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

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

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 260
Gots: 82 | FT: 15
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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3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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.

Photo of sliverX
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Photo of ottovon
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from xanok in an in-person trade. This is the 2010 edition, poured into a snifter.

Dark black with a fuzzy one-finger head of cocoa powder. The bubbles linger as a thick top layer all night long.

Not much to the nose. Some vanilla and sweetness have been added to the cocoa powder, toast and coffee apparent in the un-aged version. Also added: lots of alcohol.

The flavor: vinous oak, vanilla, butter, subdued smokiness, cocoa powder. Sweet throughout. Like in its predecessor, the flavors here are still very smoothly integrated. There’s just more heat.

Light carbonation and high fizziness in an extremely soft medium body. Moderate alcohol burn on the tongue as wells as the nose. 3

Neither Imperial Stout Trooper nor this barrel-aged version is incredibly complex, but I have to say I like the un-aged version better. The barrels just don’t add much, and what they do add covers the base beer, rather than accentuating it.

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very good. A surprising amount of carbonation (fairly dark brown) forms from a moderate pour and settles in to a very dark brown body leaning towards black. Perceptibly lighter around the edges.
S: Barrel. Just so right there ion front. Sweet, woody, barrel. Good for what it is.
T: Carbonation makes this light drinking and accentuates thew barrel treatment. Not excited here. But interesting if a bit one dimensional.
M: Far to light for what it is as a product of the excessive carbonation. Not bad, but not good for the style. Fl
O: Good to try. Would drink again, but not seeking this out. I was not a huge fan of the base beer IST and don't think that the barrel ageing or high carb did this any favors.

Photo of Damian
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank from a 500 ml (although the label said 12 fl. oz.) gold wax dipped bottle
2009 vintage
Served in a snifter

Fantastic appearance. The beer poured an absolute pitch black with a near three-finger head of mocha colored froth. The head retention was outstanding. As the creamy foam receded, it left thick blocks of lacing all along the glass.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style yet quite pleasant. Roasty with notes of espresso and smoke. Semi-sweet. Brown sugar was noticeable. Some vanilla too. A touch of bourbon-like booziness was also detectible.

When reviewing beers, I always comment on the flavor before I talk about mouthfeel. In this case however, the mouthfeel played a much bigger role in my overall opinion of the beer so I decided to do things differently. Concentrating on the flavor was actually quite difficult due to the excessive amount of carbonation. Once the beer hit my tongue, it turned to instant froth - foaming up so much that I could barely contain the liquid in my mouth. The body was also noticeably thin.

The taste was roasty, dry and, overall, quite simplistic. Lots of deep, dark malts up front. Coffee grounds were also noticeable. The finish was very ashy and bitter and contained a generous dose of piney, oily hops, along with a touch of booze.

I love Russian imperial stouts but I am not a huge fan of Imperial Stout Trooper. This barrel aged version is similar to the original, but with a very distracting mouthfeel. I am glad I woke up at 4 AM to secure my two bottles because I was able to trade away one of them for something good. My only regret is that I did not trade this bottle too.

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