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 Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle. Burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate and lower sweetness. This is good, but nothing you haven't had a million times before. Worth a try, but don't hunt down too hard.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the generous extra.

The beer appears very dark brown with reddish notes when held to light. The head is frothy, creamy, and the color of toffee, with good retention.

The aroma is of roasted malt with coffee. A little dark chocolate lingers beneath, but the coffee and roasted notes are dominant. Subtle notes of dark fruits are noticeable.

The flavor is of roasted malt with coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes. A little astringency is present, as well as vanilla. I get dark fruits in the flavor and a little molasses. The finish is dry and roasted with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's last month, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark oily black with a one finger deep mocha head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket atop the pour.

S - Dark roasty toasty malts and dense chocolate. Could use a bit more oomph as it is semi standard/one noted.

T - Taste though, mmm mmm good. Very nice roasted chocolatey malts. So much deep dark chocolate on this one. Very, very nice its like drinking liquid dark bittersweet chocolate.

M - Yeah, this is crazy good. Nice and velvety and the ABV is nearly completely hidden. I wish I could give this a 4.75. A bit too bitter on the finish and with a hint too much carbonation.

O - Overall this is a splendid RIS. Very chocolatey. Dark 85% cocoa type chocolate. Not too much else though, just lots of chocolate. This is a very, very hyped up beer and for me a bit too overhyped. Still though, I've got a few bottles of this stuff for a reason.

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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 spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Bessettes Colton NY for $8 - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some roasted notes and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - Something about it reminds me a bit of a milk stout. But still, the flavours are fantastic. It has a quality chocolate flavour that I also get from Speedway stout or even Hunapuh. Very easy to drink and great balance. Only fault is maybe the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!


It pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam with oodles of lacing.

The smell is very malty with big roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and a very sweet smelling fruitines. Man, this is one fine smelling brew!

The taste has a big bold chocolate goodnesss gretting my tastebuds followed by some roasted malt, light amount of licorice, some coffee notes, and the fruity sweetness I mentioned in the smell. This is one kick ass RIS. A bit of warming after the swallow but it's very welcome as it snowed last night and the current temp is a balmy 33F.

The mouthfull is thick and chewy and the carbonation is light and perfect....every sip is a winner.

Drinkability? I think, as good as it gets. Unbelievable, in fact. An online store back east was selling this for a very short time and I could kick myself for not taking advantage of the situation.

Bottom line: Stout Trooper ranks amongst the best of the style that I've tried and it comes from my wonder years state of Connecticut. Another big thanks goes out to Wasatch!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to Jon for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored head with decent retention. Some lace left behind as well.

(S)- A nice mellow yet dry baked bread and roasted components. Bits of raisin and licorice. Some cocoa starts to show up as it warms.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A dry yet almost spicy(licorice) component within the roasted character. Plenty of cocoa and raisin in this. Some bitter coffee grounds start to come through as it warms up.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A really nice balance as well. Suprisingly smooth with a great combo of sweet and bitter notes.

(D)- A great stout. Smooth and sweet with a nicely integrated bitter roasted profile. Not overly strong or boozy; a great fit for the style and an enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with subtle hops along with hints of caramel, oatmeal toffee and slight alcohol.

Chewy full body with luscious, silky chocolate malt flavor along with hints of toffee, lactic cream, hazelnut, oatmeal and slightly smokey, roasted coffee bean. The creamy flavor makes this beer incredibly smooth and in combination with the viscous chocolate notes, results n an incredibly quaffable, delicious, well crafted beer. ABV very well masked with faint warmth toward the finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black with little caronation and small brown head. Nose was faint with some roasted malt, coffee and cocoa coming through but not very robust at all. Taste had a funky sourness to it, notoverpowering but I did notice it but diminshed as it got warmer. Cocoa, roasted malt, some dark fruits as well. A big sweetness, bog on mouthfeel and a hardy beer. Got totry it thanks to Far333.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of cooperrip. Shared with Deuane.

