Imperial Stout Trooper
New England Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #78
Ranked #1,344
4.23 | pDev: 8.98%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
Notes: 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 bottle
2013 - 500mL bottle labeled 12/2013
2014 - 500mL bottle
2015 - 12oz can
Reviews: 517 | Ratings: 1,338 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CTHomer
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; even with a relatively gentle pour, I couldn't get all 12 oz. into a 16 oz. snifter - a 4 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain, milk chocolate, and vanilla;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: dangerously easy to drink really nice flavor;

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*A 2013 bottle was consumed for this review

Appearance - The beer poured a heavy black color with sizable 2 inch head crowning the glass.

Smell - The beer had a rich chocolatey stout nose.

Taste - The front was very chocolate forward, followed by vanilla and raisin notes. There was an undercurrent of sweetness, but it was not tooth enamel rotting. The roastiness continued to the aftertaste. I would say this brings to mind aged or a lighter version of regular Dark Lord.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation seemed to have largely escaped in the giant head after the pour. The body was smooth.

Overall - Even if the label may seem gimmicky, this is a great beer with age on it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this bottle to me back in the day. Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Consumed on 1/21/18. Poured from the 2011 vintage 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost opaque, but has retained quite a good bit of visible carbonation. Forms a solid finger’s worth of brown head with good retention. This is very, very pretty.
As an aside, but related to appearance - amazing label. I appreciate the tongue in cheek approach to what I'm sure was a C&D letter from the movie people.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate. Caramel and tobacco. A good bit of roastiness to the malts. Nice roasty aroma. As it warms, maybe a touch of cola-like smell?

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. A fair amount of bitterness here as well. There’s a mild amount of cardboard oxidation unfortunately, but it does stay mild. Some tobacco and a bit of old library books. Sweet roasted malts with a moderate roast (maybe some hop bitterness too?) at the swallow.

M: A nice thick body for style. Alcohol flavors are surprisingly well-hidden. Carbonation has maintained at a good level despite the nearly seven years aging.

O: This was pretty tasty. The oxidation doesn’t detract much at all, though it is noticeable in this bottle. Strikes a nice balance between sweet and roasty flavors, and enough of the tobacco earthy flavors to add to the complexity. Pretty darn good - glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can stamped "PUT CAPTAIN SOLO IN THE CARGO HOLD 11/20/19" to a diagonally cut tumbler.
Black opaque body with a brown frothy head that fades to a ring within about two minutes.
Aroma is mild, sweetened dark chocolate, mild coffee.
Taste follows nose. Its a little sweeter than I like in a stout, but the coffee finish is nice. The 9.5% is not sensed until about 5-10 seconds after swallowing.
This is an oily stout with a firm body.
Overall, not bad, not great.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. The head leaves a beautiful crown of lacing as it settles into a thin layer of foam.

The aroma brings notes of rich dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and fresh coffee. Simple but pleasant.

The flavor is more bready and malty, but there's plenty of chocolate notes as well as coffee and a touch of caramel. Like the nose, it's relatively simple but very pleasant.

The feel is full bodied with soft carbonation. Exceptionally creamy, chewy, and smooth. The alcohol is non-existent.

Overall, a great imperial stout that's not overly complex but everything it does is top notch. Very flavorful and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of mschrei
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good stout. Normal dark stout appearance, thick foamy head. Smell of rosary dark malt. Taste is malty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium body, no oiliness. Definitely worth trying. Thanks @PatrickCT.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt the best stout I have ever had. Rich and chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Has serious potential for aging but drinks amazing even young. Extremely limited release, so snag these when you can!

