Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
New England Brewing Co.

Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,844
Ranked #4,843
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Notes: An American Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of roasted malts producing chocolate, dark fruit and coffee notes then aged in bourbon barrels adding notes of oak and vanilla. Brewed every year in the early winter.
ABV - 9.5% IBU’s – 40 Kettle Hops - Columbus, Cascade
Malts - Maris Otter, Pale, Vienna, Biscuit, Flaked, Oats, Torrified Wheat, Medium Crystal, Special B, Chocolate, variety of Roasted malts Yeast – American Ale OG - 24.5

2012 - 375ml bottle, label changed to hunched groucho barrel. 10% ABV
Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 398 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jvgoor3786
jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and lacing.

The smell is great - chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and dark fruits.

The taste is char, chocolate, tons of dark fruit, and more chocolate especially on the finish.

The mouth feel is medium body and low carbonation. There's some bitterness on the finish.

Overall this is very enjoyable - good flavors, not overall sweet.

Jan 24, 2021
Photo of Holderness
Holderness from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Herbal bitters dominate the flavors -- lots of gentian root, licorice, sage, bittersweet chocolate. Bourbon character is there but doesn't contribute a ton. Had alongside PB Trooper and like that one a lot more

Feb 27, 2020
Photo of Kitsune82

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most amazing beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. Incredibly smooth, sweet and malty. Imagine a chocolate filled with bourbon. Just delicious. Not the greatest to have with a meal but phenomenal to have *as* dessert. A 5* brew without question. Another fantastic beer from NEBCO.

Nov 30, 2019
Photo of EMV
EMV from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Bottle #525, poured into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with thin 'barely there' head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and boozy... roast, bourbon, vanilla, and char.

T.F: Sweet roasted malts and burned sugars. Vanilla and bourbon... dark chocolate, light espresso, and char. Boozy... bourbon still present after 6 years. Medium bodied and smooth... creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Bitterness from the roast mellows out the sweet. Sticky on the tongue.

O: An outstanding bourbon barrel stout. Aged fantastically well... would love to do a vertical.

Mar 27, 2019
Photo of johnnnniee
johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

EBF Last Saturday Solid black in color with a thin tan head that persists. Rich chocolate and roasty maltiness with some light earth. Huge barrel and warming alcohol. Body feels a bit thin

Feb 10, 2019
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. It's your typical BA imperial stout build, but bold and inviting.

This has a boozy and warm bourbon character, with oak spice, and tons of fudgy chocolate, with some espresso bitterness on the finish. I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and it stood up to my expectations.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, with a creamy finish. The booziness isn't as present as you'd expect for the ABV.

I really enjoyed this one- it was the first beer I had at Extreme Beer Festival, so it's the only one I actually had with a clean palate.

Feb 07, 2018
Photo of CayseyW
CayseyW from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black body with a slight brown head that disappears quickly to nothing more than a small ring of foam around the edge. Little to no lacing.
S: Super complex aroma—dark chocolate, dried fruits, liquorish, vanilla, bourbon and oak. There is also an earthy and almost grassy thing happening up front as well, but it's very faint.
T: Chocolate, coffee, burnt sugars and subtle fruitiness. This is an interesting BA stout because its base beer is very hoppy, at least for a stout, and some of that is still lingering in the taste and feel. I can't think of another BA stout that has a noticeable hop presence.
F: Super soft and easy to drink. Best aspect of this beer. It's full but not muddy. Bold but not harsh. Just really nice, but I would have given it a 5 here if it had a better carb.
O: Really cool BA stout that I can't wait to drink again, especially after it's had a year or two on it.

Mar 25, 2017
Photo of von_kaiser
von_kaiser from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 12/14.....nothing special. no real barrel character at all. medium mouthfeel for the style. taste very similar to the original recipe. overall, they should improve the barrel aging program. saw a plastic floaty in my beer that i'm hoping my kids dropped in but i cannot confirm nor deny.

Dec 16, 2016
Photo of JerzDevl2000
JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade a while ago, as this had a date of 12/15 on the bottle. In addition, this was only "1 of only 2600 bottles" made which lent an air of exclusivity to this. I never had anything out of a bottle from New England Brewing before and this was a good beer to pour out of such a heavy form of packaging, as the viscosity was quite thick and rich!

