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 TK5150
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A- Pours blackish with a nice 1 and a half finger light brown/brown head into my snifter. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- This beer has a very heavy raspberry/cassis/cherry component mixed with roasted coffee. It smells a bit tart due to the fruity/berry like notes. Just a touch of dark chocolate and astringency in the nose as well.

T- The raspberry/cassis/cherry from the nose translates into the taste as well. A bit tart. Loads of burnt coffee and a little dark chocolate. The chocolate and roasted character comes out a bit more as it warms, but the big players here are the fruits and coffee. A bit astringent and maybe a little disjointed, but there are some nice flavors here.

M- Full bodied beer, not the smoothest beer out there though.

O- I was happy when my buddy brought this up to me for my birthday last night. It was nice to check this one off the list. A nice stout. I would not buy this, but if someone offered me some I would certainly drink it again. There are better stouts out there, especially with the price/availability factored in.

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

thanks to pahn for this gem, appreciate it evan! i was holden out this guy to drink with a buddy whos a star wars fanatic. cannot hold out any longer, want to have this one as fresh as possible.

750ml into 2 snifters

a- pours a deep dark brown, nearly black with almost no head. can see the carbonation. already very excited.

s- smells delicious, lots of chocolate upfront, followed by roastiness and sweet malts. theres a hint of fruit sweetness in there as well, possible from the seven different malts that went ino this guy.

t- roastiness right upfront but not over done, followe by some botter chocolate and slight sweetness and a touch of cherry. hops make a presence and ad a bit astringency to the finish. takes a different route than the nose, and still no alch whatsoever, impressive. chocolate comes through much more as it warms.

m- lots if carbonation on this guy with a medium to thick body for the style. maybe a touch too much carbonation but better more than less.

o- very tasty! i see why this guys gain so much popularity, its a up there with good ris. the 750 disappeared a lot easier than i thought it would. almost as good as founders ris. huge thanks to evan for the chance!

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Durb777
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Consumed 4/29/12

Note: 2012 bottle

Appearance: Black at its core, with some brown around the edges - moderately sized tan head to start, fades, leaves a ring and some fizzy lacing

Smell: Burnt and roasted malts, but not particularly strong of an aroma - slightly acidic, perhaps a little oxidized - roasty, dark chocolate, some sweetness, dry black licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate bitterness - burnt malts, roasted malts - very dry, minimal sweetness - coffee, char, black licorice, some booze - better than the aroma, but lacks depth

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little thin, very dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, not exceptional

This is certainly better than some Russian Imperials of the style, but the most memorable thing about this beer is it's name (aka Stout Pooper). It's better than I remember from drinking this in the past, but it's not epic.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a heavier dark deep brown with a creamy, loose dark tan head. Drops to a spotty cap in short order. No lacing and minimal carbonation.

Smell: seriously roasted. Slightly burnt. Some sweeter malt notes as well. Nice infusion of cocoa powder and over sweetened coffee. Chewy burnt malts. Espresso beans and a touch of leather. All the aromas are there but it's relatively mellow. Some alcohol on the front of the nose. Sweet with a touch of cough syrup. dark fruits are buried. Heavy on raisin and cherry.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts. Burnt edges with a smoky char. Some dark fruits pull through. Overripe bing cherry. No hops to speak of. Some caramel sweetness as in candy. Bread crust and burnt toast. Same dynamic as the nose. All the right flavors are in place but it'a all on mute. Lingering charred sweetness. Old worn leather and some fresh pipe tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Bubbly and light for the style. Lingering dry smokiness.

Overall: I tried this in a massive stout rating and it was incredibly underwhelming. Now that I've tried it in isolation, I know that's the case. Everything that should be in this beer is, but it's been dialed down. Makes for an incredibly easy drinking take on the style, but ultimately falls short.

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Photo of jordanblaskey
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tasting snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a near black with a small mocha ring of a head.

Sweet roast, coffee, espresso and alcohol heat.

Faint hops at the forefront lead way to smoke, coffee, sweet malts and finishes with a nice black cherry note.

Light-medium for a stout. Too carbonated for me.

