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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Reviews: 493 | Ratings: 1,267
Photo of breadwinner
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This'll put hair on your chest, oodles of roasted, or perhaps charred, malts dominating. Think of some brutally bitter, black coffee and you've kind of got this. Tasty in some ways, but an exercise in endurance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light coffee notes and light black chocolate. Taste is an underwhelming taste of light roasted notes with light black chocolate and light dry coffee. Body is quite full though average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I guess I might have caught in hype and was expecting a lot more complexity from this one.

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Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of montrose79 at my recent tasting.

Pours a fairly thick, viscous black body with dark brown head, that foams up to a large bubbly head.

Aromas begin quite full and rich, initially sweet smell coming off of it, almost akin to a milk stout but much stronger and with a much greater depth to it. Rich chocolate notes were rotating in and out and mingling with roasted coffee and vanilla, really becoming quite full. Some light soy sauce emerges more as it warms. No hint of alcohol in the aroma what so ever. There was a touch of a grainy and earthy like back that could be found hiding deep underneath a well and slight hints of dark caramel.

The tastes begin very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure, bordering charred maltiness. A good earthiness and bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla. The intense char interacts with that same soy sauce element I was getting in the nose. Not offensive as it sounds but a big flavored beer for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a medium amount of carbonation, thank goodness, otherwise this would be like sludge on your palate. The finish is dry and roasty and bitter from all the dark malt additions here.

Overall, I am kinda over big boy stouts like this one, and I thought I was going to hate this but I actually enjoyed my small pour decently. 4 oz is all I really needed as this beer is packed with massive roast, char and dark chocolate flavors. Not for the faint of heart and worth a go if you like extremely dark roasty stouts.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this last weekend with BigDub, got it at an in-person trade at Dark Lord day, partly because I wanted the bottle as I'm a little bit of a Star Wars geek, but certainly hoped it was worth the Dark Lord I traded for it. I think overall it was good, but not had too much chocolate/coffee flavors in it for my liking. The color was deep black and it was pretty thick. I prefer my Russian Imperials with a bit more hop bite. Overall this is a solid imperial stout, but in my opinion a little overpriced/hyped for what you get.

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Photo of Phelps
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from xanok in an in-person trade. I believe this is the 2010 edition, poured into a snifter.

Molten dark chocolate with mahogany highlights. A creamy one-finger head remains for a long while. Tons of webbed lace grips the glass as I drink.

The nose: alcohol and powdered cocoa, acrid toast, some dark coffee as well. Pretty dull.

The flavor: burnt toast, powdered cocoa and smoky pork. It isn’t very complex, but it’s an incredibly smooth delivery.

Thick, creamy medium body, though the carbonation is so low it feels nearly flat. Booze is unnoticeable. Heavy but drinkable.

I’m impressed, but I’m not wowed. Imperial Stout Trooper has a smooth, well integrated flavor and is drinkable, though not as incredible as some would say.

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Photo of BZero007
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of this brew at a local tasting in the DC Metro area. Bottle was of the most recent release.

This brew poured a very oil black color in the glass with no light puring threw. Was a great start off, though the head came up a bit thin with a slight chocolate hue to it. The aroma was a sweet roasty smell that came threw with minimal power. The taste was a slightly roasted profile with a strong sweetness to it in the background. For my tastes this brew was not very balanced and even powerfull flavors were not up to par. I enjoyed this brew and would have it again, though would not seek it out. Would love to see what this brew could do with a year or two on it.

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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nearly pitch black with a slowly building two inch dark tan head. At first I thought it was going to keep quite well, but the head settled down to just a thin lace. It does coat the sides pretty well and falls slowly after each sip.

Smell has a fresh hoppiness to it, earthy and citrusy, with some depth of malt aromas as well. Malt is roasty without being burned, with some dark caramel and a touch of coffee. Has a hint of smoke as well.

Taste leans very much to the darker and roasted malt flavors with less sweetness than expected. It's still not burned, but it's quite roasty and has a pronounced smokiness going on as well, particularly into the finish. There is an espresso like flavor and some hop bitterness, plus that smoke, left lingering on the palate. There is some very dark chocolate, bitter more than sweet, and a touch of caramel but the sweetness is modest and is overcome by the smoke and bitterness in the finish The hop aromas really don't translate to the taste either; none of that citrus that was there.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and pretty smooth, and also quite dry for a stout. That's owing to the bitterness in the finish of this beer. Carbonation is appropriate.

