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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 913
Gots: 383 | FT: 29
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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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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mcdiddypop for sharing this now-discontinued Jedi brew at the Hunahpu release party.

A – It pours fairly average for the style; black with a tan head, some lace.

S – The smell is mostly of heavily roasted grain and burnt toast, not spectacular. Underwhelming, actually.

T – The taste is underwhelming as well; it is not bad in any respect, but it is not outstanding in anyway (excepting the name and graphics). The flavor is basically roast, toast and grain, with only moderate to vague nuances of the usual accompanying flavor elements such as coffee, charred wood and cocoa. It didn’t help that this was being consumed in the presence of such outstanding Cigar City Stouts as Bourbon- or Brandy- barrel aged Hunahpu or Zhukov as well as standard Hunahpu, 110K+OT, and other phenoms such as Haandbryggeriet’s Odin’s Tipple. It couldn’t hang with the big boys. But it did crush Blackbeerd, by a mile, head-to-head.

M – Thick, but not crude thick, and just pretty good.

D – I wouldn’t seek to drink another one of these, though I would like to have one just to keep it for the Star Wars factor.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 05:32:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was decent Stout, dry finish, notes of toffee, and dark goodness.

Obviously why this beer was given to the "Dark Side," Unfortunately this beer won't be around much longer, production of this beer is at a halt due to copyright infringement.

It's too bad, this beer is good too.

A good Star Wars Memorabilia too.

Pours midnight black, some head, some lacing. Robust aroma, and smooth body.

I'm keeping my extra bottle around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:16:10 | More by StevenBilodeau
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle, Duvel snifter, review from notes.

I have had the pleasure to have IST several times, mostly on tap around Connecticut. This review is of a 2009 bottle.

A: Pours like a standard issue, almost pitch black, "oil slick" of a imperial stout. The head is reminiscent of milk chocolate in color; beautiful!

S: Everything about the nose is great except, its not quite as big as you'd expect. Plenty of roasty malts, a little chocolate, coffee, also some hops...its all there. Its just doesn't have a ton of presence.

T: This is one of the most balanced and enjoyable stouts I have ever tasted, period. Roasted malts and earthiness, plenty of coffee, a little chocolate, and a touch of hop bitterness. Its not that its incredibly complex, I don't have to sit and ponder anything, I'm just enjoying it. Booziness is almost non existent.

M: Mouthfeel is thicker than I remember experiencing on tap. This stout isn't really "coating", however.

D: Drinkability excels thanks to how incredibly balanced this brew is. Yah, ABV is a tad too high to "session" this, but these days 8.50 seems moderate for a RIS, doesn't it?

I'm glad I cracked open one of my bottles, but I'm even more content that I have one left in my cellar! Though we wont see this label again, hopefully NEB will continue to brew this recipe, unchanged.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 17:33:27 | More by zoolzoo
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a completely opaque black liquid that won't let even a hint of light through. The head is dark brown colored, almost like a dark mocha latte, the head is pretty tight and thick. it doesn't linger for very long but does leave a thick blanket on the glass.

S-the nose is actually not that big imo. it is very roasty, lots of roasted coffee, a touch of smokey wood, nice chocolate malts, and notes of alcohol at the back.

T-the taste is decent, lots of roasted coffee, slightly burnt with hints of the smoked wood. Dark chocolate comes for the middle giving way to a light sweetness that wasn't present in the nose. Dark fruits finish with ripe plum and a little alcohol soaked raisin. There is also a little bitterness at the very end suggesting some hop presence.

M-this is extremely smooth and creamy, almost velvety. However, the body is a little thin. I'd say about a medium body at best. Well carbonated giving it a nice finish but no burn at all.

D-this is some easy drinking. It is a little thinner than I prefer and pretty straight forward in terms of taste. doesn't really bring the complexity or body of the top stouts; but it isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:49:39 | More by cpetrone84
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fiver29

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours oily black with chocolate tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and mild hops. Heavy mouthfeel that coats the inside of my mouth. Flavor is upfront dark roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and finishes with sweet dark roast. Overall this stands up to some of the best stouts. Just doesn't have all the dimensions of the best of the best. Is 2 to 3 dimensional. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 19:40:00 | More by fiver29
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours black with medium tan head. The head rises about one finger. The retention isn't great, its gone pretty quick leaving only a little around the edges. Lacing is ok.

The aroma is super light, I can barely pull anything out. I get some light coffee but that is it.

The taste is pretty good, its got lots of medium really drinkable coffee. However, this is a pretty big one noter. Its a good one note but a little boring. The finish is bitter.

The feel is a little light but smooth.

The drinkablity is really high on this for a stout but not totally considering the abv.

I had really hopes for this stout but I was disappointed. The best thing about this is the bottle, being the Star Wars fan that I am. But the beer itself is tasty but a little simplistic.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:43:56 | More by jrallen34
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BTPete

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank before the Superbowl, shared with two. Poured to snifter. 2009 750ml bottle.

A: Dark DARK brown almost pitch black with a 1 cm dirty brown head. Some lacing as the glass empties.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Big malt backbone on this.

T: Similar to smell. Very smooth, roasty and coffee like. I'm surprised at how smooth it is. Nice dark chocolate notes, but subtle.

M: Relatively low carbonation but appropriate. I'd say medium bodied over full bodied. Partially this may be due to the drinkability. Easy going.

D: Highly drinkable. I do not think this is best stout I've had but it's way up there. I enjoyed it a lot and it is exquisitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 17:52:06 | More by BTPete
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

Big thanks goes out to Tim of TheKingsOfHop from BeerAdvocate for cracking this open and letting me sample it. Out of a bottle this famous beer was a nearly black hue with one finger of dark tan head. The retention was decent, though not impressive, and it left good lacing in streaks. The aroma was full of rich, roasted malt notes, some dark fruits, some boozy alcohol, hints of nuts and mild chocolate. The flavors were excellent, I was all about this one! I tasted lots of dark malt and roasted coffee up front, the bitterness of which was balanced by semi-sweet chocolate like Nestle morsels. As it warmed I tasted hints of vanilla and licorice as well as some well-hidden booze. The mouthfeel was very smooth and rich, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Very fulfilling and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 14:40:13 | More by thekevlarkid
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

08' courtesy of BT Pete, I believe

12 oz bottle into my snifter

pretty black pour with a creamy cinnamon head that fluffs then darts to the edges of the glass and leaves a swirling galaxy floating along the surface

nose of cooking sherry, almonds, sweet malts, iced coffee, and dark chocolate

first sip reveals an unexpected sourness, along with almond bark; not as complex as the nose would suggest. Aftertaste lingers forever

prickly carbonation that jumps on the palate - slightly odd but not altogether unpleasant

sourness and biting carbonation hamper the drinkability. Having never had this beer, I'm not fully sure if this is how it should taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:57:07 | More by BarrytheBear
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark coffee color with a good-sized dark tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark sugars, a bit of burnt toast, chocolate, and traces of vanilla. The taste complements the nose, with everything shining through with a nice balance. Mouthfeel was fairly thick, but somehow not quite thick enough for the beer behind it. Not too much alcohol presence, but not very much was expected given that the abv is in the low end of the range for the style. Drinkability is quite nice, and I'm glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 12:03:06 | More by Thorpe429
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Brez07

Maine

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

Reviewing from last week notes. 750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth snifter. 2009 vintage

A: Sits in the glass dark as night. Leaves a 2 finger burnt wood head. Sticky lacing throughout the glass

S: Lots of roasted malt at first. Followed by a bittersweet chocolate and vanilla mix and even a subtle amount of coffee. Might even have a little oakiness to it

T: Follows the smell perfectly in all aspect. There is the smallest amount of alcohol present, which I can only assume will disappear completely with some age

M: Super smooth and creamy. A full bodied stout for sure

D: What a wonderful brew that lives up to the hype in my opinion. A very easy to drink RIS. Not over the top complex, just very well put together. I have another bottle to age - can't wait to see how this tastes in a couple of years

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:51:39 | More by Brez07
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

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

poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass

Enjoyed during the super bowl

A- pitch black with a huge 3 inch frothy dark mocha head...unreal messy sticky lacing

S- milk chocolate and some roasted malts which create a subtle coffee flavor

T- Great mix between roasted coffee and milk chocolate. good but not as complex as was expecting

m- very smooth and creamy, but not the silk feel that is in the best ris

d- sooo drinkable, not filling at all for an ris, no alcohol noticiable at all,

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 15:32:34 | More by ken2cart1
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey. Finally got around to posting the review. I was going to wait to crack a bottle and go over my review again, but since LucasArts asked for a cease and desist on the label, the bottle value skyrocketed and I don't think I'll be cracking one anytime soon.

A: Incredibly dark with a small but super rich, thick, and dark creamy head that slowly fades. I can almost feel the darkness of space sucking me into it. No light can escape from it, either from being a vaccuum of light or the dark side of the force is strong in it (OK, not more Star Wars jokes).

N: Roast up the wazzoo! I feel like my nose is roasting itself just from the aroma. Some black patent malt aromas also stick out, with hints of dark chocolate and some almost spicy hop character.

T: Again loaded with roast. It has some stouty earthy bitter dry char and scorched malt flavors. Some rich dark fruit flavors, but still thick and kinda velvety. Some bitterness that probably comes from the stout taste combined with a little hop character, that adds a little spiciness. Some sweetness with a little bakers chocolate and a little creamy milk chocolate. HInts of coffee come with the roast that is so strong is almost feels like my tongue is being roasted (same joke twice, lame but whatever). More sweet malt flavors, but no boozy taste at all.

M: very thick with some velvety feel, lower carbonation but good for the style.

F: Semi dry actually, mostly from the bitter earthy dry roasted char from the crazy roasted malt flavors and bitter black patent malt. The bitter earthy "stout" taste seems to linger with it, and a little more chocolate and dark fruit come out late on the finish. The taste also sticks with me for hours after I'm done drinking as it seems to have filled all the pours in my mouth and acted like concrete to just settle and never leave. It's a delicious beer that lives up to the hype. I can only imagine how smooth it'll be after a couple years of aging.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 18:13:50 | More by jlindros
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zdk9

Texas

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

A- Pours black- no highlights- just black. Half a finger of head and small dots of lacing.

S- Coffee, milky chocolate- to the point of smellling like sweet creamy hot chocolate.

T- Whoa, coffee intense. Then I get some bourbon, vanilla, and bitter chocolate. Great complexity to the taste.

M- There's some sort of dry Dutch cocoa mineralness which seems odd considering how sweet it is.

D- A great beer. Strong aroma and strong taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 06:00:04 | More by zdk9
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masterhomebrewer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009-10 bottle into a tulip glass.

A = Thick, black and opaque. Thick, half-inch beige head forms a few seconds after pour and remains.

S = Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, roast, caramel -- just exceptional.

T = Similar to smell -- chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, roast, caramel, vanilla. Very, very well-balanced as nothing stands out.

M = Thick and viscous. Exactly how I like my Stouts to feel -- heavy and chewy.

D = Very, very easy to drink and down-right dangerous. This is my favorite stout hands down. Glad to have a few bottles. The Trooper is dead. Long live the Trooper!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 21:08:19 | More by masterhomebrewer
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of finding this brew on tap the Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Received from draft in a twelve ounce pub glass. The dark atmosphere made it hard to get a good look at the color and opacity but from what I could tell it was jet black, allowing no light to pierce it. A short wispy, mocha colored head was fading away as I was handed the beer. It was served to me at a pleasantly warm temperature...glad they know what they are doing there. I can clearly smell coffee, followed by bitter chocolate and burnt maltiness. Faint hops and alcohol in there as well. Nothing too complex coming from this beer. The taste is what you would imagine from the smell; coffee and bitter chocolate with a slight hop and alcohol at the end helping to give it a smooth finish. Some pleasant fruit notes emerge from the darkness. It is very drinkable, evidenced by the three glasses I quickly drank. The body however was lacking. Maybe this is a tap issue? Most reviews I have read from the bottle say the body is great, but to me it was thin on the palate. I would have expected it to be more viscous, creamy and rich. Don't get me wrong, this was a great beer that I am really glad to have tried, but still not the best stout I have ever had and I was expecting a little more complexity from it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 18:35:13 | More by mjn5036
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (2008 version) into a tulip glass.

