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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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1,044 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 931
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 TheManiacalOne
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you want in an RIS, rich chocolate, hearty roasted dark malts, well-masked alcohol and not overly sweet. There's a very mild hops presence that brings a good balance. There is a slightly bitter-sweet dark chocolate after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a well-made, flavorful and highly drinkable RIS and is one of the best that I've had in its style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 22, 2008
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.

Kegatron, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is mild. Malts and very mild coffee. Flavor has a noticeable sweet character but its just smooth as silk. Great balances. Very smooth liquid feel and a low but appreciable carbonation. This is a great RIS. So easy to drink.

RblWthACoz, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HopStoopid129 for this one!

Pours an effervescent pitch black with dark head that falls away after a while. Nice viscosity to this, but no head retention, but some lacing

S: Dark fruit & chocolate, figs & traces of booze

T: Follows the nose with some wet charred grain thrown in up front. Coffee comes through as this warms, along with oak & vanilla, plus some boozey figs & dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some more vanilla

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & fairly warming, but lacking malt depth

Drinks fairly easy, a good take on the style, but not upper echelon IMO, was still happy to try it

russpowell, Sep 26, 2009
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!

Slatetank, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one. Shared with my wife - served in a FOBAB mini-pint taster.

A - Pitch black with only the tiniest hint of brown at the bottom edge. One and half fingers of dark tan foam with excellent retention that slowly dissolves to a solid cap and ring. Plenty of spotty lacing. The only thing holding this one back is head volume.

S - Super roasty malt flavor mixed with booze-soaked dark fruits. There is also some light coffee flavor mixed with dark chocolate and burnt sugars/molasses. It's a very nice RIS and the smell is quite potent, but it isn't particularly unique - see my Kate the Great review on indistinct, yet good, stouts.

T - The taste is super roasty, with some burnt sugar and molasses mid-palate, and then a bitter espresso finish and aftertaste. There's less of the dark fruit sweetness and more dark chocolate bitterness in there as well. This one is somewhere between Founders RIS and Plead the 5th, and I wish I could give it a 4.25 in taste. However, since it's better than a 4.0 I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

M - The carbonation is kind of high on this one, with some lip and palate burn going on. There's a bit of warming going on and there's lots of bitter roastiness to accompany the slightly sticky finish. I wish there was less CO2 though, as it makes the texture a little more harsh and gritty than it should be.

D - A nice RIS, but somehow feels bigger than 8.5%. The slight over-carbonation is forgivable in the 6oz pour I had, but might have got a little irritating over a full bottle. I think a bomber would be too much of a good thing here.

MasterSki, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ol' Bomber. Storm trooper mask with stout in the goggles, ...how much did they have to pay Lucasfilm, to keep this gig going?

Aroma leaps out, it's a massive cacophony of dark delights, rich, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, ends on a dry note.

Look: Total darkness, with a nice toasted tan head.

Taste: Mmmm, a dark ale lover's dream. Warm, smooth, smokey, supple. Licks the palate with licorice whips, and tosses back chocolate frosting. Not too anything, in any way. Mmm, yummy. Gets deeper as we go, nice and whiskey-ish, smokey, dark and deep.

Dry, malty, smooth, and, did I say yum, yet? I'll say it again.
Yum.

feloniousmonk, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for knocking this one off my wants, seriously.

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head of small bubbles.

Aroma is really weak. No roast really, slight lactic, slight sweetness. There is a hint of alcohol.

There is a lot of coffee / roast in the back of the mouth. Makes the beer pretty bitter. There is no carbonation in the mouth but the beer is medium bodied. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is good.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5%

oline73, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure where I first had this (I rated it 1/13, but I don't remember the occasion), but I do know someone shared a bottle at Voodoo's first Barrel Room release in March 2013, and that's what I have notes for. Not sure what vintage it was, but it was a 750ml bottle. If I had to guess I'd say 2011.

