Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #222
Ranked #4,574
4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 27, 2014
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout - Aged in Thomas Tew Rum Barrels

The beer was designed to have enough roasted bitterness and body to balance out the impacts of the sweetness from the barrel and the pickup of the remnants of rum.
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Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by kzem from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is my go-to beer at Newport Craft. It’s a bit on the roasty side but one of their better dark beers. Sometimes it’s served too cold but if you let it warm a little there’s a nice sweet/rum flavor to it .
Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by formerpo from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
I recently purchased a bottle from the Rhode Island brewery’s in Newport
Bottle was stamped 2019
As a huge fan of Russian imperials, I couldn’t wait to get home and partake in this journey from a “local”
I’m not a fan of rum however, don’t judge a beer by its label. The pour was deep and heady. The nose was amazing with toffee and caramel scent. Taste took the cake as the barrel enhanced the stout.
Overall, I was pleasantly impressed with this stout.
Hopefully this brewery will have few more next time I visit.
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by nmann08 from Virginia

Oct 21, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Burghman from Rhode Island

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jan 13, 2019
Rated: 4 by djbrown13 from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2019
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Rated by acurtis from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thomas Tewy Rum Barrel Aged
Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle into a goblet. no bottled date that I could find.

Brownish black body. initially there is a pancake on a griddle head, but this quickly dissipated to a ring and covering. no lacing.

dried fruit and molasses on the nose.

the dried fruit does not come through in the taste, and it's all booze and molasses. nothing else going on here.

mouth is on the thin side of medium, finish is a warm alcohol burn.

overall, the strong molasses taste and the alcohol burn make this beer seem stronger than the 10.0abv listed. this and the somewhat thin mouth made this beer less than enjoyable to this palate. a little chocolate or dried fruit would have added a lot to this beer.
Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Andarel from New York

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at Home D's in State College, poured into a goblet.

L: Dark, dark brown pour with 2 fingers of tannish head. Falls fast with a small rim of lacing.

S: Roast... dark burned sugars and charred grains. Rum sweetness... boozy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Char and roast.... strong rum barrel presence adds a bit of sweetness to the mix. Mild licorice and oak... some notes of espresso and dark fruits. Rich... mostly smooth and a bit hot. Becomes richer as it warms.

O: A solid rum barrel aged stout. A big sipper of a beer. Well worth trying.
Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Mateo2699 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark brown pour, off white colored head that sticks around for a while. Hints of roasted malt, and a ton of licorice more noticeable as it warms. Hints of oak and rum, but nothing too overpowering. Taste is a subtle amount of chocolate upfront, nice accents of brown sugar and more licorice. The rum barrel is somewhere in there as well. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, a somewhat easy drinker with low booziness. Not bad.
Mar 08, 2017
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Reviewed by deg from New Hampshire

4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I poured half the bottle into a shaker glass. A very nice head formed. The beer is dark and opaque. the flavor is very interesting. Complex. Vanilla, figs, some roasted notes. Smell is faint, I can't identify what it is. Some nice alcohol warmth.
Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pouring a cellar temp 22 oz bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color with no light passing through the glass even when held to the light. A fluffy khaki color head of 3.5 cm foams up even with a gentle pour. The head fades slowly from the middle to the edge of the glass. Very tight lattice remains on the glass at the original height even after the center fades to only a surface layer.
The aroma is roasted malt, hits of dark rum and fruit, plums I think, I also get some slight oak notes and definitely some leather notes. Pretty complex nose, with no hop presence that I pick up and the 10% abv is fairly well hidden too.
The first sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine yet tingly carbonation and slightly sticky texture. Hearty beer for sure.

Flavor is lots of malt and fairly complex as well. I get the dark roasted piece and some dark molassess and brown sugar with rum soaked dark fruit and some dry oak notes. I get a lingering sweet malt and a bit of vanilla too after the swallow. Very drinkable with no warmth or booze on the swallow. I dont find hops on this one and do find it very easy to drink. I will pick this up again as I find it an approachable, yet complex and enjoyable imperial stout.
Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From draft at brewery. A bit thinner than i expected. Smells kinda astringent. Nice flavor though. Rum is quite present. Looks deep black. No head. Glad to hold onto a bottle for a bit.
Jan 03, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by cts309 from Virginia

Dec 25, 2016
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very dark chestnut with a huge 4 plus inch tan head that leaves a massive thick ring of lace and leaves a thick film of bubbles.

Smell is black strap molasses, deep dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, char, rum soaked raisins, smoke, tobacco, and dry roasted coffee beans.

