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 pwoods
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I forget who I got this as an extra from but thanks! BM and let me know.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours completely pitch black. Decent sized deep mocha head forms and holds at a thin skim. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Black strap molasses and a smoky, salty, meaty character.. very interesting. Some rich chocolate melds with the mentioned characteristics nicely and adds a deep complexity. There are some hops that have somewhat aged out but nothing huge.

T/M: More of the black strap and smoky/meats notes. I love a nice smoky/meaty character in big stouts like these but I think this is just a bit overdone. More of the nice complex chocolate with a touch more of the hops. Alcohol isn't really a factor. Body is about full and feels a bit bigger from a lowered carbonation profile.

D: Even with lower ABV, this is definitely a sipper. The big and rich smoky and smoked meat character can take a bit of effort to work through.

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Photo of happyreefer
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to Lunch for sharing this one at Sexual Chocolate '11 during our private tasting session! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. I had the pleasure of having this one back-to-back with the BA version and definitely enjoyed this one MUCH more than the BA version. Very good and balanced flavor going on in this one. Nice aroma to match as well. A definite must try!

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - 12 oz foiled and plastic sealed cap.

A - black, chocolate cremy head. great looking brew.

S - chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, roasted malts, very nice.

T - fruity notes, almost vineous in some aspects, chocolatey, bitter, delicious. I really love the taste of this stuff.

M - creamy and smooth, a nice lingering finish in between sips.

D - Very easy to drink, not exactly a session brew by any means, but nonetheless a damn fine brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Kenneyho for this after I originally screwed up our trade. I guess this is the 2010 vintage as it has the new label (which is awesome).

4.5 A: So far, so good. Pours black. Nearly three fingers of dense, creamy, light brown head that retains very well and leaves a ton of lacing.

4.5 S: Smells like what an imperial stout is supposed to smell like. Great interplay between sweet and roasty aromas. Good bit of roasted barley and dark roasted coffee, which is balanced by bittersweet chocolate and various caramel malts. A light fruitiness with hints of anise and smoke.

4.0 T: Much like the nose, but a good bit drier. Roasted barley, dark roast coffee, smoke, and a touch of burnt flavor. Semisweet chocolate, caramel, again a light fruitiness. The roastiness lasts well into the aftertaste and leaves a bitter finish.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier and could also be a bit smoother due to the bitter aftertaste. Still, good enough.

4.0 D: A solid, no frills imperial stout. A bit roastier that what I prefer (or rather not sweet enough), but definitely a well brewed beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't recall who provided this bottle, but thanks! 750ml bottle, 2011 vintage I'll assume. Into a snifter.

Dark brown in colour, brown with a finger or two of brown head. Good retention and some lace. Nose is quite hoppy initially, with a substantial dose of roast, a bit of acidity, espresso, alcohol and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is about the same, incredibly roasty, almost charred, coffee, black licorice. Hops are still present. Thick body, with a good bit of carbonation and drying. A really nice imperial stout, roastiness was really substantial.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinB
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

was in a local packe,looking at the stock figuring out what I wanted with nothing coming to mind. Out of the right corner of my eye a spotted some odd beers, a look closer it was a pile of beers from Spain, they intrigued me until I saw what was behind them, the Trooper! it was the only one! I hadnt seen these anywhere and knowing it was out of production I know I had to grab it, despite the price tag.
12oz bottle poured in a pint glass. The pour was heavy, it revealed a rich, dark obsidian body with a creamy, 1 finger brunneous head. Head retreated steadily over time, leaving hardy amounts of lacing.
Smell was of rich toasty malts, sweet molasses, anise, coffee and coco.
Taste was a rich malty molasses and licorice flavor with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel was thick, this is a full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation.
Overall a very good beer though very overpriced at almost 8 bucks, having said that it's a tasty treat worth trying and is surprising easy to put down for the abv.

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Photo of MordorMongo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #4, 2011 Vintage served cellar temp in a tulip

A : Straight black with a full lingering tan head which fades to a nice cap leaving plenty of lacing throughout.

S : Coffee, legit dark chocolate (not tha pansy Special Dark kind, the real deal organic bitter chocolate), raisins, roasted malts

T : More of the bitter dark chocolate, almost espresso-like, dry & bitter. While nice it seems a bit of a one-trick pony here.

M : Silky & full, a tad too much carbonation maybe and again just slightly one dimensional

O : I would drink again, gladly. It is a very solid offering, and while I would like to see some more nuances it does what it does well so cannot knock it for that. Wish it was easier to get around here.

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Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured right out of the fridge from the bottle right into an Ithaca tulip. Thanks to goblinmunkey7 for sending this my way!

A: deep black color with a huge tan to brown head that just stays forever as a layer of froth. I poured a bit hard, but it was cold - huge head and retention, great looking beer.

S: rich sweet notes with some toffee, but also has the roasted coffee smell and some earthy tones.

T: very earthy and a bit bitter, but the roasted notes allow for that. Not much of the sweetness, but there's very little alcohol if any.

M: good thickness in the body, but the carbonation is just too much and tears it apart just a bit. Still very good, but it was noticeably overcarbonated for me.

