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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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1,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 956
Gots: 405 | FT: 27
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with 2 other BAs, thanks Abecall and buuuddy. 2 year old bottle as stated by Mr. Gomez.

A - Very good - not too much head arises but it's dark as night and looks velvety...very inviting

S - very good, soft and mellow. Hints of vanilla, bitter chocolate, I actualy detect a wee bit of oak and for sure coffee.

T - very much the same as the nose, a very mellow expresso (Iced coffee-ish expresso), some bitter chocolate, followed by some vanilla and a mild oak if you really look for it. Nothing mind-blowing but a very good example of the style. No hops anywhere to be found.

M - This one was all about mouthfeel, again...due to the age I'd assume. Very soft, velvety and creamy. So easy going down. For 9.2%ABV the mouthfeel doesn't get much better. Best aspect of this beer for me.

O - Very good representation of the style. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off but something you will thoroughly enjoy from start to finish.

Photo of schwaeh
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A: Pours a dark brown coffee color while pouring but black once in the glass. Half a finger of brown head. Looked to be fairly low carbonation. Sticks to the sides of the glass like oil with some nice lacing left behind.

S: Roasted malt leads the way with some small hints of coffee bitterness. Chocolate is big on the nose as well. The roast and bitterness almost makes this seem like it still has some hop presence to it. Seems simple enough.

T: Chocolate and roasted malt fight their way to your taste buds. Next to the party is a rush of coffee bitterness and a piney hop bite, it leaves a bit of char in the mouth. This seems odd given this bottle is almost a year old. I must have forgot how bitter and roasty this beer is. Alcohol is not a problem.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is low.

O: This could have used a touch more time to calm down on the bitterness, for my tastes anyway. Then again, this could have been a much more forgettable beer after letting it fade more. Very good stout nonetheless. This got me ramped up for stout season.

Photo of Genuine
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at New England Brewing Tap Takeover night at New York Pizza and Pasta Co. in Plainfield, CT this past weekend.

Poured a beautiful ebony in color with a dark cream head that produced some beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass.

First whiff came up with the essensce of the roasted malts, giving off coffee/dark chocolate aroma. This is very pleasant. Noticed a slight bit of alcohol in it, not much.

Taste - I had high expectations of this one ever since I saw it come out this past year. This one met it all. Very dark and rich with it's malty flavors. Coffee taste with a nice hops bite. The hops really help mellow out this amazing stout.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, well brewed. The carbonation is on point for a stout of this stature.

Overall - I would definitely have again. What an amazing Connecticut brewed beer. Can't wait for the colder months to arrive so I can fully enjoy this!

Photo of jgagne
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very dark body with dark brown heavy head.

S-Earthy roasted smell with hints of coffee.

T-Surpisngly hoppy and bitter. Pretty smooth taste through out. Nice coffee roasted taste

M-Actually pretty easy to drink, sits light for the style with medium carbonation.

O-Very good beer. Well made and extremely drinkable. Only issue is the fact that its not that innovative. But would love to have it again.

Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 - 750ml bottle and Groucho glasses label change. Served in a DFH signature glass. Consumed on May 11, 2011, review from notes.

A - Deep black body, mocha head with moderate lacing and retention. 4.0/5

S - Lots of roasty malts and some citrusy hops. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. 4.0/5

T - Very roasty. Strong smokey malt flavors and some bitter hops. Smooth coffee and chocolate notes.3.5/5 Medium to light mouth feel. 4.0/5

O - A unique RIS. It does stand out a bit due to its highly roasty yet hoppy flavor. However, it was a bit of a letdown. A good beer, but it falls short of some of the other big name beers. The label and name is ingenious though. 3.78/5

2012 - 500ml bottle. Served in a 668 tulip glass. Reviewed January 4, 2013.

