Newport Storm Winter Porter | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm Winter PorterNewport Storm Winter Porter

Brewed by:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Newport Storm Blizzard Porter

The darkest beer in our Storm of the Season line up comes out when the nights are longest. We use Dark Chocolate and Crystal malts to make this bold porter style ale. Enough East Kent Golding hops are used to flavor the brew. However, no aroma hops are added which allows the malt profile of this brew to take center stage.

33 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2001

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by BeefyMee:
Photo of BeefyMee
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque reddish brown turning fairly transparent in the light. Bottle says "Winter Ale." I figured it for a winter warmer so when it poured out I thought it was relatively dark. Logging onto BA I see this is an alias for the Blizzard Porter, and now I'm thinking it's kinda light for a porter.

S: Very strong aromas of caramel and vanilla with a mounting butteriness that just keeps getting stronger.

T: Seems good at first with nice vanilla notes and some chocolate malts. Maybe a little bland but pretty solid. Then these fruity esters began to creep up on me in the finish. They don't ruin the beer by any stretch, but they're slightly unpleasant and bring the overall flavor down a notch.

M: Creamy with a good level of carbonation and no ill effects on the palate.

D: A smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.6% ABV. Had this at a sampling in the brewery.

Pours brown with a small head that leaves a ring until the end. The smell is of caramel and roasted malts with just a hint of winter spices.

The taste is mostly roasted malts with a bit of coffee and a slightly smokey after taste. The mouthfeel is a tad light, but not to light, and the beer is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No expiration date.

Appearance: A clear, dark brown beer with deep ruby red tones. Thin creamy off-white lace foam.

Smell: Clean, thin roasted, light chocolate aromas.

Taste: Smooth, tight carbonation, thin body. A malty brew with a nice roasted profile that isn't too intense, but also very distinct. Crystal malts provide a nice "sugary" sweetness, while chocolate and light caramel flavours round things off. There's also a nice fruity character that blends with a soft tea-like hop flavour with a touch of bitterness to complement the roasted qualities. Finish holds an odd flavour that is chocolatey / tannic / leafy / herbal.

Notes: Not a bad brown porter. A bit too thin for my liking, the finish was poor and they used too much chocolate malt (a bit out of balance IMO). Other than that it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Jason
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Off of a heavy pour comes a rising three fingers of tan head, excellent retention. Very dark brown color, nearly opaque with some sediment swirling around but soon settles. Slight acrid burnt note in the nose, roasty with burnt sugar and suggestions of charcoal and dark roast coffee all in the aroma. Very smooth with a flexed medium body. Nice bite of roasted grain upfront, perhaps it is faintly astringent but not a bother on the palate at all. Molasses, cocoa powder, french roast coffee, and a bit of charcoal hit the taste buds all at once ... chaotic complexities. Mild on the hopping or simply just gets lost behind the roasted character. Finishes bitter roasted with a kiss of sweetness.

A middle of the road Porter. Tasty but not a beer I will remember as it will get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and dark, cola brown body with a one centimeter beige head that sticks around for a couple of minutes. Minimal patchy lace is left on the glass. The nose features some toffee and chocolate aromas, with a burnt coffee note in the background.
Mouthfeel begins medium bodied, but thins considerably after a few minutes. Lively carbonation mostly obscures an underlying creaminess.
Taste is awash in chocolate and toffee malt flavors. Dark roasted malts are well represented by a burnt coffee presence. Bitter grassy hops try to be equally assertive. Long aftertaste of burnt coffee.
This is a well made American Porter, brewed to commerorate the Blizzard of 1978. Good drinkability, but lacks the warming effect I would look for in a winter seasonal.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very thankful to michiganmiked for a growler of this NE brew.
Dark brown in color with some amber characteristics with some assistance from the natural light....a half a finger of beige head with an aggressive pour, but fades fairly quickly.
Nice smells filled with dark chocolate, biscuit malt, vanilla and some floral hops.
The taste is very enjoyable..well balanced porter with generous portions of chocolate and coffee. Mild sweetness with enough hops to bitter it up just slightly.
Mouthfeel may be it's best quality...medium bodied with perfect carbonation.
Very drinkable and reminds you to appreciate the breweries close to so many others around, putting out solid offerings across the board.

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Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi clear chestnut colored with a light brown wispy head that settles out slowly. Low aroma of cocoa and coffee.

Flavor of roasty malt upfront, notes of root beer and smoke, plus cocoa and leather. Firm espresso bitterness, more from dark roast malt than hops.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry and tannic. Tasty beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark color but a little mahogany color comes through in teh ligt. Head is full and creamy tan color. Smell is full of malts and roasted caramel sweetness. Lots of different tastes come through at room temp. Tastes like layers of deep roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Body is medium full, and the tons of malts add to the fullness. Goes down easy.

Another good porter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A foamy tan head tops Newport Storm's Blizzard Porter. Beneath, its very dark brown and almost black body reveals only deep mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. The head retention is quite good (as it seems to be on all of their beers), and it holds a firm 3/4" through most of the glass and leaves thick, sticky rings at the outset. The aroma is nicely chocolatey with a subtle roasted edge that's reminiscent of sweet, creamy coffee; and in the mouth it's delicately crisp and then smooth with a fine carbonation and medium body. The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates it might be, with a semi-rich maltiness that delivers chocolate, caramel and roastiness. Some yeasty fruitiness helps to smooth it; and a firm bitterness keeps it in balance - leaving it cocoa-ish with a hint of moist tobacco. Very nice! It finishes dry (with more tobacco and a hint of vanilla) but with a lingering note of caramel that reminds you to take another sip. This is quite possibly Newport Storm's finest regular offering, and I think it would make a great session ale.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky brown with an inch thick of tan head that leaves webs of lace behind. Head retention is good.

