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Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

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Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper

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

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

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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appreciated super-extra, thanks dave (drmeadows). Pours a fairly thick black body with dark brown head, that foams up to a large bubbly head. Aroma, after it airs out, is roasty and chocolate, attractive. Drinks above-average, smooth, with good chocolate and roast. A superior RIS among many good RIS out there,glad I tried. The booziness seems higher than listed. Much licorice in there as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300th review!

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a spotty cap of bubbles. Thin rings of foamy rings coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a slight alcohol taste as well. Medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. Lower carbonation level makes for a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout and my first from NEBCO. I would get this one again if I had the chance. Very nice roast and chocolate flavors with this beer.

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

a really fantastic stout, no frills about this one, no coffee, cocoa nibs, nothing but an authentic imperial stout here. the pour is real dark, almost black, but tinted cherrywood red when held to intense light. an inch of white head is permanently fixed to the surface. sort of an understated smell, in a meticulously refined way. its dark and bitter of course, but its also got some subtle earthy notes, like damp tree bark, and a touch of black licorice. the flavor is super roasty, as dark as you can go before getting that bitter char taste. here is where some coffee essences can be observed, but its a parallel of roasting, not necessarily of a real coffee addition. there is a little sweetness towards the finish that brings to mind butterscotch oatmeal cookies, one of my most favorite desserts. full body, standard carbonation, cloudlike soft and moist texture that really makes it dangerously easy to drink. I also love that the abv isn't through the roof. it allows for more intake, and thus more reflection. overall this is an outstanding stout, a great illustration of the style, and a beer that I may never have gotten to try if it weren't for a great trade with thebrewo. cheers for this!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that the expectations and availability have met the hype, I am happy to try this renowned beer for the first time.

Viscous and velvety look to the pour with a froathy mocha colored head that rises comfortably to the top of the glass. The head laces a bit and falls sooner than expected into a still and heavy beer.

Strong, strong roasted coffees and chocolates meet the forefront, leaving a heavy lactose sweetness to flavor and feel. Obviously taking clues from Sweet or Milk stouts, this beer favors sweetness over robust. The sweet character amplifies the cocoa notes and gives them a milk chocolate aroma and taste while suppressing the coffee and charred character of the beer. Lightly fruity with grapes, apples, and cherries but allowing the malts to shine.

Hops try to balance the beer but don't make any real impact to flavor or aroma. At times the beer reminds me a bit of cola or Dr. Pepper but does not deter from the sweet maltiness of the Stout.

A very nice beer that shys away from Mackeson's and toward Big Black Voodoo Daddy.

Thanks Conneticutpoet!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a somewhat unimpressive head; still, the beer has legs and leaves streaks of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, dark fruit and licorice

Taste: Chocolate fudge, from the outset, with a hoppy bitterness that develops by mid-palate, bringing along currants, charcoal and licorice; coffee elements appear after the swallow, though it is ultimately dominated by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: With the domination of the more subtle flavors by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness, this beer lacks some of the balance I seek in a hoppier style stout

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee notes and light black chocolate. Taste is an underwhelming taste of light roasted notes with light black chocolate and light dry coffee. Body is quite full though average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I guess I might have caught in hype and was expecting a lot more complexity from this one.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Barry.

Near opaque mocha pour, pitch black in the glass with a short-lived dark brown head. Looks oily and viscous. Big chocolate malt aroma, little bit of burnt bread, caramel and vanilla. Similar flavor; chocolatey up front, but well-attenuated. Chewy without being cloying. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is excellent, making for a rich but surprisingly drinkable imperial stout. Bitter, roasty, borderline burnt finish that's balanced with just a touch of molasses. This is a great example of a traditional, no-frills imperial stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Thanks to kbutler for sharing this one. We did a side by side with IST and BA IST.

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down. Color is black.

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark dried fruits. Sweet than the ba version.

Taste: big roasted malt profile, coffee is strong with dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. Earthy hops, some molasses and dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with coffee flavors.

Overall, pretty nice imp stout. I like this better than the BA version. The mouthfeel was a lot better.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

From bottle.
Pours near black and opaque.
Robust dark malt flavor but as sweet as many a milk stout. Lingering flavor of dark roasted malts with little burnt quality.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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