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 GradyS1
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- has a nice dark brownish black color to it, suprisingly has
a good amount of lacing alouth the pour seems pretty
S- good amount of roast and chocolate. Sweet chocolate, espresso and licorice in the finish. Hints of alcohol
T- really tatsty, really rich on the chocolate up front
toasty espresso but not overwhelming, the hops add
a nice fruit characteristic to the end to balance out the roast
M- great mouthfeel, super rich with a great balance on the carbonation, semi dry Finnish

overall I think that this is a great beer, it is a rich, roasty stout that
holds up with the best of them

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

326th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML

App- A great looking chocolate brown with a soft two finger head. Very nice lacing which I wasnt expecting.

Smell- Big roasted malts with an espresso undercurrent. Malt is dominant scent but a hop aroma and some chocolate/vanilla combo scents.

Taste- Has a bold mix of flavors. The malty roasty makes it a pleasant drinking stout, while the hops give a flavor kick and add a little depth of flavor and character to the beer.

Mouth- A softer medium bodied stout with a medium carb level to be expected. Very nice thick malt after taste with a little chocolate essence.

Drink- I liked it. Flavorful, roasty and nice coffee/espresso notes. The hops like I said gave it a change of pace as well.

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Photo of jmonster
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance thick dark viscous

Smell coffee with some vanilla notes

Moufeel full with low carbonation

Taste is great coffe and choclate flavors with some dark fruit in the background

Overall a definate step up from some more mass produced imperial stouts such as storm king, ten fidy, and old rasputin

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bauermj for this bottle. 2009 vintage.

A- Right as this one exits the bottle I can see that this isnt the densest of black. It gathers ok but it has thoughts of thin bodies and shattered dreams. However, the head is very nice. Big, tan creepy and sticky cloud of foam. Retention is spotty, but strong. Lacing is a full wall of torn off bubbles the color of toasted marshmallows.

S- The aroma starts out with a nice, immediate sense of roastiness. There is lots of earthy leather and fruity tobacco. As it warms smells of chocolate fudge, complete with almonds, develop.

T- Rich chocolate and creamy french vanilla roast coffee. This beer starts sweet and ends roasty and full of cappuccino-like coffee. Tobacco notes coincide with lots of leather. Hops provide notes of fresh grass just before a finish wrought with dark berries and fudge.

M- Carbonation is too high causing the body and overall feel to suffer. The carbonation will die down with due swirling and patience, but its too sharp at the start of the glass.

D- This was really good. I thought I remembered the fresh bottle being much more hoppy, thing is I think I liked this much better.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours and oily a viscous deep dark brown color with a nice thin tan head that has some nice dense bubbles. Retention is a bit on the lower side.

S - Sweet chocolate cake notes are delicious. Some nice dark chocolate notes are present blended with some great milk chocolate sweetness. Pure deliciousness in the nose. SOme slight coffee notes and some mild burnt and roasted malt notes that are well balanced with the sweetness. There is mild molasses sweetness tones but it is not too intense. I love the smell of this beer.

T & M - Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Taste starts off with some nice coffee roasted notes and continuous to be balanced off buy some nice chocolate cake sweetness and slight dark chocolate bitterness. There is some good roasted grain notes and some slight bready tones as well. There is a nice dry finish to this beer and the after taste is more espresso coffee than expected. A bit of a clean finish as well. Sweetness is on the lower side of this stout though with those roasted notes as the dominant ones.

D - Quite delicious brew with a ok ABV. Might be highly drinkable because its not too sweet or sticky.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan, finger thick head. Slowly dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Scent is mainly roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits. There are also hints of coffee beans as well as a bit of an alcohol smell too.

T: The taste is what you would expect from the smell, massive roasted characteristics with an almost charred, smoky flavor, that linger throughout. There is a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some alcohol. The finish is dry and a bit smoky.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Has a smooth, roasted feel throughout.

D: This is a very easy drink with a nice balance of slight sweetness and bold roasted malts. The alcohol is noticeable, but not enough to take away from the flavors. I'd like to see what some age does to this beer, although it's pretty smooth, I feel aging will do it well.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/06/11- Review of a 2010 bottle thanks to billyshears.
A: Black with little brown hues, decent brown collar and film with lacing.
S: Milk chocolate milk, strong creamy oatmeal, slight bubblegum or artificial sweetener, dried figs. The artificial sweetener knocks its review down a bit, even in the taste category.
T: Chocolate milk, not very complex overall, molasses on the finish with orange hops. It's decent.
M: Thinner without a good creamy or frothy until the finish.
D: OK. I'm a little underwhelmed with this one.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Batch

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown hue with a slim sudsy brown head. Moderate lacing. Not bad for an imperial stout.

