Imperial Stout Trooper
New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #83
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,436
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 8.98%
Reviews:
521
Ratings:
1,344
From:
New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
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: 521 | Ratings: 1,344 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/18/20; consumed on 1/12/21

Pours a dense, deep black body capped with over a fingers of thick, fluffy, light mocha foam; excellent head retention recedes steadily to a half-finger of rich, creamy cap, ample, frothy collar, and firm, webby layers of lacing caked to the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers ample dusty cacao accented with bittersweet, nutty characteristics along with raisin and soft vanilla bean lurking in the background; lightly roasted malts and more heavily roasted grains are more pronounced over the middle as distant dark fruits show plum against dark chocolate into the close.

Taste opens with waves of milk chocolate and a sweeter, roasty coffee tone reminiscent of vanilla latte; hazelnut husks deepen toward baked toffee and plummy esters over the mid-palate, while on the back end dark chocolate and a delicate smoke is integrated into a pillowy, malty char easing to lighter suggestions of burnt coffee and grassy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body bolstered by a slightly oily texture and a fluffy, rounded, moderate-light carbonation; a soft, malty roast brings a grit over the mid-palate, persistent and drying steadily to mesh with the plush, boozy warmth spreading over the finish.

A rather stoic, delicate take on the style, this Russian Imperial Stout impresses its bittersweet malts in a calm and practiced fashion, leaving a complex and wholly palatable profile in near-perpetual equilibrium with high-level consumability.

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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle, 2009 version. Opened 22 Dec 2020. Tryna leave this year on a high note.

Poured in 0.3 L Prairie Teku.

Opens with a faint hiss. Small brown head. Lightly carbonated. Vanta black in color. Aroma is strong, chocolate, some coffee, alcohol, slightly burnt. Starts with unsweetened cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, toasty. Medium thick body. Lots of cocoa. Moderate bitter sweet through the middle. Alcohol is only slightly warming. Roasty chocolate finish.

Good but probably was a lot better circa 2012...

Dec 23, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought two sets of cans, one the 2020 masked version. Decided to try that one.

Probably a mistake to open so soon.

It looked nice, smelled nice, but fell way short in the taste.

Not bad, but very "light" mouthful for what should be a nice heavy drink.

Will revisit.

Update: definitely better from the non-masked can. Amazing huge head, and better tasting. Nothing amazing but good.

Dec 06, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with 1.5 fingers of mocha colored head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Rich and roasty. Dark chocolate and Italian roast coffee.

T.F: Bittersweet roasted malts... strong chocolate and espresso. Vanilla comes in later... some baked raisin, but mostly cocoa and roast. Medium bodied... smooth carbonation.

O: A very solid RIS. Big flavor... a little boozy but very drinkable. Great cold weather beer.

Oct 04, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Apr 30, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Apr 01, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Mar 30, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

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.

Jan 26, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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.

Jul 17, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Mar 28, 2019
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Bird_Priest from New York

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!

Feb 17, 2019
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ravisingh from Connecticut

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.

Sep 03, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

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!"

Apr 13, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 06, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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.

Jan 04, 2018
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HoppyHatz from Connecticut

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!!!

Dec 22, 2017
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MrRB from Connecticut

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]

Dec 16, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 15, 2017
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jhavs from New York

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.

Dec 05, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

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

Nov 23, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 11, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

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.

May 15, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

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.

May 05, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

May 05, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

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.

Mar 16, 2017
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