
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.

Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick, solid black. A huge, deep brown head rises, to the point where I have to stop pouring the beer, but falls rather quickly. Once settled it ends up as a half finger of tannish colored foam. Nice lacing is left on the glass, especially for a stout. As beer warms the foam seems to cling to the glass a bit more, though the beer wasn't particularly cold to begin with.

The nose is full of roasty and chocolate aromas. The chocolate definitely shines through more. Dark chocolate leads the way and it's paired with a slightly sweet note, almost like some sweet milk chocolate. The roastiness balances out the nose nicely and provides a nice contrast to the chocolate notes.

The taste is head and shoulders above the nose. Huge chocolate notes, dark and milk chocolate, plus some bitter baker's chocolate are the dominant flavors. The sweetness takes a backseat here as the roasted characteristics give the chocolate notes a run for their money. The taste isn't actually all that complex. It's got chocolate and some roastiness, but it has exceptional chocolate and roasted notes.

Definitely a big beer. Fairly thick body with low carbonation. Each sip seems to coat everything from the mouth down the throat and into the stomach. The alcohol is very well hidden.

This is an excellent beer. For a beer this big that has so much flavor it's very straightforward. The chocolate and roasted notes are extremely well balanced. Just a really good beer.

Photo of lnashsig
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Beenitty (Brandon) and JMFoster (James) for the chance to taste this one! Both stand up BA's and friends that hooked me up with a couple bottles of this. I shall drink now, and then age for some time and see what comes of it.

This is #BOTG 39! The challenge continues!

Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a vicious pitch black color. Comes out of the bottle with the thickness of motor oil. As it falls into the glass, a dark tan head bubbles up like bubbles from a tar pit. Just thick looking. Some head retains, not much though. Absolutely no light gets through the glass. One of the thicker Imp stouts I've ever seen, kind of reminds me of the pour I got out of CCB Zhukov. Smell- Dark chocolate, some graininess, ovaltine, mocha coffee. Smells great. Taste- WHOA. Dark fruits, Aggressive bitterness, the thickness of this coats my mouth with a super rich thick bitter dark chocolate. This is delicious, super complex, well made RIS. So flavorful, so thick, just perfect. This beer is a home run. I'm just hoping my Astros give those pansies from Dallas a tough game tonight (not looking good at the moment) to match the greatness of this beer.

Photo of TK5150
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011.

A- Pours blackish with a nice 1 and a half finger light brown/brown head into my snifter. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- This beer has a very heavy raspberry/cassis/cherry component mixed with roasted coffee. It smells a bit tart due to the fruity/berry like notes. Just a touch of dark chocolate and astringency in the nose as well.

T- The raspberry/cassis/cherry from the nose translates into the taste as well. A bit tart. Loads of burnt coffee and a little dark chocolate. The chocolate and roasted character comes out a bit more as it warms, but the big players here are the fruits and coffee. A bit astringent and maybe a little disjointed, but there are some nice flavors here.

M- Full bodied beer, not the smoothest beer out there though.

O- I was happy when my buddy brought this up to me for my birthday last night. It was nice to check this one off the list. A nice stout. I would not buy this, but if someone offered me some I would certainly drink it again. There are better stouts out there, especially with the price/availability factored in.

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

thanks to pahn for this gem, appreciate it evan! i was holden out this guy to drink with a buddy whos a star wars fanatic. cannot hold out any longer, want to have this one as fresh as possible.

750ml into 2 snifters

a- pours a deep dark brown, nearly black with almost no head. can see the carbonation. already very excited.

s- smells delicious, lots of chocolate upfront, followed by roastiness and sweet malts. theres a hint of fruit sweetness in there as well, possible from the seven different malts that went ino this guy.

t- roastiness right upfront but not over done, followe by some botter chocolate and slight sweetness and a touch of cherry. hops make a presence and ad a bit astringency to the finish. takes a different route than the nose, and still no alch whatsoever, impressive. chocolate comes through much more as it warms.

m- lots if carbonation on this guy with a medium to thick body for the style. maybe a touch too much carbonation but better more than less.

o- very tasty! i see why this guys gain so much popularity, its a up there with good ris. the 750 disappeared a lot easier than i thought it would. almost as good as founders ris. huge thanks to evan for the chance!

