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Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged - New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
89
very good

236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%


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:
2012 - 375ml bottle, label changed to hunched groucho barrel. 10% ABV

(Beer added by: caresville on 04-25-2010)
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark black with coffee lacing. Thin lacing, no legs.

S- Vanilla and malt. That takes most of the S. Bit of barrel.

T- Vanilla, malt and more barrel than in the nose.

M- Nice and creamy, somewhat viscous; just the right amount of carb

O- A well done BA stout, but there is a bit of a void; though I would drink this 24/7 without complaining anymore

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 23:48:29 | More by gueuzedreg
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MenardMa

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried any of the past batches of this, but judging by the mixed reviews they must not have come out quite as good as this most recent one (sold 12/21/13), because this was an excellent beer! Rivals just about any other Bourbon Barrel Stout in my opinion.

It was very rich, and the bourbon comes through nicely without making it too boozy.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2013 16:56:15 | More by MenardMa
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark with a tiny head that dissipates really quickly

Smell is a huge licorice with light bourbon in the background with slight chocolate

Taste is kind of boozy with bourbon notes and slight chocolate

This is a great beer, but could use a little time to age

Serving type: growler

12-25-2013 05:38:51 | More by ChrisChagnon
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 254/1400 opened on 9.26.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle, barrel, oaky, bourbon.

T - Strong bourbon, chocolate, and a slightly metallic finish.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Ok stout, nose is weak and taste was metallic.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:30:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 1195/1400.

Appearance - Dark black. Maybe not viscous, but a nice dark black. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Wow, it's odd. And bad. Chocolate. Strange buttermilk-like aroma. Diacetyl? I don't often smell that in a stout.

Taste - Chocolate. Milk chocolate. Some bourbon, but not a lot. That buttermilk flavor is almost tangy. I think it's got diacetyl here too.

Mouthfeel - Thick and a little chalky. Bitter and boozy.

Overall - Funky and weird. And this is supposed to be the noninfected version.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:29:01 | More by Alieniloquium
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braugon

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 - Pitch black, oily. Smells exactly as advertised. No real head on this pour.

Taste's fizzier than most ris's but really pleasant and lively. Sticky, sweet. Molasses and vanilla, oak and bourbon.

Hop bitterness before prunes and tannic on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:27:49 | More by braugon
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL from this past winters release. I poured it into a NEBCO flute.

The appearance is black with a small tan head. Its` nose contains bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. I tip it back for a sip and I taste chocolate, toffee, more of that bourbon, oak and a bit of vanilla. It tastes very nice and warms you up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty decent a mount of carbonation to it. All things considered, another very good beer from the crew at NEBCO.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:56:31 | More by mltobin
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Hamburgers

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012. Bottle #1140. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, vanilla, easy on bourbon. Smells like a BBA barley Wine. Flavor is sweet, fruity and again easy on the bourbon. Medium body with good carbonation. Very good. Ready to drink now which is fine cause I am drinking it now....

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 06:35:07 | More by Hamburgers
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for the share!

poured into a hair of the dog tulip.

drank this side by side with IST!

Vintage 2012. Bottle# 602/1400.

Appearance: Looks identical to regualr IST. Thought that this beer would have a draker head, but its not the case. A black bodied beer with 1 finger of light brown head. A thin cap remains on the beer during the entire drink. A gentle swirl bring this beer right back to life!

Smell: Milk chocolates, cocoa beans, and light roast from the malts. Also getting graham crackers and cinnamon oddly enough; hints of vanilla! Malty nose overall.

Taste: Lots of milk chocolates and cocoa. Hints of vanilla. Decent amounts of black licorice and molasses. Mid level of roastiness. You get a nice mellow oak note too. Also getting a rootbeer or cola note from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Exactly the same mouthfeel as regular IST. A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable Imperial Stout! Smooth and delicate mouthfeel with a little silky and creaminess to it!

Overall: Regular Imperial Stout Trooper is just plain a better beer; thats all. Very similiar in many aspects to regular storm trooper, something is a little off in the taste, but it was not a horrible distraction at all. Glad I got the chance to try it out!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 06:06:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a snifter; bottle #504/1400, winter 12-13 release

An ink black pour with just a faint brown edge. A little less than one finger of brown foam rises and falls fairly quickly. Little to no lacing. Oil slick coating when swirling.

The nose is pretty much what you expect, just a little more tame. Milk chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. This never really steps outside of its comfort zone, but it definitely not bad smelling beer.

Some oak tannis create a bit of a prickly entry before a rush of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon through the finish with a mild lingering roast bitterness. A little bit of spice from the oak pokes through.

Full body and super easy to put back. This is a highly drinkable BA Stout. Smooth, approaching the lush/creamy realm, but ultimately pulling back a bit.

