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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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Ratings: 1,288 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of infi
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jeffo brought this beer with him at the tastingday @ de Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. This tasting was organized by THE beerlady of Holland, Fiona de Lange.

Thanks for this bottle Jeff!

Jeff tolf us the story behind this bottle and that made me curious about this beer.

To be hounest, this is not one of the better stouts i had. Taste and smell are a bit above normal. This stout is a good beer to begin with when you are new on the stout front!

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Photo of hopburster
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Baab200
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of KevinDanger23
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure where I first had this (I rated it 1/13, but I don't remember the occasion), but I do know someone shared a bottle at Voodoo's first Barrel Room release in March 2013, and that's what I have notes for. Not sure what vintage it was, but it was a 750ml bottle. If I had to guess I'd say 2011.

Straight-up black pour, with a small bubbly head that receded to a thin, wispy layer, leaving a few dots of lace on the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma, dark malts and cocoa, herbal, and surprisingly some piney hops notes. More of the same in the taste, roasty dark malts and unsweetened cocoa, anise, a somewhat awkward pine hop presence, solventy grain alcohol. Fairly strong bitterness overall. Hmm. Body was medium and somewhat thinned out. This beer didn't really do much for me. It was pretty basic and uninteresting, like an average homebrew. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/16/11

2009 Vintage

Much appreciation to smutty33

Pours a dark brown, moderately inky brown and settles pretty much black. One thumb head thins to a smooth, diminutive layer, but leaves a thicker collar of retention. A few patchy trails of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has a comfortably earthy, roasted bent. Roasted coffee, coffee bean overtones. Calm earthy hops linger about. There is also a nutty notion here and there; almost seems like peanut butter. Roasted dark grains make up a solid backdrop. Hints of burnt sugars linger with flakes of ash and a touch of papery oxidation.

Said papery note certainly comes out in the flavor, as do dulled notes of nuts and earth (almost dirt-like at times). Some tangy roasted notes throughout. As with the nose, there is a grainy penchant that adds a bit of a robust edge. Coffee is subdued; not much there. Tastes ok. It has a little bit of "uh huh," but not a lot of "oh yeah."

Closer to medium to medium than full body; not viscous either - the beer isn't the driest, but it has a staccato vibe. Carbonation is quite fluffy; this kind of over-runs much of the feel and flavor.

The temperature started warm and only became warmer from there; some of the rougher edges started to become tamed. Overall, this one is pretty good. I wonder if it would have been better if opened sooner.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a slick black, with a three inch dark tan head, that leaves rings of lace. Smell is roasted coffee, smoke, leather, and tobacco. Taste is all of that with lots of smoke, leather, and licorice that lingers awhile. Not my favorite flavors from a Imperial stout. Body is medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and drinkable enough. This a good stout, but not my favorite flavors. Wish it was chewier also.

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Photo of Damian
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

What an amazing bottle design. I am glad I got my hands on one of these before George Lucas issued his cease and desist order.

As for the beer, it poured a deep pitch black with a tiny, frothy, coffee-colored film covering the liquid.

The aroma was super boozy, oaky and smooth. Rich, rum-like alcohol came through strong along with dark chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. A touch of smoke lingered as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma took on intense port-like characteristics.

Unlike the nose, the taste was quite harsh. I felt like there was a lack of flavor up front. Charred, bitter malts, oak and a pungent, bourbon-like characteristic came through mid-palate. Some hoppiness appeared on the back end and carried into the long-lived, burnt malt, alcohol-rich finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy and fluffy, yet slightly thinner than expected for the style.

As for drinkability, I found this beer quite tough. The roasted character and the intense alcohol presence (I would estimate this beer to be around 11% ABV) were both a bit overwhelming (as was the $8 price tag).

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Firstly, the bottle is awesome. The beer pours black with brown edges and a creamy head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Dark malt, hoppiness, with some ashiness.

T. Hoppy with some black patent char.

M. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

D. Ok, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of craytonic
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with a bit of an espresso-colored head.

Smell: Chocolate, fudge, alcohol, roasted malt, licorice

Taste: Chocolate, fudge, caramel, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt, licorice. Heavy roast and a bit thick.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Glad it was not a bomber.

