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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: 488 | Ratings: 1,243
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you want in an RIS, rich chocolate, hearty roasted dark malts, well-masked alcohol and not overly sweet. There's a very mild hops presence that brings a good balance. There is a slightly bitter-sweet dark chocolate after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a well-made, flavorful and highly drinkable RIS and is one of the best that I've had in its style.

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black color with a solid one finger head. Nice retention with some lace noted.

S: Bold aromas pour from the glass. Tons of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet molasses, with a touch of licorice. Dark fruits can be picked up along with a hint of roast.

T: Nice bold roast flavor right up front with a bit of smoke. Tons of dark chocolate come next. Blackened brown sugar and a touch of tobacco round thing out. I like this one.

M: Full bodied, fairly rich and smooth.

D: Not a huge pour as this one was shared, but it would be a great one to sit back with an entire bottle just to enjoy.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice cocoa head forming on the pour. Looks good. Smell is heavily roasted malts and some molasses and cocoa. Taste is very much molasses and some more of the roasted malts. Huge, thick and wonderful on the mouthfeel.
I'm a huge fan of Bells Expedition, and that was the first beer that popped into my head that this beer resembles. It's missing a bit in the flavor, but appearance, mouthfeel and smell is very close to the Expo.
Very well done, and very good.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vitrually black, smallest ruby brown edges. Beautiful creamy tan head with light lacing down the glass, settles to a ring within a few minutes.

Smell is quite nice with licorice or molasses up front. Dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, hint of coffee and dark fruit. Very deep and dark.

Taste is pretty amazing. Big and rich, quite complex and something I can't get enough of. The molasses isn't quite as prevalent but still in the background. Rich, chocolate goodness along with coffee and hints of vanilla. Almost an espresso like flavor but a bit darker. Light tartness from dark fruits. Hints of bitterness from roast and hops.

Mouthfeel is lush, very creamy and full. Silky smooth and like velvet on the tongue.

Damn, I definitely enjoyed this one. If it were sold in 4-packs and I lived in the area, mine would be gone in an evening.

Big thanks to naproxen for this unbelievably delicious treat!

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Photo of Walken
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New England Brewing Company: Imperial Stout Trooper (Bottled: 2006) (Tasted 06/10/08)
12 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours opaque, pitch black with an inch-high flat mocha head that fades into a quarter inch cap. Swirling the glass leaves a solid sheet of lace along the sides.
Odor: Molasses, overripe currant and alcohol aromas up front, complimented nicely by the coffee ground, espresso and soft semi-sweet chocolate in the background. There's almost a whiff of banana in there too.
Consistency: Creamy, chewy and soft, full body. Some slight acidity, most likely from oxidation.
Taste: Molasses and rich chocolate flavors are the centerpiece of this brew, fruity esters phase in and out with an underlying mellow bitterness from the hops and roasted malt. Roasted grain becomes more evident mid-palate to balance and then blossoms into the finish, which is surprisingly clean for such a big stout. Roasted grains take hold of the palate, chocolate and coffee linger.

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Photo of Franchise
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from New England Brewing Company pours out of a cool Imperial Storm Trooper bottle a pitch black leaving a thick brown head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, espresso, vanilla, herbal hops, spicy and citrus in nature.

The taste is bitter sweet, strong alcohol but soothing, it continues with a dark bitter chocolate, caramel, mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy, peppery, hop bitterness. Wow this is a great stout one I hope will return or shall I say "Strike back".

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Photo of Tilley4
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first officially retired brew courtesy of naproxen... Thanks, Aliza!

This is a Dark Side black to say the least.... Blacker than you can imagine black... On top sits a thick creamy tan head that makes this a stunning brew...

Aroma of dark roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, and surprisingly citrus hops.... Huh??

What a delicious brew this is.... Loads of chocolate, fruit, malt, hops, a little coffee, some vanilla... Wasn't expecting all of that...wonderfully complex and delicious...

Scary drinkability on this one... Its dark and rich but I could drink this til I passed out... Its freaking delicious!!

