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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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1,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 929
Gots: 386 | FT: 30
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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Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 4/16/11:

A: Pitch black, about an inch of mocha brown head.

S: Chocolate, touch of coffee, little molasses.

T: This is pretty much a chocolate bomb with a good depth of chocolate malt, but that's pretty much all it is. While it does have a little coffee and molasses sweetness, there really isn't any hop character to speak of nor any other real depth. Alcohol is pretty much no where to be found though.

M: Thick and viscous, chewy. This is probably the best aspect of the beer. While it isn't the biggest mouthfeel I've had, it is extremely smooth and isn't oily like some heavy alcohol stouts can be.

O: This is a really enjoyable RIS with a great mouthfeel, but I feel it falls short compared to the cream of the crop. I had this a couple days ago practically side by side with Founders Imperial Stout and with a BORIS just a few days before that. It just doesn't match the complexity and depth of those other brews. I've heard a ton of hype around this beer, it just doesn't stack up. A delicious beer, but a not world class IMHO.

Satchboogie, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at Redbones BBQ in Somerville's Davis Square.

Ok - thick black appearance with a mocha colored head that won't give up. Dark and beautiful.

Smell - fought to make it out as I am in a BBQ joint with the aroma of ribs and pulled pork throughout. But strong chocolate, coffee, malty, and roasted overtones make my way into the nostrils after a few good sniffs.

Taste: shear joy. It has the mouthfeel and creaminess of a chocolate shake. I kid you not. Many RIS tend to be oily. This is thick and rich and milkshake like with a wonderful chocolate and mocha flavor. Creamy and wonderful.

Everything I was hoping for.

Patrickbrusil, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 4/15/2011

A - a nice black body with no light getting through. brownish head about an inch thick sits on top.

S - chocolate and malts are the main smell here. pretty good but nothing super amazing.

T - ah here is where the amazing is at. chocolate and malts with a good amount of hops which i did not expect. such a rich beer but yet so drinkable.

M - really good mouthfeel here its nice and coarse and has a perfect level of carbonation.

O - such a good beer and so glad i ran over to redbones to grab this bad boy.

celticfutblclub, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to t8000shx for the hookup.

a - Opened the bottle and filled my darkness snifter. Deep rich black with a nice milky mocha finger sized head. Lacing was slick but the head hung around.

s - Nice roasted chocolatey malts. A bit of smoke and dark roasted coffee.

t - Big robust flavor. Starts off with smoke, then goes baker's chocolate and ends a bit bittery and dry.

m - Full bodied and dry. Alc tingle at the end, but a bit of a bittery finish that isn't the greatest.

o - Overall this is good. I had a bit higher expectations for this one, but solid. Mostly malty and roasty...touch of smokiness to it, kind of a one trick pony.

cosmicevan, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to Jon for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored head with decent retention. Some lace left behind as well.

(S)- A nice mellow yet dry baked bread and roasted components. Bits of raisin and licorice. Some cocoa starts to show up as it warms.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A dry yet almost spicy(licorice) component within the roasted character. Plenty of cocoa and raisin in this. Some bitter coffee grounds start to come through as it warms up.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A really nice balance as well. Suprisingly smooth with a great combo of sweet and bitter notes.

(D)- A great stout. Smooth and sweet with a nicely integrated bitter roasted profile. Not overly strong or boozy; a great fit for the style and an enjoyable one at that.

sweemzander, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my over sized tulip glass. Deep black in color not a hint of giving up any light. Even at the edges. Head was maybe a little over one finger. It's color is light brown and really silky in appearance.

The smell is exactly what I wanted it to be. Dark roasted barley that smells of French roasted coffee. Dark bitter chocolate. The alcohol is well masked but is present. As this warms that alcohol masking goes out the window. It kind of turns into an acetone smell. It's not as prevalent a smell as it was in World Wide Stout, but it's there.

Lots of black, no half and half with sugar, coffee. Black dark roasted coffee. Not as much chocolate as the smell. The alcohol is very hidden and I am only getting a smidge as it warms. There is tart taste I can't describe. I think the tart is a bit sweet, my tasting partner, josssmith, thinks it's the tartness of plain yogurt. Coin toss!

