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
Ratings:
1,281
Reviews:
499
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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993
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Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SneezyAchew
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a number of times on draft and from the bottle. This review is from a tasting where a couple of friends and I drank 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. Mostly I took notes during the 2010, but each year was better than the last.

a: Looks like black coffee just poured from a keurig, you know, considering the foam that sticks around for a bit and all.

s: Really sweet and chocolatey with a smidge of bitter coffee. Personally, I'm also getting a lot of meat here, too. Kielbasa?

t: Caramel, coffee, and more chocolate. Huge taste here. After having a number of Stone IRS' the night before, I greatly prefer the huge, bold flavors you get here. The 2010 was much more balanced than the '11, but the flavors haven't completely melded yet. However, it's undeniably delicious.

m: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Not too viscus.

o: One of my favorite imperial stouts. Enjoyed these during Episode 3, and the beers continued to get more epic as the story did the same.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Vintage 2011. Thanks to Celtic001 for this bottle! Bottle poured into a tall chalice. Pours a deep foreboding black, with a thick, lustrous mocha head. The nose is a bounty of coffee, roasted embers, bakers chocolate. The big downfall to this one though is the feel. This is an over-carbonated mess. Harsh bubbles scald the palate. Way overdone. This is a much more roasted beer than anticipated. Smoke, charred wood, some mild cocoa-like flavors. Not a lot of sweetness to help balance this one out. Meh. This one was disappointing to say the least. Not worthy of the hype for me anyways. Glad I tried it though.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of lalaloveyou
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008-2011 vertical shared with some of my favorite BAs.

2011(750 ml) - Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Pours black with a tan head. Sticky lacing on glass. S. Bitter chocolate, espresso/coffee, roasted malt. T. A little unbalanced, bitter chocolate flavor with hints of caramel. A slightly boozy finish. The carbonation gets in the way of the flavor a little. M. Light and carbonated, possibly to a fault. O. A little young, needs time for carbonation to settle and flavors to balance. Bubbly and bitter.

2010 (750 ml)- Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Black, no real head. Dark mocha lacing on glass. S. Chocolate, coffee, sweet molasses. T. Balanced flavor, chocolate with hints of molasses, coffee and caramel. Not overly sweet. M. Perfect carbonation, quite smooth. Viscous but not too thick. O. Balanced and dark.

2009 (750 ml) - Poured into Hill Farmstead Stemware. A. Dark ("Black as the night" - Mielbeer). No head. Little to no mocha lacing. S. Almost smoky, roasted. Chocolate and coffee, with sweeter vanilla and caramel coming through. Smells sweet. T. Doesn't taste of alcohol at all, sweet chocolate. M. Really smooth and full bodied. O. Smooth and dark, super drinkable, balanced and sweet.

2008 (12oz) - Poured into a brandy snifter. A. Darkest yet, with no head. S. Chocolate, almost oak-y. T. Sweet chocolate, coffee and roast... but too sweet though. Flavor is balanced. M. Smooth. Really smooth. Thick and viscous. O. Great beer. Smooth, sweet and balanced. Gets better and better as years go on.

Seriously, though... the only bad thing about this beer is that it it gone now :(

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Photo of Hopster2380
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of americajesus
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Bottled dated 2011 opened on 6.26.12.

A - Pours a dark, but lively brown with a dark brown, also active, head.

S - Mostly chocolate, then some nuts, and finally some slight coffee.

T - Creamy milk chocolate and coffee, still some nuts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Creamy smooth and solid. Lighter body but that doesn't hurt it here.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle shared by Shufon.

Black pour from the bottle yields zero head. Lots of roast with traces of blueberries in the background of the aroma. Rich body carries the flavors to my palate. Fudge and chocolate complement the strong roast as you sip, hops show up towards the end but fade leaving an aftertaste of baker's chocolate. A straightforward example of the style.

IST is a good stout that's about on par with Founders Imperial Stout. Nothing crazy going on here: it's just a well-made RIS.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Goose Isalnd Clybourn snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big spider webs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate, roast some coffee, and dark fruits.

T- big dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and faint dark fruits and light bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, creamy with slight acidic bite at finish.

O- very good RIS. Big chocolate, roast and coffee notes that you want in a RIS.

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Photo of ThirstyJoe77
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Review #4, 2011 Vintage served cellar temp in a tulip

A : Straight black with a full lingering tan head which fades to a nice cap leaving plenty of lacing throughout.

S : Coffee, legit dark chocolate (not tha pansy Special Dark kind, the real deal organic bitter chocolate), raisins, roasted malts

T : More of the bitter dark chocolate, almost espresso-like, dry & bitter. While nice it seems a bit of a one-trick pony here.

