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

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Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by caresville on 04-25-2010

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Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from xanok in an in-person trade. This is the 2010 edition, poured into a snifter.

Dark black with a fuzzy one-finger head of cocoa powder. The bubbles linger as a thick top layer all night long.

Not much to the nose. Some vanilla and sweetness have been added to the cocoa powder, toast and coffee apparent in the un-aged version. Also added: lots of alcohol.

The flavor: vinous oak, vanilla, butter, subdued smokiness, cocoa powder. Sweet throughout. Like in its predecessor, the flavors here are still very smoothly integrated. There’s just more heat.

Light carbonation and high fizziness in an extremely soft medium body. Moderate alcohol burn on the tongue as wells as the nose. 3

Neither Imperial Stout Trooper nor this barrel-aged version is incredibly complex, but I have to say I like the un-aged version better. The barrels just don’t add much, and what they do add covers the base beer, rather than accentuating it.

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Photo of ottovon
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared by phelps at a recent tasting. This is the 2010 version.

A: pours out a dark brown with a nice brown head.

S: chocolate with hints of vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon. there is some sweetness and alcohol in the aroma.

T: chocolate and coffee. There is some vanilla and a little bourbon. Not a ton of bourbon. there is some sweetness and toffee.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb.

O: i enjoyed this beer more than the normal IST, but was expecting more from both versions.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has something going on in the bottle. The head is way to aggressive. Foamy, over flowing and large bubbles. I had the opportunity to enjoy 2 bottles and both were the same way. Almost black in color with a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma has alcohol, cocoa, coconut, and bourbon.

The flavor is interesting, but we see the next sign of something going on here. Most of the flavor is cocoa powder, dark roast malt, bourbon, vanilla and coconut. But there is a tiny sense of apple with the slightest hint of tartness. Not Sour at all, but I wouldn't age this beer. I think something is still at work in this bottle.

The body is a touch too thin and the carbonation is large.. Big bubbles.

I prefer the standard Stout Trooper vs. this version.

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Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 375 ratings.
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