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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992
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30
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mikul93
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Black black black with a very small head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S Chocolate, alcohol, hints of coffee. Nice roast smell.

T Very smooth up front. Like milk chocolate smooth. Middle and back of the tongue, roast goodness, coffee, bitter chocolate that lingers. Delicious beer.

M A lot thinner than I was anticipating. Medium carbonation. Well done!

One of the better RIS's out there. Delicious!

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Photo of rtaps
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black, like molasses. with a half finger dark tan head with decent retention that fades to a light film leaving hardly any lacing

rich chocolate with roasted malts, the chocolate if very dominate on the nose like a brownie.

not much up front but you get a very rich chocolate brownie thats fades into the roasted malts and that stays with you.

medium bodied and carbonated, very viscous. wet mouth feel left behind. it kinda had a maple syrup like character to it.

overall the flavors weren't as big as i expected and hoped for, but its still a very nice stout and enjoyable. seems like one you could drink over and over again

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Side by side vertical tasting of 2011 and 2012 batches
Poured old batch first...

A- pours black with a nice puffy two finger mocha head, nice retention and sticky lacing, looks beautiful.

S- malty, dark fruits, alcohol, black licorice and chocolate, almost mochay chocolate.

T- nice and mochay, with a bit more coffe notes then unexpected from the nose, milk chocolate and a hint of roast and smoke and cream, beautiful flavor profile, blended nicley, slightly bitter. hint of caramel... A touch
Of alcohol on the finish

M- medium carbonation, creamy, and very well rounded, almost dry on the finish, the age seems to have done nicley on this one, rounding out all the flavor

O- after a year, thus beer is phenomenal and mellow, with nice complexity and mouth feel, excellent!

2012 review....

A- pours similar bit with a bit less of a head, black with a mocha head, head fades a bit quicker, lacing seems a bit less sticky,

S- more smokey, chocolate , a bit roasty, the alcohol is still there but a bit more hidden then in the aged aroma, a very nice smell
For sure.

T- the smoke and roasty notes are a lot more prevalent And less rounded then the aged version. Heavy black coffe and mocha notes mixed with smoke, and a slight hop bite.

M- nice medium/heavy body with medium carbonation, a bit creamy , but not nearly as creamy as the aged , but nice all the same

O- a great ris, which I feel deffinatly gets better with aged, deffinatly glad I still have one of last years squirreled away.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split between 4 people, poured into Boulevard tulip. Winter '11 version (I believe).

A: This pours a deep, dark brownish black color. Not the darkest RIS I have ever seen, but still there isn't any light getting through the main part of the glass. On the pour, I got a finger of tan head. Lots of sticky lacing bits are present as well. Pretty stout.

S: There is some nice roasty character and also some deep dark fruity notes. Maybe some char. Not getting anything TOO strong intially. After a little bit, I do get some mild coffee.

T: There is some roast char'ed bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Or maybe some dark chocolate. It's a very easy drinking stout. Not boozy at all. Very mild coffee roast notes. The taste lingers on your palate, which is a good thing.

M: This is a full bodied stout, which is true to type. But again, not the thickest beer I have had in this category.

O: This is an A- for me. Very good beer. Not taking anything away from that, but I was expecting a little more. It's a very balanced easy drinking RIS though.

O: A- not as much as I was expecting but very tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IST '10
Pitch black. Fairly Oily and viscous. Creamy khaki head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing.

Chocolatey covered chocolate. Mild vanilla and maple syrup. Nice roasted notes.

Good flavor. Not as big as I'd anticipated. Nice roasted nuttiness, smoky maple syrup, vanilla and chocolate.

Full-bodied. Velvety and creamy. A touch dry. Low carbonation.

Very good. Not mind blowing like I'd hoped. 

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of montrose79 at my recent tasting.

Pours a fairly thick, viscous black body with dark brown head, that foams up to a large bubbly head.

Aromas begin quite full and rich, initially sweet smell coming off of it, almost akin to a milk stout but much stronger and with a much greater depth to it. Rich chocolate notes were rotating in and out and mingling with roasted coffee and vanilla, really becoming quite full. Some light soy sauce emerges more as it warms. No hint of alcohol in the aroma what so ever. There was a touch of a grainy and earthy like back that could be found hiding deep underneath a well and slight hints of dark caramel.

The tastes begin very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure, bordering charred maltiness. A good earthiness and bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla. The intense char interacts with that same soy sauce element I was getting in the nose. Not offensive as it sounds but a big flavored beer for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a medium amount of carbonation, thank goodness, otherwise this would be like sludge on your palate. The finish is dry and roasty and bitter from all the dark malt additions here.

Overall, I am kinda over big boy stouts like this one, and I thought I was going to hate this but I actually enjoyed my small pour decently. 4 oz is all I really needed as this beer is packed with massive roast, char and dark chocolate flavors. Not for the faint of heart and worth a go if you like extremely dark roasty stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Dark black with one finger of thick bubbly espresso coloured head and decent lacing.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front. Smoke, chocolate and licorice. Some noticeable alcohol.

T - Huge roasted malt and smoke flaovurs dominate. Car, dark chocolate and a noticeable bitterness are present throughout. The ABV is noticeable here; some time might really smooth this one out.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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