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Zumbar - New English Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

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very good

11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 62
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New English Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 03-11-2013

Brewed with whole bean "El Mundo" Colombian coffee from Zumbar.
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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 62
Photo of jakecattleco
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of unknown date into a tulip glass. More brown than black color with thin layer of yellowish tan head. Nose is almost all chocolate. Taste was almost polar opposite of the nose in that there's a plethora of coffee abs almost nonexistent chocolate. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. It's a good beer, but I won't be seeking in the future.

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Photo of bomberqueen
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, & heavy, with a tan/white creamy head.
Smells like dark hot chocolate, with a subtle hint of bitter espresso. Smells boozy.
Excepted more of a chocolate taste. More like a dark roast coffee with turbinado with a warm alcohol tingle at the end.
Velvet mouthfeel, this is where the chocolate really stands out. Oily on the lips.
Very drinkable for being so strong.
The name implied a sweeter taste. But it got a little better as it started to warm up.

22 oz from Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.
Poured into a Nonic glass.

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Photo of jooler
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty great smell. Very noticeable chocolate scent. Taste is much like the smell. Chocolate forward with complimentary coffee taste. I also like the slight alcohol burn at the finish.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate? Coffee? Imperial? Stout? I’ve never heard of so many awesome words used together as the name of a beer - New English Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, I’m down for all of that! Plus it turns out the coffee used in this brew is Columbian, which is my favourite place of origin for coffee - if I ever travel to Columbia you can keep your nose clams Señor Alejandro Sosa, I’ll have a mug of joe instead. In any case I’m curious as to how this brew will compare to the superlative Black Market Embargo Imperial Brown I reviewed yesterday... this should indeed prove a battle of titans.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Jet black body, like some sort of beer dark matter, with a 1cm caramel brown that invites any hardy Stout drinker to enjoy the goodness on offer, yum. The head soon drops back to a light dusting of lace, still yum. 8/10.

S: Reminiscent of Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve (the 9% one) which I had in Scotland many moons ago, with heavy dark chocolate, espresso coffee and roasted chicory. The espresso character is quite imperious and there is a sweetness from brown sugar that belies a bitterness that will no doubt be found in the tasting. 9/10.

T: Nicely balanced with espresso, dark chocolate, brown sugar, roasted chicory, a touch of smoke and earthy notes. The flavour comes off as a darker/burnt Founders Breakfast Stout, which is indeed high praise. The coffee adds to a gritty earthy aftertaste, along with an unfortunate slight metallic touch at the back. 8/10.

M: Very similar to the Embargo Imperial Brown with a mid to heavy body, a light but dense carbonation and added oiliness. 9/10.

D: Not quite as good as the Embargo Imperial Brown, but that comes more down to the flavours on offer than anything else - the brews are in fact kindred spirits in their intention to “wow” my senses with an onslaught of aroma/taste however it is the combination of palate characters in the Embargo that really won over this NEZCCIS. So there is your answer - the better brew for you is a matter of taste: do you prefer toasty cacao/dark fruits/molasses? Or do you like a deep dark coffee/earthy/chocolate beast? Overall the Embargo also went down easier too, things to consider when you’re drinking BIG beers. 9/10.

Food match: Swap the Romeo y Julieta for a H. Upmann Sir Winston and the glass of Talisker 10yro for an Ardbeg 10yro and it is game, set and match.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, char, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with bittersweet cocoa, char, and burnt coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of super roasty cocoa and coffee qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a dark black kola hue with a chocolate laced two finger head and lacing everywhere, the smell is dark Belgian chocolate, strong coffee and dark malts, the mouthfeel is full bodied, silky smooth with moderate carbonation and has tastes of dark chocolate predominantly mixed with black coffee and roasty malts and finished with a toasty bitter sweetness and overall quite a nice stout cheers.

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Photo of jjh19
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black and a off-white head.

Smell: Lots of coffee and malty notes.

Taste: Wow - Big coffee taste. Huge. Not a ton of chocolate. Great roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Cool name. This is a beer I’d order again.

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Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty dark, looks thick, has a medium brown one finger head.

S - Light roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and a light presence of coffee.

T - The taste really follows the nose. Roasted malt is present throughout, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and again the coffee is there but is really lighter than I care for.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. The body seems a bit thin to me.

O - It has a great base, but not something I would chase after.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown-black in the New Belgium snifter. Nicely spritzy and very tangy on the tongue. Deep coffee smell.

Spicy and a little hot. An amazing amount of coffee flavor, overlaid by the rich chocolate. Rather bitter, like an espresso. Rather sweet but undercut by the bitterness. Vast amounts of seriously roasted malt. The tang of extra dark coffee is everywhere. Dark caramel aftertaste with a splash of java.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zumbar coffee is some of San Diego's best so I am quite excited for this one. Pours fairly viscous, black with a thick swath of mocha brown head. Retention is quite good and try as it may lacing just doesn't want to stick on the glass.

Bittersweet chocolate and mild roasted coffee intermingle with quite a bit of dark fruit, licorice and floral hops. Less coffee aroma than I imagined, a bit hot as well but rather complex.

Bready malt with toffee and dark fruit sweetness, coffee roast flavors become prevalent near the end of the drink, rising intensely as the beer warms. Alcohol is present but adds to the flavor.

Medium bodied imperial stout, adequate carbonation and the bitterness is balanced. Malts are very sticky and warming alcohol was very unsettling when first poured.

A very tasty coffee stout if warmed appropriately, more complex dark fruit and floral aroma than expected if you are into that sort of thing. Sticky malt and alcohol present. Not exactly a coffee bomb that I was hoping for but good none the less.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Urge. Chocolate Imperial Stout made with Zumbar coffee. I haven't had much from New English Brewing but Zumbar is a quality roaster here in San Diego so I had to try this.

Very dark brown with a finger of brown cream that lingers for some time and never really seems to disappear until I drain half the glass.

The aroma is roasty, nutty, and earthy with bittersweet dark chocolate and an evident but somewhat restrained coffee presence. A touch of dark fruit meets licorice.

A nice blend of earthy coffee, blackstrap molasses, licorice, roast, and dark chocolate. It's a straight forward coffee imperial stout that's hard to fault but difficult to adore when measured against its peers. The quality of the Zumbar coffee is not readily apparent against the backdrop of licorice, roast, and molasses. Moderately bitter throughout. Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and sticky with some astringency.

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Zumbar from New English Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.