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 ajpowell5
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkhartnett
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fish113d
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass chilled to about 55-60 degrees (F); Thanks for the gift sulldaddy!!!

Pours like motor oil, used, with very opaque body of dark brown to black, and a 2 finger high mocha chocolate colored head. Decent retention but head is foamy and sudsy.

Aroma first hits me with a lot of mocha chocolate that reminds me of caramel latte. Some hops tend to hit my sinuses as well, but mostly of chocolate (bold) and some slight alcohol that is unknown.

Sippings reveals a bold chocolate flavor up front along with a healthy dose of alcohol phenols, as well as a bold, dark chocolate that sits and sits like a wonderful stout flavor should. Some bitterness comes at the end and balances this out with a rather drying finish of some oak and alcohol tingle on my tongue.

Feel is interesting. Lots of full-bodied goodness, and some alcohol comes into play with this. As stated before, ending is a bit dry but balances well.

Overall, I will have 2 of the 3 that sulldaddy got me, that is, if I can "handle" the Evil Empire! Yummy!

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Photo of petermethot
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of SuperHop18
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

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

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark black color with a mocha colored head that faded to a single strand. Left a bit of oily lacing on the glass.

Smelled of chocolate up front, with some boozy notes and a roasty background.

Tasted like a mix of chocolate, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and some molasses. Truly a great balance of flavors. Definitely a very rich taste.

Moutheel was a bit lighter than I anticipated, though the low level of carbonation made the liquid stick around for awhile.

Overall this is a great stout and I am certainly happy that I picked up a few of these to sit on for awhile. Love the balanced yet rich flavor, and who dosen't love the bottles they come in? Everyone should seek this out!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I have sat on this patiently what better time to drink when everyone around me seems to be freaking out about the Vikings losing the NFC championship game.

2008 Vintage poured on a somewhat warm Minnesota January 24th. I always wish appearance would include points for the bottle art. This is a nerdy bottle, love it and it's gold foil seal on top of the cap.

A: This beer is opaque and without the head would be inky black. The head on this beer wasn't huge, but has good retention for what was left of it. Spotty lacing. Something that's always menacing about a beer so black.

S: A rather large amount of roasted malts and caramel. Notes of earthy wet concrete and a mocha latte are questionable, but I can smell it.

T: Up front the beer has coffee-like bitterness that is followed by dark fruits, caramel, and a little bit of alcohol even though this has seen 1+ years of aging. The finish is heavily roasted and lingers while a bursts of spicy chocolate hits the tongue. Initially I thought this beer was good, but the aftertaste just seems to ground the senses and increase activity in the pleasure center of my brain.

M: This beer doesn't have a huge ABV, but it's body if an obese man's belly. The texture is really creamy with the subdued amount of carbonation.

D: A really good RIS, the anticipated led me to have big expectations. They weren't shattered, but not entirely exceeded. The balance flavors and mouthfeel of this beer are a treat.

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

Many thanks to Dyan for picking up a bottle of this for me.

Yet another RIS that pours the consistency of used motor oil, with decent head retention and a goodly amount of sticky lacing. On the nose there is an impressive aroma of coffee and milk chocolate, with a touch of underlying cherry and vanilla. This beer smells just delicious. Flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, with a bountiful amount of more milk chocolate, as well as coffee. There is also a hint of licorise in this beer, but no more then that. The beer has a pretty full, soft and plush mouthfeel, though it's just a tad thin on the finish. Still, this is very smooth, long and rich RIS. There is almost a maraschino cherry flavor to this beer as it warms a bit, and drinkability is pretty good. Though pretty clearly one and done would be all I could do with a stout like this.

This is a very good RIS, but I'm not sure it quite competes with the big boys, with the KBS's, Abyss's, Dark Lord and Speedways of the world. Regardless, this is still a very fine, very easy to enjoy beer.