Everything about this brew was thick - from the appearance, head, taste, and mouthfeel, there was more than enough to proverbially chew on here. Of course, the hue was an extremely dark brown with just a hint of garnet around the edges for the light to seep in through. The mocha head wasn't terribly deep or long-lasting but it held it's own before settling down. Lots of caramel and molasses in the nose with hints of peat moss along the lines of a Scotch Ale. The bourbon came through more in the taste, as the clean finish, slight stickiness, and woody aftertaste served as indicators as to what this beer really was about. Thick, strong, and sticky, it felt like oats were present as there was a good amount of body here to balance out the alcohol and espresso-like slickness that prevented this from feeling too heavy.

There was enough alcohol here but it wasn't anything that overshadowed the complexities that emerged as this warmed up. An understated roasted, walnut presence and the barrel-aging really took this to another level and even on this abnormally warm day, I could appreciate everything that went into this beer. One of the better Stouts that I've had in recent months as this combined the best aspects of the style and the method of aging. A solid brew from New England worthy of another release this year!

Oct 25, 2016
Photo of WillieThreebiers
WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium thick viscous black with a slight and quickly disappearing head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel-chocolate, not overpowering in any way. Creamy chocolate flavor, and very very smooth. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Dec 31, 2015
Photo of RAlmeida77
RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lacking in many aspects. Looked thin, drank thin and had a bitter'ish flavor to it that really put me off. Also, first sip revealed a thick, slimy glob slipping into my mouth. Disgusting. Don't know what it was as I promptly spit it out.

Oct 28, 2015
Photo of Roguer
Roguer from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfect black brew, with a modest tan head with good retention.

Unbelievably smooth aroma. Bourbon dominates, but in an extremely approachable way. Chocolate and vanilla follow.

Flavor exactly matches: the barrel takes center stage, but not in a way that it washes away the stout base. Brew loses some of the kick-in-the-teeth roasted bitterness that base IST has, but it compensates with a perfect smoothness.

Super thick feel, among the thickest BA stouts - just a hair shy of BCBS territory. Little alcohol presence.

Extremely smooth brew. Any fan of BBA stouts should be well pleased. You do lose out a bit on IST's bite (think Narwhal vs BBA Narwhal, a very clear parallel IMO), but it's a beautiful and smooth beer.

Jan 24, 2015
Photo of Mikefriedman90
Mikefriedman90 from New York

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love bourbon so the distinct smell and taste from the barrel aging made this imperial stout especially enjoyable. Very dark, strong sipping beer with a long lasting sweet malty aftertaste

Dec 28, 2014
Photo of TWStandley
TWStandley from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

Poured into a snifter.

Dark brown color with small, light brown head.

Smelled of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee.

Taste was well balanced but lacking that "wow" factor. Pretty standard BA stout. Not on par with the big hitters but not bad.

Mouthfeel was thick and velvety.

Overall solid brew.

Sep 20, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is jet black with a very small amount of caramel head. Nose has lots of wood and some bourbon. Some sticky malts, slightly charred with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is even more wood with bourbon notes and more charred malt. The underlying malt flavors are faded out by the barrel, little bits of chocolate and caramel malts, some sweetness towards the finish. Medium to full body with strong carbonation and a slick palate.

Jul 17, 2014
Photo of lurpy1
lurpy1 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dgthasher for sending a bottle. Have to say, I don't get the joke on the label. Barrel wearing groucho glasses with a bad back...Help me out here guys, what's the funny? Anyway, the beer?

Think I might be picking up a whiff of infection here. Nice stout flavors get chased away by a sour, Belgian-y funk. Barrel is not real strong either, a little bit of a bourbon hint around the edges. I think I'm gonna declare this guy infected, but even if it is, the "infection" is not enough to completely wreck the beer, only render this a somewhat below-average barrel aged beers. But still totally drinkable and mildly recommended at the right price. If germs and other nasties have indeed infected this beer, I'd like to see what the pristine version tastes like. Good thing I have another bottle somewhere.