This is a very approachable BA Stout. A nicely wrapped package of bourbon and oak layered on top of a strong base beer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 14:00:32 | More by ColForbinBC
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, courtesy of NJOssie. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

NEBCO's barrel aged imperial stout pours solid black, with two to three fingers of caramel foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent, but aside from a ring at the beer's apex, lacing is pretty scarce. The nose features gobs of butterscotch. A bit of vanilla is also present, along with a touch of wood. While I do appreciate the aroma, it's heavy on barrel notes and light on influences from the base beer. The flavor profile is a bit better. Caramel is still the predominant characteristic, but not only are vanilla and oak both more noticeable, but some bittersweet cocoa powder joins the party. The body is full and sturdy, while not being overbearing. At the same time, the carbonation is just active enough to let you know it's there. Very nice. This is an interesting brew from New England Brewing, as while it's very barrel forward, it's not very boozy/bourbon forward. I dig it though, wish I had another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:01:52 | More by axeman9182
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1112/1400 sent over from GuisseppeFranco, Thanks man!

This poured out as a very deep black color with a light brown head on top. The retention is pretty good on this beer and there is some scattered lacing also. The smell of the beer is sweet with some subtle milk chocolate & butterscotch aromas as well as some fresh wood on the nose as well. It doesn't give off too much of a bourbon aroma but still a very nice smelling beer. The taste of the beer has some subtle notes of bourbon and vanilla. It's got a hint of smoke in the finish along with some bitterness too. The mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated and slick. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I enjoyed trying it and would probably drink it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:58:38 | More by Knapp85
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Zodijackyl

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes circa 2011 at Tomato and Basil, Fairfield, CT. This was from a NEBCO night where a bunch of their beers were featured.

Pours black with a dense, mocha-colored head. Smells like dark roasted malt and chocolate, similar to a good chocolate biscuit. Very pleasant feel, smooth and comfortably bitter. Taste has a bit of wood and roasted feel up front, with tons of chocolate and caramel malt flavors that are balanced across the palette. The body seems to have a good blend of the bitterness of the darker roasted grains and the sweetness and smoothness of lighter ones. A bit more mellow in grain character than regular trooper, a bit more bitter from the touch of wood flavor. Excellent beer overall, don't miss it if you have a chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 20:13:05 | More by Zodijackyl
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a snifter, 2013 vintage. The first time I tried this beer not too long after its release it was quite buttery. Really not good at all. I have changed my review for when the beer was around 8 months old.

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense light brown head. Retention is very good.

S: Lots of bourbon in this - caramel, wood, and a touch spicy. The base beer comes out with lots of dark chocolate and roast. The three are almost equally strong. A touch of butter, but it's mild.

T: Sweeter than the aroma. Caramel is very strong now along with some spice and quite a bit of oak. Lots of bourbon here, but the base beer still comes out a bit with a mixture of dark chocolate and caramel.

M: The best part of this beer - great, creamy carbonation and medium to thick.

O: I'm not sure this is better than the base, but the bourbon provides a nice component. The bourbon is very strong, but the dark chocolate and roast are quite nice, too. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:09:35 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle, unnumbered. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy dark brown head. Some lacing. Great boozey aroma. Hints of chocolate and vanilla along with some roasted malts but they take a backseat to the bourbon. The taste is a nice balance of bourbon and chocolate with some of the roasted malts. Dark cherries and hints of vanilla. Some smoke towards the end. A bit earthy. Booze at the finish. Nice warming alcohol presence, although I am not sure what the ABV is. Slick mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. It was by random luck I got a bottle of this and I'm glad i did. The guys at NebCo did a great job with this one. Well balanced with a good amount of bourbon flavor. Overall, I hope I get to grab more next time to try it with some age on it. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:26:42 | More by PicoPapa
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Pahn

New York

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottle 671 of 1400, 2013 release (however you want to denote it).

Appearance: Careful pour yields an out of control fizzy tan head. Slow rocky dissipation. Not much lacing. Black.

Smell: Dominating aroma of rich coffee-infused toffee, highlights of prune/cherry. Lacks the complexity of a 5.0 bourbon barrel aged RIS, but god damn it smells good. The toffee/nougat/coffee aroma is rich and soft... It's hard to describe but very distinctive and very inviting.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quickly taken over by the trademark prune/cherry Imperial Stout Trooper dark fruit flavor (what people are tasting as Dr. Pepper? Do they use Special B in IST?), some vanilla oak underneath it all but subdued. Finishes with a touch of that beautiful toffee note from the aroma.