O: very good beer, but the carbonation kills it. Not sure if it was intentional or not. Overall still work seeking - maybe some age on this one would do it some good.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/13/15

Dark medium thick pour. Poured with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Very roasty, almost burnt flavor. Lots of chocolate taste.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTFalcon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymeal
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, ruby red around the edges, a nice pumpkin pie colored head dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong on the roastiness, some twangy sour acidity mixes with a hint of booziness, a very subtle and soft powdered chocolate sweetness is also evident. Roast malts also dominate in the taste some soft sweet chocoalte at the front of the tongue blends with a tanginess and bitterness at the back. Finishes with a drying bitterness leaving a roast and smoky aftertaste and a hint of alcohol. Alcohol is fairly balanced and only slightly noticeable. Soft medium to heavy body, slightly oily, is cut by a tingling bitter bite before the dry finish. Very nice roasty and slightly smoky stout. Thanks cooperrip for the opportunity.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 3/8/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured an oily black body with a creamy dark brown head that was reduced to a thin ring of bubbly retention and a bit of lace.

S - Smokey and chocolatey aroma up front with subtle smoked meat notes, coffee, licorice and toasted oats. An earthy hop presence also makes its way into the fold.

T - Nutty and smokey flavor overall with a mild meaty character that quickly segues into a chocolate and coffee extravaganza with a bit of nutty astringency in the back. Finishes with a good bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Super slick, creamy and oily texture with very soft carbonation. Finishes with quite a bit of earthy bitterness and a touch of sour astringency on the palate.

D - Very good RIS with an amazing mouthfeel. I would imagine this is the kind of beer that Dark Vader would enjoy. If not, then I find his lack of faith disturbing.

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Photo of schinebd
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release...

A - Black with a dark brown head. Laces a glass quite well.

S - The roasted malts dominate the smell. A little underwhelming to be honest

T - First few sips are dominated by the roasted, smoky coffee detected in the smell. As the beer warms it brings out the goods, the coffee yields to a more bittersweet chocolate flavor with some raisins buried somewhere in there. Finishes with some hop bitterness and aforementioned raisins.

M - A bit lighter than expected. Very smooth and a little carbonation.

D - The mouthfeel makes this one go down easy, but this beer has definitely blasted my palate.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle with white stretchy-plastic wrapping around the bottle cap. Sampled on February 13, 2011. It pours very dark brown until it gathers in the glass where it seems to become oily black with a nice one inch head. The aromas boast roasted malts and coffee. The body is silky smooth on the tongue and comes in at around medium weight. The taste begins with a sweet maltiness along with some kind of dark cherry intermingling in a distant but noticeable way. It ends vaguely dry. An excellent beer for sure and true to the style.

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Photo of Liquids
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a great looking bottle pours an amazing looking beer-possibly the best I've seen yet--pitch black, with a dark brown sugar head that fills the glass from a syrupy pour at cellar temperature. Amazing. Hoppy aromas, definite roast and sweet malts detected...
taste is dark, sweet, very gonzo-imperial-porter-like in flavor, but a strange aftertaste is detected, possibly recognizable due to the temperature. Continued sipping made this less and less noticeable. Very tasty otherwise, sweet and semi-smooth with some charred taste, very complex...bitter chocolate and an explosion of flavors.. Not overly hoppy, multiple hop types going on here for sure...hard to pinpoint, some citrus and floral notes. Mouthfeel is full but not overkill. Not an alcobomb but very warming, this beer is especially good for style, not my favorite, but glad I snagged some and am hoping to see it offered again. Nicely done NEBco.

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Photo of dataylor21
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Bessettes Colton NY for $8 - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some roasted notes and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - Something about it reminds me a bit of a milk stout. But still, the flavours are fantastic. It has a quality chocolate flavour that I also get from Speedway stout or even Hunapuh. Very easy to drink and great balance. Only fault is maybe the mouthfeel.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown almost black body with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grounds

Taste - flavors aren't quite as intense as the aroma : dark chocolate, roasted malts, fudge some coffee, some molasses

Mouthfeel - roasted flavors from the chocolate and malts dominate out front, back end has notes of coffee and fudge, medium bodied, medium carbonation, the body comes in a tad thin for the style

Overall - good RIS that falls somewhere in the middle of the category in terms of quality. Worth a try

Price point - $3.99/12 oz can

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Photo of treyrab
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out, and for ralflord for sending it his way. Poured into two tulip glasses...

A: This was literally sludge coming out of the bottle. Very, very thick coming out. It poured into the glass and concocted a small brown head that rescinded quickly into the brew. Pretty still and, again, pretty darned thick.

S: Smell is very good and on par with some of the best of its style. Some nice dark chocolate, slight soy, dark figs, raisins, and a touch of roast. Not much dark patent or bitter roast as I like in my big stouts, but this was on the fruitier side.

T: Good, but something is missing. It is a tad light and flavors of the above mentioned scents. Slight soy, rum soaked raisins and figs, and slight coffee.

Overall, I'm glad I as able to try this, but it is not my favorite in the class.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,282 ratings.
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