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

Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
4.04/5
376 Ratings
Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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:
99
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 376 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this baby to celebrate my college graduation, reviewed from notes.

A- Pours pitch black into my snifter with a one finger head that has great retention. A thick coat of fine lace is left at the top of the glass but thins out to no lacing toward the bottom. The suds are sticky and hang up on the glass well. A nice tan coffee colored cloud floats atop the beer for the entire time.

S- Good strength, holds up well throughout drinking. One of the best balanced barrel-aged beer aromas. The oak and bourbon are slight and do not sting the nostrils. Blended in with this is very nice roast coffee, malt and cocoa. Licorice notes makes an appearance as well.

T- A good balance of slight bourbon, oak, roast coffee beans, cocoa and roast malt. The coffee is awesome but the overall flavor feels thin/weak to me. Earthy hops round out the flavor with some licorice as well. I don't have a problem with stouts that don't kick your face in but the laid back flavor feels kind of strange to me with the bourbon aging. It is certainly a lighter barrel aged stout.

MF- Incredibly creamy but the body itself is a bit thin. A tiny bit of warmth from the alcohol and nice low carbonation on the tongue. Needs some thickness but the creaminess saves this one from falling far short.

DB- The thin flavors and mouthfeel are the only drawbacks. It is extremely smooth for a barrel-aged imperial stout and very balanced. The high price was a bit much but these days it is expected. I could really kill a few of these at once but will hold back on the rest of my bottles.

INFECTION: (11/08/10) Popped a bottle that was clearly infected. The infection made the beer incredibly fizzy and almost impossible to pour (3oz spilled out of the glass foaming). The flavor was not hugely affected but the Bourbon was faint and there was a bit of a Belgian/Saison/Brett/straw thing going on. It was not sour in anyway, just way too carbonated and a bit Belgian.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the color and clarity of cola with a dense, 1.5 inch, cocoa-colored cap embedded with tiny ringlets. Head eventually condenses into a solid quarter inch mass. Some spots of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose gives off the slightest impression of the barrel, on a heavy malt backbone. Some artificial sweetener and a hint of vanilla also comes out in the mix. Taste is really surprising - a big smokey, roasty, blast off the first pull - wasn't expecting that. Once I got over the initial surprise, some lactose and cocoa comes out. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a light and lively carbonation. This was a weird beer - definitely an RIS (Rauchbier Imperial Stout). Very complex, but lacking a distinct identity. Definitely worth a shot if you have the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

wasn't as good as regular trooper

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hoppymcgee for shipping a bottle of this westerward. Hit up a number of BAs before I located the generous Mr. Gee. Popped open while watching "Burn Before Reading" which I hope gets better...would be a shame to waste this cast on a few mild chuckles.

Pours black with an untamed, unbridled, unstoppable head that quickly overflows my plus-sized Terrapin snifter. Pause, pour, repeat. I hate waiting for my beer, & I hope this is just annoying overcarbonation & not infection. Once I can sniffle without wetting the end of my nose, I get nice gentle bourbon, vanilla, oak, & the scantest inkling of dark fruit. Please, no!

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper carries a heavy name & high expectations. The beer itself has char high on the list, good, burnt firewood in a quiet forest campground. The malts are all over this one: charred, toasted, burnt, slightly sweet, ashes. The barrel is a not-so-thoughtful-afterthought, apparent readily in the nose, but had to be sought out actively in the taste. On the bare bottom of the backside is a bit of plums mixed in with other dark fruit, but again, hardly noticeable.

The beer is significantly overcarbonated, which is distracting, & makes it hard to enjoy the beer & tease out whatever subtle winks lie in wait. Pummels the drinkability substantially, too. Error or lurking infection? I'll never know.

Decent enough beer. In the universe of barrel-aged stouts, this one brings the toasted malts hard, but these must have been fourteenth-use barrels, because they bring little to the party. Lots of barrel-aged beers I'd prefer before this one again.

