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Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,069
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
1,288
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
991
Gots:
441
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,288 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of MrRB
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 +13.8%
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 +6.2%
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 Rjanowski
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PSanger
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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 -2.4%
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 GuitarIPA
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 MTKATL
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +3.8%
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 Hootie159
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mateo2699
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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 SimcoeKid
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuggetlover
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Eeustace
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose: vanilla, coffee, toffee, chocolate milkshake
Taste: coffee, cream, vanilla, molasses finish

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings
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