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

Huge thanks to irishct15 for throwing this in as an extra. Pours like used motor oil, very very thick. Absolutely blacker than black with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer. Not a very large head though. Really nice nose. Lots of dark roasted malts, along with chocolate and hints of coffee. Some sweet dark fruit aromas blend everything together nicely. Taste just as good as it smells. Lots of dark fruit sweetness hit the tongue followed by a delicious roasty finish. Dark chocolate and coffee also making themselves known. Can't really detect any alcohol at all. Has a very rich and creamy mouthfeel that is just perfect. Can't think of a better beer to sip on a cold winter night.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

I had this on tap at the brewery 12/18/10.

A: Deep dark brown with light tan head, about a finger and a half. Head subsides slowly into the brew.

S: Rich and deep. If you've ever smelled anything like it, you know what I'm talking about. If not, well, you're missing out. This stout reminds me of the gal from the high school dance that no matter how cute she was and how dorky one may be, she was definitely approachable from across a crowded room and there was no fear of rejection.

T: Amazing. Get one. Try one. Love one. Repeat.

D: This stout is smooth! Easy to drink whether on tap or from the bottle. At 8.5%, the ABV is just right so as to enjoy the full bottle and remember it when you're done.

Comments: Sometimes simple is better. This tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout should taste. At a time when other breweries are trying to do so many different things to stand out, I say Amen to NEBCO for keeping the RIS real and not trying to do too much with it. There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it tastes this good. Major kudos on the new label art.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Big thanks to Stigs for bringing this to the tasting.

Poured ~3oz. from a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass. The small pour yielded a single finger of dark khaki colored foam that receded rather quickly, leaving very little lace behind. The body is black, thick and evil looking.

The nose was not as impressive as other stouts tasted that night. Slight coffee and cocoa aromas sit on a heavily roasted malt backbone.

The taste is much more powerful and complex than the nose. Lots of roasted malts throughout the drink. Coffee, chocolate and molasses flavors can also be detected, but play background roles.

The mouth feel is medium-heavy, slick and creamy with moderate to light carbonation.

This is a great drinking stout. It has a reputation and lives up to it! Highly recommended if you can get it!

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

750ml bottle, the 2009 vintage which was the last year for the original label. Bottle opened with friends and tasted along side the barrel aged version. This brew appears black in color with a quick dissolving dark tan head. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew is dark roasted grain, fresh yet at the same time charred and earthy with a touch of dirt scent. Some citrus is evident with a dark fruited quality that makes this brew seem like it is quite sweet smelling. A touch of fusel alcohol cones out as the beer warms up.

The taste is earthy and bitter with charred grain and lots of roast. It is bitter, unsweetened chocolate meets coffee. A bit of fresh grainy flavornis present almost like raw oats. There is a dark fruity alcohol note included with a touch of anise. This is well balanced and very enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It has a rich, creamy smooth feel and a hidden alcohol inclusion that only shows itself as it warms. Very roasty and super enjoyable. I don't know how much the recipe for this brew changes from year to year but I can firmly state that I fully enjoyed this with ~2 years of age on it. This past years seemed much more fruited with alcohol and hops. I really enjoyed this darker, more roasted edition of the trooper. Well done.

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

12 oz bottle into a Otter Creek pint glass. Thank you birradr14 for the hook-up.

A- Imperial stout trooper pours a very dark black murky color with a brownish foamy head that stays, great retention. not much lace going on.

S- A whole bunch of bitter chocolate with some alcohol and some dark fruit rounding it out. i'm also sensing alot of malts with some hops and a dash of smoke that make the nose all the better. pretty well rounded.

T- I'm lovin it. Dark Chocholate is at the forefront and is balanced nicely against some coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. some bitterness comes next with a nice hop presence, but not overkill. Smoky, with some alcohol.

M- IST is full bodied and is thick and not as smooth as some RIS that i've had. All the taste stays with you for some time while it finishes fairly dry. It's a tad hot and bitter but is not a chore to drink. Little carbonation.

D- I could go for another right now. Not sure of the abv but i defiently felt the force after finishing the bottle. I nursed this for a little over 45 minutes and it was lovely, I would love to try this on- tap. Too bad it's limited.

This RIS makes me want to seek out some of the other offerings from New England Brewing Company. i see they come in cans, even better.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Black body with thin light brown head.

