Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davey101:
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
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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4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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
Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.