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

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376 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,318
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
376
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
268
Gots:
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Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2016

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1112/1400 sent over from GuisseppeFranco, Thanks man!

This poured out as a very deep black color with a light brown head on top. The retention is pretty good on this beer and there is some scattered lacing also. The smell of the beer is sweet with some subtle milk chocolate & butterscotch aromas as well as some fresh wood on the nose as well. It doesn't give off too much of a bourbon aroma but still a very nice smelling beer. The taste of the beer has some subtle notes of bourbon and vanilla. It's got a hint of smoke in the finish along with some bitterness too. The mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated and slick. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I enjoyed trying it and would probably drink it again sometime.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle generously shared by nickd717. Thanks for the chance to try this, Nick. We drank this at a tasting alongside a few other barrel-aged stouts and strong ales, including BCBCS, Firestone 13 and Parabola.

The beer is black with a frothy finger of brown head. Nice head retention and lacing, though it looks a little thin.

Pleasant chocolate-whiskey aroma, strongly roasty with a bit of anise and alcohol. It's very muted, surprisingly so, and side-by-side with Parabola it seems downright bland.

The taste opens with big black licorice flavor that borders on astringent. Medium in body, ashy, faintly burnt. The barrel didn't contribute a whole lot to this, a bit of whiskey flavor, light tannins and booze. Finishes with licorice, roasted/burnt malt and alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not great or overly interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with this and regular IST.

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Very fizzy like. Good retention with lace rings. Color is black.

Aroma: Whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and coconut.

Taste: Whiskey with lots of oak. Earthy hops, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and dark fruits. Fairly creamy.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation (way too much). Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, way too much carbonation. Not sour like some bottles have been. Okay drinkability, but the carbonation just throws this beer off. It really wrecked the beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pemmet for this one. Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December.

A dark head fades at a medium pace over essentially pitch black beer.

Nose brings some oak, woody esthers, a little bourbon, dark malts, little roast and dark chocolate, a little saw dust, bit of wet cardboard as well.

Taste has some straw, a bit of wood, more wet cardboard, tons of wood, sawdust, little roast, semi bitter stout flavors, a bit of chocolate, light creamy chocolate, light earthy hops, way too much overpowering wood and oak.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little lighter than I thought, with lighter carbonation.

Drink is meh, the wood just gets so overpowering, a light booze but not much, and a little sweetness.

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2.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite the gushed as I remove the wax. Quite a bit of head and tan lacing. Dark, dark brown. Smell is bourbon and a good amount of oak. Hints of coconut. Taste is similar though quite muted. Surprisingly little taste for a barrel aged stout. Mouthfelel is fairly thin with a lot of carbonation. Drinkable, but not because I want to. Somewhat disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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