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Photo of ravisingh
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with a quarter inch of head that left behind a good amount of lacing. It's dark chocolate in color. Smells like sweet roasted hops. The taste is that same roasted flavor with dark chocolate leaving behind some tartness and cinnamon notes. Great stuff.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power, and beyond that, something truly special" Snoke's words echo my view of this one. Been hunting it for what seems like forever, but shoutout to family up in New England for saving one for me. Unlike storm troopers, this one hits the mark, dark and creamy, with swirling notes of dark chocolate, booze and typical malts for RIS. Beautiful pour, and everything just gets better as you work your way down the glass as it warms up.
This one is a throwback to a time when great stouts did not have to be barrel aged, yet it boldly embraces a future way of RI Stouts. It truly embodies Kylo's ideology of "let the past die. Kill it if you have to, it is the only way to become what you are meant to be". To think you will taste just another RIS is misguided. Seriously, "This is not going to go the way you think". Even though it is not a fancy BA stout with crazy flavors, I would recommend this one so you can "fulfill your destiny!"

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Photo of mike22ne
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. (Have also had several times from bottles but never got around to reviewing it).

Good look, smooth black brown with a thin tan head that fades to a ring.
Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of alcohol.
Tastes great, lots of rich, bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted barley. Again some dark fruits like cherry and plum, but there's definitely a fresh, coffee chocolate presence.
Good feel, full and smooth. Noticeable alcohol heat with a nice long finish that leaves you wanting another sip.

Really nice imperial stout! One of my favorite local brews.

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It's a trap!!!" -- Canned on 12/20/17.

Finally got my hands on THE IST!!! Wanna thank the bartenders at NEBCo. for finding a can under the bar and giving me an early Christmas gift. Been waiting at least a decade to try this. Seriously. Since the beginning of my BA days.

Gorgeously dark pour with a massively soapy, frothy, creamy-looking medium-brown head. Not sure how much better a stout can look. Nose is booze, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roast coffee. Same with the flavor. All the delicious aspects of an imperial stout. Smooth, creamy body and feel. Nothing mind-blowing but a wonderful stout that I'm glad to finally enjoy.

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Photo of HoppyHatz
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will start out by saying the beer is expensive. Just about $24.00 for a four pack of 12 oz cans. With that said holy crap, what a great beer. The pour is amazing and the look is awesome. No disappointment in taste either. Rich, strong and keeps you nice and warm. I almost never see this beer at stores so if you get a chance grab it!!!

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Photo of MrRB
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great and appealingly straightforward Russian imperial stout. Nearly black with medium brown foam. Unadulterated flavors of roasted malt, prunes, and dates. A slight hop bitterness balances the rich malty sweetness. Extremely smooth from start to finish. [on tap at brewery]

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch black with two fingers of light brown head

S - Chocolate, coffee, cherries, wood, oak, vanilla, roasted malts

T - Chocolate milk meets iced coffee. More vanilla, some black licorice, black cherries, ongoing dark chocolate.

F - Thick, but fluffy and comfortable. No alcohol.

O - Superb unflavored Imperial Stout. Robust flavor, easy drinkability, complex. This is the beer you're looking for.

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Photo of jhavs
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery poured into a snifter. I got this side by side with a Nitro version with Chocolate and Vanilla.

Dark and oily, thin tan cappuccino head settles into thin collar with one floating foamy island.

Aroma is rich roasty malts, some sweet and bitter cocoa.

Smooth flavors, dark roasted malts, some nuttiness, dark fruit and bitter baking chocolate.

Silky, smooth carbonation and nice rich mouthfeel

Maybe not as huge or complex as some other RIS, but doesn't have much negative. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of PSanger
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a can. Beer was brewed within a week of drinking. Look is awesome. Deep black with a brown foamy head. Beautiful. Smell is sweet with mostly vanilla. i thought the taste and smell would be a bit stronger. It wasn't. This beer is subtle. The feel is great and on par with the look. Those are this beers strongest assets. Thats not a good thing when reviewing a beer, but this is a quality beer. Just not exceptional