M : Silky & full, a tad too much carbonation maybe and again just slightly one dimensional

O : I would drink again, gladly. It is a very solid offering, and while I would like to see some more nuances it does what it does well so cannot knock it for that. Wish it was easier to get around here.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't recall who provided this bottle, but thanks! 750ml bottle, 2011 vintage I'll assume. Into a snifter.

Dark brown in colour, brown with a finger or two of brown head. Good retention and some lace. Nose is quite hoppy initially, with a substantial dose of roast, a bit of acidity, espresso, alcohol and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is about the same, incredibly roasty, almost charred, coffee, black licorice. Hops are still present. Thick body, with a good bit of carbonation and drying. A really nice imperial stout, roastiness was really substantial.

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Photo of klipper
2/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip.
2010 vintage.

pours a mostly opaque dark cola-brown, sits an impenetrable black in the glass... 3/4" mocha toned head demonstrates impessive retention and pretty decent lacing, too. nose is a nice RIS blend of roasted malt and chocolate with secondary notes of molasses and anise. not exactly a whopping, bowl you over boldness that i do appreciate in my RIS/imperial stouts, but very good nonetheless.

flavor follows the aroma closely: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and hints of molasses and anise. the major difference is a perceptible hoppy presence in the taste that apparently i missed in the nose. alcohol presence is also tuned up a notch, most notably in the finish. great mouthfeel. creamy and full bodied with adequate carbonation.

overall this is a stellar beer. falls short of world class (and perhaps of the hype as well), but very well made. would love to get my hands on a BA edition.

(originally reviewed: 04-29-2011)

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

2012 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a low profile, dense, creamy chocolate milk colored head. Aromas are creamy, with a mocha blending leaning slightly on the bitter side. Flavors are supersmooth, with a healthy underlying kick from the ABV. Bitter and dark roasted coffee throughout, with some dark, bittersweet chocolate overtones and earthy, roasted highlights. There is a subtle sweetness that jumps in at the end of the palate...seems like a tangy caramel. The body remains smooth throughout, but is light enough to be drinkable. Another solid boozey bite in the aftertaste, as well as a roasty and bitter blend. The finish is smooth and bitter at the same time; creamy, yet sharp. Very dynamic, solidly brewed RIS. Delicious!

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Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick, solid black. A huge, deep brown head rises, to the point where I have to stop pouring the beer, but falls rather quickly. Once settled it ends up as a half finger of tannish colored foam. Nice lacing is left on the glass, especially for a stout. As beer warms the foam seems to cling to the glass a bit more, though the beer wasn't particularly cold to begin with.

The nose is full of roasty and chocolate aromas. The chocolate definitely shines through more. Dark chocolate leads the way and it's paired with a slightly sweet note, almost like some sweet milk chocolate. The roastiness balances out the nose nicely and provides a nice contrast to the chocolate notes.

The taste is head and shoulders above the nose. Huge chocolate notes, dark and milk chocolate, plus some bitter baker's chocolate are the dominant flavors. The sweetness takes a backseat here as the roasted characteristics give the chocolate notes a run for their money. The taste isn't actually all that complex. It's got chocolate and some roastiness, but it has exceptional chocolate and roasted notes.

Definitely a big beer. Fairly thick body with low carbonation. Each sip seems to coat everything from the mouth down the throat and into the stomach. The alcohol is very well hidden.

This is an excellent beer. For a beer this big that has so much flavor it's very straightforward. The chocolate and roasted notes are extremely well balanced. Just a really good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of lnashsig
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Beenitty (Brandon) and JMFoster (James) for the chance to taste this one! Both stand up BA's and friends that hooked me up with a couple bottles of this. I shall drink now, and then age for some time and see what comes of it.

This is #BOTG 39! The challenge continues!

Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a vicious pitch black color. Comes out of the bottle with the thickness of motor oil. As it falls into the glass, a dark tan head bubbles up like bubbles from a tar pit. Just thick looking. Some head retains, not much though. Absolutely no light gets through the glass. One of the thicker Imp stouts I've ever seen, kind of reminds me of the pour I got out of CCB Zhukov. Smell- Dark chocolate, some graininess, ovaltine, mocha coffee. Smells great. Taste- WHOA. Dark fruits, Aggressive bitterness, the thickness of this coats my mouth with a super rich thick bitter dark chocolate. This is delicious, super complex, well made RIS. So flavorful, so thick, just perfect. This beer is a home run. I'm just hoping my Astros give those pansies from Dallas a tough game tonight (not looking good at the moment) to match the greatness of this beer.

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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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