Further in, the rich caramel and toffee bourbon/oak begins to dominate, with the prickly roasted malt and almost pomegranate-like prune/cherry flavor both playing support roles. Slight ashy undercurrent reminiscent of the base beer, but way in the background. Some red winey dark chocolate, but the grocery-list flavors make up a tiny percentage of the flavor compared to the main toffee flavor. Husky, bitter roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated for my taste, but I *love* the viscous yet slightly creamy feel and the great dry finish. Dial down the carbonation a couple notches and this is the perfect BA RIS mouthfeel for me.

Overall: Real winner from NEBCO. It's like these guys can do no wrong when they go small batch nowadays.

This beer is easily worth the $10 I paid for it. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:04:40 | More by Pahn
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark mocha head with slightly lacing in the snifter. Pitch black and viscous pour.

S: Aroma of dark roast coffee, burnt patent malt, sweet bakers chocolate.

T: Flavors of a dark robust imperial stout with some barrel and strong bourbon flavors. The bourbon flavors I picked up are more of the harsh high abv flame throwing variety than a sweet bourbon, which I think has made some people say this tastes like Dr Pepper. Vanilla wood and oak mid taste and slightly dry. I clearly tasted this bourbon after letting the glass come to room temp. The roasted ashy flavors are there as well lending a nice complexity that is there in the standard IST, but this is a completely different beast. Any sweetness is mostly gone with added roasted malt and barrel aged flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is fantastic. Caronation is there, and the body is perfectly smooth and rounded.

O: Overall, very impressed here. Clearly a notch up from the non Bourbon barrel aged stout trooper, which is already a very good beer. I am looking forward to hanging on to some of these for years to come. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 18:55:14 | More by alpinebryant
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #631/1400 released in 2013.

A-Black as they come. Light stands no chance. A forceful pour births an impressive inch-high loaf of half-baked biscuit dough. Thick, semi-solid head is light brown in color. Head leaves thick, chubby knots of lacing. Looks awesome.

S-Not as intimidating as I had hoped. Milky sweetness and light bourbon notes. The barrel was not overly generous here. Milk chocolate and flat root beer. Not intensely roasted either. Definitely a different aroma than I was expecting. Not very intense in any area. Has the necessary components but where's the balls?

T-The bourbon is far more enthusiastic here. Coffee and roast is also much more talkative. Blatantly superior to the nose. A bit peppery. Bourbon infused fudge. Vanilla extract. Still, it lacks the power and machismo of all of the upper-echelon Barrel Aged Stouts.

M-When I look at it from a different perspective, this is one of the most easy-imbibing barrel aged brews I have had. Body is still full. Not viscous but incredibly creamy. Lack of huge bourbon flavors leads to easier drinkability.

O/D-At first I was semi-disappointed but once I really started my autopsy of this beer, I began to enjoy it a lot. It is definitely a different take of a style of beer that defines "the bigger the better". I like this beer more and more after every sip. Doesn't stand up to the barrel-agenda legends but it is a very delicious brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:53:38 | More by VelvetExtract
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davey101

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 release, 375 ml bottle into a 668 tulip. Bottle #238/1400. Its worth noting the new style label omits the word "Trooper" and is labeled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout". This has been my longest want so I was ecstatic to get this beer. Thanks for the awesome beers Matt, Rob and company!

A - Pours a pitch black body. A two finger head of dark mocha head forms and fades away quickly leaving behind thin edging. A swirl produces some modest lacing with minimal retention but a fingers worth of head does come back to life. Great alcohol legs form and stay for a while.

S - Odd and unique, just as the standard IST is. Starts off with roasted malts and cola. Notes of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, fudge, leather and black pepper. Nice balance between savory and sweet.

T - Very roasty initially. Then comes some coconut and chocolate fudge. Finally the bourbon rounds it out. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. I swear there is a subtle touch of Dr. Pepper in here. Its not dark fruit or red wine....its just...something borderline fruity in the background. Noticeable alcohol burn on the finish but its very pleasant if you're a fan of drinking bourbon. Not the most balanced or well integrated flavor profile, but I can't say I've tasted a beer like this. Delicious in all the wrong ways.

M - Medium to light bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is way too high and seems to just jumble around the all the flavors. Rather easy drinking despite the alcohol warmth.

O - A very different BA stout with some faults. The carbonation is way too high and does not work with the flavor profile at all. There is an underlying cola quality to the aroma and flavor. But through it all I love it! Well worth the wait and personal hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:06:10 | More by davey101
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jsanford

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle poured into a Snifter. 2010 vintage maybe?

