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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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1,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 935
Gots: 384 | 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:
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 tripelhops
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this last weekend with BigDub, got it at an in-person trade at Dark Lord day, partly because I wanted the bottle as I'm a little bit of a Star Wars geek, but certainly hoped it was worth the Dark Lord I traded for it. I think overall it was good, but not had too much chocolate/coffee flavors in it for my liking. The color was deep black and it was pretty thick. I prefer my Russian Imperials with a bit more hop bite. Overall this is a solid imperial stout, but in my opinion a little overpriced/hyped for what you get.

tripelhops, May 26, 2011
Photo of BigDub
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well a good friend of mine and I decided to crack a few for a pleasant May evening of tastings. This was our first bottle of the evening.

A: Dark in color and a single finger head of dark tan in a tulip glass
In line with what is expected for a Russian Imperial Stout

S: Smells Chocolate, Raisin and Roasted malts, and coffee no overtones of alcohol

T: Kicks in nicely , Had a touch of a burnt flavor on the finish. But was balanced and complex. tones of Coffee, roasted malts & chocolate

M: Not too thick really , low carbonation, missing some body I thought

O: Nice, worth the try. I believe there is a little over hype on this but would give it a solid performance.

BigDub, May 25, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared by phelps at a recent tasting.

A: pours out a dark brown with a nice brown head.

S: not very impressive. i get some alcohol and then powdered cocoa. some roasted malt as well.

T: some chocolate and molasses. hints of coffee.

M: thick with low carbonation.

O: a little over hyped in my opinion. a good beer, but nothing amazing.

ottovon, May 25, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
amazing extra sent from ShogoKawada, thanks man!

A: Black body with a frothy milk chocolate colored head.

S: Cocoa upfront, some espresso as well as very faint alcohol notes.

T: Follows the nose quite well, more cocoa followed by lighter notes of coffee, faint roasty, smokey notes as well.

M: Fairly viscous, with subtle carbonation, though it doesn't become overly thick and sludgy. Just what I want in an Imperial Stout.

O: A very well done and nice stout, though the prices I have heard on it seem a bit steep for this. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

vkv822, May 23, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Nate,

A-Jet black beer with a dark tan head to it.

S- Coffee, Toffee, Chocolate, and some hops.

T- Pretty good flavor, nice and roasty. Think this beer might be a little over hyped because of the label.

M- nice beer, but didnt knock my socks off like people told me it would.

Not a bad beer by ANY stretch, but it was hyped up so much that i think it was a bit of a let down. Wouldnt turn it down though...

Kshock, May 22, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice thick black with a half inch head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam that stays awhile.

S: Smells mainly of roasted malts and chocolate, though I can detect dark fruits in the background.

T: I was really impressed with the taste. There is a nice balance of roasted malts and chocolate. The dark fruits are a bit easier to detect in the taste than the aroma. Even with a year on this bottle, I still pick up hop character lingering in the background, with an occasional coffee note surfacing.

M: As expected from the pour, it is pretty hefty. About as thick as I'd expect from the style.

D: This is a slow drinker for sure but I'd say the drinkability is pretty high for such a big stout. If this were more easily available, I could see myself polishing off a few bottles of this with no problem.

LiquidBread219, May 21, 2011
Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22 oz bottle into bruery tulip. This beer looks as dark and thick as I was hoping but has a tremendous amount of carbonation and a finger or two of lacing.

Taking a whiff of this beer I am immersed in a world of pure chocolatiness - this would drive the cocoa bird or count chocula nuts. I didn't even realize this was a chocolate stout, but after trying a few poorly blended fruity imperial stouts lately, this is a relief.

The first sift is, after smelling it, as expected - a beer tsunami of chocolate goodness. The chocolate and malt are balanced absolutely perfectly and there is a bitterness to the chocolate that compliments the beer quite well. Upon further sipping, I can't help but to compare this to a delectable glass of chocolate milk. It is thick without being sludgy and even has a thirst-quenching appeal to it.

I could get very used to this beer and will definitely be seeking out more. This is probably the best chocolate beer I've ever had - even though I don't believe it is billed as such.

GhettoFabulous, May 20, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from xanok in an in-person trade. I believe this is the 2010 edition, poured into a snifter.

Molten dark chocolate with mahogany highlights. A creamy one-finger head remains for a long while. Tons of webbed lace grips the glass as I drink.

The nose: alcohol and powdered cocoa, acrid toast, some dark coffee as well. Pretty dull.

The flavor: burnt toast, powdered cocoa and smoky pork. It isn’t very complex, but it’s an incredibly smooth delivery.

Thick, creamy medium body, though the carbonation is so low it feels nearly flat. Booze is unnoticeable. Heavy but drinkable.

I’m impressed, but I’m not wowed. Imperial Stout Trooper has a smooth, well integrated flavor and is drinkable, though not as incredible as some would say.

Phelps, May 19, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cathing up on notes as usual.

