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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 943
Gots: 396 | 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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Photo of drewone
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade not too long ago. I've passed on this beer several times while at Ryan & Casey in Greenfield,MA. No longer. This is the 2010 vintage. I really don't like the groucho glasses but it's still a badass beer.

Pours a pitch fucking black with an anorexic brown head into my glass. Sinister? Check. Menacing? You bet. Delicious? One dare find out!

Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit in the nose. There's an nice peak of cream too and it's kind of rum-like.

This is an old fashioned imperial stout for sure. There's a lot of focus on roasted coffee with just the right amount of cream. No surprises, no gimmicks.

The alcohol is well contained, which makes this even more enjoyable. The cream is just right. I can't help but wonder what would happen after another year. I imagine that it must have been "boozy" while fresh.

I really like this imperial stout. I might have built it up in my mind as being REALLY FUCKING GOOD but I'm more than content here. I'm consoled by the fact that my search for the perfect example of this style continues as there are many more examples to try!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rudy611
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to dpowers.

A - Pours thick and black as night. Absolutely no head whatsoever on this one. Where did the carbonation go?

S - A dirty, dark, chocolate scent with some coffee and licorice. Some raisin and dark fruits in there too with some sweetness.

T - Dark chocolate with roasted malts. There's coffee in there too but a slight burnt flavor which was unexpected.

M - Slightly flat and a little thin on the finish.

O - Not too bad. But a little disappointed with the burnt flavors.

Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Busker
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Yagman3000
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a .750 bottle into a snifter. Part of a generous share from fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears super dark brown... Short of black. Foamy on the sides. A lot of depth in darkness.

Smell is subtle. There's a surprising hops mustiness that cuts through the malt.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Hop bitterness comes through too.

Mouthfeel Is clean and crisp. Complex and long layout.

A really good beer. A great addition to the pre-Thanksgivjng tasting.

Photo of doof116
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of MarkIntihar
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter. Huge thanks to Michael for this one! 2010 Groucho bottle.

A - Pours jet black with a finger plus of darker tan head. Seems to be a bit thinner than I expected when pouring, but in the glass looks thick and delicious. Retention is very nice as well.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and faint toffee are the first impressions on the nose. Upon taking a deeper whiff, there is a definite coffee presence in this one, as well as a bit of a dark fruit (fig, maybe?) that just adds to the complexity of this one. Each whiff brings something new to the table, and it all seems to melt together beautifully in the nose.

T - Taste is... off. Not like, infected off, either. Just weird, and not good. Burnt coffee, harsh alcohol taste, and just overall not good. I can't put my finger on exactly what is wrong with this, but it is definitely not the beer I was expecting. After having and enjoying the taste of the barrel aged version of this beer, this is a pretty big let down.

M - Thick and creamy at first, but that quickly fades to a harsh alcohol burn that stings the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol leaves a lasting bite that is unpleasant. Definitely feels overcarbonated as well, as some other reviewers have mentioned.

O - A huge let down, and possibly my first drain pour in a while, as I am wanting to get on to other beers tonight and this is not an enjoyable experience.

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of aepb1
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a creamy brown head

S- Coffee, cocoa and booze!

T- Chocolate and roasted malts start up, moves to a bittersweet chocolate finish, very full-flavored

M- Full-bodied and lower carbonation with no real alcohol heat

O- Great stout. The bitter finish is not exactly what I'd prefer and not quite as smooth as I'd like but it's still very good.

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.