Newport Storm '05 | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With the release of ’05, for the first time our brewery was able to boast that it created a fruit beer! But this fruit beer would be different than all the rest with a sexy mix of chocolate and raspberry. The flavor of the brew is very sweet from loads of malt, but faint hops are distinguishable on the tongue as well. The backbone screams “dessert” though, with almost 40 pounds of East African Cocoa added to compliment natural raspberry flavors!

38 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Bierlerner:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a solid, dark brown in color with a smallish head that left a nice ring around the edge of my chalice.

Smell – This reeks of whisky barrels and high-octane alcohol. It smells well-aged. The malts are laid back and it’s really that woody, broken down boozy aroma that I’m getting, much like you would smell in a well-aged Old Ale.

Taste – The malts have a lot more structure at the taste. They are raw and barley-like with plenty of woody booze. The overall flavor profile though is quite balanced unlike the sense I got from the aroma.

Mouthfeel – This just is medium-bodied and not stingy in the mouth at all. The alcohol flavor is huge but it doesn’t translate into a rough swallow. There seems almost to be a wisp of smoky peat in here as well.

Drinkability – This is light and incredibly drinkable for such a high ABV ASA.

Comments – I would seriously like to thank BeerGuy for this wonderful bottle. He came out to Seattle with a boat load of beers and asked absolutely nothing in return. If you ever get a chance to share a pint with this stand-up BA I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

This highly underrated brewery from Rhode Island puts out some pretty crazy beers. So, we've been sitting on this one for roughly a year now. Every yearly edition they put out is different, and very limited. Their sixth installment, the '05, is brewed with East African cocoa and is a mere 11.7 percent. Ouch!

We popped the cork out of the stunning, cobalt colored, wine-style bottle, and the beer spoke to us and said, "Let me breathe." Not only did we let it breathe, we made sure the serving temperature was ideal, at around 45°F. Light carbonation equals little to no head. Understandable. Big aromas of cocoa powder and pungent raspberries, alcohol fl ares with dark berry fruitiness. Full, slightly syrupy body, with raspberry cordial fl avors layered with a caramel-like malt and brown sugar sweetness, and a dark baker's chocolate flavor from the cocoa. Vague wood in the middle. Hops have mellowed out, yet there is a mild bitterness within. Finishes strong with sweet brown sugar, raspberry tartness, dry cocoa powder and a warming alcohol. The fl avors have really benefi ted after a year of cellaring, and we can see this edition aging very well over many years, as long as the evil Dr. Oxidation stays away.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber...almost black...with practically zero carbonation...bubbles are in there but they are very hard to find.

Aroma is immediately chocolate...chocolate, then more chocolate then a wisp of raspberries.

Taste is ...oh, wait...CHOCOLATE.
Chocolate then a faint raspberry but enough to let you know it's there, followed with a light touch of hops bittering and some alcohol. It doesn't taste like 11+% but you still can taste the alcohol especially as you swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin for as rich as the flavors are plus the lack of carbonation doesn't help the feel. Aftertaste is mostly the raspberry and alcohol.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ominous thick red/brown, almost purple. No head. A little fizzy white fades leaving the viscous purple behind. Smells like intoxication fortified with burnt chocolate, rasberries, grape juice, boysenberry, cherries, and roasted molasses. Taste is loaded with syrupy sweet burnt fruits. Dark fruits turned into candy with a smack of alcohol.

A force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark reddish brown with a smallish white head. This is a good looking high alcohol beer. The smell has a dark fruit and alcohol aroma to it. The taste is very strong with alcohol and the dark fruit flavors are extremely in your face. It tastes good, but I could only have a small amount. This is a sippin' beer to say the least. The m/f is heavy and the combination of flavors is well balanced. Although this is a pretty good beer,I found this beer tough to drink. The flavors are so strong that this isn't for everyone. Cheers.

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Photo of Alexmc2
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour produces a small beige head that fades very quickly. The smell is of chocolate, fruit and caramel. Very pleasing brown color in the glass. First taste is of wood aged fine whiskey with chocolate undertones. Smooth, but alcohol is very noticeable and perhaps a little too intense, but as a slow sipper this beer has its moments. I would enjoy this on a cold day, it would actually fit in well in a wine tasting, with some fine cheese, perhaps a Cabot Vintage choice cheddar? Try this if you get a chance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a tiny head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep caramel and toffee malt with some raspberry notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some hint of raspberry and blackberry. Body is full and carbonation is very low but no alcohol was noticeable. Very well done and I observe some resemblance with Kuhnhenn Raspberry eisbock even though they are two very different beers.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, murky brown with some mahogany tones and a head that fizzles out quickly, leaving a thin filmy ring. Wow...big, dark raspberry chocolate cake aroma with a soothing alcohol spiciness. The mouthfeel is big and soft but the flavor is rather bold. Initially sweet berry fruit is swiftly blended with warm alcohol and smooth chocolate mousse. The chocolate is actually the taste that lingers longest. Alcohol is definately there, though not so much where it adversely affects the flavor - it warns you that this is a strong beer. Complex and subtly powerful.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 2 of these bottles. One on Xmas, and the other on New Year's Eve.