This one comes out looking like the other top-notch RIS's I've had the privilege of trying at out BA tastings: big, thick, black or close to it, with a creamy tan head about one finger tall that sits for a time and sticks nicely to the glass as it recedes.
This has all the big roasty, malty character of a big RIS with a touch more caramel and dark cocoa sweetness in the nose. A bit of charred woods and coffee come through, muted by the sweeter character.
The same goes for the taste; all the big malt character with the roasty element is here, but this beer lends itself to a bit more of the sweetness and draws away from bitterness. Not much of the toasty woods or coffee is lost. Hops make an appearance for balance, giving just a touch of herbal and earthy flavors. This one really has a great balance and is very tasty.
As big as an RIS should be, this beer offers a moderate carbonation in a full body that isn't as heavy as some of the style but certainly isn't lacking. The mouthfeel is thick, rich and smooth, never fading or dropping off a bit. This is a good-feeling stout all the way through into a nicely lingering, flavorful finish.
A high ABV hits drinkability, but this is a very good beer.

Brenden, May 06, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drink this beer with honor, I will.
May, the fourth be with you day. Cheers!

Most recent release at time of review. Poured into oversized Mikasa tulip glass.
A- Pours a heavy velvet very dark caramel brown hue. A decent rich dense mocha head forms that leaves get filmy lacing. Beer sits a very dark brown in glass. Head resides to leave a gentle foam film.

S- Wow, lots of chocolate and mocha. A slight twinge of bittersweet cocoa nibs. Similar to chocolate frosting that has slightly hardened. Medium strength. really nice.

T- Very similar to aroma. Lots of cocoa, mocha and roasty dark malt. Some coffee and resin pine bitterness are there but take a back set at first. Alc is very well covered. Hops start to intensify as warms. Really good.

M- Big body but not too heavy. Really covers whole palate. bitterness on front of tongue and cocoa & mocha everywhere else. Lingers very well. A slight bite of acidity on palate which ads to feel and complexity. Slowly dries, making you want another sip.

O- A RIS worthy enough for Darth Vader himself, not Yoda status though. A bit steep at $20 a bottle, but a good purchase. Worth a try and would possibly buy again. A very solid RIS, but there are similar for less.

busterthecat, May 05, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Kenneyho for this after I originally screwed up our trade. I guess this is the 2010 vintage as it has the new label (which is awesome).

4.5 A: So far, so good. Pours black. Nearly three fingers of dense, creamy, light brown head that retains very well and leaves a ton of lacing.

4.5 S: Smells like what an imperial stout is supposed to smell like. Great interplay between sweet and roasty aromas. Good bit of roasted barley and dark roasted coffee, which is balanced by bittersweet chocolate and various caramel malts. A light fruitiness with hints of anise and smoke.

4.0 T: Much like the nose, but a good bit drier. Roasted barley, dark roast coffee, smoke, and a touch of burnt flavor. Semisweet chocolate, caramel, again a light fruitiness. The roastiness lasts well into the aftertaste and leaves a bitter finish.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier and could also be a bit smoother due to the bitter aftertaste. Still, good enough.

4.0 D: A solid, no frills imperial stout. A bit roastier that what I prefer (or rather not sweet enough), but definitely a well brewed beer.

DavoleBomb, May 05, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | 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.

perrymarcus, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a good sized cocoa head. Looks good. Smell is light chocolate and roasted malts, maybe molasses. The taste is just monster hops. Way over the top with the hops, totally washing out the chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. I've had less hoppy black IPAs. The balance of the hops and the base beer is not as finely crafted as say Darkness. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonated and not overly sweet like some RIS's. Basically, I didn't like this beer. They either covered over a bland base beer with mega hops, or they totally ruined a good base beer by over hopping it. Either way, I found it to be frustrating. A big saving grace is the complete lack of alcohol in the flavor.

seeswo, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee notes and light black chocolate. Taste is an underwhelming taste of light roasted notes with light black chocolate and light dry coffee. Body is quite full though average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I guess I might have caught in hype and was expecting a lot more complexity from this one.

Phyl21ca, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one by.

The pour is an opaque black with a foamy brown head. The head retention is quite good on this one.

Roasted barley malt and some coffee greet you up front. As the beer sits in the glass a bit more licorice and cocoa start to fume out. The alcohol starts to perk up as it warms as well.

The cocoa comes at you up front in the taste. It's quite malty and gives way to coffee and some lingering sweet notes in the aftertaste. Ends somewhat dry.

It's a thick beer, almost chewy. It's very smooth and has a creaminess to it. Very filling but not something to put you over the edge.

I have heard a lot about this beer here on BA and never really thought to seek it out, but I'm very happy to have been able to try this. It's a great beer, a little off balance with the sweetness to bitterness levels, but with a beer like this, it's not a bad thing and works well to its advantage.

cjacobsen, Apr 22, 2011
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
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.