New English Brewing Co.

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New English Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #290
Ranked #6,429
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Dec 11, 2022
Mar 11, 2013
Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout was created as a collaboration between New English Brewing Company, and San Diego boutique coffee roaster, Zumbar Coffee & Tea for the Great American Beer Festival, 2012, winning GOLD in 2015 in the “Coffee Beer” category.

This Imperial Stout is brewed with “El Mundo” a rich blend of Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans in the mash and also in the fermenter. As well as ridiculous amounts of whole bean coffee we added 2 Lbs per Barrel of 72% cacao Belgian Chocolate in the secondary.

A true Russian Imperial Stout at 9.3% ABV, this beer is nevertheless well balanced with Nugget hops providing 45 IBU’s ensuring a pleasant bitterness offsetting the powerful combinations of malt, coffee and chocolate. Enjoy with care!
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the brewery - San Diego, CA
L: near black body, thin foamy tan head
S: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, fudge brownie
T: fudgy dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, dark fruit/cherry, black tea, earthy hops
F: full body, ample carbonation, slightly bitter finish with dark baker’s chocolate lingering (always love that!)
O: I see why this is an award winner - it’s a world class RIS and a must try!
Dec 11, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
chocolate flavor - not as much as i would have expected from the label- smooth beer
Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Zumbar (Chocolate Coffee RIS) from New English Brewing. $ 7.49(Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.624/oz). From Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Received 9/21/20. Reviewed 9/27/20.
Undated can. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 63 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Ruby brown (SRM 24), opaque. When held to direct light, ruby at edges where the light penetrates.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive center pour), laser tan, medium density with a few large rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and a thick island/partial cap. A large quantity of lacing remains on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Good. In addition to the wall-hanging remains from the head retraction, a split band of extremely tiny bubbles with narrow columns connecting across the split develops as the beer level drops.
Aroma – 4.5 – Coffee! After it breathes, a hint of chocolates wafts by. No hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with coffee followed by some char and some bitter chocolate. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol (9.3 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma, but a gentle gastric warming occurs. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide. Ends slightly bitter which could just as easily be assigned to coffee as to hops.
Palate – 4 – Full-bodied, slightly creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 (Minus 0.25 point for undated can.) This is a VERY easy RIS to drink – flavorful and with a well-disguised alcohol level, two or three cups cans for breakfast is definitely a possibility.
Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by Bradpnnr from California

Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is a fantastic deal, not expensive, in 12 oz cans, great bourbon barrel texture and flavor, very rich, black, nice head, and it's a 1.5 mile bike ride from my house to New English Brewery! What's not to love?!
Jul 24, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by gshak from Texas

Jun 06, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by hockeypuck from Maine

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce can from Bottle Craft University Ave in San Diego before the pandemic.
Pours a slightly viscous black with a finger of brown whip creamy head.
Aroma is delicious roasty chocolate malt, coffee, char, slightly nutty.
Taste is smooth coffee, chocolate malt, again a bit of char, mildly nutty, and with a nice espresso bitterness at the finish.
Rich full mouthfeel - not sweet, but not overly bitter - amazing smooth creaminess with bright carbonation sells this delicious stout.
May 08, 2020
Rated: 4 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 20, 2018
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: In color it is the darkest brown can get before it becomes black. Beige head settles into a thin cap. Wispy lacing.

S: Rich earthy and nutty coffee aromas are dominant. Bitter dark chocolate. Sweet blackstrap molasses and somewhat of a tea-like note. Smokey.

T: More or less follows the nose. Earthy and nutty coffee, smoke and a bit of acrid char. Bitter dark chocolate. Molasses. Fleeting berry-like flavors deep within. Long and smokey finish, with the sensation of chewing on a coffee bean.

M: Thick and hefty in the mouth. Full and chewy. Sharp carbonation prickles at the tongue a bit more aggressively than expected and has some scrubbing action.

O: The coffee addition is impressive, and makes the whole beer. Underneath the additives is a good, and perhaps 'no frills' imperial stout. I don't mean that to sound like it's a bad thing either. This is a beer that shows New English knows what they are doing. It takes a lot of skill to nail coffee the way they did. This is a brewery to watch.
Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by user785335 from Florida

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Avatar113 from California

Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 4 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4 by brianmandell from California

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Nov 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 28, 2016