A - It is a dark brown color. Little bit of head, but not much, almost bearly.

S - Has a malt smell to it and strong alcoholic smell.

T - Has a malt taste and some chocolate flavor to it. The alcohol hits you in thr backof the throat. At 11% ABV.

M - Has a heavy body and you can pick up the alcohol.

D - My 3 bottle of this special beer. It has been that I only drink this on holiday's. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but don't get me wrong it is good. The alcohol is over bearing.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola color with a good sized head that left a nice scattering of lacing around the glass. Sweet dark ripe fruits aroma with chocolate notes lingering in the back. Some alcohol is noticeable but not much. The flavor was a mix of rich dark fruitiness with some cocoa. Some iced tea like notes as well as some booze. This stuff is really thick and a bit syrupy. Pretty warming stuff as well. For the strength this stuff went down pretty easy and was tasty enough I would have another. Interesting brew that’s worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, raspberries, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong raspberry flavor up front that is quickly followed by a creamy milk chocolate flavor. The malt character isn’t as heart as you expect from this kind of beer but that prevents the beer from being too cloyingly sweet. The hops presence is extremely mild but that is expected with this kind of beer especially at 9-years-old. There’s a decent balance and unlike some of the beers in this series, there isn’t much hint of the high ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but there’s a hint of chalkiness to it, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, there isn’t much I can say as far as the style representation because it’s billed as a “fruit beer” by the brewery that is “different than all the rest” which it is, however given the strength of the beer it doesn’t seem close to either a barleywine or a big stout either, the flavor of the beer definitely shows me what they were going for with the “sexy mix of chocolate and raspberry” but, like most of the other beers in the series that I’ve aged, it doesn’t appear that age has done much for this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This comes in a cool blue corked bottle:

Pours a rather mirky brown with a tan head that vanishes after a short while.

The smell is of chocolate/cocoa with subtle hints of raspberry fruitiness. Slight warming alcohol comes through, reminding me of a hot toddy.

The taste is of rich cocoa. Sweet, but not cloying. A spicy earthiness keeps the sweetness at an appropriate level. Subtle raspberry fruitiness is in the mix. It has a long finish with a balanced cocoa sweetness.

Medium-bodied and creamy. Alcohol is very well-covered. A nice desert beer. Tasty - very well-done!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cobalt blue bottle from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

A hearty POP upon removing the cork, a good sign. Poured roughly into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" creamy tan head over the translucent dark garnet brew. Head fades, but hangs on better than I expected, with extremely sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy on the sweet, with tinges of berries, and obvious alcohol. Taste is interesting. Fruitiness is more prominent, melding well with the dark malts. Alcohol warms at first, then comes on strong, slight burning at the close. Mouthfeel is remarkably thin for what this brew is, to its credit actually, and drinkability pretty nice as well. Was happily surprised by this brew, and actually now look forward to the other bottle I have cellaring.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown with ruby highlights. i hear a pop when i crack it open, but can hardly coax a head out of it.
the aromas that greet me once i let this warm a little are pretty outstanding... this beer smells like a malty chocolate doughnut. upon closer inspection i smell a raspberry liqueur, followed by dark fruits, toffee, and coffee.
more big sloppy chocolate cake in the taste, with tangy berries, and cherries. vanilla, caramel and toffee all make appearances. it has a little tiny bit of a barrel aged flavor too. theres a hint of oxidation too. i was surprised at the low level of the beer after it was corked, but the little bit of oxidation only adds with a bit of complexity.
smooth and full bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
decently drinkable for being fairly beefy. only because it tastes and smells so damn good though.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 4: Leftovers. DrJay contributed this one. thanks jay!

