Zumbar | New English Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 88 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New English Brewing Co.
California, United States
newenglishbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by HopHead84 on 03-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,977
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
88
Liked:
81
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
6.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Avatar113
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barrel Republic Pacific Beach on 07/29/16.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 2+finger tan color head. Great retention and lacing. Big coffee and chocolate aroma, dark and bitter for both. Dark roasted malt. Taste just like the aroma, quite intense. Rich, creamy mouth feel with strong lingering coffee. Really great beer. Dark, intense, rich.

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Photo of RajaSTL
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 13, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle

Had this once and rated it at 3.75 on Untappd, but this will be my first time reviewing it. Excited to have another good beer from New English.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average amount of uneven, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average-to-good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled deep, dark, roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate, smoky fire, dry, dark cocoa nibs and some ashtray. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose nicely. Basically all coffee, which I always love in beer but somehow have never tried (save a half a cup one time of an espresso). Got dark, roasty coffee beans, Belgian dark chocolate, dry, dark cocoa nibs, smoky fire, ashtray and black licorice. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Enjoyed this one but I pretty much enjoy all coffee beers. Nice to the winter. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous jet with pocked tan head that fades fast but webs. 4
Coffee nose with ash and deep dark chocolate underneath. 3.75
Coffee candy, char, fig, chocolate liqueur, slight blueberry, and some licorice. 4
Camp coffee end and creamy leave.
Medium-full, round, chewy. 4

Chocolate is good and dark but coffee is a bit sharp. Plenty of chew, not much hops, but the licorice/chocolate combo give bitterness for balance. Simple and drinkable. 4

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Photo of blowpez
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no date on the bottle, but i KNOW i've had this in my frig for two years+.....
looks nice in the glass, but aroma is the typical adjunct-type smell.....
very creamy, chocolate, slight vanilla, but no coffee or very little (it IS a bit 'ag=ed')..... typical adjunct-typed kind of flavor but decent.
overall, meh..... got better in my frig but wanted to finally get this one done....

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO in a recent box. This one is to celebrate that my end finally made it to him.

From a bomber into a snifter
Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout
72% cacao Belgian dark chocolate
Zumbar's locally roasted coffee "El Mundo."

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly fizzy, light brown head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Half wisp remains until the end and leaves a few falling dots of lacing down the glass. Decent looking, though not all that dark for an imperial stout.

SMELL: A nice nose of coffee, creamy milk sugar, notes of vanilla and milk chocolate, and some cacao powder in the back. Medium strength, but creamy and well balanced.

TASTE: Medium flavors of sweet cream, milk chocolate, coffee, and cacao up front. Not as in your face as others, but it's all quite nicely balanced and put together. Some coffee bitterness at the swallow with sweet milk chocolate, some toffee notes, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley and powdery cacao. Pretty nice and not too overwhelming.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A touch prickly on the palate maybe, but smooth enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Bitterness lingers.

This is a good beer all around. It's solidly made and all the right things are in all the right places. Unfortunately it's not bold or forthcoming enough to make it memorable, and it's missing that one, crucial element to give it that wow factor. Still, it's a enjoyable brew that's well worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of coffee stouts, which I am. This one hit the spot for me and it will probably hit the spot for you too. Thanks again for the beers ScottO! I'm happy my end to you finally worked out.

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Zumbar from New English Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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