Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

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Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
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

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1,281
Reviews:
499
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle with white stretchy-plastic wrapping around the bottle cap. Sampled on February 13, 2011. It pours very dark brown until it gathers in the glass where it seems to become oily black with a nice one inch head. The aromas boast roasted malts and coffee. The body is silky smooth on the tongue and comes in at around medium weight. The taste begins with a sweet maltiness along with some kind of dark cherry intermingling in a distant but noticeable way. It ends vaguely dry. An excellent beer for sure and true to the style.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010

A - Pours Mud brown when held up to the light, with a thick tan two finger head that leaves a thin layer across the top as its foams down.

S - Alcohol, chocolate, coffee.

T - Chocolate, coffee, some fusel alcohol, a hint of dark fruits and vanilla.

M - Medium Body

D - I liked it but one glass was enough

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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nearly pitch black with a slowly building two inch dark tan head. At first I thought it was going to keep quite well, but the head settled down to just a thin lace. It does coat the sides pretty well and falls slowly after each sip.

Smell has a fresh hoppiness to it, earthy and citrusy, with some depth of malt aromas as well. Malt is roasty without being burned, with some dark caramel and a touch of coffee. Has a hint of smoke as well.

Taste leans very much to the darker and roasted malt flavors with less sweetness than expected. It's still not burned, but it's quite roasty and has a pronounced smokiness going on as well, particularly into the finish. There is an espresso like flavor and some hop bitterness, plus that smoke, left lingering on the palate. There is some very dark chocolate, bitter more than sweet, and a touch of caramel but the sweetness is modest and is overcome by the smoke and bitterness in the finish The hop aromas really don't translate to the taste either; none of that citrus that was there.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and pretty smooth, and also quite dry for a stout. That's owing to the bitterness in the finish of this beer. Carbonation is appropriate.

This is a tasty and very good imperial stout, but I'm surprised at the 4.3 average across so many reviews. That type of rating implies greatness, and while this is very good I don't think it comes terribly close to being great at all. It's different, not boozy and not sweet, and those darker, more bitter and smoky flavors are a nice change of pace. They also wear on the palate though, and this is not super drinkable, even by imperial stout standards. A good beer, but it doesn't quite sing to me.

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Photo of adamhimself
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for jsball22 for this beer!

The appearance of this beer is a deep black with a tannish brown head.

The smell is sweet alcohol. There are faint hints of chocolate, caramel, and barely coffee.

The taste only got better with each gulp. The upfront taste is bittersweet chocolate. The middle taste is clearly coffee and chocolate. The finishing flavor is alcohol and coffee with a very faint hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth. Its a little lighter than most stouts, but has a slight cream to it.

As I said before, this beer only got better with each gulp. I would drink it more often, but since its not available in Texas that won't be a possibility!

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Photo of ajAGOFF
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with my good friend, bassist, and fellow BA dvelcich, who gave a right-proper pour from the bottle into two pint glasses. I believe we were enjoying a 2010, as our Trooper was wearing a Groucho Marx-esque big-nose-and-glasses disguise. (George Lucas' Empire Strikes Back)

Upon pouring, Trooper was black and impenetrable with a robust, 2 finger head which slowly lapsed into thick, dark brown lacing around the glass, even while retaining a more pronounced head the in the center away from the glass. Beautiful black body with a creamy, medium-deep brown head.

My nose agreed with my eyes, detecting a thick, roasted dark chocolate smell masking a bit of an alcoholic scent that finished with a mildly sweetish hop aroma as I exhaled.

Deliciously dark flavor. The hops mingle well with the roasted barley/coffee/dark chocolate flavors. Hops are actually surprisingly up-front in the mix, for such a heavy, dark beer. A pleasant, roasted flavor in the back of the throat.

Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel with a nicely warming bite on the tongue.

It's as drinkable as any other Russian Imperial Stout. Although it my be a little heavy duty to drink all night long, I sure wouldn't mind trying.

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Photo of Someguy1989
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter for the Superbowl,

A: Fairly dark, with a large brown head that dissipated quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, some sweet chocolate. The coffee aroma in this was great.

T: More coffee finishing with a bit of very bitter chocolate. Finishing boozy with a lot of heat from the alcohol. Maybe a bit of herbal backbone from the hops.

