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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 941
Gots: 383 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my wonderful Humpy's pint glass, this one had a clear, very dark brown (nearly opaque) body with very little head. This thin layer died to a ring that remained as I drank, however.

Aroma was initially of dark malts, with no roasted character, followed by dark fruits (mostly prunes and plums - yes I know they're the same but there is a distinct aroma difference). THEN the roasted malts came out, along with an unusual trace of apples. Very complex, very interesting. That apple was a surprise, but it didn't seem to clash at all.

Taste started out with strong dark roasted malts, with only a slight bitterness. A little fruitiness made itself known at the swallow, followed by a very long roasted malt aftertaste with a hint of charred barley.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thick, viscous and chewy, a touch of oiliness making itself known. Well suited to the taste.

Drinkability gets good marks for two reasons. First, it went down quite easily... REALLY makes me with is was less than $10 a bottle, or at least bottled in bombers rather than a 12 oz. Second, the ABV was not noticeable in the taste at ALL. Much like World Wide Stout, that was simply wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Star Wars geek like label. White foil seals the top--gold on top with the nebco label on the cap.

Pours a 'welcome to the dark side' black with a one and a half fluffy cocoa colored head. Excellent retention with sticky thick lacing. Looks like the top of a cappuccino swirled with whip cream--amazing. Hefty robust malt notes with deep unsweetened chocolate notes. Slight bitter coffee notes that's mellowed out by the sweet cappuccino flavors. Dark fruit notes also play a large role. Spicy and boozy notes tingle the nostrils. Thick and earthy with an excellent air about the nose.

First sip has all the makings of a nice stick stout. The retention of the head has all the makings of a fuzzy soft cappuccino head. Dark fruit notes are very present and fade well into a bitter coffee flavor that's mostly noticed on Sunday mornings upon waking up. A tad smoky with spicy undertones that almost shock the taste buds and finish with an apparent sourness. Interesting balance on this brew, which is almost quite perfect. Sweet caramel balances out the bitterness. Rich and thick with a full bodied mouth feel though extremely smooth. Very nice and extremely drinkable especially with the low abv. Another fantastic offering from nebco, but at that price for a 12oz., I'm not sure if I'd buy it again. Too bad it doesn't come in 22ozer's as I'd reconsider.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

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.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

750ml bottle served in a tulip.
2010 vintage.

pours a mostly opaque dark cola-brown, sits an impenetrable black in the glass... 3/4" mocha toned head demonstrates impessive retention and pretty decent lacing, too. nose is a nice RIS blend of roasted malt and chocolate with secondary notes of molasses and anise. not exactly a whopping, bowl you over boldness that i do appreciate in my RIS/imperial stouts, but very good nonetheless.

flavor follows the aroma closely: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and hints of molasses and anise. the major difference is a perceptible hoppy presence in the taste that apparently i missed in the nose. alcohol presence is also tuned up a notch, most notably in the finish. great mouthfeel. creamy and full bodied with adequate carbonation.

overall this is a stellar beer. falls short of world class (and perhaps of the hype as well), but very well made. would love to get my hands on a BA edition.

(originally reviewed: 04-29-2011)

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

I was lucky enough to have this beer on tap at the Plan B in Simsbury,CT. Served in a Pint Glass. (I don't believe the bartender at the time knew how strong it was)

I've been drinking craft beers for about a year and this beer has inspired me to write my first review.

First noticed a thick dark brown head staying with me until about half the pint was gone. (I drank this very slowly because of how strong it was and because I didn't want it to end) The color bared a close resemblance to motor oil. In the aroma I sensed many notes of chocolate as well as a bitterness. I could detect the alcohol but it was a positive, adding to the warmness of the beer. Then comes the flavour exploding in my mouth with all the malt, caramel, and hop undertone goodness coming through. Mouthfeel is rich creamy goodness, really fills your palate. Drinkability is amazing for the style. Favorite beer from my favorite style.

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

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown and leaves leggy, spotty lacing that doesn't really stick around.

Smell: Smoky and chocolaty. The smell is not so much full of distinct notes as it is a blend of somewhat herbal hops, prune, and rich malt. It's a little hard to describe actually, but very nice.

Taste: Follows the nose, with smokiness and chocolate up front, followed by something between prune and cherry, leading to a nutty, roasty finish. Decent amount of hop bitterness and flavor; more than the average RIS, but it matches well with everything going on (and as chocolate and roasted malt forward as the taste is, there isn't much bitterness coming from those elements, so the hops don't make the overall bitterness overpowering at all).

Great mix of sweetness and roasted flavors. There's coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate flavors that, while difficult for me to describe, all have a lot of distinctive character (as opposed to being dull or muddled or generic).

Both the taste and the smell could be 4.5, so I decided to split the difference and give the 4.5 to smell and 4.0 to taste. Could go either way for both really. The only "flaw" with the taste is that it could be more complex, though the flavors that are there are bold and good.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full-bodied, lots of carbonation. It's more bubbly than I want it to be, but it's not a big deal. Not dry.

Drinkability: Solid, distinctive Russian Imperial Stout that matches New England winters well.

While NEBCO's Imperial Stout Trooper is definitely one of the better RISs around, I don't think I'd pay $16~ for it that often. If big stouts are your favorite kind of beer though, it's at the very least a must try.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.22/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.