A: The stout is pitch black, a moonless night in a glass. A tan-colored head, tinted with some redness, pools at the top of the glass.

S: The nose is complex, full of dark flavors. I pick up chocolate licquer, cocoa, charred toast, espresso and nuttiness. The nose is pretty darn good.

T: Much like the nose, the taste is unafraid to pull punches. Booziness is pervasive, adding a warm depth to the chocolate and roasted bread flavors. Coffee and caramel flavors, along with some lactose tartness, further highlights the intensity of the stout. This beer has held up nicely for being 2+ years old.

M: The ale has a full flavor that improves as it warms. A well-made imperial stout that has a wide-ranging profile.

D: The stout tastes heavy, boozy and warm. This was a good one to split.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like the other elite stouts I have come across. Ink black, little to no light enters the outermost surface of the beer. A creamy, luscious latte colored head sits on top and hangs around forever. One of the beast reataining heads I have seen on a stout. The beer laces so very well. It looks delectable.

S-A very unique scent. I think it smells like a big, bold Milk Stout. Acoompanied by the milkyness I get the standard rich chocolate and coffee. Smells great. Hope the taste follows the look and aroma.

T-Tastes like luscious liquid chocolate. Giant coffee slaps the tongue as well. I get some delicious black licorice as well. Vanilla hints add complexity. The beer's alcohol is masked excellently. I find this to be one of the heaviest chocolate bombs. Mild hops stick on the tongue as well. So very complex and awesome.

M-Very full and thick. Creamy and viscous. Definately a 5.

D-Polishing off this 750ml way too quick. So delicious and awesome.

I have begun to try some of the big-time stouts available in my area and this one sits right near the top with me. Very delicious, right down my alley in terms of the style.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the share!

poured into a hair of the dog tulip.

drank this side by side with BA IST!

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light brown head. A thin cap remains on the beer during the entire drink. A gentle swirl bring this beer right back to life!

Smell: Milk chocolates, cocoa beans, and light roast from the malts. Also getting graham crackers and cinnamon oddly enough; hints of vanilla! Sweet and malts nose overall.

Taste: Lots of milk chocolates and cocoa just like the nose. Hints of vanilla and cocoa beans. A hint of lactose notes and black licorice. Bit of roastiness and nuttiness blend effortlessely into the overall effect as well. As the beer warms up you can start to taste the hops, but its just a hint and the beer still stays semi sweet like milk chocolates.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Great carbonation levels; really nice and drinkable Imperial Stout! Smooth and soft feel with a little silky and creaminess to it!

Overall: I have wanted to try this for a long time now. It did not dissapoint and i would say that this beer is better than what the average review says it is. Its a memorable stout for sure! Love the label too! NEBCO has a real winner here. No wonder it has been so difficult to get my hand on a bottle of this!

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

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish. Funny trademark workaround on the label, can't believe that satisfied the powers that be, plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a DFH snifter, slowly formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head sees the bubbles quickly retreat to the rim, with small bubbled skim holding down the fort most areas, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is potent sweet yet acrid dark malts, tinged with anise.

Taste starts sweet, goes bittersweet chocolate in the middle, closes with some burnt coffee and lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Price point is a bit prohibitive, but as a treat it'll work.

5/2/07 - 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5
12oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Plastic/foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the totally opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes ever so slowly, with plenty of lasting dark lace. Aroma is rich bittersweet chocolate, with an alcoholic undercurrent. Taste follows the nose, but finds some hop bitterness coming on throughout, and the mixture of flavors lingers in the mouth. Not much alcohol in the flavor, seems to be hidden well here. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, easy over the tongue, and drinkability is stunningly beautiful for the style. Wow.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting a while to try this one. 2010 750ml poured into my snifter. Pours pitch black with a tightly compacted brownish head. Thick enough to coat the glass when swirled. Looks promising.
Lots of sweet malt, roasty cocoa notes , and bitter dark chocolate in the nose . Cavity causing chocolate sweetness is most notable.
First taste I'm picking up mostly bitter dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Vague hints of vanilla, cocoa nibs, and booze in the finish.
mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.I would like it to have a little more carbonation.
Overall a decent stout. The smell was its best attribute.