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/12

Note: 2012 bottle

Appearance: Black at its core, with some brown around the edges - moderately sized tan head to start, fades, leaves a ring and some fizzy lacing

Smell: Burnt and roasted malts, but not particularly strong of an aroma - slightly acidic, perhaps a little oxidized - roasty, dark chocolate, some sweetness, dry black licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate bitterness - burnt malts, roasted malts - very dry, minimal sweetness - coffee, char, black licorice, some booze - better than the aroma, but lacks depth

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little thin, very dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, not exceptional

This is certainly better than some Russian Imperials of the style, but the most memorable thing about this beer is it's name (aka Stout Pooper). It's better than I remember from drinking this in the past, but it's not epic.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a heavier dark deep brown with a creamy, loose dark tan head. Drops to a spotty cap in short order. No lacing and minimal carbonation.

Smell: seriously roasted. Slightly burnt. Some sweeter malt notes as well. Nice infusion of cocoa powder and over sweetened coffee. Chewy burnt malts. Espresso beans and a touch of leather. All the aromas are there but it's relatively mellow. Some alcohol on the front of the nose. Sweet with a touch of cough syrup. dark fruits are buried. Heavy on raisin and cherry.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts. Burnt edges with a smoky char. Some dark fruits pull through. Overripe bing cherry. No hops to speak of. Some caramel sweetness as in candy. Bread crust and burnt toast. Same dynamic as the nose. All the right flavors are in place but it'a all on mute. Lingering charred sweetness. Old worn leather and some fresh pipe tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Bubbly and light for the style. Lingering dry smokiness.

Overall: I tried this in a massive stout rating and it was incredibly underwhelming. Now that I've tried it in isolation, I know that's the case. Everything that should be in this beer is, but it's been dialed down. Makes for an incredibly easy drinking take on the style, but ultimately falls short.

Photo of jordanblaskey
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tasting snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A:
Pours a near black with a small mocha ring of a head.

S:
Sweet roast, coffee, espresso and alcohol heat.

T:
Faint hops at the forefront lead way to smoke, coffee, sweet malts and finishes with a nice black cherry note.

M:
Light-medium for a stout. Too carbonated for me.

O:
An interesting take on the style.

Photo of harrymel
3.29/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2009
Pours a beautiful silky black with a soft light mocha foam. I'm not usually impressed by a stout's look, but this one is pretty to me. Cocoa, leather, alcohol, licorice and hints of graham. Flavor is bready with a rye tone and some more graham and dark, dark chocolate. A bit of oxidation is evident, but not to the demise, rather a slight compliment to the beer. Body is very thin for the style, almost empty with a subdued (due decorum) carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer, but not worth seeking out again for me.

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's last month, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark oily black with a one finger deep mocha head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket atop the pour.

S - Dark roasty toasty malts and dense chocolate. Could use a bit more oomph as it is semi standard/one noted.

T - Taste though, mmm mmm good. Very nice roasted chocolatey malts. So much deep dark chocolate on this one. Very, very nice its like drinking liquid dark bittersweet chocolate.

M - Yeah, this is crazy good. Nice and velvety and the ABV is nearly completely hidden. I wish I could give this a 4.75. A bit too bitter on the finish and with a hint too much carbonation.

O - Overall this is a splendid RIS. Very chocolatey. Dark 85% cocoa type chocolate. Not too much else though, just lots of chocolate. This is a very, very hyped up beer and for me a bit too overhyped. Still though, I've got a few bottles of this stuff for a reason.

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.