ineedbeer (1310) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a balanced blend of roasted malts and dark fruit. You get a decent amount of chocolate and a light coffee note. There is a lot of prunes, dried cherries and a hint of raisin in the aroma. A medium low alcohol aroma is also present. The beer is starting to show some signs of oxidation with a vinous sherry note forming.
Pours black with a thick dark mocha head that steadily recedes fairly quickly leaving a light film in the center and a ring on the edges. Faint lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is rather enjoyable. The dark malts have a bit of a toasted cracker flavor to them to go along with the light coffee and moderate chocolate flavor. There is a decent amount of dark fruit esters in the flavor as well with prune and raisin being more prevalent than cherry. By this point in time the hop flavor has completely faded if there ever was one. Bitterness is moderate and astringency is low. Medium light alcohol note in the finish - lighter than the nose leads you to believe. Finishes fairly dry which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Astringency is quite low and alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer is pretty darn good. It's not amazing and I understand why it isn't highly sought after, but it is solid and very enjoyable. I found the flavor to be quite good and better than the aroma. I like that it doesn't feel like it has a terminal gravity of 1.035.
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GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is liquorice, dates, chicory. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, slightly fruity mouthfeel. Taste is liquorice, chicory, black currant.
Art (2413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 original storm trooper bottle as a gift from Dan. Thanks! Opened as my 31st beer on my 30th birthday (the one for good luck). Pours a dark brown with no head. Aromas are of dark fruits, cocoa powder, light cherry. Some caramel. The taste was sweet but not overpowering. Not too much oxidation for how old the beer is. Body is medium and carbonation is fairly light. Held up well.
tderoeck (6612) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
15/VIII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1079) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: lots of chocolate, soft roast, bit sweet, caramel, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very roasted, some dark chocolate, bit dry, alcohol, hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dry, bit dusty, very hoppy, bitter finish, some alcohol.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Rich’s Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting. 12/2013 deep black with a rusty tan he. Imperial Stout trooper New England is deep black with a rusty tan head. The nose is a meaty savory umami, pitted fruits & cacao. Licorice, bitter dark chocolate and some berry fruits in the finish. 2013 Past it’s best I think but still damn good.
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes on 6/13/15
Dark medium thick pour. Poured with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Very roasty flavor. Lots of chocolate taste.
finol (2596) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle, trade with runtime.
Smooth and sweet, taste of chocolate, vanilla and rosted malts. Balanced and drinkable.
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arom has got notes of milk chocolate, nuts and mild christmasy spices. Taste is quite mild for a beer with notes of coffee, milk chocolate and salmiak. Very soft texture.
Malin_aiisa (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Thanks finol.
Dark brown, brown small head.
coffee, caramel aroma.
sweet rich taste. Some coffee bitterness. Smooth feel.
vjohans (533) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks finol! caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, woody, vanilla, black, brown foam, hazy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish
Countbeer (5500) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50cl): Thanks Moyman: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Black beer with a small brown head.
Aromas of liquorice, prunes, light oatmeal, bay leaf, some roast...
Flavours of roast, bay leaf, bitters, raisin, hints of dark fruits and flowers, some rye, liquorice and liquorice candy a like tones...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, roast, liquorice, some raisin and liquorice.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied.