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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 941
Gots: 385 | 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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Ratings: 1,070 | Reviews: 470 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chugalug06
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice large four-finger espresso colored head. Brew is black as night and roasty black. No lacing.

Roasty, smoky, nothing overwhelming... nutty, dry, chocolate, slightly musty...

Thin, watery, solid, well blended, roasty, super dark chocolaty, sweetness is precise and direct. Overly high carbonation is high, heat is well hidden and bitterness is great, light. Roasty is full and nutty.

A very solid brew, but IST is another example of a brew not worth all the hype it receives, especially at ^$20/bottle. Recommended, but don't buy into the hype..

chugalug06, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

braugon, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sludgy, viscous inky black pour into my glass that's as dark as the dead of night with a half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. Sticky patches of lacing ensue. Aromas start with rich malts alongside deep, vinous dark fruits. Cocoa and molasses mingle with licorice undertones. Hints of toffee with a bitter cloak about it.

First sip brings rich, smooth dark malts upfront with lots of dark fruit flavors swirling about. Somewhat vinous as it moves into baker's chocolate and mild coffee accents. Flows down with a nice kick of bitterness to counteract the sweet maltiness. Creamy finish with a hint of marshmallow. Bold and tasty with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy which is nice as it makes it easier to enjoy. This here is a tasty imperial stout that doesn't go overboard on ABV, making it something I can actually drink and enjoy on a weeknight. Thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup.

orbitalr0x, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DaftPatrick, May 01, 2014
Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DWolf, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with family at Christmas. There definitely wasn't consensus about the beer but here is my review.

Black black with a big thick creamy heady. The head stays to the end floating on top and lacing the edge. This is a beautiful beer, that everyone agreed upon.

The aroma is buttery roasted chocolate and chocolate and maple syrup

The mouth is smooth and very nice with big maple and butter. It's like chocolate pancakes with maple syrup this is very nice.

Although there was slight disagreement among we all concluded it was unique and best as a desert beer.

bishopdc0, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

77apm, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 - 750ml

Awesome bottle/artwork! Pours an inky black with a tremendous, creamy, light brown head that goes nowhere. Great lacing. Smells of rip dark fruits, roasty, char, raisins, molasses. Taste follows with sweet rip dark fruits at first which then completely turns to a heavy roastiness and charred flavors. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is creamy, not really heavy, and finishes dry and roasty. Very drinkable.

Doomcifer, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Bizoneill
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bizoneill, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of brokentee
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brokentee, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ThirstyJoe77
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ThirstyJoe77, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid and firm brown head, with very good retention, eventually fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Lacing is excellent. Brew pours the expected oily black for this kind of stout. Very dark. Excellent looking beer.

Aroma is a little boozy, red grape. Past that, the dominant note is slightly burnt coffee, with smooth and sweet cream behind. Fairly balanced and subtle nose overall.

Flavor follows the nose, and matches that of the solid porters and stouts of the US. Slightly sweet and creamy; hints of dark chocolate; solid bite from burnt coffee notes, mainly on the back end (similar flavor profile to FBS, but smoother, more subtle). Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and full-flavored, but on the medium side WRT viscosity and chewiness, especially for a stout. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and the coffee bite is excellently balanced.

This isn't a dessert stout; it really reminds me of FBS. It's a little understated by comparison. That's more to my liking; it may not be to yours.

Roguer, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of henrisimo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

henrisimo, May 30, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

fthegiants, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ChrisChagnon, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Dirt
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dirt, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from New England Brewing Company pours out of a cool Imperial Storm Trooper bottle a pitch black leaving a thick brown head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, espresso, vanilla, herbal hops, spicy and citrus in nature.

The taste is bitter sweet, strong alcohol but soothing, it continues with a dark bitter chocolate, caramel, mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy, peppery, hop bitterness. Wow this is a great stout one I hope will return or shall I say "Strike back".

Franchise, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

spark3148857, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hoppymcgee, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mattsmith413
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mattsmith413, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jsanford, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of uncccegr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

uncccegr, Jul 29, 2013
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.