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

Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,732
Ranked #4,666
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
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tpd975 from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue. Small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of nice roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, and dark fruit.

T: Wonderful roast. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and sweet molasses. Light barrel notes. Hints of oak, coconut, and vanilla. Complex, tasty and good.

M: Medium in body, sweet with perfect barrel notes. I thought it would be infected but I picked up none of those notes. Nice and tasty. Worth the trade.

D: Nice and drinkable. Tasty goodness in a bottle.

Sep 05, 2010
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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
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Roguer from Georgia

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
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krome from Illinois

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

Feb 16, 2016
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, courtesy of NJOssie. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

NEBCO's barrel aged imperial stout pours solid black, with two to three fingers of caramel foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent, but aside from a ring at the beer's apex, lacing is pretty scarce. The nose features gobs of butterscotch. A bit of vanilla is also present, along with a touch of wood. While I do appreciate the aroma, it's heavy on barrel notes and light on influences from the base beer. The flavor profile is a bit better. Caramel is still the predominant characteristic, but not only are vanilla and oak both more noticeable, but some bittersweet cocoa powder joins the party. The body is full and sturdy, while not being overbearing. At the same time, the carbonation is just active enough to let you know it's there. Very nice. This is an interesting brew from New England Brewing, as while it's very barrel forward, it's not very boozy/bourbon forward. I dig it though, wish I had another bottle or two.

Jan 30, 2013
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seplo from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 24, 2012
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Gfunk720 from Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes, out of my Maudite tulip.

A- Crazy coffee colored foamy head. I couldn't even pour it for a while it was so foamy. Beer is pitch black, much like the base beer.

S- Smells of oak and malt, no bourbon really to speak of. There are some coffee/chocolate notes as well, and a wierd soury smell.

T- A odd combination of burnt malt and oak. Again, I am getting that bitter sourness. Also so cocoa and coffee notes.

D- Not bad, but wayyy too carbed. Not sure what is going on here...

M- Again, just tastes burnt and like it slighly turned. Not sure if the sourness is the beer or infection.

This beer did not take well to the barrel aging process. I really like IST, but would not go out of my way to find another one of these.

Feb 20, 2011
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zoolzoo from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to break this open...

A: Pours black, huge khaki head in my Duvel tulip. Bubbles everywhere, appears to be well carbonated.

S: Much like regular Trooper, the aroma is great but somewhat subdued. Chocolate malt, bit of coffee. Definitely getting that barrel up front, doesn't smell hot though.

T: As a base beer IST is an incredibly balanced stout. I'm glad that NEB decided to NOT blow it out of the water with barrel! Roasted malts and earthiness, coffee, a little chocolate, and a touch of lingering bitterness. The beer retains the balance of IST, with the addition of woodiness that is quite complementary.

M: Probably over carbed for the style, although in my opinion this aspect kept drinkability quite high. BA IST doesn't really have the HUGE flavors that merit a completely thick and coating mouthfeel. Not bad.

D: Quite high, especially for a BA Imperial Stout. Well balanced, not blown out by barrel flavors, and little alcohol heat except for a pleasant warming.

Jun 04, 2010
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brycevolk from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

May 20, 2013
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Brez07 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles from the past weekend's release. Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Dark black pour with a thin mocha head. It leaves scant lacing throughout the glass

S: Potent, but not overwhelming, bourbon smell. There is a tinge of alcohol in the nose. There are hints of vanilla and oak present as well

T: Starts off with a great roasted flavor. A nice bourbon/vanilla/chocolate/oak mix follows. Finishes with a minimal alcohol presence

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth, as smooth as can be. There is a nice tingle from the carbonation and a touch of roasted malt on the tongue in the finish

D: Easy at first, but the bourbon character causes me to slow down a bit eventually. Not a bad thing though. Personally, I think this will age with the best of them. Lucky to have picked up a few of these while it was still available

4.5/4/4.5/5/4.5 - A

Update: Had another bottle on 10/23/10. Carbonation was high, causing it to be thin. Adjusting mouthfeel to a 3 and drinkability to a 4

Apr 27, 2010
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nathanmiller from New York

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

Feb 12, 2015
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caresville from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased bottle directly from brewery only on release date of 4/24. limited release of 700 bottles only.

a- pours an absolute jet black with a tiny little mocha colored foam head. great carbonation and laces beautifully throughout the glass.

s- black coffee at 6am after a long night. its a beautiful thing. hints of bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and brown sugar.

t&m- lots and lots of black coffee. dark chocolate, roasty malts, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits and hints of teriyaki and soy sauce on the finish.

d- amazing beer that im lucky to have tried. its great drinking fresh right now and i would imagine it tasting great in the future. something to go get and try for sure, great stuff!!

Apr 25, 2010
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chrispoint from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Jan 16, 2012
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SkiBum22 from New York

4/5  rDev -2%

May 25, 2014
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modernartblues from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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calcnerd from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 07, 2016
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

Nov 29, 2011
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steve8robin from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the 2010 release. Glad to crack one...

A: Amazingly black with a 1 inch milk chocolate head that slowly fades. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Very good.

S: Super roasty creamy bourbon and chocolate covered coffee bean upfront. Beautiful raisin in the middle blended with dark fruit and some sweet malts on the backend. Awesome!

T: Hoppy espresso upfront blended with creamy bourbon. Dark bitter chocolate in the middle with raisin and dark fruit on the backend. Very good. Super roasty brew.

M: Medium body with a nice blend of carbonation. Leaves a very nice stickiness on the palate. Very good.

D: Once you get past the boozy hops, it goes down good.

All in all, this is a very good brew. I'd love to try back to back with a standard IST. I definitely recommend trying this one if you get the opportunity. Great thick BIG stout.

May 01, 2010
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jsilva from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

Feb 08, 2012
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clearish brown. Not as dark as i would like Like to see. Tns and tons of head that doesn't dissipate quickly. Smells heavy of oak and bourbon. Some nice butteriness. Tastes very chocolatey and malty. The bourbon flavour is great but the mouthfeel is killing it. Bitter from the co2. Overcarbonsted and harsh. Overall it could be worse but man does this beer hurt to drink

Apr 16, 2011
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Aug 06, 2014
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Jan 31, 2020
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masterofsparks from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 28, 2014
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gamanley from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Nov 11, 2013
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mgbickel from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Stigs for bringing this to the tasting...we piggy-backed this onto the regular IST...

3oz. pour into a Perfect Pint glass. The head is thicker and darker on this one...chocolate brown foam sitting on top of the black, light eating body.

Lots of woody characters on the nose. The roasted malts and coffee characters are also present. Booze.

Wow...the taste isn't anywhere near as rich or complex as the regular version. Lots of charred wood characters, some bourbon, coffee, ash and chocolate.

The mouth feel is the weakest link to this beer. Medium bodied, but somehow thin feeling...very astringent with little carbonation.

Meh...worth a try, but I would choose the original version every time. Much better BA Stouts are available and easier to acquire.

Jul 26, 2010
Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 398 ratings