Imperial Stout Trooper | New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
BA SCORE
4.21/5
1,283 Ratings
Imperial Stout TrooperImperial Stout Trooper
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,053
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
1,283
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
993
Gots:
439
Trade:
30
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,283 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -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 Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to hobbie100 for scoring a couple bottles for me!

2009 vintage

Awesome artwork! However, storm trooper on the label = George Lucas is not happy.

A: Black with decent head and lacing - shocker.

S: Roasted malt, subtle chocolate.

T: Very tasty. Nice notes of rich chocolate. The beer is velvety and smooth, with alcohol content very mellow. I like this considerably more than the barrel-aged version. I'm glad I have some more in the cellar.

M: Smooth, good carbonation level. Very little alcohol noticeable in the taste or aftertaste. Not quite as thick as I would prefer in an imperial stout, but again, well done.

D: Very easy to drink. This is an enjoyable imperial stout that I would be happy to have again.

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

Picked this bottle up 1/09 from the most recent bottling.

Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, a faint bit of hops in the back. Taste is chocolate syrup, some milk chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Hop or roast bitterness linger in the finish. Body is medium, mouthfeel is heavy and oily, carbonation is low. Definitely a sipper. The chocolate is nice, but I would have liked a bit more roast. A bit more body would have helped this one as well.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, the 2009 vintage which was the last year for the original label. Bottle opened with friends and tasted along side the barrel aged version. This brew appears black in color with a quick dissolving dark tan head. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew is dark roasted grain, fresh yet at the same time charred and earthy with a touch of dirt scent. Some citrus is evident with a dark fruited quality that makes this brew seem like it is quite sweet smelling. A touch of fusel alcohol cones out as the beer warms up.

The taste is earthy and bitter with charred grain and lots of roast. It is bitter, unsweetened chocolate meets coffee. A bit of fresh grainy flavornis present almost like raw oats. There is a dark fruity alcohol note included with a touch of anise. This is well balanced and very enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It has a rich, creamy smooth feel and a hidden alcohol inclusion that only shows itself as it warms. Very roasty and super enjoyable. I don't know how much the recipe for this brew changes from year to year but I can firmly state that I fully enjoyed this with ~2 years of age on it. This past years seemed much more fruited with alcohol and hops. I really enjoyed this darker, more roasted edition of the trooper. Well done.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of malfunxion
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/2013 bottle.

Allowed to warm and served in a goblet.

Near black, very dark mocha head, stays nicely and leaves decent fine bits, low sheeting and sticky strands of lacing.

I pick up a rich chocolate note on the nose along with some charred dark grains.

Viscous and thick in the glass. More chocolate and dark malt goodness. What can be said? World class Imperial stout.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from the Bushnell's Basin Hess.

Pours a deep, dark black, almost opaque. Light brown half inch head. Pretty attractive lacing all the way down.

Smells pretty roasty, with milk chocolate in the mix.

Tastes incredible. Deep, rich roastiness, milk chocolate, light espresso, vanilla, slight smokiness. No dominant flavor here, just well rounded notes all around. Not much in the way of hop flavors, maybe some slight hop bitterness that I could be mistaking for roasty bitterness.

Full, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the ABV.

A big winner from NEBCO. They are doing great things. I'd love to try some of the variants of this one.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a low profile, dense, creamy chocolate milk colored head. Aromas are creamy, with a mocha blending leaning slightly on the bitter side. Flavors are supersmooth, with a healthy underlying kick from the ABV. Bitter and dark roasted coffee throughout, with some dark, bittersweet chocolate overtones and earthy, roasted highlights. There is a subtle sweetness that jumps in at the end of the palate...seems like a tangy caramel. The body remains smooth throughout, but is light enough to be drinkable. Another solid boozey bite in the aftertaste, as well as a roasty and bitter blend. The finish is smooth and bitter at the same time; creamy, yet sharp. Very dynamic, solidly brewed RIS. Delicious!

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,283 ratings
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