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

Bottle from the 2008 release shared with a couple of friends before dinner last night.

Pouring a thick, inky black with a thick, dark brown head that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing, this is a good looking stout. The nose is fantastic. Rich, dark chocolate, creamy and bitter with a mellow coffee, a pleasing roasty bitterness and a mild yeasty spice reminiscent of anise, this beer has aged gracefully. There's even a hint of fruity tartness, not unlike a mild cherry character, that works wonderfully. These flavors are replicated on the palate, opening with the blend of dark chocolate, mildly sweet, some coffee and roast. Again, there's some fruit character here, a blend of the oxidative dark fruit character that's moderate, and just that hint of tartness. The spice appears mid-palate, working well with the chocolate, and lingers on into the finish. Medium-full in body, this beer is mildly carbonated, yielding a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with some wonderful flavors on the finish. A graceful beer, the only complaint I have with it is the price - $10 for a 12oz beer is a bit much, but oh well, I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bomber (capped not corked!?) poured into a Chouffe tulip; 2010 edition

Big thanks to dcguitar for procuring this for me

Sits an ink black with a huge, bubbly, foamy mocha color cap. Excellent retention with huge gobs of sticky lace all over the sides. This is a great looking beer.

The nose is primarily of charcoal and dark cherries. I get grassy hops in here too, and a decent amount taboot. There's an extremely bitter quality that breaks through everything and bears to be reckoned with. It's a mix of espresso, hops and dark chocolate. I'm not particularly fond of the aroma overall; it's promising, but neither big nor bold enough for me to give a higher score.

The flavor profile is more what I was looking for out of the nose. A heavy char is dominant and overpowering. Dark cherry and black licorice poke and prod their way to the front. Then there's that bitterness again, steamrolling its way down the middle. It's like an ultra concentrated shot of espresso mixed with dark chocolate and hops. I must say that as this beer reached room temp, the flavors melded extremely well together, so I bumped the score up a notch.

I let this guy sit out for about a half hour before I popped the top, so It was near perfect temp when I began. As I move my way through the bottle, the mouthfeel gets better and better. Velvety smooth, lush and creamy. A big, heavy body though. Grassy hops mix with espresso/chocolate to linger long and hard.

Considering the weight and abv, this guy is definitely a sipper and I enjoyed every sip. This is a well made RIS and I can surely see why it earns top tier consideration.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade not too long ago. I've passed on this beer several times while at Ryan & Casey in Greenfield,MA. No longer. This is the 2010 vintage. I really don't like the groucho glasses but it's still a badass beer.

Pours a pitch fucking black with an anorexic brown head into my glass. Sinister? Check. Menacing? You bet. Delicious? One dare find out!

Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit in the nose. There's an nice peak of cream too and it's kind of rum-like.

This is an old fashioned imperial stout for sure. There's a lot of focus on roasted coffee with just the right amount of cream. No surprises, no gimmicks.

The alcohol is well contained, which makes this even more enjoyable. The cream is just right. I can't help but wonder what would happen after another year. I imagine that it must have been "boozy" while fresh.

I really like this imperial stout. I might have built it up in my mind as being REALLY FUCKING GOOD but I'm more than content here. I'm consoled by the fact that my search for the perfect example of this style continues as there are many more examples to try!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Track 84. Served in a tulip ($7 a glass). Poured Two shades shy of black with some light penetration and reddish-brown highlights around the base of the glass. Tight, half inch creamy, mocha-colored cap eventually settles into a thin, broken skim. Head is refreshed with a gentle swirl of the glass. Spots and slashes of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed; good adhesion. Nose is somewhat subdued, but yields cocoa, coffee and brown sugar. Taste follows nose - good balance without too much hops to throw it off. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation; not overly viscous or chewy. This is perhaps one of the most drinkable and well-balanced RIS's I've had the opportunity to try. Unfortunately, the rarity and price tag make it fairly inaccessible.

