New English Brewing Co.

Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
New English Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #292
Ranked #6,512
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!
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Ratings by HopHead84:
Photo of HopHead84
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
More User Ratings:
Photo of barnzy78
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
Photo of Captain69
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
Photo of Ozzylizard
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
Photo of AnitaBrewski
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
Photo of TooManyGlasses
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
Photo of ryan1788a5
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
Zumbar from New English Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 102 ratings