Taste follows molasses, smoke, tobacco, oak, leather, rum, dark dark chocolate, and dry strong coffee.

Mouthfeel is about medium, moderate carbonation, pretty darn dry, and drinks bigger than its 10% ABV, but is still very approachable.

Overall this is excellent, I wish it had a little more body, but this one very complex Stout that I highly recommend to fans of barrel aged beers. Thx @jzeilinger for another treat.
Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by kalosjakar from Rhode Island

Nov 29, 2016
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I love rum-barrel-aged beers but this one didn't do it for me. Very little rum flavor. Thin body. Not imperial enough for an imperial stout. Not bad, but far from great. I got bored after about 1/4 of the bottle and used the rest for cooking.
Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Apr 29, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A nice looking beer with a thick light tan head. The head remained long in to the pour, though not much lacing. The beer appears dark brown and seems it mat have a fair amount of clarity, but is a little thin.

Nose is rum, candi sugar, burnt sugar, charred wood. The sweetness grew a little as the beer warmed. Nice smelling brew.

The flavors are very similar to the nose, but not as sweet. There's a bit more root and unsweetend cola flavor than burnt sugar. The rum flavor comes on strong up front, but not the alcohol burn. It also grounds itself quickly, playing a part without dominating the rest of the taste. I can see how it might influence the roasted notes I think want to come out later, but hit the barrel influence ceiling. Late in the pour, some chocolate starts to come through.

Not a rum barrel fan. This beer doesn't put me off like other do, though. That said, it also doesn't change my mind about the sub-style either. I definitely think it's at its peak flavor to me with considerable warmth, though.
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Dopen993 from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into tulip glass. Poured at cellar temp.

L. Just shy of being black, 1 finger head with an off white crown. Fairly thick lacing.
S. Getting a lot of rum and a touch of booze. Nice vanilla notes with some malt sweetness.
T. Nice chocolate and raisin sweetness. Getting a light toffee taste with the vanilla. Leaving something to be desired though.
F. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Lighter carbonation too. It Lmoat tastes flat.
Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2016
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Rated by reizorc from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Aged in Rum Barrels. This version was amazing!
Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Yes there was rum in here, but far too much wood. Rough on the mouthfeel. Not the best base beer imperial stout. So-so drinkability. Bottle from Capone's.
Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by gueuzeonhigh from Maine

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours looking nice.
Nice head, nice color...
A little scant on the nose. I expected hits off rum and old wood. Nope.
Nose did have hints of sweet malt.

One thing I was on the lookout for-- the "in-your-face" ABV.
But the alcohol content was very nicely kept in the background.
Flavor did have some hints of the "aged in some sort of barrel" -- not sure if I'd declare it "rum", "scotch", "bourbon" or what-- but the flavor was rounded w/o any curious flavor notes.

But I'm still wondering if this is really an IMPERIAL stout. Yep, the ABV is there although overall I think that the flavor profile is somewhat light- in light (ah hem) of the fact it's supposed to be IMPERIAL.

Overall I like this beer. Yes, it could have a bigger flavor, yes the head could have lasted longer, yes- more of a nose, but over all, a very well behaved and mannered beer with plenty of weight.

Mouthfeel is quite cordial and every sip a wonderful experience.

Overall I think this is a wonderful libation-- and certainly worth the effort to seek out...
Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2015
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A - Pitch black with a nice soapy lacing and head, very viscous on the glass, lots of legs.

S - Dark sweet chocolate roast, light oak, vanilla, slightly buttery rum aroma.

T - Dark chocolate roast from start to finish, oak tannin, rum, light alcohol, vanilla, toffee, roasted cocoa.

M - Very dry finish, some alcohol effervescence, gentle texture.

O - This is a really good beer. Seek out.
Dec 13, 2015
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Reviewed by WhatsHoppenin from Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased a 22oz bomber this past weekend from a local shop. Poured into a snifter. Very dark, looks like Coca Cola in the glass. Some light lacing, more watery than thick, almost no head. Smell is great....raisiny rum sweetness with some cocoa, and malt. Plum maybe? Taste is right on point with the smell, rum sweetness, some chocolate notes, some toffee, a slight medicinal hint every now and then, but it doesn't ruin the beer.
Would likely be good for a winter sipper, as the 10% abv is well hidden. Rum comes out a bit more as the beer warms up, but it's never overpowering. Nicely balanced.
Overall, a pretty good representation of the barrel aged style. The Thomas Tew rum played quite well with the beer, so I'm interested to see if they experiment further with this. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it (supposedly very limited production).
Dec 01, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.32 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2015
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