A: A jet black ultra thick liquid that pours slow and syrupy. A little ring of light brown head forms but quickly disappears. Lacing is minimal, but it does leave some stickies.

S: Chocolate notes are predominant with mostly dark chocolate coupled with a large roasted malt smell. Some caramel sweetness pokes through with some other sweet fruit smells and some vanilla.

T: Chocolate and roasted flavors are in the fore front. The chocolate flavors turn more into milk chocolate as the beer warms and the sweetness comes through. Some molasses, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla coincide with the still ever present roasted flavor. So much roasted flavor it almost reminded me of a porter. Finish is sweet with a faint hint of hops with some alcohol poking through. Very complex.

M: Full, coating, lingering with a hint of alcohol on the finish when it warms.

D: Medium to good. It's just so damn thick and syrupy that one would struggle to have more than one.

Overall an excellent RIS that lives up to the hype. I just traded for 2 bottles of the current release so I plan on aging them as I feel this beer will age well. Also this is the last year for the name, so it's kind of cool to have a bottle that will never be made again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 14:14:42 | More by Kadonny
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a rich, black and roasted malt scent along with some mild chocolate notes. It has that beautiful, bitter, black malt character. The taste is very good. It's damn smooth with a stiff patent malt flavor. It's bitter and bold with a nice roasted/chocolate character. The hops are quite noticeable and really integrate well with the black malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. The hype was justified. Major thanks to my friend Arpit for the opportunity to try this gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:10:41 | More by WesWes
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: 2008 12oz bottle

Oh, man, this is black like tar. A smattering of dark brown foam bubbles appear and receed into the depths, rather quickly. A slight ring of tiny bubbles are at the surface edge. They provide lacing in the form of speck-like bubbles. These slide slowly back down to the surface, along the oily residue that this beer leaves on the side of the glass.

This has a big nose full of rich malt notes. Tons of roastiness. Lots of dark chocolates and a good deal of espresso beans. More mild hints of leather and smoke. A touch of dark fruit sweetness. Very light trace of vanilla.

The taste follows the components found in the nose. The beauty is that here they are all very balanced and harmonious. All of the flavors seem to be on an even playing field and nothing trys to outshine anything else.
Extremely well balanced.

The mouthfeel is in the upper-end of full. I'd almost go ahead and call it thick. It has a great viscous quality. The carbonation level is mild, which helps keep this one ultra-smooth, but doesn't give it much creaminess, which is something that I think benefits a good stout, very well.

The 8.50%abv is hidden inside of this one, amazingly well. It is so easy to drink. I'd like to have an endless supply of this around, so that I could drink it everyday...because I would.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:30:38 | More by coldmeat23
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sat on this patiently what better time to drink when everyone around me seems to be freaking out about the Vikings losing the NFC championship game.

2008 Vintage poured on a somewhat warm Minnesota January 24th. I always wish appearance would include points for the bottle art. This is a nerdy bottle, love it and it's gold foil seal on top of the cap.

A: This beer is opaque and without the head would be inky black. The head on this beer wasn't huge, but has good retention for what was left of it. Spotty lacing. Something that's always menacing about a beer so black.

S: A rather large amount of roasted malts and caramel. Notes of earthy wet concrete and a mocha latte are questionable, but I can smell it.

T: Up front the beer has coffee-like bitterness that is followed by dark fruits, caramel, and a little bit of alcohol even though this has seen 1+ years of aging. The finish is heavily roasted and lingers while a bursts of spicy chocolate hits the tongue. Initially I thought this beer was good, but the aftertaste just seems to ground the senses and increase activity in the pleasure center of my brain.

M: This beer doesn't have a huge ABV, but it's body if full...like an obese man's belly. The texture is really creamy with the subdued amount of carbonation.

D: A really good RIS, the anticipated led me to have big expectations. They weren't shattered, but not entirely exceeded. The balance flavors and mouthfeel of this beer are a treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 03:58:41 | More by MPLS
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint.