A - Pours a dark black body. Massive head forms and fills the rest of the glass. Has an amazingly visible two tone head of light and dark mocha that I've only noticed on a Marshall Zhukov before. Settles into a thick cap and edging. Sticky and lasting lacing. Just coats the glass in lace! 4.5/5

S - Roast central. Roasted malts meld into cocoa powder, subtle yet bitter hops, coffee beans, and some faint dark fruit. Very unique and well balanced. 4.5/5

T - Smooth roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee and just a touch of hop bitterness on the end. Simple but very tasty. 4.0/5

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a bit too syrupy. Well hidden alcohol 4.0/5

O - Can't say I was impressed by the 2010 vintage with a few months on it. This fresh bottle is fantastic though! Roasty and sweet, it really is hard to describe this beer but its uniquely NEBCO. Really glad the bottle size and price went down as the gouging got pretty insane last year. 4.0/5

Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by Roger from Cincy in the 'Hype Train', thanks!

2010 vintage.

A - Pours a rather syrupy-looking, dark russet brown intermixed with black. A rather foreboding beer. Only about a finger's worth of head, but what's there is a mocha color with decent retention. Lacing is nice as well, with some intricate webs of foam.

S - At first, I immediately am taken aback from how hoppy this beer is. I mean, it starts with a hefty malt bill consisting of coffee, chocolate, ash, and a tinge of smoke, but then it does a 180 and finishes almost all hops, of the pine and citrus variety. I am finding myself drawing comparisons to a 'heavier' version of Great Divide's Yeti. Very interesting.

T - As in the nose, this beer surprises me with all much the hops come through and make a lasting impression. The malts come through strongly at first, bringing bitter coffee, a bit of tar and molasses, baker's chocolate, and that slight smoke. But after that initial wave, it's all hops and they are here to stay. The amount of pine coming through is astonishing for a Russian imperial stout, and it's almost like chewing on a stave. There is some slight citrus, in the form of grapefruit and orange, but for the most part the pine is the contributing factor. As it warms, it's possible to get the more traditional fruits of a Russian imperial stout through plums cherry pits, but they are greatly subdued by the malts and especially the hops. This may be one of the most hoppy RIS's I've had, if not the most.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance would have me expect, but still delivering a nice smoothness. Good carbonation as well, with lasting finishes of wood and hops.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Honestly this beer is much different than I would've expected, but in a very good way. I think the balance (or perhaps the lack thereof) of hops in this beer is a welcome change, which I don't want to be misconstrued as me advocating that the way to make a beer good is by throwing hops at it. It's just that it's nice to see a fresh aspect every now and then, especially when given to styles which are quite popular.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The body is black and the head is very creamy and large.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, with a good dose of roasted malt. Some chocolate is hinted at. This smells hoppier than I expected.

The taste is nice and sweet. There is a good slightly roasty coffee flavor. This has a nice balance of hop and roast. Very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is very good. It's medium to high in body with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Very good. I will look forward to this every year.

Photo of amphion1065
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

White and gold foil-wrapped bomber poured into my Portsmouth snifter. 2010 vintage, with nary a copyright infringement in sight.

Totally opaque, midnight black. A light tan-colored head with unbelievably tight bubbles forms and sticks. Excellent retention. Even an hour after opening this beer, that khaki head persists around the edges of my glass. Sticky, webby cascading lacing all around that just clings to the tulip. This is awesome, truly one of the best-looking beers I've ever seen.

Lots of charred roasty malts in the nose. Not quite burnt, it's... toasted. Some sweetness in the aroma, namely creamy coffee and vanilla. What's really throwing me for a loop is the caramel, which becomes more present as this warms. Aroma-wise, this actually reminds me quite a bit of Victory at Sea.

This is a very bitter RIS. Those charred malts impart a taste somewhat similar to burnt embers, though it's not nearly as repellent as that sounds. A very aggressive hop presence adds to this bitter quality. Some of that caramel from the nose is present, and although a little alcohol peaks through it doesn't ruin the whole package.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and it feels a little flat. Smooth, but not viscous enough.

A gorgeous-looking, great-smelling, fine-tasting beer that's a little tough to drink a lot of. And though I didn't let financial considerations factor into my actual ratings, it is worth noting that for the price of this bottle I could have purchased two bottles of Stone IRS. That does sting just a little bit.

