davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 2012 release, 375 ml bottle into a 668 tulip. Bottle #238/1400. Its worth noting the new style label omits the word "Trooper" and is labeled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout". This has been my longest want so I was ecstatic to get this beer. Thanks for the awesome beers Matt, Rob and company!
A - Pours a pitch black body. A two finger head of dark mocha head forms and fades away quickly leaving behind thin edging. A swirl produces some modest lacing with minimal retention but a fingers worth of head does come back to life. Great alcohol legs form and stay for a while. 4/5
S - Odd and unique, just as the standard IST is. Starts off with roasted malts and cola. Notes of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, fudge, leather and black pepper. Nice balance between savory and sweet. 9/10
T - Very roasty initially. Then comes some coconut and chocolate fudge. Finally the bourbon rounds it out. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. I swear there is a subtle touch of Dr. Pepper in here. Its not dark fruit or red wine....its just...something borderline fruity in the background. Noticeable alcohol burn on the finish but its very pleasant if youíre a fan of drinking bourbon. Not the most balanced or well integrated flavor profile, but I canít say Iíve tasted a beer like this. Delicious in all the wrong ways. 9/10
M - Medium to light bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is way too high and seems to just jumble around the all the flavors. Rather easy drinking despite the alcohol warmth. 3/5
O - A very different BA stout with some faults. The carbonation is way too high and does not work with the flavor profile at all. There is an underlying cola quality to the aroma and flavor. But through it all I love it! Well worth the wait and personal hype. 17/20 = 4.2 -------- 2013 release into a 668 tulip. #960/1400. Thanks Evan! Pours a deep dark black with a finger of khaki foam and decent lacing. S - Amazing notes of fudge brownie soaked in bourbon with a smooth oak, vanilla, and charred roast presence. 10/10 T - Again, bourbon soaked fudge brownie with some light roast and vanilla tannins. This is beyond smooth and the alcohol is so well hidden. Finishes clean with some lingering chocolate but its never syrupy or too much, This is honestly amazing. Very reminiscent of BBPT5 but with a touch more roast. I just canít over how smooth this beer is and how well integrated the bourbon is over the chocolate and roast of the base beer. Mouth feel is full and coating. O - What the hell NEBCO? 2012 was a good BA stout, but quite different with a sort of coke/dr. pepper thing going on, This is just ridiculous though. Genuinely world class.
Ratman197 (13284) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, light roastiness and light dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, light roastiness and a hint of dried fruit with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.
Huhzubendah (3493) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by thagr81us. Thanks Calton!
The beer appears nearly black and dark brown at the crest. The beer is over-carbonated and a light beige, foamy head fills most of the glass, despite a somewhat careful pour. The aroma is unusual, with wood barrels, alcohol, and tannins outweighing roasted malt. The flavor is atypical as well, with a dominant wood presence. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors play secondary roles to barrels, bourbon, and a somewhat sharp, tannic character. Not one of my favorite barrel-aged stouts.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-30-2011
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 (6405) - 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 (5755) - 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 (7508) - 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 (1832) - 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 (9007) - 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.