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

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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
Reviews by MA08:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Photo of Psychmusic
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of marrisotter
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle. Black as black can be. You literally cannot see thorough this noir wonder....foamed up 2" with a rocky pour and stayed frothy for a minute or two. Intriguing....

Smell is of intense roasted and chocolate--certainly true to this Russian Imperial Stout Style. Raisons. Dark fruit. Hops not present...I am expecting a sticky sweet assault....

Taste--decadent. chocolate. Coffee. milk chocolate with coffee? Super interesting. A sure winner!

Mouthfeel--well rounded, balanced.

Overall--I tried this next to three other imperial stouts and Vlad crushes them Go get some!

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beeradvocate review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Grey Sail pint glass.

A - This beer is jet black. Extremely dark, like oil. Thin layer of dark foam on top. Very nice.

S - Vanilla, creme and chocolate. A hint of coffee.

T - Cremey, bold coffee taste. Very roasty and bold, but the 9% ABV is completely masked. Really incredible stout.

M - Thick and cremey. Leaves a bit of a foamy feel from the light carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a fantastic stout and one of the boldest, darkest beers I've had. Very different from anything else I've tasted from Newport Storm. It's very bold and roasty, so it's a great choice if you like these kinds of beers.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, faint hops and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this type of beer but is strong enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid big stout to drink for a long time.

Photo of dickieb
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Straight up black with a minimal cola like head and minimal lacing. There is a strong smell of dark roasted malts bakers chocolate and grains. The taste mimics the flavor with the roasted malts being the main body and a hint of the chocolate followed by some coffee and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a big stout and it is quite drinkable with a well hidden 9% ABV. Overall another solid offering from the cyclone series and I'm surprised so few people have tried this one.

Photo of AleShark
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gcamparone
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- pours the darkest of the dark- the single darkest brew I've ever seen. After an aggressive pour, a thick 3" dark mocha head slowly rose and reduced to a thin film Of dark foam. Medium lacing. Stunning.

S- dark chocolate, Roasted coffee beans, slight vanilla in the background. Just as inviting as the appearance. Now for the true test..

T- this brew is dominated by a super bold, deep roasted-nearly burnt malt flavor. This leads to some dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes with maybe some caramel in the background. Not a hint of alcohol on the tongue, which is pleasantly surprising for the 9% abv.

M - thick, oily and robust. Very little carbonation.

Overall, this was a surprisingly bold choice of brews for newport storm, and I feel as if they really outdid themselves. Due to the thickness and near burnt character of the malt, this may not be for everyone, but do try it if you're into stouts and porters. It's flavorful and full bodied, and definitely worth a try.

Photo of Bito401
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Mikecap
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TripelMark
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ACY73
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JKV96
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Smoke
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.

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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