Jun 10, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is from the first release at NEBCO. I decided to treat myself tonight.
The beer pours a jet black color with 4 to 5 cm of creamy tan head even with a gentle pour.
The head fades slowly to a very sturdy surface layer and is tightly packed lattice on every sip.
Aroma is dark chocolate malt with heavy bourbon notes. I also get a little bit of dry wooden toothpick hits too.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt with brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and rich dark chocolate mixed in for good measure.
No hints of the booze on this one, and it is very easy to drink and could be dangerous. I would recommend buying multiple bottles of this treat next time they come around. Very nice stout profile with lots of good bourbon too.
I enjoy it and wish I had another bottle.

May 26, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark black with coffee lacing. Thin lacing, no legs.

S- Vanilla and malt. That takes most of the S. Bit of barrel.

T- Vanilla, malt and more barrel than in the nose.

M- Nice and creamy, somewhat viscous; just the right amount of carb

O- A well done BA stout, but there is a bit of a void; though I would drink this 24/7 without complaining anymore

Apr 19, 2014
Photo of MenardMa
MenardMa from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried any of the past batches of this, but judging by the mixed reviews they must not have come out quite as good as this most recent one (sold 12/21/13), because this was an excellent beer! Rivals just about any other Bourbon Barrel Stout in my opinion.

It was very rich, and the bourbon comes through nicely without making it too boozy.

Dec 26, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 254/1400 opened on 9.26.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle, barrel, oaky, bourbon.

T - Strong bourbon, chocolate, and a slightly metallic finish.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Ok stout, nose is weak and taste was metallic.

Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium from Florida

2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 1195/1400.

Appearance - Dark black. Maybe not viscous, but a nice dark black. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Wow, it's odd. And bad. Chocolate. Strange buttermilk-like aroma. Diacetyl? I don't often smell that in a stout.

Taste - Chocolate. Milk chocolate. Some bourbon, but not a lot. That buttermilk flavor is almost tangy. I think it's got diacetyl here too.

Mouthfeel - Thick and a little chalky. Bitter and boozy.

Overall - Funky and weird. And this is supposed to be the noninfected version.

Oct 22, 2013
Photo of braugon
braugon from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 - Pitch black, oily. Smells exactly as advertised. No real head on this pour.

Taste's fizzier than most ris's but really pleasant and lively. Sticky, sweet. Molasses and vanilla, oak and bourbon.

Hop bitterness before prunes and tannic on the finish.

Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mltobin
mltobin from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL from this past winters release. I poured it into a NEBCO flute.

The appearance is black with a small tan head. Its` nose contains bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. I tip it back for a sip and I taste chocolate, toffee, more of that bourbon, oak and a bit of vanilla. It tastes very nice and warms you up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty decent a mount of carbonation to it. All things considered, another very good beer from the crew at NEBCO.

May 16, 2013
Photo of Hamburgers
Hamburgers from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012. Bottle #1140. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, vanilla, easy on bourbon. Smells like a BBA barley Wine. Flavor is sweet, fruity and again easy on the bourbon. Medium body with good carbonation. Very good. Ready to drink now which is fine cause I am drinking it now....

Apr 03, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for the share!

poured into a hair of the dog tulip.

drank this side by side with IST!

Vintage 2012. Bottle# 602/1400.

Appearance: Looks identical to regualr IST. Thought that this beer would have a draker head, but its not the case. A 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! Malty nose overall.

Taste: Lots of milk chocolates and cocoa. Hints of vanilla. Decent amounts of black licorice and molasses. Mid level of roastiness. You get a nice mellow oak note too. Also getting a rootbeer or cola note from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Exactly the same mouthfeel as regular IST. A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable Imperial Stout! Smooth and delicate mouthfeel with a little silky and creaminess to it!

Overall: Regular Imperial Stout Trooper is just plain a better beer; thats all. Very similiar in many aspects to regular storm trooper, something is a little off in the taste, but it was not a horrible distraction at all. Glad I got the chance to try it out!

Feb 15, 2013
Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 398 ratings