Imperial Stout Trooper - Cherry Vanilla Infused - New England Brewing Co.
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4.31/5 rDev -6.7%
On cask at Prime 16. Pours a pitch black color with some red hues and a small amount of head. Very little lacing. The aroma is light hints of cherry with coffee, earth and dark chocolate. Not all that aromatic. The taste is a nice mix of the cherry and vanilla along with some coffee and dark chocolate. The cherry and vanilla isn't overpowering and compliments the Stout Trooper well. Earthy with dark chocolate and vanilla at the finish with hints of the cherry. There ia alot going on here for sure. Mouthfeel is light with very little carbonation.Thanks to Prime and the Tap Takeover for giving me a chance to finally drink this beer. Overall, complex and delicious. Worth the wait.
03-05-2014 02:13:39 | More by PicoPapa
4.88/5 rDev +5.6%
Finally reviewing this from my notes from the NEBCO Tap Takeover at Prime 16 in February 2012.
Had this on cask. Note: The cask of cherry vanilla IST had some malfunctions at the beginning of the night (luckily I got a pour before that) and was fixed later in the night so I was lucky enough to get two glasses of this!
Awesome apperance right out of the cask. Totally black body with a small mocha head. Decent retention here with solid lacing. Bar was also pretty dark.
The smell was very similar to regular IST (which is absolutely not an insult) with a hint of cherry. The vanilla doesn't come out too much in the smell.
The taste is a perfect 5!! Everything I expected and then some. The cherry sweetness really comes out initially, great chocolate flavor and there's a roasty aspect present as well. Vanilla is there toward the end and in the after taste and is the perfect way to round out this beer.
Alcohol is also completely hidden in this beer.
Mouthfeel is nothing short of perfect. Silky smooth with light carbonation. My ideal mouthfeel for a stout. Thick, smooth, rich etc.
The full flavors make this a very drinkable beer for a moderately high abv stout. Overall it's pretty outstanding, damn near perfect. I really wish this would be a regular beer but at the same time I don't because it would take a little away from the fun of the event.
Can't express enough how awesome this event was. Was able to hangout with some awesome BAs and also try the other outstanding offerings of the night. This is an event that everyone should try to attend.. Great food, great people, and of course great beer. What more could you ask for? If you're on the fence about attending next years just do it, you WILL NOT regret it!
08-30-2012 15:23:56 | More by Pete27lax
4.98/5 rDev +7.8%
On Cask at Prime 16 on 02/21/12
A: dark, deep black, nice 1” uber coffee tan head
N: chocolate, light cherries, coffee roast, roast is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the cherries, hints of vanilla
T: like chocolate covered cherries, faint coffee, dark fruits, the vanilla-fresh cherries over over powering, clearly the main character, this is pretty fantastic, a new favorite
M: full bodied, creamy goodness
O: I’m in love. This may be the most delicious thing I’ve ever drank. The cherries and chocolate-vanilla are intense without making the beer overly sweet. This is pretty close to perfection for big stouts.
02-25-2012 00:42:46 | More by modernartblues
4.35/5 rDev -5.8%
Had on cask at Prime 16 - 1/27/11 from notes.
Has a thick, brown "fluffy" head, awesome retention. Jet black body (the bar was also pretty dimly lit)
The smell is crisp, light and somewhat refreshing with cherry overpowering all of the other aromas. There's a light vanilla that pushes it's way through. There is also a faint dark chocolate aroma that may not have even existed but I just wanted it to be there so bad that I imagined it. I am aware this is a "cherry vanilla infused" beer but I feel like a rich dark chocolate aroma is necessary for this beer. Perhaps there was just too much cherry juice extract added to this batch.
The taste is really great. A lot of cherry again but coffee is present and chocolate is more upfront than in the nose (maybe I didnt imagine it after all). The vanilla takes a back seat...actually, maybe its in the trunk. But it is there. It really is a great tasting beer though and very unique that makes me sad it's only offered once a year at one location. The only thing that prevents it from receiving a perfect 5 is the dominating cherry with all of the other flavors kind of hidden. This isnt a bad thing (4.5 isnt bad at all) but more of a balance would lead to a perfect taste.
The mouthfeel is uique, it's fluffy and full bodied. It is unlike any other stout I have had ever had. It was thick and full but airy as well that led to a not so filling beer but very satisfying.
