Newport Storm Blizzard Porter - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

78 Reviews
THE BROS
71
okay

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 113
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2001

The darkest beer in our Storm of the Season line up comes out when the nights are longest. We use Dark Chocolate and Crystal malts to make this bold porter style ale. Enough East Kent Golding hops are used to flavor the brew. However, no aroma hops are added which allows the malt profile of this brew to take center stage.

33 IBU
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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 113
Photo of illpass78
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown with not much head at all. Minimal lacing. Oddly light of color.

Aroma: Smells of chocolate, some prickly hops, earth, cocoa, coffee and molasses.

Taste: This beer is kind of out of balance. The cocoa and chocolate are there, but it has a somewhat unpleasant cloying background taste. As it warms it tastes more and more like someone poured a not-too-good beer into old, cold coffee. There are some pretty deep flaws here.

Mouthfeel: That's the other thing, it's way too thin. I expect more heft out of a porter. It's syrupy at best.

Overall: Kind of a disappointing beer from a brewery I generally enjoy. It just seems like a misfire; it's more of a brown or amber ale than a porter, and not a very good one at that. (805 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz bottle notched out at March (2014). Sampled on February 7, 2014.

It pours a dark brown color mainly with some reddish notes if held to the light. Modest tan head that fades to a ring.

The aroma has this strange sort of buttery and biscuit character which is not what I would expect from a Porter. I do get some dark malts but they are overpowered by the butter.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is as odd as the aroma suggests it will be. Again with the muted malts and more with the butter or margarine. I drank the whole thing but probably would not get another one. (589 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Brown. Ruddy brown. Head is a darker tan and leaves a thin cap on the beer after asserting a large head after the pour. Some sticking to the side of the glass, but not much.

Smell: Cocoa, milk chocolate and some roasted malts. A hint of old coffee and some bready sweetness. Touches of caramel and a mild citrus hop note...very mild. Almost smells like chocolate milk at times. Very sweet without managing to be cloying. Mildly nutty with a lingering back note of grass and cooked malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and a watery chocolate characteristic. Grassy and a little bready. Slightly stale milk chocolate bar. Some roasted notes and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very bready with a hint of citrus to brighten things up a bit. Weak, old coffee. Lots of malts playing through. Nice cocoa component builds on consecutive sips.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the back. Relatively smooth, but never reaches in the the realms of creamy or actually smooth.

Overall: Not a bad take on the style and one of the better beers from the Newport Storm stuff. Good flavor, but loses a little over the long haul. Some weird grainy/corn flavors makes things odd. (1,240 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/1/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges, minimal tan head that leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Roasty, with some chocolate and burnt coffee - an unusual undercurrent of dark fruit - some sugar, too - pretty typical for a porter, except for the odd fruit

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - roasted, dry malts - slightly burnt - cocoa (or hot chocolate mix?), some burnt coffee, some vaguely fruity sweetness - slightly astringent - tobacco-like flavor that becomes increasingly apparent as I work my way through this bottle

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: A decent porter

I got four bottles of this for free. Given the price tag, I think it's pretty good. Nothing remarkable, and a bit too much tobacco for my taste, but it's not bad. I could drink this again. (826 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy deep ruby color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is unsweetened chocolate and flavor is burnt chocolate. Bitter finish. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (277 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I needed a RI tick, who else but Thorpe would come through out of the blue? 12oz bottle, freshest before May, drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... Pours a muddy medium brown with hints of amber, too light for a porter. A very light tan had forms about solid ring and a flimsy cap, decent lacing... The nose is on the weaker side. At first I get a burnt chemical note that is a bit off-putting. As you get into the burnt notes turns into a strong molasses note, leads of bread, and a hint of roasted coffee. Average... The taste is borderline bad, wet roasted grains, and a chemical astringent cocoa powder. Blah.

This is pretty bad, will not have this again. (665 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.6% ABV. Had this at a sampling in the brewery.

Pours brown with a small head that leaves a ring until the end. The smell is of caramel and roasted malts with just a hint of winter spices.

The taste is mostly roasted malts with a bit of coffee and a slightly smokey after taste. The mouthfeel is a tad light, but not to light, and the beer is quite drinkable. (363 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque reddish brown turning fairly transparent in the light. Bottle says "Winter Ale." I figured it for a winter warmer so when it poured out I thought it was relatively dark. Logging onto BA I see this is an alias for the Blizzard Porter, and now I'm thinking it's kinda light for a porter.

S: Very strong aromas of caramel and vanilla with a mounting butteriness that just keeps getting stronger.