This is a tasty and very good imperial stout, but I'm surprised at the 4.3 average across so many reviews. That type of rating implies greatness, and while this is very good I don't think it comes terribly close to being great at all. It's different, not boozy and not sweet, and those darker, more bitter and smoky flavors are a nice change of pace. They also wear on the palate though, and this is not super drinkable, even by imperial stout standards. A good beer, but it doesn't quite sing to me.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A- Pitch black, excellent carbonation, mocha brown head
S- Subtle aroma, very hidden, not what I was expecting, hints of coffee, slight hints of hops, roasty.
T- Bittersweet chocolate upfront, very mellow coffee taste, can taste slight hops, slight maltness to it.
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, bitter after taste, very smooth,
O- Solid Stout, was let down with the overall taste of the beer. Very mellow and subtle tastes that came out, alcohol was very hidden, easy drinkability, solid but not great.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had trades fall through for this one on several occasions, and it became especially difficult after the whole George Lucas thing happened. Finally got hooked up with this one in a big trade with NYCWheatFanSC. Thanks a lot man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours out relatively thick and makes a 2+ finger, tight, thicker looking mocha colored head that cascades upwards nicely after the pour. Great retention as well. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a good wisp, clinging to the sides on the way down. Wisp remains until the end, rejuvenating after each sip, and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A slightly thicker pour would give this a perfect score. Really good looking.

SMELL: Roasted malts and dark baker's chocolate mostly. Hints of molasses, but very chocolate dominated. Decently bold as well.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate again with some sweet caramel malt and bigger coffee and chocolate at the finish. Not as chocolaty as the nose had suggested, but more complex. Bitter-sweet caramel and roasted aftertaste is mild yet lingers nicely. Good flavors, but still not as big as others in the style.

PALATE: Full body and creamy on the palate, with medium, soft carbonation. Goes down smooth but finishes slightly astringent. Great feel in the mouth, but a little too astringent after the swallow. Score balances out here.

OVERALL: A high quality, medium strength imperial stout. It's not quite as big as others in the style obviously, but it's certainly tasty and is definitely a beauty pageant contestant. The finish, however, was unfortunately a little too astringent. Fix that up a little and you'd have a fantastic mouth-feel as well. Despite the slight flaw, this was an easy imperial stout to drink down and I would love the chance to have it again. Thanks again for the trade NYC!

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Photo of mikereaser
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/29/09 from a 12 oz. bottle

A - pours a pitch black with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly dissipated.

S - roasted malts, vanilla, some oak

T - chocolate, a bit of roasted bitterness, coffee and some vanilla

M - very oily feel, smooth and creamy

D - very tasty and enjoyable, wish I knew what it tasted like fresh to compare

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pitch black pour with a thick toffee colored head.

S - Dark chocolate, cream, and licorice aroma. Mild astringency.

T - Based on the age - Molasses, licorice/anise, dark chocolate, cream. Nice lingering dark chocolate bitterness with a little bit of sugar molasses on the finish.

M - Full medium body, slippery, sticky on the lips.

O - Good, but I let this bottle sit too long.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown wih a decent amount of brown head. Te head sticks around for quite a while. Smells roasted and chocolatey. Tastes dry and not very sweet. A bit of chocolate And some nice bitterness but it's so dry. Mouthfeel suffers because of this. Fairly drinkable but overall not really that good. No better than stone IRS or old Rasputin for sure which are much easier to acquire.

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Photo of rtaps
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black, like molasses. with a half finger dark tan head with decent retention that fades to a light film leaving hardly any lacing

rich chocolate with roasted malts, the chocolate if very dominate on the nose like a brownie.

not much up front but you get a very rich chocolate brownie thats fades into the roasted malts and that stays with you.

medium bodied and carbonated, very viscous. wet mouth feel left behind. it kinda had a maple syrup like character to it.

overall the flavors weren't as big as i expected and hoped for, but its still a very nice stout and enjoyable. seems like one you could drink over and over again

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Thanks to mrandypandy for the trade!

Black. Opaque. Evil. Darker than the eyes of Darth Vader himself. This thing is dark! A very small head that dissipates quickly, very brown, one of the darkest heads I've seem. Very roasty aroma to it, reminds me of toast and coffee.

Very thick mouth feel, it's almost syrupy but it isn't sweet at all, it's just so thick, smooth and almost creamy. The taste is just as you'd expect dark coffee and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Really solid stout, amazing name and one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen! Seek it out!

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Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle shared by Shufon.

Black pour from the bottle yields zero head. Lots of roast with traces of blueberries in the background of the aroma. Rich body carries the flavors to my palate. Fudge and chocolate complement the strong roast as you sip, hops show up towards the end but fade leaving an aftertaste of baker's chocolate. A straightforward example of the style.

IST is a good stout that's about on par with Founders Imperial Stout. Nothing crazy going on here: it's just a well-made RIS.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with 2 other BAs, thanks Abecall and buuuddy. 2 year old bottle as stated by Mr. Gomez.

A - Very good - not too much head arises but it's dark as night and looks velvety...very inviting

S - very good, soft and mellow. Hints of vanilla, bitter chocolate, I actualy detect a wee bit of oak and for sure coffee.

T - very much the same as the nose, a very mellow expresso (Iced coffee-ish expresso), some bitter chocolate, followed by some vanilla and a mild oak if you really look for it. Nothing mind-blowing but a very good example of the style. No hops anywhere to be found.