Straight-up black pour, with a small bubbly head that receded to a thin, wispy layer, leaving a few dots of lace on the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma, dark malts and cocoa, herbal, and surprisingly some piney hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roasty dark malts and unsweetened cocoa, anise, a somewhat awkward pine hop presence, solventy grain alcohol. Fairly strong bitterness overall. Hmm. Body was medium and somewhat thinned out. This beer didn't really do much for me. It was pretty basic and uninteresting, like an average homebrew. Not bad, but not great.

Rifugium, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mendvicdog, May 13, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared at a small tasting by BigSexy410; thanks! 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, and some pine. Also hints of caramel or toffee. Lots of hops in the smell, much more than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and light pine hops again. Not as much hops as the smell, but a step up from it. Roasted malts come through a lot in the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy body. Very nice mouthfeel for a RIS.

d - A very nice, easy to drink RIS. It was a hoppier stout than I was expecting, especially in the nose, as some pine comes through, but I still really liked it. Glad I have a bottle of this; going to hold onto it for a bit and see how it ages.

mdfb79, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. Sampled Feb, 16, 2010.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a decent-sized brown head. The aroma is roasted malt along with coffee and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with chocolate standing out more than the coffee or malts. Creamy mouthfeel, which is the best part of the beer. Low carbonation. Not sure what I was expecting, but I was a little disappointed. A very good beer, but I expected a little more.

Mora2000, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from the brewery. "Bottled in 2006" (Acc. to John/jcwattsrugger a brewer there said that it was in Dec.)

Pours black with a brown head - looks like espresso with a darker head.

The smell is of licorice/anise with a berry-like fruitiness, woodiness, alcohol, chocolate and a touch of tar.

The taste is wonderful - the alcohol and acidity quickly subsided to mild, revealing chocolate, roasty dark maltiness and licorice. Woody, fruity notes intertwine and blend in nicely. Sweetish, long finish.

The feel is superb - creamy, rich, velvety and lingering.

The alcohol sneaks up, but for style is so drinkable because of the luscious taste and rich, silky feel. Try pairing with dark chocolate - It's a real treat!

jwc215, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

oriolesfan4, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1%

imperialking, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of drewone
5/5  rDev +18.8%

drewone, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -5%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with subtle hops along with hints of caramel, oatmeal toffee and slight alcohol.

Chewy full body with luscious, silky chocolate malt flavor along with hints of toffee, lactic cream, hazelnut, oatmeal and slightly smokey, roasted coffee bean. The creamy flavor makes this beer incredibly smooth and in combination with the viscous chocolate notes, results n an incredibly quaffable, delicious, well crafted beer. ABV very well masked with faint warmth toward the finish.

corby112, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. I scored pours from both a bottle and a growler, but I got a bigger pour from the growler so...Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark as night with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical stout. Hints of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light booze, and some hops sneaking in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with some sweet roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of coffee and more chocolaty sweetness. Finish is a mix of sweet dark roasted malt and some light smokiness. Not bad but it really didn't blow me away.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, bodied with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I liked this one for what it is but it left me wanting something more. I feel like I have had this beer multiple times before, yet this is the first time I have had it.

orangesol, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, the 2009 vintage which was the last year for the original label. Bottle opened with friends and tasted along side the barrel aged version. This brew appears black in color with a quick dissolving dark tan head. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew is dark roasted grain, fresh yet at the same time charred and earthy with a touch of dirt scent. Some citrus is evident with a dark fruited quality that makes this brew seem like it is quite sweet smelling. A touch of fusel alcohol cones out as the beer warms up.

The taste is earthy and bitter with charred grain and lots of roast. It is bitter, unsweetened chocolate meets coffee. A bit of fresh grainy flavornis present almost like raw oats. There is a dark fruity alcohol note included with a touch of anise. This is well balanced and very enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It has a rich, creamy smooth feel and a hidden alcohol inclusion that only shows itself as it warms. Very roasty and super enjoyable. I don't know how much the recipe for this brew changes from year to year but I can firmly state that I fully enjoyed this with ~2 years of age on it. This past years seemed much more fruited with alcohol and hops. I really enjoyed this darker, more roasted edition of the trooper. Well done.

stakem, Sep 27, 2011
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.