New English Brewing Co.

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New English Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #306
Ranked #6,456
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Dec 11, 2020
Mar 11, 2013
Notes: 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 HopHead84 from California

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Urge. Chocolate Imperial Stout made with Zumbar coffee. I haven't had much from New English Brewing but Zumbar is a quality roaster here in San Diego so I had to try this.

Very dark brown with a finger of brown cream that lingers for some time and never really seems to disappear until I drain half the glass.

The aroma is roasty, nutty, and earthy with bittersweet dark chocolate and an evident but somewhat restrained coffee presence. A touch of dark fruit meets licorice.

A nice blend of earthy coffee, blackstrap molasses, licorice, roast, and dark chocolate. It's a straight forward coffee imperial stout that's hard to fault but difficult to adore when measured against its peers. The quality of the Zumbar coffee is not readily apparent against the backdrop of licorice, roast, and molasses. Moderately bitter throughout. Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and sticky with some astringency.
Mar 11, 2013
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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
Rated: 4.41 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Oct 28, 2016
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Barrel Republic Pacific Beach on 07/29/16.
Jul 30, 2016
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Reviewed by leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

May 20, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Beernoobie from California

Apr 19, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Blaze5445 from Pennsylvania

Apr 11, 2016
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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-
Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by anon from California

Mar 21, 2016
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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
Feb 19, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by blowpez from California

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by sd123 from Georgia

Jan 26, 2016
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Reviewed by pkalix from California

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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....
Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 4 by earlholman from Maryland

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by mikepcarney from Ohio

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by SDStoutly

Dec 11, 2015
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