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Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BDeibs
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this with me and some other BA's.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby around the edges. A huge tan head forms, almost like a gusher. Though manageable to pour. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla are big and up front. Plenty of alcohol in the nose, and some lingering dry wood notes.
T: Fairly simple here. Light toasted malt and chocolate. Lots of prickly alcohol that really detracts for me.
M/D: A full body, but the carbonation is huge. Lots of bubbles, and really prickly on the tongue. Tons of alcohol. A very slow sipper.

I am glad I got the chance to try this, but it just does not hold up. There is not a lot going on. The huge prickly carbonation and alcohol makes this difficult to drink as well. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another tasting with Agent zero. 375ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Dark black with tons of carbonation. At least four fingers of light tan head, decent retention, good lacing...The aroma is light and really sweet coffee, its really nice, but no wood at all. Can't believe this is ba...The taste is really boring, it starts off light coffee but that's about it. No ba quality at all...Too carbonated, super bubbly on the tongue, distracting.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of grahuba
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from smutty33 several months ago, finally breaking it out. 500mL bottle, thick gold wax on top.

The beer pours with a huge foam, it takes a few cycles to fill the glass. Dark brown and opaque, looks like a stout, nothing remarkable except the huge cascading head.

Lots of stuff going on aroma wise, listed in decreasing order: Dark fruits (plums, raisins), smoked malts, roasted malts, tobacco. Not sure on why I get smoke in this beer, I didn't see it described in previous reviews, but it's pretty strong in the smell. A little bourbon in subsequent whiffs.

This is really tasty stuff, but ominously a little tangy in the aftertaste. Up front it starts with sweet and roasted malts, a little burning ethanol or bourbon in the middle, and a sour lasting aftertaste. Maybe infected, I've heard others talk about it and it looks like mine might be infected.

The body is OK, but there really is way too much carbonation. It doesn't match the richness of the flavors at all, too prickly and bubbly, it takes away from the beer.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thank you to FishGetter for getting me this beer at the release. Served at just about cellar temperature, in my trusty snifter, from a twelve ounce bottle. Thanks again Shawn!

Appearance: BA Stout Trooper pours out a pitch black, almost as black as Darth Vader's soul. Sorry for that. A rather gentle pour resulted in almost three inches of coffee brown foam. Head was thick and dense. Head retention was great. Faded away quite slowly. Huge chunks of lace were left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Pretty powerful nose. Definite oak aromas flowing out of the glass. Thin layers of chocolate and coffee. A semi thick bourbon/alcohol aroma tickles the nose. A slight sweetness lingers.

Taste: In my opinion, the barrel ageing process seems to take away from the original beer a little. Again, plenty of oak stands out. Bits of chocolate and coffee are noticed deep in the background. Also some light brown sugar. Bourbon and booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel maybe. A little bit thinner than I like my Imperial stouts. Lower level of carbonation.

Overall: Overall, not a bad drink. A sipper in my opinion. I do prefer the regular Imperial Stout Trooper over this.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks again to George & Dale for this beauty, it's a thick black colored brew with meager light brown rings of head and decent lacing. The aroma suggests bourbon licorice and light malt and the bourbon is quite prominent but not overbearing. The flavor brings much the same with tart bourbon and malty anisette. A bit energetic, not a warm fuzzy drinker but an experience worth trying! This should age very well, just a little green right now. Liquid oil, thick and full with a somewhat clean liquid feel and marginal carbonation. High quality but a real mouthful, not highly drinkable but a taste sensation. Really impressive but not at it's best yet perhaps.

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Photo of CTJman
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a great showcase from nebco. One I look forward to every year

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Massive thanks goes out to nyrangerfan for sending me this bottle in a past trade! Bottle shared with Lunch and Huhzubendah during our private tasting session at Sexual Chocolate '11. Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a with a massive light tan head with a very careful pour (over-carbonated much?). There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, caramel, wood, slight alcohol, and a very muted tart flavor (infected?). It had a medium feel on the palate with stupid high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but nothing awe-inspiring. The carbonation on this was just plain retarded... It was almost like I took a sip of it and then stuck a hose pumping Carbon Dioxide inside my mouth to form bubbles. It was literally like drinking flavored foam. Needless to say, the carbonation killed this one for me. It is worth ticking, but that is about it in my opinion.

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Imperial Stout Trooper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 376 ratings
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