Smell -- Lots of dark roast malt, leather, licorice and anise, gentle woodsmoke, herbal and earthy hops.

Taste -- Black malt, black coffee, licorice, black leather, vinous dark fruit notes. Malt sweetness is adequate: just enough to push those dark fruit flavors forward but not enough to make this cloying. Hop character is pronounced and earthy, and paired with the black malt makes this too bitter. The nuances of the malt flavors seem muted in comparison. Lingering flavors of earthy hop bitterness and vinous dark fruit.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with somewhat milder carbonation. Mild alcohol warming in the throat, also a hit of fusel alcoholic bite at the swallow. Damn near perfect.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Great feel, good amount of depth for an imperial stout. I can't help but notice the massive amounts of licorice and black malt, which explains to me why this has become something of a divisive beer. Over time the remarkable bitterness paired with the charred malt really wore on my palate. I found it somewhat difficult to finish my glass.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Mob2332 I believe, thanks Mike.
Pretty opaque pour, just a bit of light tan head. Would've liked a bit more, but still good. Retention of this little layer is quite good.

Some roast malt and dark chocolate. A surprising amount of herbal hop resin. A bit muted actually.

Taste is much more potent. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise and lighter molasses and coffee. The hops are more minor here than in the aroma. Still add a nice bite to the finish along with some coffee.

The carbonation is just slightly more prickly than creamy, but it is a refined carbonation. Some warming, but not in a bad way at all. Drinks just fine, a nice example of the style. Worth the try.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. I scored pours from both a bottle and a growler, but I got a bigger pour from the growler so...Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark as night with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical stout. Hints of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light booze, and some hops sneaking in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with some sweet roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of coffee and more chocolaty sweetness. Finish is a mix of sweet dark roasted malt and some light smokiness. Not bad but it really didn't blow me away.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, bodied with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I liked this one for what it is but it left me wanting something more. I feel like I have had this beer multiple times before, yet this is the first time I have had it.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter with a mocha colored head that was fairly typical of a RIS. Body was as pitch black as Vader's mask, no hints of light made it through even the edges of this beer. The smell was chocolatey and sweet with a bit of rich and roasted coffee. A fair amount of floral hops in the nose accompanied by faint spicy molasses notes. The taste is just incredible as I was led to believe. Begins with semi-sweet chocolate and molasses flavors, hints of vanilla come through in the flavor profile. Fades to a roasted french vanilla coffee flavor with a nutty (hazelnut?) flavor lingering on my taste buds. Heavy is the word I would choose to describe the feel of this beer. Coating and viscous with a rich and silky feel to it and little carbonation. Drinks incredibly easy and I wish this were around more often, as I would by this by the case every chance I got.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish. Funny trademark workaround on the label, can't believe that satisfied the powers that be, plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a DFH snifter, slowly formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head sees the bubbles quickly retreat to the rim, with small bubbled skim holding down the fort most areas, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is potent sweet yet acrid dark malts, tinged with anise.

Taste starts sweet, goes bittersweet chocolate in the middle, closes with some burnt coffee and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Price point is a bit prohibitive, but as a treat it'll work.

5/2/07 - 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5
12oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the totally opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes ever so slowly, with plenty of lasting dark lace. Aroma is rich bittersweet chocolate, with an alcoholic undercurrent. Taste follows the nose, but finds some hop bitterness coming on throughout, and the mixture of flavors lingers in the mouth. Not much alcohol in the flavor, seems to be hidden well here. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, easy over the tongue, and drinkability is stunningly beautiful for the style. Wow.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Firstly, the bottle is awesome. The beer pours black with brown edges and a creamy head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Dark malt, hoppiness, with some ashiness.

T. Hoppy with some black patent char.

M. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

D. Ok, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of the most epic stout tasting ever. My contribution to the event.

A-drk black with a wispy tan head.
S-some chocolate and roasted malts
T-alot like it smells. Some coffee towards the end. Maybe some vanilla as well
M-medium body and smooth. Nice coffee aftertaste.
D-very drinkable. Amazing how drinkable these stouts are

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown wih a decent amount of brown head. Te head sticks around for quite a while. Smells roasted and chocolatey. Tastes dry and not very sweet. A bit of chocolate And some nice bitterness but it's so dry. Mouthfeel suffers because of this. Fairly drinkable but overall not really that good. No better than stone IRS or old Rasputin for sure which are much easier to acquire.

