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:
#1,052
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
1,283
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
993
Gots:
439
Trade:
30
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Ratings: 1,283 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of mitch3114
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a good sized cocoa head. Looks good. Smell is light chocolate and roasted malts, maybe molasses. The taste is just monster hops. Way over the top with the hops, totally washing out the chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. I've had less hoppy black IPAs. The balance of the hops and the base beer is not as finely crafted as say Darkness. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonated and not overly sweet like some RIS's. Basically, I didn't like this beer. They either covered over a bland base beer with mega hops, or they totally ruined a good base beer by over hopping it. Either way, I found it to be frustrating. A big saving grace is the complete lack of alcohol in the flavor.

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Photo of qazeqaz
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Walkinbeauty
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of hannydawg
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ne0m00re
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/06/11- Review of a 2010 bottle thanks to billyshears.
A: Black with little brown hues, decent brown collar and film with lacing.
S: Milk chocolate milk, strong creamy oatmeal, slight bubblegum or artificial sweetener, dried figs. The artificial sweetener knocks its review down a bit, even in the taste category.
T: Chocolate milk, not very complex overall, molasses on the finish with orange hops. It's decent.
M: Thinner without a good creamy or frothy until the finish.
D: OK. I'm a little underwhelmed with this one.

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Photo of harrymel
3.29/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
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 Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I can't remember who shared it, and my notes don't say.

A: Pours a dark brown body with some mild edge clarity. The center of the body becomes clear in smaller quantities. Tan head (small, short-lived) becomes a thin collar.

S: Roasty coffee, grain, some mild chocolate. Light anise. A pleasant, though not overwhelming, aroma.

T: Begins with roasted coffee, segueing into milk chocolate in the center taste. There is definitely an undercurrent of either anise or dark fruit, but it's so light that I can't really tell which it is. It finishes with some roasted grain aftertaste.

M: Just under medium-bodied; a bit thin for the style, but not flawed.

O: I find this perfectly serviceable, but I'm not sure it would merit any more attention than Old Rasputin if it weren't for the label controversy.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting a while to try this one. 2010 750ml poured into my snifter. Pours pitch black with a tightly compacted brownish head. Thick enough to coat the glass when swirled. Looks promising.
Lots of sweet malt, roasty cocoa notes , and bitter dark chocolate in the nose . Cavity causing chocolate sweetness is most notable.
First taste I'm picking up mostly bitter dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Vague hints of vanilla, cocoa nibs, and booze in the finish.
mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.I would like it to have a little more carbonation.
Overall a decent stout. The smell was its best attribute.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Photo of ottovon
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared by phelps at a recent tasting.

A: pours out a dark brown with a nice brown head.

S: not very impressive. i get some alcohol and then powdered cocoa. some roasted malt as well.

T: some chocolate and molasses. hints of coffee.

M: thick with low carbonation.

O: a little over hyped in my opinion. a good beer, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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 tjthresh
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle that pours dark brown. This beer appears to be water thin. There is a decent brown head. The aroma presents light chocolate, char, and cooked sugar aromas. The flavor is mostly cocoa. Pretty hoppy and sugary. Thin body with lots of carbonation. Seems fairly run of the mill to me.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Steimie
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of dbrese
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of dannyhead
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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