Newport Storm Winter Porter
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

Newport Storm Winter PorterNewport Storm Winter Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #1,074
Ranked #41,600
3.58 | pDev: 14.25%
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Newport Storm Winter PorterNewport Storm Winter Porter
Notes: 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
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 119 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Coorskid33:
Photo of Coorskid33
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears~ Pours a dark brown with an average head that laces the glass but no retention.

Smell~ Super malty, I enjoyed it.

Taste~ The beer taste good. Smooth as hell. Perfect carbonation allows for malty taste to come through, but it doesn't overpower you.

Mouthfeel~ Perfect carbonation. Biscuity but thin. Not watery but thin if that makes any sense,lol.

Drinkability~ I usually don't drink this style of beer, but, I really liked this one alot. I would buy a six pack in a heartbeat. Solid beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a black with a reddish hue, creates a thin tan head that fades at an average rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, roasted nuts, caramelized malt and a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is mostly dark chocolate, malt & roasted nuts. There’s a touch of dark fruit in it and there’s a little more hops in the taste than you get in the smell. The after-taste is mildly sweet, but not too strong.

M: Very smooth, medium body and not as thick as some porters, medium carbonation, clean finish especially for the style.

D: Pretty tasty, goes down easy and it’s kind of light for a porter, which makes this one something I could stay with for good long time.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Dark brown color, not much head, small, created more from the carbination. Left a ring till the end.

smell - Malts and coffee smell here.

taste - Black coffee, chocolate, and smoked malts and carbination.

mouthfeel - Kinda on the thick side, carbination and smokey.

drinkability - Didn't know this was a Winter porter till I tasted it. I just drank a porter and comparing the two. Not fond of this. This one has less malt and more smokey taste to it.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown...very small head in a pint glass.
Smells mostly of steely grains.
Taste is pretty sweet ...caramel..toast ..with a very slight hint of chalk near the finish. Hops present , but not big at all.
Mouthfeel was a little thin and carbonation medium.
A decent porter.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bjohnson for sending this my way - Poured from a 12oz. bottle. BB: April 2007. Appears a dark brown with barely half an inch of tan foam that leaves minimal streaks of lacing on my glass. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of cocoa and vanilla. Tastes of molasses, dark chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Medium in both body and carbonation, Finishes dry and bitter. An easy drinker.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark black with crimson highlights, a thin tan quickly lacing head, no visible carbonation

S - chocolate aromas prominent with strong coffee aromas also

T - salty up front, weird, for just split second, then it mellows to the chocolate/coffee taste, typical to porters, then as the sip winds down, the coffee taste lingers in a great aftertaste

M - medium bodied, a great smooth porter, very palatable, easy down

D - high, not to strong for a beginner, and not to weak for a connoisseur, impressive

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Photo of dickieb
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown / black 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. Perhaps I should support the local guy more often.

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Photo of roopy40
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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 angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of blmar311
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of colts9016
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degree

Appearance: A dark brown color with brownish garnet hues. There is a one finger tan head that drop to a half a head. The head now has some retention. The clarity of the brew is opaque. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A roasted malt with nuttiness, and a sweetness like molasses. There are fruity esters, toffee, biscuit, and chocolate notes.

Taste: A roasted malt with a slight burnt character. There is a toffee, fruity esters, biscuits, resin, floral, and coffee in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium body and carbonated. The is finish light to medium. The uniformity of the beer is lacking. The burnt character in one sip is just fine, then the next it is bitter and strong. The beer lacks the roundness and smoothness that goes with great porters. I really didn't care for this beer, there was nothing special.

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Photo of bboven
1.38/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dark brown clear body with ruby highlights.

Smells like band-aids, nothing else. Highly phenolic, obviously contaminated. The only time I've ever give a beer a 1.

Ditto for the taste.

I took one more swing to give mouthfeel a chance. It's over-carbonated, but all right.

Terrible beer. I don't know what happened, but it's obviously contaminated. avoid at all costs. I'm drinking a Busch Light someone left in my fridge to get the taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Coastal Extreme on 1/15/09, served in a standard pint glass. Poured slightly darker than chestnut with ruby highlights when backlit. Half inch, soft off-white head dissipated into a creamy swirl of foam and a band of ringlets around the perimeter of the glass. Thick bands of lacing present during the session. Nose was roasty, nutty, chocolatey. Taste follows nose, but also picked up a little lactose and a light hops bittering. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with a consistent effervescence detectable in the background. Quite easy drinking and flavorful for the abv. I can see this becoming a go to favorite this winter.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a clear brown with a tan head. it's not quite opaque.

the smell is of coffee, nuts & chocolate with faint hops.

the smell is bittersweet and roasted malt.

the mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter.

this beer was easy to drink, but not that tasty.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this extra
Poured a deep, deep brown with a small tannish head, decent carbonation. Nose is very forward with cocoa powder. Taste is cocoa upfront and light astringent taste as well. This brew is thinner bodied than I liked but still ok.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Brown. Ruddy brown. Head is a darker tan and leaves a thin cap on the beer after asserting a large head after the pour. Some sticking to the side of the glass, but not much.

Smell: Cocoa, milk chocolate and some roasted malts. A hint of old coffee and some bready sweetness. Touches of caramel and a mild citrus hop note...very mild. Almost smells like chocolate milk at times. Very sweet without managing to be cloying. Mildly nutty with a lingering back note of grass and cooked malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and a watery chocolate characteristic. Grassy and a little bready. Slightly stale milk chocolate bar. Some roasted notes and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very bready with a hint of citrus to brighten things up a bit. Weak, old coffee. Lots of malts playing through. Nice cocoa component builds on consecutive sips.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the back. Relatively smooth, but never reaches in the the realms of creamy or actually smooth.

Overall: Not a bad take on the style and one of the better beers from the Newport Storm stuff. Good flavor, but loses a little over the long haul. Some weird grainy/corn flavors makes things odd.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Med
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this.

Appearance is typical for a porter but a little lacking in the head. Dark brown and mostly opaque, what head there was was a medium tan but went away quickly. Little lacing left. Smell is of roasted malts and some dark toffee with a faint hop aroma. Taste is a little bittersweet with some raisin and a touch of toffee. Mouth is a little soft in the carbonation and a little watery thin. Overall a beer I'm glad I tried but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be just downright average. Very safe porter here with no pronounced aromas or taste really. It is really drinkable for sure, but aroma wise it just has nothing. Taste is a bit subdued and doesn't linger long.. got a wisp of roasted malts but that's about it. I would have it again if offered for free but I've had many winter seasonals so far this year that would top this guy.

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Newport Storm Winter Porter from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 119 ratings