S: Heavy butterscotch aroma with maybe a touch of caramel. Definitely heavy on the sweet side. Also a bit of toasted aromas as well.

T: Sweet with the toasted flavors arriving followed by the butterscotch. Again heavy on the sweet side.

M: SLightly watery but enough body and creaminess to suffice.

D: If you are in the mood for a sweet beer then go for it. I think one will be pleny in a sitting

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Light aroma of faint chesnut. Pour of clear mahogany. Flavor is watery and fairly indistinct bland roasted malt, with a touch of brown sugar, molasses and aged cheese rind. The backend gives way to some light apple fumes. Overall, not that exciting.

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Photo of roopy40
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the tap

A - Medium brown in color, head was small, but not bad retention and some lace.

S - Slight caramel and coffee notes, smelled more like a brown ale than a porter to me.

T - Cocoa and roasted malt, but not as heavy as it should be. Also had some sweetness and slight hop in the finish.

M - Light bodied for a porter and carbonation was less than hoped for. Still an enjoyable mouthfeel, just not like most porters I've had.

D - I had a few with dinner, but on its own, I probably would have stopped at one. The tap selection was not exactly wide-ranging.

Overall, I think I would maybe give this a shot again next year, but I certainly won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of beerFool28607
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with reddish hues. Light sticky foam remains atop.

Fruity tart malt smell. Cherries.

Taste has toffee and caramel with a blend of malt around a balanced hop. Some sweetness. Light finish.

Even blend in mouthfeel. Bitter close, with a little lingering.

Good taste, easy to drink. Simple but flavorful.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a very nice head and some lacing. Smell is a rich molasses and burnt malt...very inviting. Strong malt backround that lasts..burnt malt quality blends into a light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Drinkability is enhanced by the nice dry finish.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz bottle notched out at March (2014). Sampled on February 7, 2014.

It pours a dark brown color mainly with some reddish notes if held to the light. Modest tan head that fades to a ring.

The aroma has this strange sort of buttery and biscuit character which is not what I would expect from a Porter. I do get some dark malts but they are overpowered by the butter.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is as odd as the aroma suggests it will be. Again with the muted malts and more with the butter or margarine. I drank the whole thing but probably would not get another one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut or mahogany. Big tan head forms with little staying power and fades to leave small chunks of lace on the glass.
Aroma has notes of chocolate, some roasted nuttiness and some toasted malts.
Flavor is domianted by the roasted malts with a side car of chocolate and just a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel is sort of light-bodied, especially for style and dominated by the roasted with just a bit of charcoal harshness.
Drinkability is pretty good, again just a tad too thin but overall pleasant experience.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyTaylor
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean dark brown color with a nice creamy head that fills out the glass. Aroma is faint - malty with subtle coffee hints. Roasty dry malt flavor improves greatly as it warms. You really have to swirl it around in your mouth to pull out the flavors - some coffee and chocolate notes that are imperceptable when too cool. A medium bodied porter with some lingering bitterness.

Even the guy from Newport Strom said he prefers this around room temperature. He was right...let it warm up for awhile. Still, an unembellished, decent porter.

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Photo of brickalleypub
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of wcudwight
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark color with some brown hues when held up to the light. Small head that falls and holds as a tight ring of foamy lace.
Smells like chocolate biscuits. It's just as it sounds. I didn't give it any lower than 3 because the beer is good and maybe my nose is messed up.
Sweeter than most porters in the flavor. Heavy on the chocolate but it's kind of a smokey chocolate so it's not too sweet. Also some earthy herbal flavors. It's a bit different and I like it.
Very thin mouthfeel for the style but it fits for this beer. In a way I think the mouthfeel adds to the sessionability.
I could drink this all night. I love it.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one was more to my liking (as opposed to the Hurricane Amber).

It pours a nice darkish brown with hints of amber and a decent creamy head that is somewhat sticky.

The smell is a nice mix of earth, licorice, berries and nuts. It's basic but very full, if that makes sense.

The flavour is more of the same though it has a nice mild hop punch to it as well. Wood notes are apparent in the middle and at the finish there is some burnt malt flavouring mixed in here with the hops as well.

This was a nice, solid brew overall that I'd be happy to sample again. In my mind, CEBC redeems itself with this brew for the lackluster Amber Ale I also sampled this evening.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/1/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges, minimal tan head that leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Roasty, with some chocolate and burnt coffee - an unusual undercurrent of dark fruit - some sugar, too - pretty typical for a porter, except for the odd fruit

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - roasted, dry malts - slightly burnt - cocoa (or hot chocolate mix?), some burnt coffee, some vaguely fruity sweetness - slightly astringent - tobacco-like flavor that becomes increasingly apparent as I work my way through this bottle

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: A decent porter

I got four bottles of this for free. Given the price tag, I think it's pretty good. Nothing remarkable, and a bit too much tobacco for my taste, but it's not bad. I could drink this again.

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Newport Storm Winter Porter from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 118 ratings