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice dark color with a surprisingly white froathy head

S - after a big swirl I got huge hits of sweet chocolate malt and cocoa nibs with tones of leather and some spicy cinnamon. Also mixed in with these aromas are some bold hops - more citrus and grapefruit than anything.

T/M - the taste starts off with with some a nice velvety smooth milk chocolate with a a very amount of spicy tabacco hidden beneath it. It pretty much skips a middle and goes straight into the finish. Finishes huge, with a huge amount of dark chocolates and dry cocoa powder. The grapefruit hops make themselves present on the finish with a nice grapefruit and citrus presence. I would say that this has a very dominant dark chocolate flavor throughout - this would be a dark chocolate lovers dream.

D - I don't know how I feel about this one. I feel similar to how I felt about Darkness - really solid beer, but I was hoping for just a bit more out of this one. The loads of dark chocolates made this a really good beer but it was a little one dimensional. Very much worth the effort of tracking down.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown and a finger of nice tan-brown head. The head reduces slowly to a ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is packed full of coffee and deep roasted malt. There is also some nice hops, carmel, and chocolate aroma mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with a building deep roasted carmel flavor and just a bit of hops in the background. There is also a touch of sweetness from some chocolate elements. Through the middle a lot more of the deep roasted malts come through with some more of the chocolate. Very roasted flavor. The roasted flavor continues to the finish with kick of hops that really comes through. Nice lingering roasted malt and hop mix.

M - Medium bodied with fairly low level of carbonation. Super smooth and creamy. Finish really lasts for a while and leaves a really pleasant feeling in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable. The 9.2% abv really doesn't show and the beer stays really pleasant. The flavor is really nice and very well balanced, and the aroma is very inviting.

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Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was sampled at the last Jackie O's release. I am sorry that I can't remember whose bottle it was. Thanks for the sample though!

Nice dense looking black stout with a tall khaki head on it. Lace wasn't much of a factor in my tasting glass. (It was glass though)

My initial thought on this beer was that it smelled very green - lots of hops. It was almost like taking a deep whiff out of a bag of hop pellets. There was certainly some darker malt in there as well, but the hops made this smell more like an India Black Ale (or whatever the hell those beers are called now).

The taste was also full of green hops. Slightly bitter pine, but primarily grassier herbal notes were being picked up from the hops. Black malt lends a light char, but mostly just a warm toastiness. Bready barley rounds it out.

Moderate carbonation, this one felt pretty appropriate, though a thicker stout with less carbonation would have been preferred.

Overall a very likable and drinkable beer, though I don't exactly get all the hype. I still want to peg this as a heavily malted Black IPA rather than a RIS. Cool label (and story behind it) though.

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

Big thanks to ManVersusBeer for this one:

A: Deep Brown/Black, almost completely opaque. Thin caramel colored head, small lacing left on the glass during drinking.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, a hint of alcohol, and just barely a whiff of chocolate.

T: I'm getting the alcohol up front followed by the coffee and yes, even the chocolate. There's a sweet finish of toffee and caramel.

M: Not too dry, no massive lasting flavors. The beer seems a bit thin.

D: It's a seriously decent beer, but I've had other russian imperial stouts that are better. I'm in agreement with some of the other posters that this beer falls a little short of the hype. It's delicious, and I'd love to have a second bottle around to cellar for awhile, but my expectations were of "world-class" proportions. Regardless of hype, I still really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black, nearly opaque, short tan head/cap.

Roasted coffee and dark malts, sublte chocolate aromas

coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts.

A bit thin bodied as compared to other comparable stouts.

I enjoyed this brew at a Rare Stout night tasting, thanks to CampusCrew and the other generous BAs. This is a fine made imperial stout for sure, but not one of the standouts as we expected during our 20+ bottle tasting. This seems a bit overly hyped, I have wanted to try it for a long while, and it did not live up to the hype - taste wise - but the label rocks! A fine stout indeed, just not a standout as expected. I think a label can create a lot of attention indeed.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: coffee, chocolate, anise

mouthfeel: medium and thin bodied comapred to others we had that night. Oak Aged Yeti was behind it and there was a noticeable body difference.

drinkability: we had a rare sout party is this was one of the selectons. This was probably one of the weakest of the night. We had some good ones!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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%
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 -9.7%
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 +2.9%
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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