Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

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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

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1,281
Reviews:
499
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey. Finally got around to posting the review. I was going to wait to crack a bottle and go over my review again, but since LucasArts asked for a cease and desist on the label, the bottle value skyrocketed and I don't think I'll be cracking one anytime soon.

A: Incredibly dark with a small but super rich, thick, and dark creamy head that slowly fades. I can almost feel the darkness of space sucking me into it. No light can escape from it, either from being a vaccuum of light or the dark side of the force is strong in it (OK, not more Star Wars jokes).

N: Roast up the wazzoo! I feel like my nose is roasting itself just from the aroma. Some black patent malt aromas also stick out, with hints of dark chocolate and some almost spicy hop character.

T: Again loaded with roast. It has some stouty earthy bitter dry char and scorched malt flavors. Some rich dark fruit flavors, but still thick and kinda velvety. Some bitterness that probably comes from the stout taste combined with a little hop character, that adds a little spiciness. Some sweetness with a little bakers chocolate and a little creamy milk chocolate. HInts of coffee come with the roast that is so strong is almost feels like my tongue is being roasted (same joke twice, lame but whatever). More sweet malt flavors, but no boozy taste at all.

M: very thick with some velvety feel, lower carbonation but good for the style.

F: Semi dry actually, mostly from the bitter earthy dry roasted char from the crazy roasted malt flavors and bitter black patent malt. The bitter earthy "stout" taste seems to linger with it, and a little more chocolate and dark fruit come out late on the finish. The taste also sticks with me for hours after I'm done drinking as it seems to have filled all the pours in my mouth and acted like concrete to just settle and never leave. It's a delicious beer that lives up to the hype. I can only imagine how smooth it'll be after a couple years of aging.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

16 oz swing top bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Big thanks go to Stakem for filling this off a personal keg that he had of this rarity. We’ll effectively consider this a growler serving.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger of rich and burnt looking mocha colored head. This retains with a tight ¼ finger of foam, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty forth and dark oils. The aroma has a LOT of power going on with it, with a assertive mix of chocolate, roast, and green citrus in the nose, but it’s probably the spicy alcohol sweetness from the ABV that dominates this the most. This has some presence to it.

The taste is equally thick, with notes of bitter chocolate, some sweeter feeling caramel flavor, a firm and green tasting hop bitterness, and then finally some dark roasted coffee character that fills out the back of the profile. The flavors themselves here are pretty straight forward overall but like the nose, it’s the ABV that adds that little extra something here with a bold alcohol sweetness and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is naturally full bodied, with a solid chewy heft to it that sits underneath a bit of a softer and creamier feel to the carbonation. This definitely has some warmth to the body but it’s never overly hot or stinging, keeping most of my impression of the alcohol confined to that extra layer of complexity that it adds here.

While the complexity wasn’t quite there to get this up with some of the top Imperial Stouts out there, I still rather enjoyed this. It made great use of its ABV, with warm spicy flavors and a beefy attitude that kept me interested. I wouldn’t bank the farm to acquire a bottle or anything but I sure wouldn’t turn one down either. This is good one.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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 XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

A hearty "thanks" is due to UncleJedi for sharing this one and to the New England Brewing Co. for blurring the line between beer and Star Wars.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Largely roasty nose with plenty of sweet-scented wafts and rich notes of black coffee spiked with booze, chocolate, toasted almonds, candied dates, and, what the hell, more roast.

Taste: Dark malts rolled up with plenty of smokey roast and semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Splash of almond syrup tossed with some dark fruits. Yeah, the alcohol is noticeable, but it's fairly well-integrated. Earthy hops, along with the roasted qualities, provide a medium bitterness to counter the sweetness. The tongue-coating mouthfeel really allows the flavors to persist and linger. Sweetish, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Rather thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty. Should you ever decide to live your beer-drinking life to the fullest, then grab up a bottle of the Imperial Stout Trooper and enjoy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HopStoopid129 for this one!

