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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

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Reviews: 488 | Ratings: 1,243
Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has been on my want list for a long time. Thanks to PrimeBeer for the hookup!

Dark tan head on top of a pitch black brew, and that's what we're looking for.

Smells of molasses, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel and vanilla. Fairly complex without being muddled. A faint hop aroma arises later.

Dark chocolate overtakes milk chocolate on the palatte. Caramel, oak and hops find their way into the mix as well.

Smooth as it hits the tongue and roughens up a bit as it goes on down. Can be slightly oily at times. The alcohol bites down but let's go quickly.

Could use some refinement, but this is an Imperial beer, so who am I to argue the finer, more delicate points of taste?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle of the 2012 vintage pours an oily black with a fine-bubbled cap of mocha head. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is cocoa powder, dark chocolate, leafy hops and raspberry jam.

Taste has a nice chocolate presence, like the sludge at the bottom of a cup of chocolate milk. Fair amount of blackberry fruitiness and still a formidable finish of old world hops. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous...smooth and low carbonation...silky even. Very nice brew here...always happy to get this one in a box!

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/2013 bottle.

Allowed to warm and served in a goblet.

Near black, very dark mocha head, stays nicely and leaves decent fine bits, low sheeting and sticky strands of lacing.

I pick up a rich chocolate note on the nose along with some charred dark grains.

Viscous and thick in the glass. More chocolate and dark malt goodness. What can be said? World class Imperial stout.

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Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid and firm brown head, with very good retention, eventually fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Lacing is excellent. Brew pours the expected oily black for this kind of stout. Very dark. Excellent looking beer.

Aroma is a little boozy, red grape. Past that, the dominant note is slightly burnt coffee, with smooth and sweet cream behind. Fairly balanced and subtle nose overall.

Flavor follows the nose, and matches that of the solid porters and stouts of the US. Slightly sweet and creamy; hints of dark chocolate; solid bite from burnt coffee notes, mainly on the back end (similar flavor profile to FBS, but smoother, more subtle). Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and full-flavored, but on the medium side WRT viscosity and chewiness, especially for a stout. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and the coffee bite is excellently balanced.

This isn't a dessert stout; it really reminds me of FBS. It's a little understated by comparison. That's more to my liking; it may not be to yours.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 2012, opened Dec 2013.

A - Thick black body with dark muddy highlights. Foamy, light milk chocolate head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose. Roasted grains, milk chocolate, dark toast, bread crust.

T - Toasted rye bread, bitter burnt malts, touch of vanilla, dry 90% cocoa, unsweetened latte.

M - Medium-light body, especially for the style. Nice dry, creamy backend.

O - Not overly complex, but what's there is really nice. Flavor profile reminds me more of a milk stout than an RIS.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. I'm thinking 2010 based on the 750ml, no date and Groucho glasses. Thanks surge1311!

A – Black with no light and a moderate tan head that dissipates quickly. Clings to the glass nicely.

S – Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted barely.

T – Smooth with chocolate and roasted barley joined by a depth of subtleties including a hint of molasses. The flavor is relatively tame but still interesting and enjoyable. Leans toward the dry side but still a hint of sweetness.

M – Creamy with a well behaved carbonation.

O – Not overly assertive but flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of Rish907
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had the 12/2012 batch. 500ml bottle.

Poured fairly thin with decent amount of head. Smell was coffee, dark chocolate, and malts notes mostly. Mouth-feel was very thin, I was expecting more viscous for a stout. Tasted chocolate and coffee notes with some dark fruits. Let down my expectations a bit, I think this one definitely needs the bourbon-barrel to add some character and depth. There are so many other great ones out there, but worth a try to have once. I look forward to the barrel-aged version down the line. This one is a B- overall.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head.

S-Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

T-Nice balance. Chocolate, roasted malt. vanilla with slight bitterness.

M-Heavy, creamy, nicely carbonated.

