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Newport Storm - Vlad (Cyclone Series) - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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very good

37 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Celtics76 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cyclone Vlad is pure royalty! This Russian Imperial Stout has a rich dark brown, almost black, color and smooth, deep tan head. The use of dark malt and chocolate wheat, a brand new ingredient to Storm, delight the taste buds with delectable baker’s chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The single type of hop, Warrior, used in Vlad creates a rounded bitterness to compliment all that malty sweetness, making this Cyclone a perfectly balanced brew, despite its hefty 9% ABV and dark qualities.
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 13
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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Freshest before "FEB" is notched on the bottle (no year given).

Appearance: Pours a jet black and leaves a little under a finger of dark brown head. Great looking RIS.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits: figs, raisins,

Taste: Matches the smell: roasted malts, cocoa, bitter coffee, figs. Quite a bitter finish to this one, although it starts off pretty sweet. Alcohol is decently masked but present, not in a bad way.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation (fairly high for a RIS) with a pretty light body for the type of beer it is. A touch of creaminess to it, but I'd call it a bit too light for me.

Overall: Definitely a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Deep, dark flavors to go along with the black/abyss-like color. The body is a bit light, and I would say it has a little too much carbonation, but time could fix that. Definitely solid flavors in the aroma and taste - this is a well crafted brew.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pitch black, opaque with a thick lining of brown lacing. Smells of black currants, light molasses, chicory, German dark bread and mild alcohol. Massive roasted character, slightly burnt but more dark chocolate and espresso overtones than anything else. Welcoming warmth, burnt dark fruit, balanced hoppiness with a semi-dry palate.

A really good run at the RIS style, would like to see this come back year to year. Not a mind blowing hype train ... just a simple RIS that does what it is supposed to do.

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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Very dark used oil brown-black. Thick and viscous looking. Pinkie finger of whipped, dense, dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Lots of cocoa and dark chocolate on the nose. Dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries. Roasted, charred edge, with some peaty notes as well.

Roasted barley and dark chocolate up front. Coffee and dark chocolate bitterness follow. Nice mix of chocolatey malt and sweetish dark fruits mid-palate. Some licorice and tobacco near the finish. Woody, tannic bitterness linger, with traces of peaty malt and dark fruits in the end. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. Nicely done!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Pours super inky black with amber edges. Auburn head ~ 1/4 finger, fading quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is vanilla bourbon, fairly soft.

Rich dark chocolate, cocoa, malt, and hints of molasses and some sweet almost rose notes. Finish with rich malts and solid burst of dry hops.

Thick and full body, with dry finish from the hops.

Good overall. I love the cyclone series in general, and this follows in that vein of good, drinkable beers. Many better RIS out there, but a fine New England example.

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with small tan head that dissipated to a thin ring along most of the edge of the glass and did not leave any lacing.
Aroma of deep roastiness, chocolate mocha, and a touch of burnt. Toasty sweet malt behind with some molasses.
Tasted dark and roasty, chocolate mocha, brownies, touch of campfire. Sweet toasty malty backing with molasses. Bitter roasty aftertaste with a splash of booze.
Smooth, thickened, full body. Slightly chalky lingering like the bitter last sip of coffee.
Decent RIS, great roastiness, good fullness to it, alcohol is well integrated. Not my favorite RIS, but a decent example of the style.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this beer out into a tuliped glass. The first thing I noticed was the brown head - a great sign for a Russian Imperial Stout. The legs on the glass back this up with a viscous brown residue.

Going in for a smell of this beer I immediately pick up the bold roasted notes along with a sweet maltiness. The aroma lingers in the nostrils, but pleasantly. When I taste this beer I am impressed with the amount of roasted flavor and how well it is balanced by the maltiness. I would have no idea that this beer is 9% abv if it didn't say it on the label. The beer coats the mouth and leaves a great finish without astringency that you can get in roasted beers.

What a well built beer. So much flavor and abv, but also very well balanced - not to mention a textbook example of the style. Tough to think of a better Russian Imperial.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Newport Storm - Vlad (Cyclone Series) from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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