S - Sweet malts, molasses, licorice, chocolate.

T - Sweet up front with chocolate and molasses. By the middle, some roasted grain character comes through to bring some balance. Dried fruits make an appearance, with raisin and prune. Some alcoholic heat is detectable in the finish.

M - Full and silky, viscous and coating.

D - A rather subtle stout, a pleasure to savor slowly.

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

Thanks to classy mpetersen for setting me up with this treat in an early trade of mine. Can't hang on to it anymore, I'm excited for this one. And after a string of disappointing stouts recently, I'm banking on this to be decent. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip. First of all this beer start with a strong foot forward for a simply very cool bottle design. Bonus Points. The actual beer looks nice too! It pours black with about an inch of creamy looking mocha colored head. Nice retention and thin lacing. I'm impressed. Ah! A big roasty RIS, I've been dying for one. This has a big aroma of roasted malts that have a bit of a smokey aroma, followed by dark fruits, cocoa and what I can only place as leather. I can faintly smell alcohol, but I think I'm a drug dog when it comes to smelling it and it's not overpowering anything. This really smells great, I'm impressed once again. The taste is mirroring the smell mostly. Big dark roasted malts, a bit of cocoa and bitter coffee finishing with a slight syrupy sweetness and dark fruits. It ends with a slightly smokey and earthiness as well. The mouthfeel is silky and thick with subtle carbonation kicking in to nicely liven up the brew. One of the more drinkable and enjoyable Russian Imperial Stouts in my opinion. I'll certainly seek this out again.

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

From Notes:

Dark black with ruby edges, and a small head of panna cotta, whipped meringue, espresso foam. Aromas are familiar to us all. An imperial stout all the way. Dark roasted malts, various incarnations of dark/dried fruits, heavy wines (durif?), slight booze, and coffee. Taste is awesome with some nice dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and again a sort of heavy red wine vinous character as well. Mouthfeel is thick, but honestly it did not help to cut the slight booziness that I mentioned earlier. This knocks the drinkability down one notch as well. Still, as it stands this is a killer example of a northeast brewed imperial stout.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split four ways with my co-workers after our Stone in MN tasting.
Pours out a thick black color that lets no light through. One finger of light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is roast and slight bitter chocolate.

The roast comes through strong in the taste and blends nicely to a rich, dry chocolate flavor. I get roasted smore, chocolate and toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is reasonably dry with moderate to low carbonation. Well made here. Nice and crisp with some smooth body.

Overall a really nice beer. The roast is just enough to not overtake the malt sweetness. Some nice complex malt flavors and a dry finish. All good things here, a great way to celebrate the end of our Stone in MN release party.

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

64oz growler into pint glass. $24 w/ glass, filled @ the brewery.

A- 1 finger oatmeal cookie colored head that comes to life with a few swirls. Beer is dark brown, not black.

S- coffee, mild sweet cream, bitter chocolate. Some undefined dark fruit sweetness.

T- Bold and impressive at first sip. Very bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and some mild fruit sweetness on the finish. Malt is big and toasty/roasty. This beer is balls-to-the-walls with flavor. Not for the faint of heart. I'm diggin' the earthy bitter hops here. Good lingering bitterness and chocolate notes.

M- Fairly high carbonation, substantial heft in the body. Nice finish. No qualms here.

D- High. Great stuff. I will be popping bottles of this fresh, the hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness is really the bee's knees. Well done, NEBCO.

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Photo of halo3one
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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

Pour a dark dark black stout with an amber golden head that wasnt big, but never stopped.

The aroma and bouquet were very interesting. I almost expected a very hoppy stout. It reminded me of some of those 90+ IBUs IPAs, but this one even had a smooth aroma to it.

The first sip was pretty big. I tasted chocolate, coffee, a little Cinnamon, and perhaps a bit of almond. No question about the
malt in this one. Big and bold

The mouthful was big, almost enormous. It filled every sense category of my tongue and mouth.

I do have to say that the aftertaste was not as good at the initial taste and the mouthful.
But, still a very enjoyable and excellent stout.

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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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