Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
BA SCORE
4.21/5
1,283 Ratings
Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
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
Ranking:
#1,053
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
1,283
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
993
Gots:
439
Trade:
30
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Photo of juliusseizure
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of tjkinate
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As a Star Wars fan this brew was a must. I'm just glad it tasted great too!

2010 Vintage

A: Single fingered, creamy light brown head that displayed great retention forms atop this nearly black bodied brew and slowly recedes leaving behind a good amount of lacing eventually settling to a thin foamy ring.

S: Loads of molasses, dark fruits, and dark chocolate malts. Maybe I have been spoiled with BA brews lately, but it seemed to lack complexity although the smells that are present are fantastic.

T: Dark Chocolate, some of those dark fruits poke through, and fairly dry (which I like). As the beer warms the fruit flavors really begin to show and are accompanied with a previously undetected hint of toffee.

M: Heavy, creamy, perfectly carbonated.

O: A beer worthy of its SciFi reference. Should of had the beer in the movie instead of Jar Jar!

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

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured near-black with barely a trace of dark mocha head. Really nice aroma of sweet chocolate, roasty coffee malt, licorice, and vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Taste is mellower than expected; dominated by smooth espresso, sweet cocoa and caramel, and some roasty bitterness on the tail end.

Solid stout with no bells and whistles; just really good.

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Photo of bamadog
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to crack into this one from one of my earliest trades. I really wish I would have created a spreadsheet so I would be able to look up who has sent me what over the last couple of years, but alas... Review is from notes taken on 1/15/2012 and poured from the bottle (2009 vintage) to a snifter.

Appearance: Glug, glug, glug comes the beer out of the bottle and it looks pretty thick and a little syrupy as it its the glass; body is pitch black as it should be and it starts with a short 1/4 dark brown head that fades pretty much immediately to nothing other than a couple of faint strands and wisps of the same color; entirely opaque; 2 or 3 lone spots of dark brown lacing hang around briefly.

Smell: Ahhh yeahhh! Smell is excellent -- tons and tons of roast and burnt coffee/espresso beans; syrupy sweet chocolate malts about, and there is also a hint of some bittersweet baker's chocolate as well; maybe just a touch of booziness hides out in there, but really, smells exactly what I hope for every time I crack open a bottle labeled as an RIS...

Taste: Ahhh yeahhh (again)! Great flavors abound, led by a strong and rather bitter and earthy roasty/burnt coffee and espresso flavor; the bittersweet chocolate seems to come from the same bitterness, and the sweeter, syrupy chocolate is more of a lingering flavor; perhaps a bit of a sweet vanilla and cherry as well, that I'm surprised didn't show up in the nose. Really quite an excellent and well balanced big beer.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is big, smooth, creamy and chewy -- bit like a milkshake -- something I don't think I've experienced in this capacity since seeing an '08 Dark Lord cracked and poured a couple of years ago (not that is "quite" that thick, but in terms of getting what I hope to, this one delivers almost like no other); carbonation is kind of a moot point, but there's a faint tickle of it, but life remains in the body from the warming alcohol that leaves some vapors on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth; belly is left a little warm as well.

Overall: I wish this was a year-round kind of beer that was available to me all the time. Really, great from cracking the cap to finish, the only thing that would slow me down on this one is the weight and higher ABV, but I'm not going to have a problem finishing the 750 all by my lonesome. Cheers to an amazing beer!

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Photo of robuess
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of LtCracker20
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

A- Pours an almost pitch black with slight ruby hues around the edges. A big 3-finger coffee colored head rises and shows very good retention before falling to a thin cap. Leaves some decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some black licorice.

T- Just like the aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a nice hop bite even after a year.

MF- Big, bold, and creamy. Awesome.

O- I really liked this fresh, but with age on it it seemed to tone down the carbonation levels and the amount of bitterness. It's said they changed the recipe (not sure in what ways) but I prefer this over the new/fresh 2011 batch.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hopburster
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Adrianized
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy hazelnut head.  Looks wonderful.  The head mostly dissipates to big bubbles centered in the glass... This looks like a cappuccino.

Lots of roasted malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of licorice.  The nose is very nice, but a bit subdued.

Taste follows the nose.  Roasted malt, coffee, cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate.  It's almost like a strong cappuccino mixed with milk chocolate.  Finishes with licorice and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is awesome.  Thick, creamy, and velvety smooth.  Probably the creamiest stout I've had out of a bottle.  Nice carbonation cuts through.

I've had IST only on a few other occasions, and those were the 2010 vintage.  I don't remember being this impressed.  This is a very solid stout.  The flavors are just right and the mouthfeel is killer.  Best non-barrel aged stout I've had in a while.

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Photo of CMack
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of henskejk
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler bought from the brewery and poured into a pint glass

A - Looks thick and syrupy as it was poured into the glass and is black, such that no light shines through.

S - Some coffee and chocolate aroma, with also some detectable maltiness.

T - Big sweet, roasted flavor, with coffee and chocolate.

M - heavy body and thick, but also pleasantly carbonated so it feels slightly creamy when swished in the mouth.

O - Delicious brew, big sweetness and flavor cover up the alcohol in this very well, with very little if any booziness detected.

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Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a special-release stout (acquired through trade) that is blended of seven different malts and Northern Brewer hops. Pours black with a two-finger tan head that dissipates quick. Faint aromatics of coffee and cocoa nibs and probably were all I could detect. Taste was flattish and made me wonder if this is better fresh? I could pick up light notes of coffee, toffee, and maybe roasted chocolate. Full bodied with decent carbonation. Highly disappointed brew. The label was probably the best thing going for this beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with family at Christmas. There definitely wasn't consensus about the beer but here is my review.

Black black with a big thick creamy heady. The head stays to the end floating on top and lacing the edge. This is a beautiful beer, that everyone agreed upon.

The aroma is buttery roasted chocolate and chocolate and maple syrup

The mouth is smooth and very nice with big maple and butter. It's like chocolate pancakes with maple syrup this is very nice.

Although there was slight disagreement among we all concluded it was unique and best as a desert beer.

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Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of swierczt
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,283 ratings
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