Amazing brew... This one needs to be revived...

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 11osixBrew for the chance to make a few Star Wars/beer geeks dreams come true.

Pours jet black, no light being able to penetrate, decent sized tan head that fades at a fair pace, a little patchy lacing but not much.

Smell is of roasted malt, some smokiness, strong dark fruit presence, slight coffee/chocolate aroma.

Taste starts out with a roasted kick, then the dark fruit aspect hits the sides of the tongue to spice things up which then melds to a mild bitter coffee aftertaste, very creamy and smooth throughout, above average carbonation for the style but it works well.

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Photo of BillyB
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drawn to the dark side of the force!
And boy is this DARK!

Pours an inky, motor oil, jet black with a thin, tan to dark brown head.

Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol.

Flavors of sweet and burnt roasty malt. Chocolate sweetness balnced with bitter espresso/coffee -ness.

Very smooth velvety/silky mouthfeel. With a subtle carbonation fizz. Dangerously drinkable!
A fabulous beer!
The dark side rules!

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out motor oil black with a chocolate milk head that dies to a ring. Smells roasty with a hint of almond, maple and caramel. Wow, tastes very very roasty, I love it. Coffee ground like bitterness, some caramel and chocolate. A little thin in the mouth. Nicely drinkable. Fun beer to celebrate with on Easter after giving up beer for Lent.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Storm Trooper stout pours an inky black into the glass with a creamy dark brown head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring and sheet on the beer leaving behind splotches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rather faint, but has notes of roasted caramel, nuts, coffee, chocolate and alcohol are present. Each sip of this full bodied beer is velvety on the palate. The carbonation is an effervescent fizz that covers the tongue.

This beer is very rich in flavor. It's mainly roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Towards the end some hop bitterness and hints of nuts come through. It finishes dry with a mild alcohol flavor. Once gone the chocolate and alcohol linger on the palate.

My only issue with this beer is the weak aroma, however it does intensify a bit as the beer warms. I wish I bought more than one and it was more readily available. P.S. Love the label!

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Photo of dickieb
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, probably the darkest beer I have ever drank. The head is a nice darker shade of brown, with average retention, the lacing being pretty weak was the only thing holding it back. The smell is rich with dark roasted malts with fresh coffee bitter chocolate, and some hints of oak. The flavor is so smooth, with lots of the dark malts hints of vanilla and coffee, with a bit of a hop bite that gives way to a lingering burnt malt flavor, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. The mouthfeel is creamy but light, especially considering the probable alcohol content, and this one is so drinkable. Its a complete and utter shame this is probably the only one I will ever have.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is mild. Malts and very mild coffee. Flavor has a noticeable sweet character but its just smooth as silk. Great balances. Very smooth liquid feel and a low but appreciable carbonation. This is a great RIS. So easy to drink.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks n0rman for this one.

Small (unfortunately) capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
Pitch black, with a good sized tan head, lighter in the center but a burnt yellow on the edges, it shows average retention but nice lacing.
Aroma is impressive, roasted, smoked, with notes of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and even some bourbon (as far as I know this is not barrel aged, but it smells like it).
Full bodied, quite creamy on the palate, the taste is as suggested by aroma, but quite smoked, along with the same vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate notes.
Impressive, and despite strength and probably high ABV, it is very easy to drink.
Extremely impressive.

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Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for opening this one grub!!

Pours a super deep and opaque black, thin brown head forms, settles down to a solid collar, leaves some lace spots. Smell is nice, chocolate, roast, cherries, alcohol, toffee, sherry, vanilla, more chocolate, pretty intense, great. Taste is chocolate, licorice, sherry, very fruity, roast, toffee, some spice, cocoa, nuts, really complex. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth, very nice. great RIS, thanks for this one Russ!

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Photo of lpayette
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says 2006, though I picked this up just a few weeks ago.

Appearance- pitch black. Have I seen darker? probably, but not very many get darker than this. The head is pretty frickin' sweet too given the high gravity of this brew- light brown with lacing.