Really addicting beer, the sweetness and unique mouthfeel keeps me comming back for more. I finished the glass in about 5 minutes. There was also a really strong sweetness towards the end of the glass that I guess was some cherry juice that had settled to the bottom.
All around truly fantastic beer but perhaps a little unbalanced. Really outstanding though and can't wait to go back next year.
02-26-2011 03:55:29 | More by MikeyMikee
4.35/5 rDev -5.8%
L: Pours a nice black color with a medium sized tan colored head head that laces the glass a bit as it fades pretty slowly.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla behind a big cherry aroma that takes over.
T: Tastes of big cherry flavors mixed with more subtle vanillas, chocolate, caramel. Very sweet tasting but very nice flavor, the cherry was the most prevalent but the other flavors kind of balanced it out.
M: Rich, smooth, medium to heavy feeling, sweet, perfect amount of carbonation, warming.
D: Very drinkable, I really like sweet beers and this was no exception, it was overall an awesome beer and definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.
02-17-2011 11:20:57 | More by erosier
4.83/5 rDev +4.5%
pulled from the cask at prime 16.
A- Deep, dark black. Head is a creamed coffee color. looks inviting.
S- Like chocolate covered cherries. awesome. didn't pick up much vanilla in the nose, seems as though it's in the back seat on this one. the nose on this is delicious.
T- Right on par with the nose. Much like having a chocolate covered cherry. there is some coffee notes on the finish and it compliments the beer well. The vanilla once again is minimal but helps to compliment the chocolate, cherry and coffee flavors throughout this beer.
M/D- Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. low carbonation. perfect. This beer is like dessert in a glass. would have gone back for seconds and thirds if the cask had not kicked in 35 minutes. Glad to experience this great beer and hopefully will be back for more next year.
01-28-2011 16:39:35 | More by Pabs311
4.7/5 rDev +1.7%
I've been sitting on the notes from this review for a while, but I'm bored and finally feel like imputing it here.
Like everyone else I had this on cask at Prime 16 in New Haven. They were serving 10oz pours. I had an early pour, and even more exciting "the last pour" or so I was told it was the last one. The color was black without being sludge like in its appearance. The head was minimal on the first glass and non-existent on the second. I could have stared at it all day, but that would have left little time for drinking. The smell was exquisite. The vanilla and cherry were there, but they weren't overpowering. The taste is where this beer really shined. I love imperial stouts and this is up there with Oaked Yeti and BCS as one of my favorites. Being on cask really mellowed this beer out for me. I'm not a huge fan of IST from the bottle or on traditional tap set ups, but here the flavor, the alcohol and the mouthfeel of the beer all mellow to become something all together better. I could drink this beer all night, especially when only being served 10oz glasses.
The coolest part about my second serving was that there were chunks of cherry swimming in the beer. I won't say the chunks added to the beer, but they certainly didn't detracted from it.
I wish this beer was served on cask at all times, it makes a world of difference.
02-26-2010 20:49:28 | More by Lars3
4.65/5 rDev +0.6%
I nearly gave up on this, over an hour and half in my trek to Prime 16, I hopped on BA on my blackberry only to see the post "this cask kicked in 32 minutes". but Jwaks and I went anyway and we got two of the last glasses, (*phew*) cherry bits and all...
A - typically stout black, inky depths like fathoms beneath the sea or the gullet of a sarlacc, the head is a rich tan color with faint red hints around the rim
S - chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose, complimented superbly with the faint hints of ripe, fresh cherries
T - so much more potency in the taste than the nose, as i mentioned in the preamble, there were plenty of cherry chunks, though it seems these chunks have lent all their goodness to the brew, chocolate and vanilla still dominate, however rich bourbon flavors also shine through, with a huge lactic sweetness, the aftertaste is a sweet maraschino cherries
M&D - the lactic sweetness, especially, but all the flavors creat a super smooth beer, with a well hidden ABV, this is one of the biggest sessionable beers I have had, the flavors are enormous and the mouthfeel is silky, well done. I sincerely hope they made more than the one barrel of this. The force is strong with this one.
01-09-2010 18:24:39 | More by sinstaineddemon
Imperial Stout Trooper - Cherry Vanilla Infused from New England Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.