M - This one was all about mouthfeel, again...due to the age I'd assume. Very soft, velvety and creamy. So easy going down. For 9.2%ABV the mouthfeel doesn't get much better. Best aspect of this beer for me.

O - Very good representation of the style. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off but something you will thoroughly enjoy from start to finish.

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Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts on the nose with robust coffee and bitter chocolate notes.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, smoke, and char bring up the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation that accents the bitter and tobust characters of the beer well.

O: a pretty decent imperial stout. Nice and robust without being sweet at all. It lacks some complexity, but is still good.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Black clor with a tan head that didn't stick around. Showed some lace potential but not the sticky kind.

smell - Roasted malts, coffee, smoke smells here.

taste - Dark cocco taste with a dry hop finish. Roasted malts , all the choco stuff above.

mouthfeel - Full body here.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, but was surprised, i think i was expecting more. Paid $7 i think back in the day and just opened it up now.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep black brown color with a thin tan head and a ton of lacing. Smells of figs and dates and chocolate and a little coffee. Tastes of figs, dates, and raisins, chocolate, and a little touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is not too bad.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Black and opaque. An aggressive pour produced a small tan head that had rocky bubbles and diminished quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Bread, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and a mild roasted qualities all backed by sweet malts. A bit of alcohol is picked up as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell, all of the above lie within the taste. Overall sweetness is moderate, as well as overall bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full with a creamy texture. Carbonation is relatively soft.

Overall: I wanted to love this one due to the badass bottle and overall hype, and it certainly is awesome, but the alcohol was a bit prevalent and I found it to be quite one dimensional.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours black with medium tan head. The head rises about one finger. The retention isn't great, its gone pretty quick leaving only a little around the edges. Lacing is ok.

The aroma is super light, I can barely pull anything out. I get some light coffee but that is it.

The taste is pretty good, its got lots of medium really drinkable coffee. However, this is a pretty big one noter. Its a good one note but a little boring. The finish is bitter.

The feel is a little light but smooth.

The drinkablity is really high on this for a stout but not totally considering the abv.

I had really hopes for this stout but I was disappointed. The best thing about this is the bottle, being the Star Wars fan that I am. But the beer itself is tasty but a little simplistic.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Jeffo was so kind to share his beer with me and the other attenders. We were at a tasting at the Molen, organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch Beer lady).

A - A dark brown beer with a small beige head.

S - A good scent of dark chocolate,dark fruits, raisins.

T - The taste is fresh due to the hops, there is also a good chocolate presence.

M - The body is a bit light, the carbonation is medium and the finish is bitter.

O - It is a good stout, but not excellent.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, clear, black in color

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate-smell is not overly strong

Taste: deep dark coffee and roasted malt touch of burnt hops at the end

Mouthfeel: robust and medium-full bodied, sweetish with a nice semi-bitter backbone, low carbonation

Drinkability:A nice and dry RIS that is very enjoyable to drink, but perhaps not as good as the hype. I could definitely have a couple of glasses, but will not go out of my way for this one. A very good beer none the less.

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Photo of jim102864
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wrote my review when I had it in a bottle (9 bucks per 12 oz) but have since had it from a firkin at the Real Ale Fest in New Haven last week. Two different worlds were discovered here.

First of all, and perhaps not suprisingly, this stuff on cask is exceptional. Very bourbony from the barrel aging, which comes through in taste and nose. The hilight of the fest, if I may digress somewhat.

Anyway, back to the bottle review. I decided to make the expensive purchase of this much bally-whood beer when it became available for sale on Christmas Eve. It wasn't on the shelves, but given that I knew the appropriate handshake and moose call, I was able to score two bottles. The nod to Star Wars storm troopers on the labels was cool and the white foil wrap and gold wrap cap made for nice packaging. As expected, it poured black as black can be and very viscous at that. No head to be found in my nonic glass from this brew.

The nose is suprisingly mild even after it warms. Wood, coffee and smoke. I prefer bigger noses than this. Mildly dissappointing start.

Typically coffee-ish and malty roast and smoke. Very nice flavor.

The mouthfeel is also suprisingly smooth and clean for a RIS.

It's a sipper. It's enjoyable. Is it world class? No. Is it over-hyped and over-priced? Yes. Glad I tried it but I wouldn't blow $9 on this again. Now, barrell-aged, that's a whole different story.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/12

Note: 2012 bottle

Appearance: Black at its core, with some brown around the edges - moderately sized tan head to start, fades, leaves a ring and some fizzy lacing

Smell: Burnt and roasted malts, but not particularly strong of an aroma - slightly acidic, perhaps a little oxidized - roasty, dark chocolate, some sweetness, dry black licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate bitterness - burnt malts, roasted malts - very dry, minimal sweetness - coffee, char, black licorice, some booze - better than the aroma, but lacks depth

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little thin, very dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, not exceptional

This is certainly better than some Russian Imperials of the style, but the most memorable thing about this beer is it's name (aka Stout Pooper). It's better than I remember from drinking this in the past, but it's not epic.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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