Smell- the smell took me off guard initially... it's a bit more fruity than I expected. Chocolate pudding and a tamed roasted note come through too. Could use more hops in the aroma, but overall very good.

Taste- Overall theme is chocolatey with a leaning towards the cocoa side of things. This is a much sweeter RIS than most of the notorious malty hop bombs that are out there. Northern brewer hops do come through periodically however, along with a lactose quality?

Mouthfeel- Damn near, perfect. Let me re-think that. It is perfect.

Drinkability- is through the roof for the style especially. The gentle balance of the hops versus the hop slam of other large RIS really helps out here. This is an exceptional beer that I hope to be lucky enough to find some more of.

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Photo of scott
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

V.06 (unknown because hand dated 07 by trader Photekut - you da' man)

I have been waiting to bust this out of my cellar since October. C'mon, tell me story...

Nice clarity, although this falls under the "black as pitch" category. Medium-hard pour delivers one hell of a head that is the darkest I have ever seen. Loose, fluffy and has lots of staying power. Simply gorgeous in it's appearance. Highly aromatic with a very robust nose portaying notes of blackstrap. This has a salty, bittered char effect, but in a very pleasant way.
Oh, this is very nice to drink. Thin for an RIS (maybe degredation?) with a nice malty presence. Not as bitter as the nose would have my mouth believe, this finishes like a champ. Creamy, delicious and just the right touch of warmth.
Well crafted.
Looks like a big stout, smells like a big stout, tastes like a stout, but drinks like a porter. How can you go wrong? This is almost amazing. I wish I had the opportunity to try this fresh...
Seek one out.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as an "extra" from jaxon53 last summer. Thanks again!

Bottle says "2006" on it.

Pours a flat black color with a nice light brown head. Nice looking stout.

Aromas are pretty strong, a bit vegetal, burnt sugars, dark roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee beans.

Beer has a very dark roasted malt flavors. Almost a toasted burnt flavor, pretty strong tasting stout. Lots of malt flavors going on here, bitter chocolate, coffee, and dark bread. Finish is crisp with a hop bite, and a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit off for my liking. Somewhat thin for a Russian Imperial Stout, and feels a little too prickly. Almost a cola like feel to it.... Not bad though.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice example of the style. Not quite up to snuff with some of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but this is still a high quality brew that I am glad I got a chance to drink.

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Photo of Overlord
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been retired?


I had two glasses of Abyss on tap today, and a bottle of this. You know what, damned if perhaps I didn't like this more.

Poured black with dark brown edges and a big cascading head. Not sure what the ABV is, but this was one of the longest lasting and best looking toppings of foam I've ever seen (nice deep tan color). Plus, the bottle is f***ing sweet.

Delicious blending of chocolate, vanilla (love that vanilla!) molasses, a bit of coffee (but not too much) and tart/roasted cherries. Just wonderful in every respect. Perfectly carbonated, great chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage 12oz plastic wrapped and capped bottle served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter glass

A - Poured a very dark and thick ink colored black with just the ever so slightest touch of a dark chocolate colored brown peaking in around the top bottom and sides of the glass. A very nice, and very full three finger high head of tan colored lace and foam then rose up from the bottom and formed a nice delicate pillow across the top of the glass. Very nice retention managed to let this one keep itself around for a good couple of minutes before finally settling down and relenting to just a thin layer of tan across the top, that was perhaps a half inch high and very nice residual side glass lace that left a stringy and foamy mess of tan webs all along the inside of the glass. Very classic look for a big stout.

S - The aroma was very full and rich, just what I would expect it to be. The first thing I noticed was very 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. 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 caramel. Overall pretty typical for your top of the line big stout, this is to say a whole lot better then average!

