Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper
New England Brewing Co.

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
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Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 4.65%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
5
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New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Photo of ScaryEd
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a small tan head. The head leaves a ring of lacing around the glass as it settles into a thin halo.

The aroma brings notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and coffee up front, followed by a wave of roasted malts, vanilla and fresh apples.

The flavor brings lots of sweet McIntosh apples, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate cake. There's also some dark roast coffee and roasted malts.

The feel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Exceptionally creamy and smooth with a dry finish. Rather boozy on the end.

Overall, a very good barrel aged stout that absolutely brings the apple brandy flavors forward without subduing the other, more subtle flavors.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 12 oz can into my snifter. This beer is at cellar temp and was purchased at the brewery this afternoon.
The beer pours a rich dark cola color with a minimal beige head that fades quickly to a wispy surface layer and thin edging on my glass.
The aroma of the beer is roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate and a good dose of sweet apple brandy aroma. General brown sugar notes also pervade the nose. Not really any hop character that I can detect, seems about as expected for the style.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured average body with mild spacious carbonation. The beer is gentle on my palate during and after each sip. Flavor is lots of sweet chocolate and brown sugar mixing with sweet apples and a coating brandy syrupy note that lingers long after each sip. I get a little bit of warming booze on the swallow. The flavor is kind of sweet and I enjoy this beer quite a bit. Very glad to have scored a few cans and hope others get a chance to put this one in your sampling queue.

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Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 5 ratings