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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 924
Gots: 385 | FT: 32
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 Bierguy5


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle. Probably the coolest bottle I have seen. Pours black, with no highlights. Thick frothy mocha head. Very nice head retention. A great looking beer.

Lots of chocolate and roasty notes up front. A bit of smoke and tobacco. Some vinous notes near the end.

Good amount of sweetness up front, with some roasty and bittersweet chocolate notes. A few vinous notes as well. Good bitterness at the end helps to balance things out.

Slightly thin, but there is a nice creamy feel to it. Slight warming from alcohol. Very nice.

07-05-2009 14:24:41 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Now that the expectations and availability have met the hype, I am happy to try this renowned beer for the first time.

Viscous and velvety look to the pour with a froathy mocha colored head that rises comfortably to the top of the glass. The head laces a bit and falls sooner than expected into a still and heavy beer.

Strong, strong roasted coffees and chocolates meet the forefront, leaving a heavy lactose sweetness to flavor and feel. Obviously taking clues from Sweet or Milk stouts, this beer favors sweetness over robust. The sweet character amplifies the cocoa notes and gives them a milk chocolate aroma and taste while suppressing the coffee and charred character of the beer. Lightly fruity with grapes, apples, and cherries but allowing the malts to shine.

Hops try to balance the beer but don't make any real impact to flavor or aroma. At times the beer reminds me a bit of cola or Dr. Pepper but does not deter from the sweet maltiness of the Stout.

A very nice beer that shys away from Mackeson's and toward Big Black Voodoo Daddy.

Thanks Conneticutpoet!

09-11-2009 14:15:42 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Sam21


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

06-04-2011 01:51:58 | More by Sam21
Photo of mavbrew


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

03-15-2011 00:51:23 | More by mavbrew
Photo of muttyd


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Dark as night. Thick foamy head.

S: Lots of coffee, roasted malts, and slight cocoa aroma.

T: Follows the nose - lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Slightly hoppy and very well balanced.

M: Rich & creamy. Bubbly on the tongue and nice coating in the mouth.

D: At 8.5%, this one goes down nice and easy.


12-31-2009 02:22:24 | More by muttyd
Photo of robhunta


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

04-08-2011 23:53:12 | More by robhunta
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

300th review!

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a spotty cap of bubbles. Thin rings of foamy rings coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a slight alcohol taste as well. Medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. Lower carbonation level makes for a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout and my first from NEBCO. I would get this one again if I had the chance. Very nice roast and chocolate flavors with this beer.

05-30-2011 02:01:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of LiquidBread219


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

05-21-2011 17:45:39 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

06-27-2011 13:56:04 | More by Tschnab
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

A-very dark brown with about a fingers worth of dark tan head that disappears pretty fast to leave a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-roasted malt, roasted dark coffee, molasses, and a bit of burnt sugar. Very nice.

T-Taste is also full of roast. Rich roasted malt, roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and sweet caramel. A nice mix of roast and sweetness, and the booze is well hidden.

M-medium to full body, good carbonation, leaves a dry roasted taste.

Overall a pretty good RIS, good tasting, nice smelling, and a good mouthfeel. I will look for other New England Brewing Cos beers.

03-15-2012 19:28:30 | More by ksimons
Photo of braugon


4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-26-2013 20:08:42 | More by braugon
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

06-17-2009 01:18:20 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of DaftPatrick


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-01-2014 03:04:08 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of DWolf


4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-17-2012 00:30:10 | More by DWolf
Photo of bishopdc0


4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-03-2012 14:54:36 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of 77apm


4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-14-2014 05:13:40 | More by 77apm
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

12-29-2010 02:32:12 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Bizoneill


4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-11-2013 20:00:07 | More by Bizoneill
Photo of Griffith


4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-26-2014 16:39:35 | More by Griffith
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-05-2014 01:20:06 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
Photo of brokentee


4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-25-2012 00:27:23 | More by brokentee
Photo of ThirstyJoe77


4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-24-2012 14:09:51 | More by ThirstyJoe77
Photo of Roguer


4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-03-2014 19:27:17 | More by Roguer
Photo of henrisimo

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-30-2013 03:33:42 | More by henrisimo
Photo of Photekut


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-19-2013 01:53:42 | More by Photekut
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.