O-A great RIS, been wanting to try it for a while and it lived up to my expectations. A really good beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Recieved this RIS from scthaden, thanks again. Imperial Stout Trooper gurgles from the glass. This beer is black as a moonless night with zero highlights showing through. The head that forms is also extremely dark. So dark in fact it has that purplish hue to it you find in only the darkest stouts. The head leaves behind some decent patchy lacing on its way down. By the looks of this one it's going to have some intense flavors.

Aroma is strongly roasted malts from beginning to end. The smell is as intense as you would expect from the looks of things. After you get past the thick layer of heavily roasted grains. There's a lactic quality in there somewhere along with dark berries and bittersweet chocolate. Mainly blackberries. The depth and complexity of the roasted malt just completely saturates the air.

The heavily roasted malts absolutely blanket the tongue as soon as it hits. There's a quick flash of the dark berries and cream up front but silky smooth dark chocolate combines with the roastiness and creates a great layering of flavor. On the swallow, while the roastiness just starts to fade but the chocolate still stays strong, freshly ground coffee joins the chocolate to create a perfect finish. There's enough of a hop presence to let you know they're there and leave a good balancing bitterness. This is an excellent tasting stout.

The mouthfeel of this beer is sublime. Heavy bodied with a good chewiness. The body coats the tongue and lets the flavors linger long after the swallow. Finishes slightly gritty. Perfectly rich luscious mouthfeel.

This beer is without a doubt a sipper but it's something that could easily be sipped all night long. If you have a cold Winter's night like tonight this beer is a sheer enjoyment to drink.

I've had my eye on an Imperial Stout Trooper for awhile now and I'm glad i finally got one. This is a RIS to seek out. Trade, hitch a ride, take a bus, do whatever it takes to get your hands on one. It's top notch.

Reviewed: 12/8/07

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Photo of joeseppy
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black and a gorgeous rich mahogany head.

Aroma's what going on. Roasty and malty. Coffee, dark cocoa, raisin and bit-o-vanilla.

Tastes just like the smell but better. Adding to the smell, I'm getting chocolate cake and tart dried cherries. This troopers a beast and layered well.

Very rich and chewy. Hardly any carbonation.

An absolute pleasure to experience.

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Photo of suspect
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Viscous motor-oil like pour. Thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a big, building mochachino colored head that keeps building and then ever so slowly creeps back down the sides leaving thick sticky lacing throughout. Absolutely beautiful beer.

S: Big roasted chocolate malty forward beer with lots of cocoa, smooth subtle coffee, caramel and some dark fruitiness.

T: Monstrously full flavored deep dark malt-forward bitchin' stout. This is packed with so much goddamn flavor. I can't begin to describe the coating of roasted malts, bitter dark cocoa with a slight, subtle touch of coffee and even less black licorice.

M: As expected with an RIS it coats the mouth wonderfully and leaves what I assume is the same lacing as on the glass.

O: Easily hit the top 10 beers I've had. Might be one of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. This one does not have a lot of hype but maybe it should.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Black and opaque. An aggressive pour produced a small tan head that had rocky bubbles and diminished quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Bread, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and a mild roasted qualities all backed by sweet malts. A bit of alcohol is picked up as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell, all of the above lie within the taste. Overall sweetness is moderate, as well as overall bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full with a creamy texture. Carbonation is relatively soft.

Overall: I wanted to love this one due to the badass bottle and overall hype, and it certainly is awesome, but the alcohol was a bit prevalent and I found it to be quite one dimensional.

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Photo of zipper8650
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer Sunday
2010 in I snifter
A - black, thin creamed coffee head..a stout basically
S - bitter coffee smell, vanilla, I got some metallic or ash smell from it too maybe, there is an odd smell I can't put my finger on
T - again the light metallic, I keep thinking cherries (not fresh cherries), other usual stout tastes . Bitter end note
M - really nice mouthfeel, not super thick, not thin
O - don't get me wrong, it's a really good stout but I was expecting more, I would like to try a 1 - 2 year old as well. I'd just buy Ten Fidy instead of trading for this in the future

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a small snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Very little carb activity on pour. Black body. Mustered a small dark brown head that did enough to make it very inviting, but then it mostly went away leaving a thin ring around the edge and some patches near the center. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate. Bordering between dark and milk. There's a hint of nuttiness..maybe hazelnut. A whiff of licorice/anise. Very little hop presence.