750ml corked blue bottle. sampled nov 30/08.

pours deep brown with very good clarity. a think layer of very fine tan bubbles forms, dropping very fast to a small ring around the glass. no lace.

taste is good. loads of fruit, mostly dark. date, red grape, fig, plum, raisin. big vanilla too. alcohol. some dark chocolate. white bread. medium-low bitterness level. drinks almost like a port, but with less residual sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. very low, almost non-existent carbonation. medium-large body. the low carbonation level seems to work for it though.

drinkability is good. nice balance. big fruity depth. i wasn't really impressed with the '06, but this one was quite nice. good stuff.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this bottle at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with a small beige head that fades VERY fast to a thin edge layer.
The aroma is deep chocolate and some brown sugar, and just a bit of booze. First sip is much thinner than expected with very fine gentle carbonation.
Flavor is sweet with chocolate and brown sugar and just a hint of raspberry on the finish. The finish is also sticky on the lips and leaves a bit of warming booze on the back of my throat. The beer is a sipper but is tasty. I wish the berry notes were a little bigger and that the body was a bit thicker.

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Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear dark brown, almost black in color. No head forms even with vigorous pour. No lacing develops.

Smell: malt and fruity sweetness dominates, and alcohol is easily detectable.

Taste: huge malt backbone here. Chocolate flavors are up front along with the alcohol. Cherries and other berries tones are soft but help reduce the alcohol bite. Mellow bitterness and a touch of molasses rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth and syrupy throughout. Aftertaste is very long on the malt sweetness and alcohol sting.

Drinkability: this is a real example of a slow sipper. I enjoyed the flavor structure, but the alcohol is a bit too intense here. This would be great on a cold evening in front of a fire. Interesting beer.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

is this a 750ml? regardless, y'all know what bottle i drank it out of cuz there's only one. corked in blue, looks snappy.

flat, purple, carbonated with no head. purple! there was a pop to the cork though, what gives?! aroma is predominantly cocoa, the cocoa described on the bottle i'm sure. that cocoa baked into a double chocolate cookie.. take that, and combine it clumsily with a vegetabley acidic garbage odor and you've got the nose on the 05.

lots of malt in the mouth and a flavor and feel that bring to mind quik with water instead of milk used to mix. missing the creaminess that gives great, silky body to a drink of this nature (and one that bears a chocolate soul).

boozy finish as it warms.. boozy like a screwdriver made with chocolate vodka. drinkability for 11.7% is phenomenal though given its watery nature, and nobody in the room believed this figure. whatever, i didn't really want that from this beer. i wanted syrup, i wanted motor oil.

i really wanted to love this beer.. i think the 04 wasnt THAT bad and the 01 totally freakin rocks. comparatively, this was disappointing. won't be revisiting, aged or not.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Strong Ale with some extra 'kick' in it. Strong aromas of malt and berries with a musky-woodiness eminating from the bottle. Turns into a dirty mohogany / rust color with reserved carbonation and head retention, though laces well. Flavors jump out with giant malts and balancing hops (barleywine-like) with an old musky flavor that takes on Oud Brune proportions. Not for sure if that was intended, but I sure liked it. Berry, cherry, vineous, light sherry, and chocolate rounds out the flavors, beins substituted with strong alcoholic presence. Alcohols are hot and numbing with a light prickle. Finishes sweet and dry. Can't wait to try more recent year's releases to see if the woodiness persists
Thanks Clvand0

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Photo of metalgdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stan for sharing this bottle at our weekly get together. I was my first brew from the great state of Rode Island so I had to review it. I poured it into a snifter and I got a slight brown head but with the age of the bottle it was better than I expected. The color of the brew was dark brown to black. Aroma wise I got some chocolate and raspberries' with a slight caramel. The flavor was the same as the nose. Considering the age on the bottle I got no off flavors or smell so I thought It was alright to post something on it. I don't think any more age on this would change it much. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but take that with a grain of salt because of the age So drink them if you got them.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited: 25 Nov 10
About 5 Years on this bottle

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice brownish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some oil slicks behind. The nose is malty, with some cherries, plums, figs, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice dose of dark fruits. Medium body. Very Drinkable still. Holding up pretty well. Thanks Wayne.

A - Pours a dark brown in color, nice carbonation, small creamy head that disappears quickly, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, cherries, prunes, caramel, and some spices.

T - The taste is very very good. Kinda sweet/tangy/malty, slight caramel taste. The finish is kinda dry, nice warm feeling, alcohol is hidden very well though.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. I got this one on a trade from ybnorml a few months back, glad I recevied a bottle. This is a different ASA compared to AB or DAB from Stone, but don't let that fool you, a few of these, and you will be on your ass, LOL

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Newport Storm '05 from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 39 ratings