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 robwestcott
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jcb890. 2008 bottle

A - Pitch black with one finger of creamy mocha head

S - Strong chocolate with some bitterness, espresso, roasted malt and a bit of smoke as it warms.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cocoa, fudge, some hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

M - Thick and creamy with light carbonation.

D - A tasty imperial stout. Heavy on the chocolate.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Deltoro
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of PG2G
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of NJB145
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick, solid black. A huge, deep brown head rises, to the point where I have to stop pouring the beer, but falls rather quickly. Once settled it ends up as a half finger of tannish colored foam. Nice lacing is left on the glass, especially for a stout. As beer warms the foam seems to cling to the glass a bit more, though the beer wasn't particularly cold to begin with.

The nose is full of roasty and chocolate aromas. The chocolate definitely shines through more. Dark chocolate leads the way and it's paired with a slightly sweet note, almost like some sweet milk chocolate. The roastiness balances out the nose nicely and provides a nice contrast to the chocolate notes.

The taste is head and shoulders above the nose. Huge chocolate notes, dark and milk chocolate, plus some bitter baker's chocolate are the dominant flavors. The sweetness takes a backseat here as the roasted characteristics give the chocolate notes a run for their money. The taste isn't actually all that complex. It's got chocolate and some roastiness, but it has exceptional chocolate and roasted notes.

Definitely a big beer. Fairly thick body with low carbonation. Each sip seems to coat everything from the mouth down the throat and into the stomach. The alcohol is very well hidden.

This is an excellent beer. For a beer this big that has so much flavor it's very straightforward. The chocolate and roasted notes are extremely well balanced. Just a really good beer.

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Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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 bonkers
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this in the BA secret santa '10. The bottle was an '09. I poured into a snifter. The pour is jet black with a moderate tan head, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on coffee, there is light chocolate, light alcohol. The flavor is terrific. Lots of chocolate balanced with the sweetness of chocolate. The finish has lingering coffee with a light alcohol finish. The body is full, carbonation good. A fantastic RIS. Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown with about a fingers worth of dark tan head that disappears pretty fast to leave a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-roasted malt, roasted dark coffee, molasses, and a bit of burnt sugar. Very nice.

T-Taste is also full of roast. Rich roasted malt, roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and sweet caramel. A nice mix of roast and sweetness, and the booze is well hidden.

M-medium to full body, good carbonation, leaves a dry roasted taste.

Overall a pretty good RIS, good tasting, nice smelling, and a good mouthfeel. I will look for other New England Brewing Cos beers.

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SveNss0N
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a heavier dark deep brown with a creamy, loose dark tan head. Drops to a spotty cap in short order. No lacing and minimal carbonation.

Smell: seriously roasted. Slightly burnt. Some sweeter malt notes as well. Nice infusion of cocoa powder and over sweetened coffee. Chewy burnt malts. Espresso beans and a touch of leather. All the aromas are there but it's relatively mellow. Some alcohol on the front of the nose. Sweet with a touch of cough syrup. dark fruits are buried. Heavy on raisin and cherry.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts. Burnt edges with a smoky char. Some dark fruits pull through. Overripe bing cherry. No hops to speak of. Some caramel sweetness as in candy. Bread crust and burnt toast. Same dynamic as the nose. All the right flavors are in place but it'a all on mute. Lingering charred sweetness. Old worn leather and some fresh pipe tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Bubbly and light for the style. Lingering dry smokiness.

Overall: I tried this in a massive stout rating and it was incredibly underwhelming. Now that I've tried it in isolation, I know that's the case. Everything that should be in this beer is, but it's been dialed down. Makes for an incredibly easy drinking take on the style, but ultimately falls short.

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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 vkv822
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
amazing extra sent from ShogoKawada, thanks man!

A: Black body with a frothy milk chocolate colored head.

S: Cocoa upfront, some espresso as well as very faint alcohol notes.

T: Follows the nose quite well, more cocoa followed by lighter notes of coffee, faint roasty, smokey notes as well.

M: Fairly viscous, with subtle carbonation, though it doesn't become overly thick and sludgy. Just what I want in an Imperial Stout.

O: A very well done and nice stout, though the prices I have heard on it seem a bit steep for this. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Images of Darth Vader comes to mind when I grab this bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Lots of aromas going on in the nose including coffee, vanilla, and sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced flavor. Sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark roast coffee with some bitter aftertaste. I know there was a lot of hype around this beer due to the Storm Trooper label not being used but this really is a good beer. May the force be with you.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
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