T - The flavor matched the aroma beautifully, and provided a very full and balanced, if not a tad mellow profile. The first thing that I noticed was a nice touch of coffee in the flavor, not really deep roasted coffee but more of just a general flavor which was used to let everything else build off of. The notes of chocolate went very well with this, really giving a great amount of depth and darkness, which was balanced out very well by some light notes of sugar and vanilla, perhaps even some cookie dough like flavors swirling around. Nothing really dominating this that you could say it was fit into a sub type, rather it was just a very nice all around big stout flavor. Very mellow as far as the alcohol goes, and in fact I am not entirely sure even now how much was in it, as other then a slight note of brandy like quality in the first sip, there was really no touch of it at all throughout the rest of the session. The finish was very nice and strong, blending well the coffee and caramel notes with a fresh earthy hoppiness that provided some much needed bitter relief towards the end and helped to dry everything out and stretch the flavor until you were ready for a little more.

M - The feel was very nice, I will make a remark that it could have been a little bit thicker, but that is more of a personal preference then anything else, as I always tend to think every big RIS I have should have the consistency of a chocolate shake and have really no room for any thinness at all. Now that aside this was still excellent, as it was very smooth and creamy and rich, with more the adequate carbonation and a very nice finish.

D - An excellent sipper, but to be honest it was a little bit more then that. It was soo mellow and smooth that I found myself taking bigger and bigger sips as the night went on and I honestly could have sessioned this one it was that smooth. There was just no hint of alcohol in this one at all and it was just perfect to keep going on this over and over. Really very nice quality here completely.

Overall I thought this was very good. I would not put it up in the call of an Older Viscosity, or the Abyss, but aside from those it was excellent and I could easily see myself having this one again. Now I did not mention it in the appearance, but this has to be the coolest bottle I have ever seen. I am a huge Star Wars geek and this one just made my night. One of the few bottles that I will be keeping around for a while. I would say if you can get this one, definitely check it out, it is worth it, a very high quality stout that was remarkably smooth and consistent.

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Photo of TJP75Beer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review so bear with me.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass like a cup of Peets Major Dickason's coffee with a two-finger mocha head.

Smells of chocolate and ripe cherries

Taste hints of chocolate, brewer's licorice and maltiness.

Mouthfeel bathes the palate and hangs around well into the next sip.

Drinks well. One is satisfying while two might be wasted on a tongue that has already done battle with a very good beer.

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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 RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone IRS stem. Trickled out like motor oil, when a lovely 2 fingers of creamy cocoa head arose. Beautiful crown of froth with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top.
Aroma of hot cocoa, vanilla and hot alcohol. Taste started out with notes of bittersweet chocolate, melting into a creamy marshmellow middle. Next came the espresso notes ending with a big alcohol coating. Subtle, creamy loveliness yet hot at the same time. Maybe that's why it's The Imperial Stout Trooper? I liked this one...alot.

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from the brewery. "Bottled in 2006" (Acc. to John/jcwattsrugger a brewer there said that it was in Dec.)

Pours black with a brown head - looks like espresso with a darker head.

The smell is of licorice/anise with a berry-like fruitiness, woodiness, alcohol, chocolate and a touch of tar.

The taste is wonderful - the alcohol and acidity quickly subsided to mild, revealing chocolate, roasty dark maltiness and licorice. Woody, fruity notes intertwine and blend in nicely. Sweetish, long finish.

The feel is superb - creamy, rich, velvety and lingering.

The alcohol sneaks up, but for style is so drinkable because of the luscious taste and rich, silky feel. Try pairing with dark chocolate - It's a real treat!

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

The Darkside is strong with this brew. Dark black colored beer as dark the soul of a Sith Lord. Small very dark brown colored head the color of a freshly blasted Ewok. Could have more head though so not quite perfect.

Smell is sweet and bitter with a strong Kahlúa liquor aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee aromas. Fair amount of booze and raisin scent. There is an unexpected chocolate cookie smell to this.

Tastes starts out dry and heavily roasted just like Lord Vader after his last encounter with enemy of the Empire Obi Wan Kenobi. Quickly the sweetness kicks in and this starts tasting a lot like an Imperial Milk Stout. Faint berry taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Very mild mannered RIS. Flavor and smell could be more complex but this won’t trash your sense of taste for the night either.

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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,243 ratings.
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