M/D: Thick and syrupy, with a bit of creaminess to it, great feel. The heat from the alcohol with the heaviness made it very hard to drink. Definitely a sipper

Aside from the awesome name and bottle art, I wasn't too impressed by this one especially given all the hype. I have another bottle and am gonna age it to see if some time makes this one a little better

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Photo of seedsofchaos
2.82/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Perhaps it was the true geek in me that made me want to try this beer. An Imperial Storm Trooper to vouch for the delectable nature of the Dark Side via a Russian Imperial Stout? How interesting... "Brewed in a brewery not to far away and not too long ago..." 2010's bottle cracked and shared amongst three friends and poured into brandy snifters...

The dark side of the force is strong with this one. Jet black and impervious to light. A billowing chocolate head rises and lingers as if to mock the very alcohol that tries to bring it down. Fairly viscous, lacing clings to the glass with hues reminiscent of cocoa mixed with cayenne powder. Truly, the appearance of this beverage of the Sith is a beautiful thing indeed.

No bouquet arises from the pour itself and a formidable inhalation only brings up a conservative aroma. Were they paying by the laser here? A bit of baker's chocolate takes center with a slight touch of roast and dark sweet malt. Plenty of carbonation but the beer almost smells like it could be flat. This beautiful head speaks otherwise though. The nose is simple and unimpressive.

First taste is a touch of smoke that hides at the very tip of my tongue. Baker's chocolate fills my mouth with a silkiness that is very pleasant. Full bodied but without accentuating taste. Bitter chocolate is, inevitably, the majority vote of what this beer is and can be. Earthy hops play into and hide amongst the mediocrity. Perhaps with enough Jedi meditation I could find a faint trace of licorice, but the taste is not pronounced by any means. Not much going on here... You've failed me for the last time, Admiral.

An alright beer overall but nothing close to great. Two of the three of us drank very slowly as if dreading the next drop. Perhaps the Dark Side of the Force is still strong in this one; Forcefully keeping us at bay so that others may drink this beer instead...

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Photo of Espenoza
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew.

It poured pouch black with a dark mocha head of 2 fingers. The snell was dominated by dark roasted malts and caramel. The taste was everything I was expecting from this beer. Dark roasted malts, and caramel, almost a slight hint of molasses. Not a strong bite from this stout, very drinkable.

This one definitley lived up to its name.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a recent tasting, It was a 2010 bottle.

this beer pours a nice black color with a decent tank head, the smell is roasted malt and hops. the taste is pretty close to the smell, with the hops slightly outweighing the roasted malt character for center stage, there is not a lot of sweetness here from residual sugars. the mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but over all a good drinkable beer. between the hops and the roasted malt flavor you can barely taste the alcohol.

a good example of the style a little thin mouthfell, but a good beer over all

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mob2332 for this bottle. Cheers!

Poured into Darkness goblet. Opaque black body, no light breaking the surface. Two finger cafe au lait colored head. Retention is decent, thick sheets of thick lacing cling to the walls of the glass.

Chocolaty, dark chocolate fudgy brownie type of chocolate. Coffee and roasted malt provide a nice counterpoint to the bittersweet chocolate. Sweet caramel and vanilla intertwined through out. Very well balanced and pleasant aroma. I am impressed thus far.

Impressive balance at first sip. Sweet chocolate, bitter dry cocoa and dark roasted coffee blend together to deliver a rather even initial flavor. Sweeter caramel flavor opens up with warmth and becomes more apparent mid palate. The flavor does not get much more complex than this, but the flavors that are there stand up very well.

Full bodied Imperial Stout, texture is rather smooth. IST lacks a bit of viscosity that would be required to reach a creamy texture. Thick flavor layers long on the tongue makings for a long finish.

Very impressive beer. Flavors are well balanced, mouthfeel is on point and highly enjoyable to drink. The 750ml is going down far too easy. Definitely one to seek out, I doubt you will be disappointed.

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Photo of BZero007
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of this brew at a local tasting in the DC Metro area. Bottle was of the most recent release.

This brew poured a very oil black color in the glass with no light puring threw. Was a great start off, though the head came up a bit thin with a slight chocolate hue to it. The aroma was a sweet roasty smell that came threw with minimal power. The taste was a slightly roasted profile with a strong sweetness to it in the background. For my tastes this brew was not very balanced and even powerfull flavors were not up to par. I enjoyed this brew and would have it again, though would not seek it out. Would love to see what this brew could do with a year or two on it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to Lunch for sharing this one at Sexual Chocolate '11 during our private tasting session! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. I had the pleasure of having this one back-to-back with the BA version and definitely enjoyed this one MUCH more than the BA version. Very good and balanced flavor going on in this one. Nice aroma to match as well. A definite must try!