2010 vintage opened 2/15/15 and served in a tulip. Still some carbonation - pours with a dense, half inch, mocha-colored head that slowly recedes. Roasty notes, some char and a slightly vinous character. flavors have definitely mellowed - not bad, but not as much cocoa and just starting to oxidize. Vinous quality in the nose is also detectable in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel hasn't changed all that substantially. Definitely past its prime, but it's still held up admirably despite being 5 years old.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black into a snifter at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester. One finger light cocoa colored head with good retention. Head is creamy with small bubbles and after it dissipates a small cloud coats the top of the beer. Thick lacing coats the glass as I drink this one down. Smell blasts me with coffee initially and then huge roasty malts. Earthy hops are also in the mix. I also get a burnt sugar/caramel malt scent too. This is a pretty standard RIS smell, nothing really jumps out at me. A bit more strength on the smell would be nice. Taste is gigantically roasty malts. They coat the sides of my tongue while earthy hops hit the middle. I like the earthy hops and how they work but I think they are a bit generic for a hop taste. Cant get the coffee in the taste but the roasted malts are good enough to satisfy me. I burp out fresh hops. Mouthfeel is silky smooth medium thick bodied with lower carbonation. This level of gas suits the tastes very well. Alcohol is pretty non-existant in the taste and MF. Huge coat of hops stays on the tongue after sipping. Drinkability is nice. The taste is worth the price I paid for this on-tap. It is not too over the top for an RIS and is a great example of the style. The roasty flavors are what I look for in an RIS, no cocoa/coffee take over here. The hops are the only thing here that may be overdone/a bit generic. No real off flavors, I can't wait to try this one aged from the bottle (the hops die down and this may become perfect).

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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 maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson who answered my plea for a bottle of this brew & lo! it showed up soon afterwards.

Fantastic presentation on this one. As a certified sci-fi geek, this is one cool bottle. Bonus for appearance on that. 2008 version.

Pours black, with a quick-collapsing tan head. Smells has some surprising hops to it in addition to the Imperial Blackness.

Take a quick sip & then let it warm up a bit after exiting the deep freeze. I have to resist the urge to gulp rather than sip appreciatively, a good sign. This is the kind of RIS I keep tasting trying to tease out what it's all about. There's a whiff of smokiness, a shot but not too much coffee, deep-dark malts, a jutabyte of hop nip at the end, mmm. Nothing jumps out of the mix, but the DJ has done a good job.

M&D is where this one shines. Creamy, not filling, thick, vicious, goes down way easy for an RIS. On the low end of the ABV for the style, & still managed to pack a solid punch of taste, nice nose.

Excellent beer. I can see why this one is lodged in the top 100. Would love to try it again with some age on it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 2011 opened on 6.26.12.

A - Pours a dark, but lively brown with a dark brown, also active, head.

S - Mostly chocolate, then some nuts, and finally some slight coffee.

T - Creamy milk chocolate and coffee, still some nuts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Creamy smooth and solid. Lighter body but that doesn't hurt it here.

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

750ml from Mob2332 I believe, thanks Mike.
Pretty opaque pour, just a bit of light tan head. Would've liked a bit more, but still good. Retention of this little layer is quite good.

Some roast malt and dark chocolate. A surprising amount of herbal hop resin. A bit muted actually.

Taste is much more potent. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise and lighter molasses and coffee. The hops are more minor here than in the aroma. Still add a nice bite to the finish along with some coffee.

The carbonation is just slightly more prickly than creamy, but it is a refined carbonation. Some warming, but not in a bad way at all. Drinks just fine, a nice example of the style. Worth the try.

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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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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,275 ratings.
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