T: Wonderfully roasty and chocolaty. A touch of wood and dark fruit. Decent hop characteristic. A bit tannic/acidic in the finish. Cohesive flavors throughout.

M: Full bodied, somewhat chalky finish. Acidic and oily texture. Minimal carb.

O: This beer is defined by its ability to balance many ingredients and extreme flavors. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This is a fine looking beer with a thick expresso colored head mostly creamy, slightly rock bubbles. The head is very looking lasting and leaves a light touch of lacing on the glass. This impressive head sits atop a jet black beer showing a hint of deep garnet on the edges.

S: A nice rich malty nose with coffee, cocoa and some licorice notes. Some moderate dark fruit notes of prunes and figs. There is a medium-low citrus hops aroma and a low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A creamy, coffee and unsweetened chocolate with rich dark malt flavors that just go on and on. The level of malt flavor is high on this but it's fairly smooth with just a touch of dark malt bitterness and a light charcoal flavor; dark caramel, brown sugar and more my tongue is getting lost. The hops bitterness is moderate as is the earthy hops flavor. It has medium to medium-low fruity esters of plums and figs. There is a fair amount of malt sweetness but the balance is still bitter with a medium finish. The aftertaste is of dark grains, unsweetened chocolate and a light hops bitterness.

M: A very creamy, full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A rainbow of dark malt flavors, well executed and pleasantly balanced. Sometimes when you use too many grains the flavors end up muddied and muted like mixing to many paints it ends up dull and grey; that is so not the case here this beer is rich and flavorful.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from the Bushnell's Basin Hess.

Pours a deep, dark black, almost opaque. Light brown half inch head. Pretty attractive lacing all the way down.

Smells pretty roasty, with milk chocolate in the mix.

Tastes incredible. Deep, rich roastiness, milk chocolate, light espresso, vanilla, slight smokiness. No dominant flavor here, just well rounded notes all around. Not much in the way of hop flavors, maybe some slight hop bitterness that I could be mistaking for roasty bitterness.

Full, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the ABV.

A big winner from NEBCO. They are doing great things. I'd love to try some of the variants of this one.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12/2012 - Brought to just below room temperature and poured aggressively into a clean snifter glass. Khaki colored head with moderate retention and soft lacing, pitch black.

Smell of tart fruit with boozy undertones followed by roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Flavors are muddled a bit. Bitter chocolate, booze and a bland chalkiness. Sparse sweetness is reminiscent of cola, dry finish leaves behind a charred flavor.

Feels light on the tongue, airy, with a smoothness that contrasts the somewhat harsh flavor.

This beer lacks the smoothness that I find in other imperial stouts, despite having a below average alcohol by volume. For me, the taste fell short and I am left underwhelmed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a thick and chewy kahki head that never seems to want to let go. Ribbons of thick and sticky lacing cling to the glass and slip down. Looks like still black coffee with a touch of foam on the top. Not a sign of carbonation anywhere.

S- WOW! Coffee, bitter dark cocoa, touches of vanilla, raisin, figs and orange peel. This has real depth. Really digging the dark fruit and bitter cocoa mix.

T- Amazing creamy milk and bitter 80% chocolate with fresh squeezed orange. Huge espresso and charred malts without tasting burnt. Light notes of toasted grains and pumpernickel.

M- Thicker than a fudge brownie! Really chewy and long lasting. It doesn't so much glide down your tongue as much as it flows down like lava. Really soft on the palate. No carbonation to speak of.

O- This is really nice. The orange peel and citrus really comes out as it warms up. Espresso, dark cocoa powder, brownies, with plenty of dark dried fruit and black coffee. It drinks fantastic now, but I can't wait to see what happens to this with some time on it.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (16.9 oz) says it was bottled in December of 2012. Consumed on March 21, 2013.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat snifter/tulip-type glass. Body is black with a half-finger chocolate-brown head on top that reminds me of chocolate milk, only thicker (maybe I'm just used to the skim and I need to use whole milk). Leaves a good amount of lace behind all the way down the glass.