The mouth is very along the lines it should. It is a bit dry though and not as rich as I think it should be.

Overall this was a really good RIS, but not a great RIS. I may be a little tough on this category ever since I have had the enjoyment of Stone IRS and Deschutes Abyss. Maybe I'm wrong but the bar stands. Thanks to masterhomebrewer for the chance to drink this.

azdback, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of robhunta
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a chalice with a nice creamy mile chocolate-brown head. Black in color. Dissipates more quickly than I would have liked...

S - coffee chocolate sweetness with a hint of alcohol. A very appealing aroma...

T - Sweet roasted malt with hints of chocolate & coffee. Great malt flavor finishes with a hint of bitterness and no alcohol taste, but the feel...

M - Smooth and full bodied, a tad of alcohol.

O - Great beer. smell and appearance were top notch, flavor backed it up for the most part, not a ton of hops.

robhunta, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split four ways with my co-workers after our Stone in MN tasting.
Pours out a thick black color that lets no light through. One finger of light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is roast and slight bitter chocolate.

The roast comes through strong in the taste and blends nicely to a rich, dry chocolate flavor. I get roasted smore, chocolate and toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is reasonably dry with moderate to low carbonation. Well made here. Nice and crisp with some smooth body.

Overall a really nice beer. The roast is just enough to not overtake the malt sweetness. Some nice complex malt flavors and a dry finish. All good things here, a great way to celebrate the end of our Stone in MN release party.

pdoran10, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this in the BA secret santa '10. The bottle was an '09. I poured into a snifter. The pour is jet black with a moderate tan head, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on coffee, there is light chocolate, light alcohol. The flavor is terrific. Lots of chocolate balanced with the sweetness of chocolate. The finish has lingering coffee with a light alcohol finish. The body is full, carbonation good. A fantastic RIS. Definitely seek this one out.

bonkers, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got two of these in recent trades with johnbjaeger and naloxone. One to drink, one to age. Thanks guys.

Poured into a Keizer Karel chalice. Drank while watching Women's Curling between USA and Canada.

Looks dark brown to black with a beautifull dark tan one finger head.

Lots of bold coffee and chocolate smells with hints of hop.

Roasted coffee flavors, little bits of dark fruits and malt sweetness. Nice hop flavors upon the finish.

Medium to light body and a decent amount of coarbonation. This one could have deserved a bit of a fuller body. Nice coffee and bitterness that linger.

A great imperial stout. Not the best I ever had but a very good example of the style. Glad I have another bottle to age.

doopiedoopiedoo, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- has a nice dark brownish black color to it, suprisingly has
a good amount of lacing alouth the pour seems pretty
thick
S- good amount of roast and chocolate. Sweet chocolate, espresso and licorice in the finish. Hints of alcohol
T- really tatsty, really rich on the chocolate up front
toasty espresso but not overwhelming, the hops add
a nice fruit characteristic to the end to balance out the roast
M- great mouthfeel, super rich with a great balance on the carbonation, semi dry Finnish

overall I think that this is a great beer, it is a rich, roasty stout that
holds up with the best of them

GradyS1, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

326th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML

App- A great looking chocolate brown with a soft two finger head. Very nice lacing which I wasnt expecting.

Smell- Big roasted malts with an espresso undercurrent. Malt is dominant scent but a hop aroma and some chocolate/vanilla combo scents.

Taste- Has a bold mix of flavors. The malty roasty makes it a pleasant drinking stout, while the hops give a flavor kick and add a little depth of flavor and character to the beer.

Mouth- A softer medium bodied stout with a medium carb level to be expected. Very nice thick malt after taste with a little chocolate essence.

Drink- I liked it. Flavorful, roasty and nice coffee/espresso notes. The hops like I said gave it a change of pace as well.

