Newport Storm - Derek (Cyclone Series) | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm - Derek (Cyclone Series)Newport Storm - Derek (Cyclone Series)

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after our Head Brewer, Derek, this brew is everything Derek is not—bold, dark, and very stoutlike! Loads of Chocolate and Roasted malts give this brew zero opacity. The beer is chock-full of IBU, but those darker malts mask much of the flavor of the hops, hence the additions of the aromatic Styrian Goldings!

Rumor has it that Derek with be throwing himself a 50th birthday party featuring his beer at it. Many homebrewers have requested the recipe for this and it is given below as a percentage. Bear in mind we used 8526 pounds of malt for 1200 cases, so give it try and give us a bottle! There were no final aroma hop additions.

61 IBU

Added by hopsaplenty on 06-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a thick pitch black with a large thick dark tan head that nearly overflowed out of the glass. Beer leaves thick rings of lace on glass.

Lacks much scent, but I could make out some roasted malt scents.

Immediate roasted malt flavor, coffee flavor, and some dark chocolate flavor. Definite bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Moderate carbonation, more than expected from the style/thickness, but the beer is smooth.

Overall, it's not the best, but not bad. The alcohol is noticeable as you get about halfway.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a creamy light brown head which retained very well.

Smell was of sweet dark malts, come coffee notes. Nothing that huge in the aroma.

Taste is of nutty chocolate, espresso, very bitter and very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of on the watery side and good carbonation.

Decently drinkable, I usually dont like my stouts this hoppy though.

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Photo of mstudley
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark cola color, like Coke Blak. Medium head retention.

S: Coffee aroma, whiffs of chocolate and an alcohol presence.

T: Coffee here again. Roasted malts, somewhat sweet.

M: I was disappointed here. I felt it was somewhat thin for the taste/smell.
A heavier body with thicker mouthfeel would add a lot to this beer.

D: Very drinkable and the ABV is just about right for a few pints. Not a
session beer (for me anyway) but I could but 2 or 3 away in an evening.

Overall I like this beer a lot but there's plenty of stiff competition out there for it to stand against. Great local offering.

Chloe was great and fits the extreme category fairly well but I would be hard pressed to call Derek 'extreme'.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black thick color that lets a deep red light through at the edges when held to a lamp. Milky light brown head is about two fingers high briefly before it turns to a thin layer. Bits of creamy lace form about the glass. Smell is roasty. Bittersweet chocolate is dominant, with some berries, cherry, toffee and vanilla. Taste is dry stout with a touch of milk stout? The creamy smoothness balances the full roasty character. Chocolate and some coffee are the main features here. Moderate hops back it up along with some fruit. Textured is....non eother than creamy and smooth with medium low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Not an in your face stout by any means yet definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Newport Storm's Derek pours a farily dark, almost black body with thin highlights of deep mahogany beneath a frothy, light brown head. The head retention is good and it leaves some nice lace behind.

The nose expresses dark malt with notes of coffee and sugar, and what seems like some dull, herbal hops in the background (maybe there's some spruce or something else in use?).

The flavor is initially sweet in an odd way, meaning that it's not malty sweet or sugary sweet, but something else altogether. Perhaps some maple syrup or honey? It then immediately turns dark and roasty with a deep, coffee-grind like character. There are hints of chocolate or cocoa, but it's more sweetish with dark coffee. It's thin in flavor profile, not wide - or should I say rounded, but still rich. Some hebal/piney hops in the background. A solid bitterness is present, and although it may appear sweet at the start, it finishes dry. Alcohol just barely peeks out at you for the most part until you get towards the end of the glass.

Appropriately named, Derek comes in quick, does some damage, and leaves everything a bit messy in its wake.

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Photo of Alexmc2
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black with ruby hues when held up to the light. A fine looking stout indeed. The smell does not disappoint either, rich chocolate and coffee are very pleasant. The taste of the beer is very smooth, sweet and malty, with a somewhat hoppy after-taste. The hops were a bit suprising given the initial sweet taste. Mild alcohol accents following a sip. Overall it is a good offering from Newport Storm that does not disappoint if you expect "Just a stout" rather than what they call an "extreme stout".

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Photo of Jredner
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Aroma is somewhat mild and features chocolate, cocoa, coffee and a bit of baltic porteresque fermented dark fruit alcohol. Body is flat black and holds a firm, creamy thumb thick tan head. Very light flavor wise...some mild roasted elelments with a bit of almond nuttiness and creamy coffee. This is sort of a huge porter more than an Impy ad it even has some of that toasty (versus burnt roasted) flavor to it. The thing is it is good, if narrow, it just isn’t right for the style.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black. Small creamy tan head fades to a patchy topping. Moderate aroma blends roasted chocolate and alcohol. Smooth, deep bitter chocolate flavor with hints of alcohol. Medium and creamy smooth.

Nice chocolate flavors and actually a little dry stout-ish. Imperial Irish dry perhaps?