Pours an effervescent pitch black with dark head that falls away after a while. Nice viscosity to this, but no head retention, but some lacing

S: Dark fruit & chocolate, figs & traces of booze

T: Follows the nose with some wet charred grain thrown in up front. Coffee comes through as this warms, along with oak & vanilla, plus some boozey figs & dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some more vanilla

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation & fairly warming, but lacking malt depth

Drinks fairly easy, a good take on the style, but not upper echelon IMO, was still happy to try it

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

Review from notes, 2010 vintage with the disguise.

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a one finger, tan head on top, very tight foam. Moderate retention and spotty lacing.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, on the floral side with a hint of citrus. Heavy mocha and a nice mixture of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Quite similar to the aroma with some light hops, a good bit of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly grainy texture.

O: Good, but not amazing. I was hoping for a bit more, but I liked it nonetheless. Look forward to trying it again in a few months to see if anything changes.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 2012, opened Dec 2013.

A - Thick black body with dark muddy highlights. Foamy, light milk chocolate head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose. Roasted grains, milk chocolate, dark toast, bread crust.

T - Toasted rye bread, bitter burnt malts, touch of vanilla, dry 90% cocoa, unsweetened latte.

M - Medium-light body, especially for the style. Nice dry, creamy backend.

O - Not overly complex, but what's there is really nice. Flavor profile reminds me more of a milk stout than an RIS.

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Photo of drewone
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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 Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on tap courtesy of Stakem, thanks again man!

Enjoyed chilled slightly from a snifter a perfect choice for a 90 degree day.

A solid dark brown body with creamy beige cap similar to the colors of milky way when you look at the cross section after biting a hunk off. The smell is very malted milk ball-esque very creamy and has light caramel with a goodly amount of sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a mild roasted element, more caramel and toasted yet still pretty smooth and has light bitterness throughout. The quality of the feel is interesting is I perceive a smaller stout as I drink it which is unusual.

The flavor is so malty yet layered with lots of different elements, sure there is the malt flavor which is pretty nice and caramel saturated, but the yeast gives a nice gentle fruitiness underneath the sweet elements and mild roasted tinges. The flavor has a good toasted grain tinge and accents of hops and alcohol buoy the overall Imperial quality of the stout, I will say again this is so well crafted it gives the impression of a mid strength not a high gravity stout. The smooth cocoa element is what stands out to me with some woody elements and gentle alcohol in the finish w/ some pine notes from the hops. The beer finishes semi-dry. I think Imperial Stout Trooper deserves all the praise it gets it is such a splendid Imperial Stout it is a great example of the style. New England Crafted a great brew, thanks Stakem for sharing this delicious beer!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Shared at a small tasting by BigSexy410; thanks! 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, and some pine. Also hints of caramel or toffee. Lots of hops in the smell, much more than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and light pine hops again. Not as much hops as the smell, but a step up from it. Roasted malts come through a lot in the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy body. Very nice mouthfeel for a RIS.

d - A very nice, easy to drink RIS. It was a hoppier stout than I was expecting, especially in the nose, as some pine comes through, but I still really liked it. Glad I have a bottle of this; going to hold onto it for a bit and see how it ages.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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 orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. I scored pours from both a bottle and a growler, but I got a bigger pour from the growler so...Growler poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark as night with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical stout. Hints of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light booze, and some hops sneaking in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with some sweet roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of coffee and more chocolaty sweetness. Finish is a mix of sweet dark roasted malt and some light smokiness. Not bad but it really didn't blow me away.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, bodied with plenty of lingering dark roast in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I liked this one for what it is but it left me wanting something more. I feel like I have had this beer multiple times before, yet this is the first time I have had it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

2010 vintage. Gotta love those glasses, baby. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, light brown sugar, and toasted caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the usual stout notes of roast and chocolate coming to the fore, taking charge without o'erwhelming everything else. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth and lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout. That's all I can say. I think I was expecting something exceptional, though, and got something only really good. I hope that makes sense...

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,281 ratings.
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