A: Black body with dark brown highlights around the extreme edges; small head of deep brown foam that quickly dissipates to a fine cap and ring. Pretty standard for an RIS on tap.

S: Sharp roasted malt aroma with bitter coffee dominant and dark chocolate close behind. Some hops on the tail end, as well as a hint of alcoholic warmth.

T: Powerful yet restrained medley of roasted malts (like the nose, more coffee than chocolate) and a large amount of cleanly bitter hops. Some rich dark fruits emerge as it warms, with overripe plums and raisins. Sweet without being the least bit cloying. Fantastic.

M: Big, smooth full body with a generous dose of cleansing, velvety effervescence. Perfect.

D: Astounding balance of rich malts and bitter hops, and no trace of alcohol on the palate. This is a supremely drinkable RIS.

Notes: Worth they hype on tap, but still inferior to the bottle I had (curses that I was so excited to drink it that I didn't take notes, and haven't been able to find another bottle since). This is definitely a world-class stout, and I can only imagine how great this would become with some age on it.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 21:11:56 | More by woosterbill
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml of the 2009 vintage.

A: Dark brown/black body with a medium. creamy tan head. Nice retention keeps the head holding until forming a frothy skim. Good amount of lacing left behind for a stout of this ABV.

S: Two dimensional, but very nice. Dueling notes of bitter roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Not overly complex, but quite inviting.

T: Rev'ed up version of the nose. Gains in complexity with each sip. Nice balance of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee, espresso and earthy hops.

M: Spectacular. At 8.5% ABV this is a truly exceptional experience. Smooth, silky feel from start to finish. Light, but not thin, body. Clean, concise finish.

D: Between the mouthfeel and the flavor packed into this brew, a truly superb effort from NEBC. I enjoyed this with some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and savored every second.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 08:38:45 | More by callmemickey
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks dontcostnuthin...

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a nice thick and black as old oil with a HUGE brown frothy and creamy head. Head SLOWLY dissapates and leaves great sticky lacing that doesn't seem to slide at all.

Aroma has huge bitter espresso notes with sweet chocolate. Picking up a funky malty aroma too...but overall a very warm inviting smell.

Not as thick in the mouth as I thought it would be, but tasty. Mostly just espresso/bitter...and loads of dark chocolate and malty. Booze isn't detectable at all. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but maintains a sweetness on the lips. Very, very good stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 15:59:51 | More by ShadesOfGray
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nickd717

California

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

2008 vintage, 12oz bottle, at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Shared with alfrantzell, HopHead84, and Nick3. Let me first take a moment to bask in the ticker glory of knocking off my 85th beer in the Best of BA list. I will try all of them if it's the last thing I do!

Pours black with a small tan head, leaving some swirls and bubbles on top.

Aroma is roast, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruits, and alcohol.

Flavor is nice, on the more subtle side much like Kate the Great. Roasted malt, toffee, milk chocolate, bing cherries, a little soy sauce, and just a touch of booze.

Medium body for the style with a fairly creamy palate.

Drinkability is ridiculous for the style. Poor man's Kate the Great is definitely a fitting description here. Not that poor of a man though. This is a solid one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 00:51:54 | More by nickd717
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pecorasc for opening this one up for us. Poured into a nonic pint glass. 750 mL bottle; 2009 vintage.

A- Absolutely perfect! Pours a dark, black coffee color with three fingers width of mocha colored head. Reduced to a fingers width over consumption. Great head retention and the lacing was so thick it just caked the sides of the glass.

S- Very non-descript. Chocolate malts with a roasted background. Detecting a little bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Chocolate and coffee beans upfront. As the beer sits on the palate, the roasted quality becomes more and more pronounced. Finishes with a burned, milk chocolate flavor. Simple, but the flavors mesh together very well.

M- I liked the velvety texture very much. However, the body was a little too much on the thin side. Could have used some more viscosity.

D- Given the milky texture and the lack of alcohol in the taste, this one went down very easily.

Overall, glad I finally got the opportunity to try this one. As stated above, the flavors were not that complex, but that was a good thing. Lots of cohesion and just a sessionable imperial stout, if one ever existed.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:26:51 | More by rhinos00
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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