S: Coffee, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and something else that I can't quite put my finger on right now - wait, I think I have it now: burnt fudge brownies; you know, when you make brownies and leave them in the oven too long and the bottom gets a little burnt. That's what I smell. . . . Pretty strong nose, with good Imperial Stout-type scents.

T: First impression (other than the thinner-than-expected mouthfeel) is that it's roasty. Not quite Porter-roasty, but it's close. Roasted barley and coffee with milk chocolate early, then dark chocolate on the back end of the palate. A touch of anise is noted. Finishes with a charcoal/char-like burnt bitterness.

M: Like I said earliere, the heft is a bit thinner than expected. After a few sips, however, I'm over it. Call it medium in heft, with modest carbonation that's inoffensive.

O: Solid stuff. It grew on me after some initial hesitance.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the beer pours a rich looking black with a thin halo of tan head. the nose is distinct with a big hoppy/boozy nose and very little roast/caramel. the taste is slightly roasty, but predominantly earthy bitter chocolate. the mouthfeel is relatively full bodied and sweet, but certainly not cloying, slightly bitter and a touch of cardboard. this is a tasty stout with good balance and relatively tame sweetness. good beer that's worth trying, but doesn't overpower.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.49/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark brown with small mocha colored head

S- The smell is off as I keep getting pennies that overpower light coffee and slight dark fruit

T - Roasted coffee, slight vanilla, caramel, dark roasted coffee. Slight prune juice as well. It drinks better than it smells but it's not great

MF - Light carbonation with medium body that gives it a slight astringent and bitter lingering taste

O - Cool bottle but the beer is off as it has too much copper for a RIS

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled at NEBCO to a tulip (a few times). I've had this year's batch a few times now, time to review.

A: Jet black, like motor oil. A little bit of a fizzy dark tan head. No lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and licorice. Raisins. Fruitier than I remember. Very nice.

T/M: Delicious milk chocolate dominates. Toffee. Sweet and smooth. A little dark roast and a bit of a hop presence makes for a somewhat bitter finish. Not much of the dark fruit from the nose. Not a hint of booze. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with low carbonation. (I remember carbonation being higher in the bottle.)

O: NEBCO continues to crush it this year. Well done boys.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the share!

poured into a hair of the dog tulip.

drank this side by side with BA IST!

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light brown head. A thin cap remains on the beer during the entire drink. A gentle swirl bring this beer right back to life!

Smell: Milk chocolates, cocoa beans, and light roast from the malts. Also getting graham crackers and cinnamon oddly enough; hints of vanilla! Sweet and malts nose overall.

Taste: Lots of milk chocolates and cocoa just like the nose. Hints of vanilla and cocoa beans. A hint of lactose notes and black licorice. Bit of roastiness and nuttiness blend effortlessely into the overall effect as well. As the beer warms up you can start to taste the hops, but its just a hint and the beer still stays semi sweet like milk chocolates.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Great carbonation levels; really nice and drinkable Imperial Stout! Smooth and soft feel with a little silky and creaminess to it!

Overall: I have wanted to try this for a long time now. It did not dissapoint and i would say that this beer is better than what the average review says it is. Its a memorable stout for sure! Love the label too! NEBCO has a real winner here. No wonder it has been so difficult to get my hand on a bottle of this!

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Photo of smonice
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a good Stout. Bottle makes it seems somewhat cheesy but wow does this deliver.

2012 vintage. 500 mL bottle LIF'd by ILOVESTOUTS.

A - Deep brown color with a nice mocha colored 1/2 inch head. Minimal lacing but solid retention.

S - Has a very strong roasty smell and not much else. I thought I got some chocolate in there but after trying again, didn't get it.

T - Cocoa, cocoa, and some more cocoa. Some roasty malts in there and subtle coffee bitterness. Really fantastic.

M - Creamy and smooth body. Super drinkable!

O - Wow I want some more right now. Really I do.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,243 ratings.
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