FosterJM, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of jmonster
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance thick dark viscous

Smell coffee with some vanilla notes

Moufeel full with low carbonation

Taste is great coffe and choclate flavors with some dark fruit in the background

Overall a definate step up from some more mass produced imperial stouts such as storm king, ten fidy, and old rasputin

jmonster, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bauermj for this bottle. 2009 vintage.

A- Right as this one exits the bottle I can see that this isnt the densest of black. It gathers ok but it has thoughts of thin bodies and shattered dreams. However, the head is very nice. Big, tan creepy and sticky cloud of foam. Retention is spotty, but strong. Lacing is a full wall of torn off bubbles the color of toasted marshmallows.

S- The aroma starts out with a nice, immediate sense of roastiness. There is lots of earthy leather and fruity tobacco. As it warms smells of chocolate fudge, complete with almonds, develop.

T- Rich chocolate and creamy french vanilla roast coffee. This beer starts sweet and ends roasty and full of cappuccino-like coffee. Tobacco notes coincide with lots of leather. Hops provide notes of fresh grass just before a finish wrought with dark berries and fudge.

M- Carbonation is too high causing the body and overall feel to suffer. The carbonation will die down with due swirling and patience, but its too sharp at the start of the glass.

D- This was really good. I thought I remembered the fresh bottle being much more hoppy, thing is I think I liked this much better.

MbpBugeye, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours and oily a viscous deep dark brown color with a nice thin tan head that has some nice dense bubbles. Retention is a bit on the lower side.

S - Sweet chocolate cake notes are delicious. Some nice dark chocolate notes are present blended with some great milk chocolate sweetness. Pure deliciousness in the nose. SOme slight coffee notes and some mild burnt and roasted malt notes that are well balanced with the sweetness. There is mild molasses sweetness tones but it is not too intense. I love the smell of this beer.

T & M - Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Taste starts off with some nice coffee roasted notes and continuous to be balanced off buy some nice chocolate cake sweetness and slight dark chocolate bitterness. There is some good roasted grain notes and some slight bready tones as well. There is a nice dry finish to this beer and the after taste is more espresso coffee than expected. A bit of a clean finish as well. Sweetness is on the lower side of this stout though with those roasted notes as the dominant ones.

D - Quite delicious brew with a ok ABV. Might be highly drinkable because its not too sweet or sticky.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan, finger thick head. Slowly dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Scent is mainly roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits. There are also hints of coffee beans as well as a bit of an alcohol smell too.

T: The taste is what you would expect from the smell, massive roasted characteristics with an almost charred, smoky flavor, that linger throughout. There is a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some alcohol. The finish is dry and a bit smoky.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Has a smooth, roasted feel throughout.

D: This is a very easy drink with a nice balance of slight sweetness and bold roasted malts. The alcohol is noticeable, but not enough to take away from the flavors. I'd like to see what some age does to this beer, although it's pretty smooth, I feel aging will do it well.

mavbrew, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/06/11- Review of a 2010 bottle thanks to billyshears.
A: Black with little brown hues, decent brown collar and film with lacing.
S: Milk chocolate milk, strong creamy oatmeal, slight bubblegum or artificial sweetener, dried figs. The artificial sweetener knocks its review down a bit, even in the taste category.
T: Chocolate milk, not very complex overall, molasses on the finish with orange hops. It's decent.
M: Thinner without a good creamy or frothy until the finish.
D: OK. I'm a little underwhelmed with this one.

ne0m00re, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Batch

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown hue with a slim sudsy brown head. Moderate lacing. Not bad for an imperial stout.

Smell -- Lots of dark roast malt, leather, licorice and anise, gentle woodsmoke, herbal and earthy hops.