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Photo of Rish907
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had the 12/2012 batch. 500ml bottle.

Poured fairly thin with decent amount of head. Smell was coffee, dark chocolate, and malts notes mostly. Mouth-feel was very thin, I was expecting more viscous for a stout. Tasted chocolate and coffee notes with some dark fruits. Let down my expectations a bit, I think this one definitely needs the bourbon-barrel to add some character and depth. There are so many other great ones out there, but worth a try to have once. I look forward to the barrel-aged version down the line. This one is a B- overall.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black color, capped off with a good-sized medium tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Tastes rather thin, somewhat unimpressive, with flavors of coffee, molasses and dark fruit. Not a bad beer at all, but still somewhat of a letdown after all the hype.

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Photo of orange85
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to dpowers.

A - Pours thick and black as night. Absolutely no head whatsoever on this one. Where did the carbonation go?

S - A dirty, dark, chocolate scent with some coffee and licorice. Some raisin and dark fruits in there too with some sweetness.

T - Dark chocolate with roasted malts. There's coffee in there too but a slight burnt flavor which was unexpected.

M - Slightly flat and a little thin on the finish.

O - Not too bad. But a little disappointed with the burnt flavors.

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Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both Jeff and Steve for hooking me up with bottles of this one. I've been waiting to try it for quite some time now.

A: The pour is a nice looking dark brown, nearly black color with a finger's worth of brown head.

S: A slight acidity to the nose, which is unfortunate. A very strong roasted character without too much in the way of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure. A good bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

M: The body is medium with medium carbonation, but it's a little high for an RIS.

D: Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this one. I enjoyed the roastiness of it, but there wasn't really anything else going on.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage 750ml bottle shared by Ryan011235, poured into a snifter. An impressively opposing dark tan head mostly disappears in short order, but a thick skim is rather tenacious and is easily revived with an occasional swirl. Bubbly patches of lace on the sipping side of the glass, some crackly streaks on the opposite side.

Modestly roasty nose with light vinous and subtle dark fruity notes. Hints of milk chocolate and cocoa powder. I've never had this beer fresh before, but it seems some oxidation has kicked in; there's a vinous flavor that's not altogether out of place. In fact, it seems to provide much of the interest in the flavor profile. Anise and moderate roastiness. A heartier dose of chocolate or burnt malt would really take this beer to the next level. An excellent velvety, coating feel, though, that's the highlight of the beer. A hint of molasses in the warming finish.

Overall impression: Good imperial stout, slightly lacking in the "oomph" department.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Batch

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown hue with a slim sudsy brown head. Moderate lacing. Not bad for an imperial stout.

Smell -- Lots of dark roast malt, leather, licorice and anise, gentle woodsmoke, herbal and earthy hops.

Taste -- Black malt, black coffee, licorice, black leather, vinous dark fruit notes. Malt sweetness is adequate: just enough to push those dark fruit flavors forward but not enough to make this cloying. Hop character is pronounced and earthy, and paired with the black malt makes this too bitter. The nuances of the malt flavors seem muted in comparison. Lingering flavors of earthy hop bitterness and vinous dark fruit.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with somewhat milder carbonation. Mild alcohol warming in the throat, also a hit of fusel alcoholic bite at the swallow. Damn near perfect.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Great feel, good amount of depth for an imperial stout. I can't help but notice the massive amounts of licorice and black malt, which explains to me why this has become something of a divisive beer. Over time the remarkable bitterness paired with the charred malt really wore on my palate. I found it somewhat difficult to finish my glass.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 750mL bottle. Got this one in a trade quite some time ago and figured it was time to pop it.

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black and pretty viscous-looking. About 1/2" of medium khaki colored head forms that has pretty good lacing and retention. Pretty good looking stout.

Smell: Smells of some coffee, milk chocolate, a hint of roast and possibly a few dark fruits. Good smell, but it takes a bit for me to get much out of it. A little muted.

Taste: A hint of roast, coffee, milk chocolate, with some nice dark fruit character coming out as it warms. Again, I'd say it's comparable to the smell; good flavors, but just not enough of them.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium-full mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation. The carbonation really makes the mouthfeel. Overall, a good stout, but not something I was super impressed with. When I try this next I'd like to try it fresher to see if some of the flavors come out more.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings
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