Pours dark, inky black with a slightly fizzy mocha head that settles to a very slight haze. Chocolate, molasses, and dark berry with a touch of coffee and charred oak. Nice, but nothing Earth-shattering. Taste is dominated by an acrid burnt wood character that's entirely unpleasant. More molasses and dark bitter chocolate and an "off" musty flavor. Perhaps this is past it's prime, but I'm not digging it at all. If the flavor put this is the "dislike" category, the mouthfeel pushes it into the "hate" category. Fairly thin and fizzy, with a medium-thin body and high carbonation. Overall this was an extreme disappointment, but it may be my fault for sitting on it for so long. Haven't had the regular version yet, here's hoping it's better (like everyone says it is).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:36:18 | More by jsanford
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thank you to FishGetter for getting me this beer at the release. Served at just about cellar temperature, in my trusty snifter, from a twelve ounce bottle. Thanks again Shawn!

Appearance: BA Stout Trooper pours out a pitch black, almost as black as Darth Vader's soul. Sorry for that. A rather gentle pour resulted in almost three inches of coffee brown foam. Head was thick and dense. Head retention was great. Faded away quite slowly. Huge chunks of lace were left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Pretty powerful nose. Definite oak aromas flowing out of the glass. Thin layers of chocolate and coffee. A semi thick bourbon/alcohol aroma tickles the nose. A slight sweetness lingers.

Taste: In my opinion, the barrel ageing process seems to take away from the original beer a little. Again, plenty of oak stands out. Bits of chocolate and coffee are noticed deep in the background. Also some light brown sugar. Bourbon and booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel maybe. A little bit thinner than I like my Imperial stouts. Lower level of carbonation.

Overall: Overall, not a bad drink. A sipper in my opinion. I do prefer the regular Imperial Stout Trooper over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:55:59 | More by jaxon53
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, big thanks to BA Smoked for being able to attend the release and buy me some of this. Bottle opened and shared with some friends. This brew poured into a snifter appears black in color with a mountain of dark brown head that is 3+ fingers strong. Thick patches of lace cling all over the glass. When held to the light, some red coloration and lighter brown is seen through the edges.

The smell of this brew includes some raw oak character. Citrus hops are still evident along with some notes of sulfur. There is some mineral character evident through the middle that imparts a scent of something similar to a leaking co2 tank. Once the brew warms up and has a chance to breath the unpleasant mineral aspect and tannins fade and what is left in the glass is a very sweet smelling concoction of brownie batter. Vanilla sweetness is also evident mixed with coconut and a spiced aspect almost like incense.

The taste is woodsy and earthy with some citrus elements that are familiar to freshly roasted coffee. Some tangy alcohol is present accented by a spirited barrel alcohol presence. Light mineral character fills the profile before the onset of roasty bitter grain somewhat like chocolate and earth. As it warms, more of a focus on the barrel contribution comes forward with tannic flavors. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperatures, it really comes together tasting like chocolate and vanilla.

This is a medium bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is evident and quite warming. Overall, nicely done. The carbonation is too much but luckily it can be swirled out with a little bit of effort. I know this brew was met with great anticipation and hype only to be a let down for many. However, I found it to be exceptional. This is a classic example of first impressions upon a first sip not doing a beer justice if you let it warm up and enjoy a full serving. If I have this beer again, I'm not even going to waste my time chilling it down, straight from cellar temp to glass is my recommendation. I really hope the fellas at Nebco attempt this barrel offering again with less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 19:33:32 | More by stakem
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a huge head that faded down to nothing pitch black looks nice.
Smell is odd I'm getting cherry and bourbon
Taste is regular IST but with like half the bottle being bourbon very boozy and hot even with 2-3 years on it. Finished with a nice coffee tone at the end which is the stand out on this.
Mouthfeel is over carbonated
Overall its ok not out standing a boozier version of regular IST
NOT WORTH ARMS OR LEGS!!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:17:20 | More by sliverX
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, 500 ml gold wax dipped bottle (label says 12 ounces?), big thanks to jgasparine for trading this bottle! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and malty, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a good amount of roasty and bitter flavors noticable. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, oak, bourbon and a bit of vanilla. Finish is nice and roasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has very high but soft carbonation. The high carbonation does make this a little hard to drink, even though it does settle down some after a while. I think it's a good brew, but my only complaint about it is the high carbonation which hurts the beer's drinkability and overall score. With that being said I'm glad I got to try this one, thanks again John!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:54:49 | More by bluejacket74
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ottovon

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared by phelps at a recent tasting. This is the 2010 version.

A: pours out a dark brown with a nice brown head.

S: chocolate with hints of vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon. there is some sweetness and alcohol in the aroma.

T: chocolate and coffee. There is some vanilla and a little bourbon. Not a ton of bourbon. there is some sweetness and toffee.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb.

O: i enjoyed this beer more than the normal IST, but was expecting more from both versions.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:52:55 | More by ottovon
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Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
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