Taste -- Black malt, black coffee, licorice, black leather, vinous dark fruit notes. Malt sweetness is adequate: just enough to push those dark fruit flavors forward but not enough to make this cloying. Hop character is pronounced and earthy, and paired with the black malt makes this too bitter. The nuances of the malt flavors seem muted in comparison. Lingering flavors of earthy hop bitterness and vinous dark fruit.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with somewhat milder carbonation. Mild alcohol warming in the throat, also a hit of fusel alcoholic bite at the swallow. Damn near perfect.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Great feel, good amount of depth for an imperial stout. I can't help but notice the massive amounts of licorice and black malt, which explains to me why this has become something of a divisive beer. Over time the remarkable bitterness paired with the charred malt really wore on my palate. I found it somewhat difficult to finish my glass.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

yeahnatenelson, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Mob2332 I believe, thanks Mike.
Pretty opaque pour, just a bit of light tan head. Would've liked a bit more, but still good. Retention of this little layer is quite good.

Some roast malt and dark chocolate. A surprising amount of herbal hop resin. A bit muted actually.

Taste is much more potent. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise and lighter molasses and coffee. The hops are more minor here than in the aroma. Still add a nice bite to the finish along with some coffee.

The carbonation is just slightly more prickly than creamy, but it is a refined carbonation. Some warming, but not in a bad way at all. Drinks just fine, a nice example of the style. Worth the try.

Bung, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. I scored pours from both a bottle and a growler, but I got a bigger pour from the growler so...Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark as night with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical stout. Hints of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light booze, and some hops sneaking in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with some sweet roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of coffee and more chocolaty sweetness. Finish is a mix of sweet dark roasted malt and some light smokiness. Not bad but it really didn't blow me away.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, bodied with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I liked this one for what it is but it left me wanting something more. I feel like I have had this beer multiple times before, yet this is the first time I have had it.

orangesol, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of kbanks13
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter with a mocha colored head that was fairly typical of a RIS. Body was as pitch black as Vader's mask, no hints of light made it through even the edges of this beer. The smell was chocolatey and sweet with a bit of rich and roasted coffee. A fair amount of floral hops in the nose accompanied by faint spicy molasses notes. The taste is just incredible as I was led to believe. Begins with semi-sweet chocolate and molasses flavors, hints of vanilla come through in the flavor profile. Fades to a roasted french vanilla coffee flavor with a nutty (hazelnut?) flavor lingering on my taste buds. Heavy is the word I would choose to describe the feel of this beer. Coating and viscous with a rich and silky feel to it and little carbonation. Drinks incredibly easy and I wish this were around more often, as I would by this by the case every chance I got.

kbanks13, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish. Funny trademark workaround on the label, can't believe that satisfied the powers that be, plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a DFH snifter, slowly formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head sees the bubbles quickly retreat to the rim, with small bubbled skim holding down the fort most areas, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is potent sweet yet acrid dark malts, tinged with anise.

Taste starts sweet, goes bittersweet chocolate in the middle, closes with some burnt coffee and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Price point is a bit prohibitive, but as a treat it'll work.

5/2/07 - 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5
12oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the totally opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes ever so slowly, with plenty of lasting dark lace. Aroma is rich bittersweet chocolate, with an alcoholic undercurrent. Taste follows the nose, but finds some hop bitterness coming on throughout, and the mixture of flavors lingers in the mouth. Not much alcohol in the flavor, seems to be hidden well here. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, easy over the tongue, and drinkability is stunningly beautiful for the style. Wow.

ppoitras, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Firstly, the bottle is awesome. The beer pours black with brown edges and a creamy head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Dark malt, hoppiness, with some ashiness.

T. Hoppy with some black patent char.

M. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

D. Ok, but not something I'd seek out.

BeerAndBourbon, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of the most epic stout tasting ever. My contribution to the event.

A-drk black with a wispy tan head.
S-some chocolate and roasted malts
T-alot like it smells. Some coffee towards the end. Maybe some vanilla as well
M-medium body and smooth. Nice coffee aftertaste.
D-very drinkable. Amazing how drinkable these stouts are

brew3crew, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown wih a decent amount of brown head. Te head sticks around for quite a while. Smells roasted and chocolatey. Tastes dry and not very sweet. A bit of chocolate And some nice bitterness but it's so dry. Mouthfeel suffers because of this. Fairly drinkable but overall not really that good. No better than stone IRS or old Rasputin for sure which are much easier to acquire.

Urbancaver, Feb 26, 2011
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.