Photo of jondeelee
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout Trooper (bonus points for an awesome name) begins with a rich, full aroma, heady with dark and milk chocolates, coffee, molasses, chocolate malt, toasted nuts, and good hints of earthy loam.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately dark, beginning with chocolate malts and descending quickly into black malt, with strong tobacco, black coffee, and ash flavors, touched with just a hint of anise and bourbon (note, however, that the brew is not bourbon-barrel aged). Around mid-mouthful, as the sugars die off, the hops make a small appearance, tinging the mixture with grapefruits--which, given that the IBUs clock in at 50, tells you about the strength of the malt flavors. Still, the tobacco and ash last throughout the mouthful in great strength, burning slightly on the soft palate, and continue into the aftertaste. A good smidgen of hops also colors the aftertaste, which lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a surprising medium-light, given the strength of the flavors, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is an amazing Imperial Stout, bountiful with enough darkness to suck black holes into its event horizon. This is the stout you're looking for.

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

16 oz swing top bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Big thanks go to Stakem for filling this off a personal keg that he had of this rarity. We’ll effectively consider this a growler serving.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger of rich and burnt looking mocha colored head. This retains with a tight ¼ finger of foam, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty forth and dark oils. The aroma has a LOT of power going on with it, with a assertive mix of chocolate, roast, and green citrus in the nose, but it’s probably the spicy alcohol sweetness from the ABV that dominates this the most. This has some presence to it.

The taste is equally thick, with notes of bitter chocolate, some sweeter feeling caramel flavor, a firm and green tasting hop bitterness, and then finally some dark roasted coffee character that fills out the back of the profile. The flavors themselves here are pretty straight forward overall but like the nose, it’s the ABV that adds that little extra something here with a bold alcohol sweetness and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is naturally full bodied, with a solid chewy heft to it that sits underneath a bit of a softer and creamier feel to the carbonation. This definitely has some warmth to the body but it’s never overly hot or stinging, keeping most of my impression of the alcohol confined to that extra layer of complexity that it adds here.

While the complexity wasn’t quite there to get this up with some of the top Imperial Stouts out there, I still rather enjoyed this. It made great use of its ABV, with warm spicy flavors and a beefy attitude that kept me interested. I wouldn’t bank the farm to acquire a bottle or anything but I sure wouldn’t turn one down either. This is good one.

Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ethan for sharing this one. '09 bottling with the now defunct lable.

A - Black beer with a bit of a brown head. Didn't stick around for long.

S - Roast and char, some malt sweetness, prety boring.

T - Charred malt, some chocolate. Really just kind of bland and boring. It really needs some more flavor.

M - Smooth, too much carbonation.

O - I really didn't care for this beer that much. Average at best, and something I'd never try to get again.

Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, disguise on the bottle.

A- Pours ink black with a milk chocolate head, two inches and creamy, the head leaves quick.

S- roasted dark malts gives a coffee, char character.

T- Smell confirmed, but add to that some toasted cocoa nibs, a suggestion of anise, and a mellow alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, not thick, but not too thin that it is a problem.

O- A nice treat that could have scored better had it been as complex as some other RIS's I've had. Some more time in the cellar could have served this beer nicely.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing this 22 oz. bottle from the 2010 release.

The pour is pretty standard of a good Russian Imperial Stout. Bottomless opaque black capped off by a slightly lighter colored head that produces some reasonably good lacing that is more present early on and fading to nothing as I near the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted barley, with the charred malt being one of the dominant characteristics. I don't find any dark fruits in there, nor are there any coffee notes to augment the roast. A bit disappointed with it both in the nose and on the palate. The flavor is similarly lacking fruit and coffee notes, though it adds some harsher tannins that seem to derive from the roasted barley. Not by a long shot the most enjoyable stout that I have had to date.

A bit thinner than I would prefer, and the tannic harshness does make it a bit of a chore to drink for enjoyment. I would like to try this in a few years once it has time to mellow out a little, because it is just too rough around the edges at this point.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2008 release shared with a couple of friends before dinner last night.

