jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by John, brown wax. Much like the original stout trooper this one has some odd flavor proponent, the finish is straight and woody like any BA stout should be.
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Mike
Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, light vanilla, coconut, coffee, and a touch of bourbon. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruits. The finish has light vanilla, roast, and a hint of bourbon. Itís medium bodied with somewhat lively and fizzy carbonation. Overall, the nose is outstanding...the flavor is very good...but the mouthfeel doesnít fit the style.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl, Vintage 2009, no mention of ABV, as Imperial Stout Trooper (with Barrel on the label), exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly woody/vinous, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL gold waxed bottle that says 12oz on the label. Opened loudly, and poured deeper brown with a colossal cap of tan head.. seemed like there was something wrong. The aroma picked up more sour and metallic bourbon than anything else.. nutty notes and chocolate were deeper down, but it took effort to get there.. seemed like a nice malt bill, but the barrel (and potential infection) got in the way. The flavor opened with tangy (and metallic, but not quite as metallic as the nose indicated) oak and bourbon, and those carried all the way through the drink.. very tasty blended chocolates, a hit of molasses, and vanilla rode way-too-high carbonation onto the middle.. sweet, roasty chocolates, dry roast, vanilla, and more tangy barrel on the finish. Medium-bodied, but way too filling from the huge carbonation.. sharpness and carbo kept it from flowing well.. not by any means boozy.. not all that good.
bluejacket74 (1570) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage, 500 ml gold wax dipped bottle (label says 12 ounces?), big thanks to jgasparine for trading this bottle! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and malty, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also a good amount of roasty and bitter flavors noticable. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, oak, bourbon and a bit of vanilla. Finish is nice and roasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has very high but soft carbonation. The high carbonation does make this a little hard to drink, even though it does settle down some after a while. I think itís a good brew, but my only complaint about it is the high carbonation which hurts the beerís drinkability and overall score. With that being said Iím glad I got to try this one, thanks again John!
alexsdad06 (7103) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from a 500 ml bottle at a BA tasting. Pours dark brown/black with a huge tan head. The nose was roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate with a hefty dose of alcohol, The flavor has dark fruits, roasted malt, some acidity, dark chocolate,with mild bourbon notes. This one was a bit of a mess. i think I like the regular version better. Considering the hype, this would be a disappointment.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml brown bottle. Almost looks like it came off a pirate ship. Pours a thick black with an ever expanding head that seems to morph with life. The way this head moves around is quite odd. The aroma at first has whiskey with plenty of roast and smoke. The taste has whiskey barrel character with roast and smoke. The palate is thin and has a very high amount of carbonation. i canít say this is the best barrel treatment but not bad.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/29/11 from a 500mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a completely opaque dark brown with a massive light brown head that slowly recedes to a thin blanket of lace, not expected from a barrel aged stout. The nose is milk chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon oak, a hint of maple, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a bit hard to detect, due to the extremely massive amount of carbonation, but here it goes. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, maple, and some coffee bitterness. The body is, once again, nearly impossible to tell due to the humongous carbonation with a long bitter coffee and tannic finish. I think that there is a possibility of infection in this beer due to the high level of carbonation.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with big ups to phaleslu. Somewhat intoxicated by the time this was consumed. Notes of chalky cocoa and watered bourbon chocolate. A bit dried out. Touch of figs. The great dark fruit and molasses character I loved in the original was a bit masked by the barrel. Okay, but original better.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold wax-dipped bottle via trade with VikingHammer- thanks a ton, Brad! Pours a deep, murky, dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bakerís chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, toastyed brown sugar, a bit of bourbon, and some unusual fruity note. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted brown sugar, bourbon, oak, apples, and grapes. Iím wondering based on these minor fruity notes in here if this isnít a bit infected. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and high soft carbonation. Not bad, and interesting, but a far cry from the regular Imperial Stout Trooper.