An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2009
Pours a beautiful silky black with a soft light mocha foam. I'm not usually impressed by a stout's look, but this one is pretty to me. Cocoa, leather, alcohol, licorice and hints of graham. Flavor is bready with a rye tone and some more graham and dark, dark chocolate. A bit of oxidation is evident, but not to the demise, rather a slight compliment to the beer. Body is very thin for the style, almost empty with a subdued (due decorum) carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer, but not worth seeking out again for me.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's last month, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark oily black with a one finger deep mocha head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket atop the pour.

S - Dark roasty toasty malts and dense chocolate. Could use a bit more oomph as it is semi standard/one noted.

T - Taste though, mmm mmm good. Very nice roasted chocolatey malts. So much deep dark chocolate on this one. Very, very nice its like drinking liquid dark bittersweet chocolate.

M - Yeah, this is crazy good. Nice and velvety and the ABV is nearly completely hidden. I wish I could give this a 4.75. A bit too bitter on the finish and with a hint too much carbonation.

O - Overall this is a splendid RIS. Very chocolatey. Dark 85% cocoa type chocolate. Not too much else though, just lots of chocolate. This is a very, very hyped up beer and for me a bit too overhyped. Still though, I've got a few bottles of this stuff for a reason.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark black, but there is just a little light coming from around the edges. Forms a foamy tan colored head. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and dark roasted malts. A little char on the finish.

T: Char and lots of roasted malts. Then a mild sour creaminess that is reminiscent of cheap acidic coffee. A bit of dark chocolate and some more roasted malts on the finish.

M: A little thin for the style - maybe a heavy medium. Lower carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Certainly wasn't what I was expecting from this beer. Rather one dimensional and just not that impressive.

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Photo of SalMineo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of scoand
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well carbonated, one finger of head, pitch black body, sludge.
Smell: Super mild and reserved smell, dark fruit, coffee but mild.
Taste: bitter coffee, not super syrupy, hoppy bitterness, not sweet at all, light mocha/chocolate.
Mouthfeel: crisper, medium mouthfeel, bitter after taste from the hops.
Overall: I actually really enjoyed this. The only place where I was dissapointed was in the smell.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - It's dark, but not inky. Almost a dark brown more than black. Nice mocha head that dissipates to very little lacing. Chunky sediment that floats on the surface. Gross.

Smell - Sweet at first, but immediately roasty. Dark coffee, roasty. One note smell, but not bad. Hop aroma as well.

Taste - Roasty, hoppy, again it's one note. A hint of sweetness, but it's all coffee. Bitter finish that isn't well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied and and extremely dry. Not a good mouthfeel.

Overall - I find it hard to find redeeming qualities to this one. There's nothing offensive about it, but it's painfully average. Why do people like this so much?

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a slick black, with a three inch dark tan head, that leaves rings of lace. Smell is roasted coffee, smoke, leather, and tobacco. Taste is all of that with lots of smoke, leather, and licorice that lingers awhile. Not my favorite flavors from a Imperial stout. Body is medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and drinkable enough. This a good stout, but not my favorite flavors. Wish it was chewier also.

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

Poured into a belgium tulip.

A-Super black. Very opaque. Poors with a think mahogany head that hold great. Everything to look for in a RIS.

S-Roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, vanilla. A really great melange of smell. So much off the nose, but not to over-powering. It really all blends together quite well.

T-Wow. The vanilla and toffee follows right into the taste. it melds together quite well. It has a great malt body but at almost 10% doesn't overpower the beer. I could drink this like a 6%. Chocolate comes back through with toffee and caramel. It surprisingly tastes like it is shortly aged on oak without it actually being.

M-So creamy. It is great through the mouth. Doesn't overpower or overwhelm. The beer follows with such an easy smoothness.

O-I did not know what to expect from this beer. I had read about it, got a hankering and then got it during a trade expansion(thanks alpinebryant). It turned awesome. Seriously a great imperial stout. Not to over the top and takes a lot of great elements and brings it to an easy drinking but dangerous RIS!

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Photo of hannydawg
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of mcbeerbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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