Pouring a thick, inky black with a thick, dark brown head that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing, this is a good looking stout. The nose is fantastic. Rich, dark chocolate, creamy and bitter with a mellow coffee, a pleasing roasty bitterness and a mild yeasty spice reminiscent of anise, this beer has aged gracefully. There's even a hint of fruity tartness, not unlike a mild cherry character, that works wonderfully. These flavors are replicated on the palate, opening with the blend of dark chocolate, mildly sweet, some coffee and roast. Again, there's some fruit character here, a blend of the oxidative dark fruit character that's moderate, and just that hint of tartness. The spice appears mid-palate, working well with the chocolate, and lingers on into the finish. Medium-full in body, this beer is mildly carbonated, yielding a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with some wonderful flavors on the finish. A graceful beer, the only complaint I have with it is the price - $10 for a 12oz beer is a bit much, but oh well, I would gladly drink it again.

Photo of mikereaser
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/29/09 from a 12 oz. bottle
2008

A - pours a pitch black with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly dissipated.

S - roasted malts, vanilla, some oak

T - chocolate, a bit of roasted bitterness, coffee and some vanilla

M - very oily feel, smooth and creamy

D - very tasty and enjoyable, wish I knew what it tasted like fresh to compare

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on tap courtesy of Stakem, thanks again man!

Enjoyed chilled slightly from a snifter a perfect choice for a 90 degree day.

A solid dark brown body with creamy beige cap similar to the colors of milky way when you look at the cross section after biting a hunk off. The smell is very malted milk ball-esque very creamy and has light caramel with a goodly amount of sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a mild roasted element, more caramel and toasted yet still pretty smooth and has light bitterness throughout. The quality of the feel is interesting is I perceive a smaller stout as I drink it which is unusual.

The flavor is so malty yet layered with lots of different elements, sure there is the malt flavor which is pretty nice and caramel saturated, but the yeast gives a nice gentle fruitiness underneath the sweet elements and mild roasted tinges. The flavor has a good toasted grain tinge and accents of hops and alcohol buoy the overall Imperial quality of the stout, I will say again this is so well crafted it gives the impression of a mid strength not a high gravity stout. The smooth cocoa element is what stands out to me with some woody elements and gentle alcohol in the finish w/ some pine notes from the hops. The beer finishes semi-dry. I think Imperial Stout Trooper deserves all the praise it gets it is such a splendid Imperial Stout it is a great example of the style. New England Crafted a great brew, thanks Stakem for sharing this delicious beer!

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle via trade). Pours black with 2 finger chocolate head. Aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood. Taste is bitter with flavors following aromas. Full bodied with sticky texture. Bitter finish. Could be a little sweeter for my tastes. Quite bitter.

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

Review from notes, 2010 vintage with the disguise.

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a one finger, tan head on top, very tight foam. Moderate retention and spotty lacing.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, on the floral side with a hint of citrus. Heavy mocha and a nice mixture of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Quite similar to the aroma with some light hops, a good bit of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly grainy texture.

O: Good, but not amazing. I was hoping for a bit more, but I liked it nonetheless. Look forward to trying it again in a few months to see if anything changes.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada (as always!). 2010 vintage - thought I'd try this before popping open my older vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Opaque seal brown liquid with a finger of soft whipped desert sand foam up top. Light lacing runs quickly, driven down by pools of tears.

Subdued aromatics include deep roast barley notes with hints of hickory, vanilla, and chocolate orange.

Orange zest, cocoa, faintly acrid malt, stale coffee, and a touch of anise on the palate. Finishes dry, vaguely peppery, with a gentle astringency and hints of hot-dog buns.

Somewhat oily, medium-bodied, with low but sufficient carbonation.

