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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 929
Gots: 386 | FT: 29
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: 1,036 | Reviews: 470 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark body with thin off white head. Good rich sweet chocolate aroma. A ton of aroma for a beer. Starting to thin a bit in the flavor but still good chocolate. Some sweetness and leaves a nice malty aftertaste. Light body for a stout but medium at a minimum. Can't wait for this to release again.

drseamus, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev -5%

chefduff2, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SNXXX glass, this stout pours a Darth Vader black with a dark tan head that almost looks like tanned leather. The appearance is definitely as bad ass as the packaging.

S: The aroma is dark roasted malt, super bitter sweet chocolate, and black strap molasses. Classic RIS!

T: Flavor is stunningly simple. Everything is here that every stout made should baseline off of. A deeply roasted malt backbone made rich with molasses and bitter chocolate. Not much of a hop tingle which has seemed to become the latest trend. This brew is much comparable to stone IRS.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost perfect.

D: Drink is boarder line perfect. Really this stout is just sitting a little heavy on my stomach, but I have yet to have eaten dinner.

Overall, big thanks to portia99 for hooking this baby up!. I would put this stout on the order of Stone RIS for those who can't get it. I'd love to see more of this and lay one down, however at 8.5% I'm not sure how much this guy would improve.

TKEbeerman, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into spiegelau tulip. the beer is a deep black color with light brown head. head has strong staying power and nice lacing. smells is of sweet chocolate and a light hint of coffee. slight aroma of hops when i take deep whiffs. the taste is more of the chocolate from the aroma and slight hint of bitterness. mouthfeel is medium-bodied. definitely a nice, drinkable RIS. it's not as big as some and as a result, goes down a lot easier. a very solid offering from NEBCO. My only quibble would be with the cost, but it's a small brewery from close to home so I'm not going to complain too much. I have two more bottles so I'll be interested to see how this changes over time.

Blanco, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of moonknight31
4.25/5  rDev +1%

moonknight31, May 16, 2013
Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev -5%

Boston_Steve, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +18.8%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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.

ksimons, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +1%

TheRuss9585, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -5%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Burkbom23, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +1%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
Photo of DNICE555
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.

DNICE555, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The body pours completely opaque and impenetrable to light with a tight inch thick deep tan head that dissipates at a snails pace.

Roasted malt and both milk and sweet dark chocolate are immediate to the nose. Perhaps a touch smokey, and faint hints of sweet nuts exist as well.

Big dark chocolate flavors are immediate with roasted notes on the back of the palate. Additional flavors include subtle black licorice, tons of malt, milk like notes, and even hits of hops towards the end. I am also picking up coffee flavors as it warms as well.

This is a big bodied, chewy brew with medium carbonation, and a full palate.

What a great beer, tons of flavor offerings, easy to drink, well balanced, and all around delicious.

CHADMC3, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DangerDawg, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of kmo1030
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dirty motor oil black, with a half a finger of khaki colored head. also laces well.
the aroma is big and malty. lots of roasted coffee and chocolate. touches of vanilla and caramel. chocolate covered coffee flavored malt ball. there is also a substantial hoppy component that falls on the piney end of things.
the taste covers the full spectrum of malt flavors, coffee, molasses, chocolate, caramel, licorice, rootbeer, heath bar. the hops pack a little less punch than the aroma suggests. the flavors are somewhat lost in the maltiness. the pine comes through just a bit in towards the middle, and with a good bitter kick at the end, which helps clean things up some. some of the bitterness is derrived from the toasted aspects of the malt.
the mouthfeel is like finely carbonated whole milk. perfection here.
the drinkability is great, it's got a finely balanced bigness, that many beers go for, but few attain. this beer doesn't break any new ground, but it's an expertly crafted example of it's style.

kmo1030, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Dirtinabottle, May 01, 2013
Photo of OnryAndMean
4/5  rDev -5%

OnryAndMean, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -5%

Houser, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a slick black, with a three inch dark tan head, that leaves rings of lace. Smell is roasted coffee, smoke, leather, and tobacco. Taste is all of that with lots of smoke, leather, and licorice that lingers awhile. Not my favorite flavors from a Imperial stout. Body is medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and drinkable enough. This a good stout, but not my favorite flavors. Wish it was chewier also.

SawDog505, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev -5%

lonewolfcry, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was great to see this one still around when I grabbed it in Lexington today. Poured straight in to a tulip glass, this beer is pitch black in color, and has a fairly large tan heading. In the nose I get cake batter, extreme chocolate, licorice. In the taste I get some chocolate, a large amount of alcohol, some black currant, cola, molasses, more alcohol, overall very complex. As another reviewer mentioned, alcohol wise it feels much stronger than the 8.50% that is listed. The body on the other hand comes off as much lighter than expected when considering the large flavors going on with it. I am really enjoying taking my time with this one, and sipping it slowly. I have the admit that the first time I tried this brew a couple years ago, I was not the least bit impressed. This time around I am very impressed. It definitely ranks for me amongst the best of the New England Imperial Stouts. One final thought: Do you think Star Wars fanatics are seeking this beer out as a collector's item? Would not surprise me. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 - 750ml bottle and Groucho glasses label change. Served in a DFH signature glass. Consumed on May 11, 2011, review from notes.

A - Deep black body, mocha head with moderate lacing and retention. 4.0/5

S - Lots of roasty malts and some citrusy hops. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. 4.0/5

T - Very roasty. Strong smokey malt flavors and some bitter hops. Smooth coffee and chocolate notes.3.5/5 Medium to light mouth feel. 4.0/5

O - A unique RIS. It does stand out a bit due to its highly roasty yet hoppy flavor. However, it was a bit of a letdown. A good beer, but it falls short of some of the other big name beers. The label and name is ingenious though. 3.78/5

2012 - 500ml bottle. Served in a 668 tulip glass. Reviewed January 4, 2013.

A - Pours a dark black body. Massive head forms and fills the rest of the glass. Has an amazingly visible two tone head of light and dark mocha that I've only noticed on a Marshall Zhukov before. Settles into a thick cap and edging. Sticky and lasting lacing. Just coats the glass in lace! 4.5/5

S - Roast central. Roasted malts meld into cocoa powder, subtle yet bitter hops, coffee beans, and some faint dark fruit. Very unique and well balanced. 4.5/5

T - Smooth roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee and just a touch of hop bitterness on the end. Simple but very tasty. 4.0/5

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a bit too syrupy. Well hidden alcohol 4.0/5

O - Can't say I was impressed by the 2010 vintage with a few months on it. This fresh bottle is fantastic though! Roasty and sweet, it really is hard to describe this beer but its uniquely NEBCO. Really glad the bottle size and price went down as the gouging got pretty insane last year. 4.0/5

davey101, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

HopsintheSack, Dec 09, 2013
Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.