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Photo of SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 2010 bottle into the test glass.
A - Dark and intriguing, an aggressive pour coaxes a thin off white cap. No lacing but oily film clings like sweet wine.
S - Dark toasted malts,hint of raspberry, alcohol in the nose, some fusel and a delightful fruitiness
T - Follows the nose well, add to the palate, some cigar wrap tobacco, and cedar plank, and licorice.
M - Slick on the palate, fully coating leads into some alcohol evaporation, then a surprisingly, dry finish
O - A delightful offering from NEBCO, big and bold. toasty malts, delightful execution and wonderful cocoa notes.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich and chocolatey. Good smooth and velvety body. Some light roastiness that gives just enough bitterness to balance. Really easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitchy and oily. A dark tan/khaki head forms, but it's not really a showpiece. Sweet, chocolatey malt whopper balls. Creamy cocoa, mallow. Licorice vapors give notice to the alcohol content. Toasted nuttiness, berry and even a banana fruit aroma.
The coffee flavor in this is subtle, clean, cold-pressed. Roast is minimal, or at least brought into equilibrium by what I imagine is a mosaic of blueberries, hazelnut, raisins, and chocolate.
Silky, smooth texture not without a dry, boozy port like finish. Reminds me of Rasputin I get on nitro, but this is from a can.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A thick, foamy. cocoa brown head formed with an agressive pour. It was two fingers thick and clung to the glass and left a few bands and spots of lacing as the head retreated into the glass. A whiff of the beer led to scents of milk chocolate, coffee, sweet roasted malt and nuttiness. The taste was sweet and tangy with milk chocolate, coffee and a nuttiness that was reminiscent of almonds. The beer was thick and creamy with a nice mouthfeel and decent carbonation. This is a really fine stout.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is nearly pitch black, big frothy mocha head with great lacing. Aroma is super nutty, getting plenty of almonds and hazelnut. Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and cold pressed coffee. Super rich taste, plenty of almonds, sweet malty profile with a splash of milk chocolate and lacto. Suprisingly full out mouthfeel, thick and chewy. Fantastic beer, surprised more people don't talk about this.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours an impenetrably inky blackness with a coffee head that dissipates slowwwwly...
nose is roasted coffee, extra dark chocolate, and nails the RIS profile
really good. follows the nose. gets better as it warms, so pacing.
feel is what you'd expect from a great RIS... but creamier.
it is a great beer. glad I got two, and will tuck that one away for a year.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and viscous used motor oil with a nice, dense, dark tan froth, leaving layers of lace.

Smell is roasty nuts, pumpernickel, soy sauce, and milk chocolate. A little smoothie fruit, thinking strawberry-banana with yogurt, arises as it warms.

Super tangy roasted nuts is the primary flavor profile, with chocolate covered banana, a little spicy hop, and malted milk supporting. Hints of strawberry behind a wall of milk chocolate also surface from time to time.

Superior feel, with a nice luscious froth, full body, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up from the brewery about a week ago. Drank out of a spiegelau. Love the can art!

Look: Beer pours thick and dark but not completely opaque. Pitch black in the glass. About 2 fingers of dark khaki head.

Aroma: Big coffee and unsweetened chocolate on the nose. A little bit of dried dark fruit(mostly raisin) in the background as well.

Taste: Aroma translates to the palate, nice coffee and chocolate bitterness but the flavor is not quite as explosive as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Awesome full mouthfeel, way fuller than 8.5% would imply. Easily the highlight of this beer.

Overall(style points): Overall this is an extremely well executed stout from NEBCO. Most stouts require barrel aging or adjuncts to achieve this level of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel but IST can stand on it's own. 95 points!

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Photo of TheRossness
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

NEBco has really been upping their game. This was truly a surprise. I stopped by the brewery to by some Coriolis cans and there was a long line because IST was released in cans. I'd never had it. So I ended up waiting in line and buying a few four packs of each beer. Later that night I had both the Coriolis and IST side by side. Upon first taste, the IST seems burnt- Like a throwaway/ drain pour stout. But don't pour it out. Wait. Let it warm a bit. Its a a beer that meant to be had in between warm and and cold. In that stout sweet spot,. I get hints of straw, apricots and cherries. I think its a damn good stout. Like a near perfect beer. I'd love to try a mescal barrel aged version if that exists. I think a bourbon BA wouln't taste right. I tip my metaphorical hat to NEBco. This is a hell of a beer.

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