T: Seems good at first with nice vanilla notes and some chocolate malts. Maybe a little bland but pretty solid. Then these fruity esters began to creep up on me in the finish. They don't ruin the beer by any stretch, but they're slightly unpleasant and bring the overall flavor down a notch.

M: Creamy with a good level of carbonation and no ill effects on the palate.

D: A smooth, easy drinker. (802 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with reddish hues. Light sticky foam remains atop.

Fruity tart malt smell. Cherries.

Taste has toffee and caramel with a blend of malt around a balanced hop. Some sweetness. Light finish.

Even blend in mouthfeel. Bitter close, with a little lingering.

Good taste, easy to drink. Simple but flavorful. (367 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep cola brown, with beige head, some lacing on the sides.

S: Has a caramel roasted smell to it, with some cocoa.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor like the nose leads on, but also pretty bitter aftertaste of chocolate and coffee.

M: A medium body but smooth.

D: It's pretty tasty, easy to put down. Decent brew, but nothing special. (343 characters)

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi clear chestnut colored with a light brown wispy head that settles out slowly. Low aroma of cocoa and coffee.

Flavor of roasty malt upfront, notes of root beer and smoke, plus cocoa and leather. Firm espresso bitterness, more from dark roast malt than hops.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry and tannic. Tasty beer. (350 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky brown with an inch thick of tan head that leaves webs of lace behind. Head retention is good.

S: Heavy butterscotch aroma with maybe a touch of caramel. Definitely heavy on the sweet side. Also a bit of toasted aromas as well.

T: Sweet with the toasted flavors arriving followed by the butterscotch. Again heavy on the sweet side.

M: SLightly watery but enough body and creaminess to suffice.

D: If you are in the mood for a sweet beer then go for it. I think one will be pleny in a sitting (503 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degree

Appearance: A dark brown color with brownish garnet hues. There is a one finger tan head that drop to a half a head. The head now has some retention. The clarity of the brew is opaque. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A roasted malt with nuttiness, and a sweetness like molasses. There are fruity esters, toffee, biscuit, and chocolate notes.

Taste: A roasted malt with a slight burnt character. There is a toffee, fruity esters, biscuits, resin, floral, and coffee in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium body and carbonated. The is finish light to medium. The uniformity of the beer is lacking. The burnt character in one sip is just fine, then the next it is bitter and strong. The beer lacks the roundness and smoothness that goes with great porters. I really didn't care for this beer, there was nothing special. (947 characters)

Photo of discovolante65
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a guinness pint glass. Dark brown with a good inch and half head that had good retention and fairly nice lacing.

smells of coffee, sweet malts and heavy cream, little sugary as well.

taste is creamy, rich big roasted coffee, a little nutty and a hint of cocoa, with a milk-stout type finish.

light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. maybe a little too watery for me, but the carbonation made up for it.

drinkability- I would never turn one down, but I wouldn't go searching one out either. I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it.
I could go on and one with this, but I won't. I wasn't expecting to be wowed, and it met my expectations. Good class 1 alpha porter in my opinion. (702 characters)

Photo of Coorskid33
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears~ Pours a dark brown with an average head that laces the glass but no retention.

Smell~ Super malty, I enjoyed it.

Taste~ The beer taste good. Smooth as hell. Perfect carbonation allows for malty taste to come through, but it doesn't overpower you.

Mouthfeel~ Perfect carbonation. Biscuity but thin. Not watery but thin if that makes any sense,lol.

Drinkability~ I usually don't drink this style of beer, but, I really liked this one alot. I would buy a six pack in a heartbeat. Solid beer. (502 characters)

Photo of roopy40
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the tap

A - Medium brown in color, head was small, but not bad retention and some lace.

S - Slight caramel and coffee notes, smelled more like a brown ale than a porter to me.

T - Cocoa and roasted malt, but not as heavy as it should be. Also had some sweetness and slight hop in the finish.

M - Light bodied for a porter and carbonation was less than hoped for. Still an enjoyable mouthfeel, just not like most porters I've had.

D - I had a few with dinner, but on its own, I probably would have stopped at one. The tap selection was not exactly wide-ranging.

