Friday, January 14, 2011

New England Brewing Company - Imperial Stout Trooper

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 750 mL bottle, poured into a Nonic pint glass

If you don't get the gag at hand here, you're either not nerdy enough or, more likely, you've been living under a rock for decades! I'm just wondering how close to some sort of trademark infringement New England Brewing Company is really skating. Imperial Stout Trooper pours an exceedingly dark, nearly black, body from a slick pour. The brown foam head is quite large with a great creamy texture. The retention on the head is stellar and the lacing is understated, but commendable.

There are huge coffee and mocha notes on the nose. A bready and sweet aroma also manages to sneak in under the powerful espresso scent. Finally, a mild hoppy spiciness is detectable among the mélange. The beer starts off slightly sweet with a velvety mouthfeel. The coffee-like malts are prominent with hints of chocolate that add depth and richness. There's smoke for days and it mingles nicely with a modest hoppy aromatic bitterness. The coffee and char aftertaste is pleasant is lingers for quite some time.

A great beer that owns its gag label and turns it into both a great novelty and an excellent treat.

Final Verdict: A-

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