A decent, well balanced, but rather one-note (and somewhat weak flavored) stout - we'll see if age helps my earlier batch.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: Dark Black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: mocha, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malts, roast,

taste: mocha, coffee, chocolate, vanilla,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: very nice RIS. this beer really makes want to seek out the Barrel Aged version now. Had so many characteristics of other great RIS & Ba RIS that I would definitely like to try again.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting a while to try this one. 2010 750ml poured into my snifter. Pours pitch black with a tightly compacted brownish head. Thick enough to coat the glass when swirled. Looks promising.
Lots of sweet malt, roasty cocoa notes , and bitter dark chocolate in the nose . Cavity causing chocolate sweetness is most notable.
First taste I'm picking up mostly bitter dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Vague hints of vanilla, cocoa nibs, and booze in the finish.
mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.I would like it to have a little more carbonation.
Overall a decent stout. The smell was its best attribute.

Photo of ShanePB
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, vintage 2010 with the Groucho Marx disguise on the bottle.

A: Cloudy dark brown almost black body, though light enough that I could see some sediment floating at the bottom of the glass. Tan, creamy head with some pretty good lacing and retention. Not too bad but not as deep and dark as I like a RIS to be.

S: Roasted malt, charred oak, heavily roasted coffee beans, mild bitter dark chocolate with a finishing note of tobacco. A little too "burnt" overall for my likings, not inviting.

T: Roasted chocolate malt initially washes the palate, followed by some coffee grounds. Cocoa powder finishes but nothing strong enough to compete with the heavily roasted / burnt profile here. It's seems to overtake anything and doesn't provide much complexity as it could.

M: Medium-bodied which is too bad, I expect a full body on any Imperial Stout. The carbonation was a bit too much, not low to give it a creamy mouth feel.

Honestly, I'm really disappointed in this one. I think much of the allure to this beer is the branding and the fact that it's out of reach for most of the country. If this were sitting on shelves all over, it wouldn't get as much praise. Unfortunately, it just doesn't stand up with the other RIS on the market -- there are far better.

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

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 6/3/11.

Pours black with a huge mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving little head. I would have like to see a little more lacing but the presentation of this beer is otherwise awesome.

Smell is of coco followed by a slight hint of raisins. Also some booze, and a little bit of coffee but not much. Smell is nice but not top notch. There is some sweet maltiness but the alcohol aroma is hurting this on significantly.

Taste is a great balance. I get sweet roasted malt and chocolates up front and then as it moves through you get some dark fruit flavor. The resin leaves you with a bit of choco raisin flavor. The taste is good but not great, nice balance though.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter then most stouts. That lightness leaves it feeling more refreshing then an overwhelming taste explosion. Slight taste of alcohol.

Overall this is a great stout but I think it gets more attention then needed. Don't get me wrong its good but I was expecting more. One of the great thins is that it is light in the mouthfeel and has a slightly subdued leaving this quite drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Sam21
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle purchased for $12.99. Stored for a few months. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance – Oily black body. It has a viscous nature as it oozes out of the bottle. Nice light brown head. Small but determined. It fades to a sudsy film and leaves some lacing.

Smell – Really intense volatiles. Brown sugar, black licorice, dark chocolate, aromatic dark roast coffee, dried plums, and an underlying citrus zest.

Taste – Dark fruit and citrus hops layer sweetness across the palate. This initial fruitiness is dominated by a tsunami of coffee, dark chocolate, and rich caramel. Resiny hops add a nice burst of citrus to the finish with decent bitterness to balance out the dark roast. Nice balance with intense character.

Mouthfeel – This beer sports a full body and leans towards being slightly chewy. Carbonation is creamy and silky smooth as can be.

Drinkability – Big. Intense. Bold. One for sipping, one for celebrating, and one for true enjoyment. Such a fantastic beer. It’s on the expensive side and is difficult to find, but is worth the effort.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A- Pitch black, excellent carbonation, mocha brown head
S- Subtle aroma, very hidden, not what I was expecting, hints of coffee, slight hints of hops, roasty.
T- Bittersweet chocolate upfront, very mellow coffee taste, can taste slight hops, slight maltness to it.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, bitter after taste, very smooth,
O- Solid Stout, was let down with the overall taste of the beer. Very mellow and subtle tastes that came out, alcohol was very hidden, easy drinkability, solid but not great.

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.