On the drive home from visiting family, I convinced my wife to make a quick pit stop at New England Brewing Company to pick up some beer for the new year. While our old favorite Fuzzy Baby Ducks was the main selling point, my desire to finally get my hands on one of my most sought after brews came in a close second!
Brewery: New England Brewing Company (Woodbridge, CT)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: Starting with their “force-ful” Imperial Stout Trooper and its mix of a dozen different grains and oats as a base, the brewers then added peanut butter and chocolate to make the dark side of beer even more alluring.
Appearance: It came out of the growler thick and black. A thin tan lacing formed around the edges of the glass upon completion of the pour.
Smell: Sweet fudgy cake batter with hints of peanut butter around the edges.
Taste: Creamy milk chocolate and fudge upfront, followed by rich, lightly roasted dark malts that carried through to the finish. The peanut butter was subtle at first, mainly confined to the after taste, until the beer sat in the glass for a few minutes. After that, it became a bit more prominent as notes of thick, creamy peanut butter blended with the aforementioned fudge. A light bit of heat closed things out.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth body with low carbonation.
Hype: High. The regular Imperial Stout Trooper is a beer that has long been on my must try list and finally being able to get my hands on a variant of it was rather exciting for me.
Overall: Decadent and delicious, the beer very much delivered on the promised additions. The base stout seemed very good in its own right, so I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for a chance to pick up some of that as well.