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep black brown color with a thin tan head and a ton of lacing. Smells of figs and dates and chocolate and a little coffee. Tastes of figs, dates, and raisins, chocolate, and a little touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is not too bad.

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Photo of Chaney
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got to try the 2008 version courtesy of some very generous BAs while waiting for my beers at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Lucky me!

A: Pitch black, with a dark tan head that was only a few shades lighter than the liquid below it. The beer was translucent as it poured, but the story change once it gathering in the glass.

S: Dark and roasty, with more dark fruit than coffee or chocolate. Still, the chocolate notes were definitely there.

T: Yummy! Dates and figs for sure, followed by milk chocolate and mild gourmet coffee. To my taste, the finish actually wasn't dry in the slightest.

M: Thick and chewy, with mild prickly carbonation, and a nice milky sweetness.

D: There was actually a bit left in the bottle after me and my beer peeps had their helping. They offered me more and I couldn't resist.

M: Thick

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"You take my life but I take yours too
You fire your musket but I run you through
And when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand there's no turning back."
--The Trooper, Iron Maiden

Fancy bottle top has a wine peel off things. What's cheap on wine is fancy on beer...go figure. Opaque black with a large dark clay colored head. Collar retention leaves lots and lots and lots of speckled lace.

Although there's a lot to love, aroma is the best part of this beer. Its like a chocolate syrup, Oreo cookie cream and Nutella swirl. Roasty too.

Dark, rich and awesome. I don't like too much dark fruit in my RISs and there is none to be found here. Huzzah! Bittersweet chocolate chips blends well with the roast malt for a big, roasty RIS. Licorice. Northern Brewer hopping comes through as satisfying hoppy burps. Mouthfeel is creamy but I'd like it thicker.

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Photo of BigTomZ
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009

A: Pours a nice thick black with a half inch head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam that stays awhile.

S: Smells mainly of roasted malts and chocolate, though I can detect dark fruits in the background.

T: I was really impressed with the taste. There is a nice balance of roasted malts and chocolate. The dark fruits are a bit easier to detect in the taste than the aroma. Even with a year on this bottle, I still pick up hop character lingering in the background, with an occasional coffee note surfacing.

M: As expected from the pour, it is pretty hefty. About as thick as I'd expect from the style.

D: This is a slow drinker for sure but I'd say the drinkability is pretty high for such a big stout. If this were more easily available, I could see myself polishing off a few bottles of this with no problem.

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Photo of silentjay
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours thick and black with a nice, yet small mocha colored head that slowly recedes and leaves some very decent lacing.

aroma is, wow, hoppy. lots of pine, tobacco, with plenty of chocolate and roasty coffee, and a bit of licorice and toffee.

mmmm.. roasty, chocolatey, with dark coffee, a touch of charred grains, very little licorice and toffee. hops are there in abundance, as well with pine on the finish. very tasty.

starts off perfectly full bodied with just enough carbonation and a creamy feel, but falls a touch watery on the finish with little lingering flavors which id enjoy a nice charred finish on this one, which does come through a bit more as it warms.

drinks great. plenty of flavor, just enough booze warmth to let you know its there without being detrimental. a bit pricey, but one I'll buy every year if I can find it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one.

A: Nice black with brown on the sides and nice lacing and head. Good start.

S: Hoppy tinged roasted stout nose. Coffee, charred malt, hop esters add bitterness and a little molasses for sweetness. Nice.

T: Wow nice. Hoppy, hoppy stout and molasses malt, bitter sweet back, creamy lactose edge too. Roasted nuts and maybe a pine like note add nice touches to the flavor. Like a super malty Black IPA, or Stout IPA?

M: Smooth man. Great.

D: Nice drinker, I really like the interesting hop profile on this stout.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared at a small tasting by BigSexy410; thanks! 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, and some pine. Also hints of caramel or toffee. Lots of hops in the smell, much more than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and light pine hops again. Not as much hops as the smell, but a step up from it. Roasted malts come through a lot in the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy body. Very nice mouthfeel for a RIS.

d - A very nice, easy to drink RIS. It was a hoppier stout than I was expecting, especially in the nose, as some pine comes through, but I still really liked it. Glad I have a bottle of this; going to hold onto it for a bit and see how it ages.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, clear, black in color

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate-smell is not overly strong

Taste: deep dark coffee and roasted malt touch of burnt hops at the end

Mouthfeel: robust and medium-full bodied, sweetish with a nice semi-bitter backbone, low carbonation

Drinkability:A nice and dry RIS that is very enjoyable to drink, but perhaps not as good as the hype. I could definitely have a couple of glasses, but will not go out of my way for this one. A very good beer none the less.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

vintage 2008

pours a beautiful ruby black with a light cocoa head. light retention and lacing. very thick and robust. this just shines.

nose is faint, light roasted malt and slight hints of toffee.

lots of roastiness throughout. a light sour cherry flavor and tingle under the tongue. quite interesting. a bit of candied dark fruit. hints of charcoal in the finish. light citrus hops for the aftertaste.

very thick and full with a near perfect carbonation. a bit dry in the finish.

overall, good. i was not blown away but i enjoyed it. granted, it is like 2 years old now. i like that this is a 12oz bottle. very perfect. not so hyped on the 750ml.

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with subtle hops along with hints of caramel, oatmeal toffee and slight alcohol.

Chewy full body with luscious, silky chocolate malt flavor along with hints of toffee, lactic cream, hazelnut, oatmeal and slightly smokey, roasted coffee bean. The creamy flavor makes this beer incredibly smooth and in combination with the viscous chocolate notes, results n an incredibly quaffable, delicious, well crafted beer. ABV very well masked with faint warmth toward the finish.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to number1bum for picking me up a bottle of this. Josh, you have satisfied my fetishes for both good beer and Star Wars, and for that I thank you.

Appearance: The beer pours thick and black into my DFH chalice. There's about a 1/2 inch worth of cocoa colored head after the pour, and the retention is pretty impressive. The head fades very slowly, leaving behind a thin soapy ring.

Smell: Sweet, milk chocolate, slightly roasted with a mild coffee quality. There's a very subtle hop presence lurking in the background.

Taste: Lightly roasted coffee, some chocolate, and a clean slightly bitter hop finish. I'll be honest, it's good but nowhere near as good as I thought it would be given the hype.

Mouthfeel: In this aspect this brew excels where almost no other brew I've had does. Unbelievably smooth and creamy with perfect carbonation and a thick, chewy body.

Drinkability: This is a tasty and highly drinkable stout. I'm glad that I finally had a chance to try it, but I have to admit this beer has left me underwhelmed. The beer is smooth and drinks easy, and there's no hint of the ABV. Unfortunately, there's really no hint of any big flavors either. It's good, and I will probably seek out more in the future, but if I miss out on it I won't be all that upset.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head that quickly dies down to small foam & bubbles. It is certainly robust in appearance.

Smell is of dark roasted coffee, combined with a toffee sweetness. Very nice.

Taste is well balanced, leading with a strong, dry dark roast flavor that only very gradually fades to a mild sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter.

Feel is very smooth and creamy. Easily the best of any stout I have had, and surpassing even the excellent Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary version from last year.

Being as I have little perception of the alcohol contained inside, I consider it very drinkable, although I generally prefer more alcohol presence on a beer of this ABV.

Best part is that it is a strong showing from a local brewery, worthy of comparison with other big stouts out there.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour produces a pitch black colored body with a large, "milk shake" frothyness of brown head. Aroma just bursts notes of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and a noticeable earthy hop. Grains smell fresh and this fresh roast aspect makes for an attractive overall aroma makeup. Upon first sip, immediately noticeable is the mouthfeel. The body is so thick and creamy, it can be felt on the lips and on the palate. Flavor at center is very roasty, coffee notes given off from the roasted barley. There are some woody aspects in the center, but the finish rounds out with a hell of a lot of sweetness. Earthy hop counterbalance cuts through the thick malt sugars at the finish, leaving some grainyness that mixes well with the roasted malts. Finish leaves an impressive flavor of enhanced chocolate flavor while the thick stout disapates from the palate. Overall, this beer is a knockout, and ABV is well hidden making the beer quite drinkable (though very filling!).

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,281 ratings.
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