Overall, I think I would maybe give this a shot again next year, but I certainly won't go out of my way for it. (708 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Off of a heavy pour comes a rising three fingers of tan head, excellent retention. Very dark brown color, nearly opaque with some sediment swirling around but soon settles. Slight acrid burnt note in the nose, roasty with burnt sugar and suggestions of charcoal and dark roast coffee all in the aroma. Very smooth with a flexed medium body. Nice bite of roasted grain upfront, perhaps it is faintly astringent but not a bother on the palate at all. Molasses, cocoa powder, french roast coffee, and a bit of charcoal hit the taste buds all at once ... chaotic complexities. Mild on the hopping or simply just gets lost behind the roasted character. Finishes bitter roasted with a kiss of sweetness.

A middle of the road Porter. Tasty but not a beer I will remember as it will get lost in the shuffle. (855 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Coastal Extreme on 1/15/09, served in a standard pint glass. Poured slightly darker than chestnut with ruby highlights when backlit. Half inch, soft off-white head dissipated into a creamy swirl of foam and a band of ringlets around the perimeter of the glass. Thick bands of lacing present during the session. Nose was roasty, nutty, chocolatey. Taste follows nose, but also picked up a little lactose and a light hops bittering. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with a consistent effervescence detectable in the background. Quite easy drinking and flavorful for the abv. I can see this becoming a go to favorite this winter. (646 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this extra
Poured a deep, deep brown with a small tannish head, decent carbonation. Nose is very forward with cocoa powder. Taste is cocoa upfront and light astringent taste as well. This brew is thinner bodied than I liked but still ok. (264 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be just downright average. Very safe porter here with no pronounced aromas or taste really. It is really drinkable for sure, but aroma wise it just has nothing. Taste is a bit subdued and doesn't linger long.. got a wisp of roasted malts but that's about it. I would have it again if offered for free but I've had many winter seasonals so far this year that would top this guy. (398 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color where the slimmest of light shines through the edge of the glass. Thin head, but with lasting power. Leaves ample lace.

Chocolatey and chalky, like a good porter. Light background frothy cream notes.

Thin body with some black patent malt flavors. Hops are definitely present but relatively innocent. The aftertaste is coffee-ish and short lasting. (366 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a sturdy tan head; nice stickage and a few shards of lace

Smell: Unusual aroma for a porter but not bad at all; plums, tobacco and a hint of chocolate, I'd say

Taste: Fruity, with chocolate up front, with that plummy flavor mixing in; after the swallow, there is some astringent character that adds nice complexity, and leads to the tobacco-inspired roasty finish; lingering fruity sweetness, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Looking over the reviews, there is almost a shizophrenic response to this beer; this year's version may be improved or it may be that the beer doesn't age very well; whatever it is, I liked it

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity (746 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Underside of the cap says,"It's not a beer!" Originally I would have argued that, in fact, Newport Winter is a beer. Upon further pontification, however, I realized that the cap itself claims not to be beer (versus a statement on behalf of the beer). I suppose that's true. Lame, but true.

Pours black with ruby highlights. Thin quickly dispersing, beige head that leaves minimal lace.

Smells like craisins, charcoal, blackberry, coffee, and sugary toasted malt.

Tastes fruity. Mainly craisins, plums, and black cherries up front with some underlying roasted malt underneath. Very smooth. Kind of like a porter fruit salad. Average, but creamy, mouthfeel.

Good for people who like fruit salad in their porter. (714 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What happened to the Old Port? Pours a typical black color with more ruby highlights noticeable around the edge. The pour needed a little help with the head, but did produce a bubbly lighter tan color. Limited retention and decent lacing when it was around.

The nose was limited overall, but mostly malt. The malt to start was a light astringent note with more of a barely smell. I would have liked more astringency, but some lighter chocolate and toffee notes come out as well. Some yeasty notes but limited. Some darker fruits and a light solvent note. A touch of oxidation but not over the top. Overall pretty passive.

The taste is more to style. The astringency comes out more, but there isn't much on the base style. A bit thin overall. Some coffee and chocolate notes with a light caramel backing. A touch of lactic in the finish as well. The yeast notes come out more as well. Some noticeable darker fruits, plums and fig mostly. Some bitterness from the hops but nothing too crazy.

The body is a bit wispy for me. Would have liked more of a body. The yeasty notes are a bit of a distraction but nothing I really could point out is too blame. So overall good but needs more. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Med
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this.

Appearance is typical for a porter but a little lacking in the head. Dark brown and mostly opaque, what head there was was a medium tan but went away quickly. Little lacing left. Smell is of roasted malts and some dark toffee with a faint hop aroma. Taste is a little bittersweet with some raisin and a touch of toffee. Mouth is a little soft in the carbonation and a little watery thin. Overall a beer I'm glad I tried but wouldn't buy again. (479 characters)

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Newport Storm Blizzard Porter from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.