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Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Slight head with a very dark reddish tint to it. The beer itself was almost completely opaque, letting just a little light through if held up to a light. Smelt of coffee chocolate. Tasted of burnt dark chocolate. Occassionally I could taste some slight berry flavor. Not sure what it was, but it was sweet. Slight hint of bitterness that lingered in the mouth. Definately a sipping beer. Overall I liked the beer, but would prefer slightly less bitterness.

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Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pitch black, produced a lot of head. and stuck to the end along with some sticky lace.

smell - roasted malts and coffee smell.

taste - raosted malts, chocolate, coffee.

mouthfee l- Creamy, thick, and malty.

drinkability - I could enjoy this beer again. Nice taste to , smell, appearance.

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Photo of Brewfan
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cooperrip for the sample.

Poured an extremely dark brown/black color. Decent 2 finger tan head with lots of close knit bubbles. Medium head retention. Nice retention to the tan lace clinging to the pint glass.
Medium malty nose. Slight raisony essence with some vanilla towards the end of the beer.
Slight burnt coffee taste with some sweet stone fruit on the back of my tongue. Light hoppy bitterness never really makes it though the malty/coffee forefront.
Medium mouthfeel, rather light for a 8.7% stout. Would have wanted this one bigger. Ok on the drinkability scale. Not the worst "big" stout I've had, but nowhere near the best.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a brownish black color with a short foamy tan head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with chocolate & dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

T: Rich taste of dark chocolate and dark fruits (cherry & raspberry). There’s a very slight touch of the 8.70% ABV, but it’s very well-disguised. After-taste has the dark

M: Very smooth, but a little oily, full-bodied, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky, but not as sticky as most beers I’ve had in this or related styles.

D: This one is light for the style and kind of tasty. Most stouts that I’ve had are sippers, which this one is good for, but it can also be a pounder, which you do not normally see in a beer of this nature.

I have noticed that beers in the Cyclone Series from Coastal Extreme tend to be hybrids of two styles. Derek seems to be a combination of a Russian Imperial Stout and a Baltic Porter, which is a boundary line that is often blurred to begin with. Nonetheless, I am picking up qualities from both of those styles. Overall, I think this is an excellent Newport Storm experimentation.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Bottle Code 6-145.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" brown head over the clear dark root beer brown brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with hevay sticky lacing. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, and maybe some smokiness. Taste tends more toward coffee bitterness, from start to aftertaste. Mouthfeel is alright, but definitely thin for the style, and drinkability is okay as well. Not as extreme as I had hoped, but not a bad brew either.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the beer.

pours a rich black with a nice hue of mohagony where the light shines through, the head was light tan and a finger thick, left some lacing.
the aroma is so rich with chocolate it is hard to smell anything else but there is a little roastiness and malt shining through.
the flavor is malty, cocoa, roasted barley, coffee, hop spice, pepper, and a dry after taste.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, 6.147 stamped on the back label. 1.079 OG, 8.7 Alcohol by Vol., 61 Bittering Units.

Bottle cap: “Say hello to my little beer.” Wait, I thought that this was going to be "an extreme stout"? Hope the cap is wrong.

Ruby highlighted mahogany. Dense head of fine chestnut bubbles with big staying power that eventually settled to a small disc. Bountiful carbonation streams are visible at the surface. A few thin strands of lacing were left as the glass was emptied. Roasted coffee with sugar and a touch of something medicinal fills the nose. Initially the taste is filled with rich roasted malt, but there is definitely a sweet element as well. The alcohol comes out quickly and adds a slightly hot feel. There is also that light medicinal note from the smell which appears in the finish, but it disappears by the end of the beer. The sweetness lingers and a light hop note trails in the finish. Medium body with a slightly glazed mouthfeel, there is some noticeable carbonation, but it is on the fine side. Not bad, but not overly extreme. While the finish was off just a bit initially, it corrected itself and this ended up being a decent stout.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. thanks mark!

12oz bottle. i think the bottle code reads "6 14", but the imprint is pretty light. inside of the cap reads "House keeping. You want beer?". yes please!

pours deep brown, not quite black but basically opaque. a ring of fine tan bubbles forms around the glass. no lace.

aroma is nice. bit of roast. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. touch of smoke. there's a bit of bock-like character lingering in there too.

taste is nice. bittersweet and milk chocolate. light caramel sweetness. bit of alcohol. roast. touch of coffee. dried cherry and cranberry. bit of date. just a hint of that bock-like character here too. low bitterness level. this started a little one-dimensional but filled out nicely as it warmed.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good sticky lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee with a good hop backbone. Decent stout. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


"Bottled on the 145th day of 2006. It's the Julian code that Buzzards Bay uses for their beers - similar to Sierra Nevada" -MMD

complete blackness in a glass, soapy tan foam leaves fiery lacing on the glass walls. head keeps nicely and tiny circles form in the foamy patches, but a finger's worth remains solid.

aroma like coffee grounds and holly leaves. spicy, botanical, and fresh with a creamy cocoa kicker. smells pretty damn good, like an inferior yet inspired hoppy stout along the lines of smutty imp or bolshoi.

weird flavor when i take the first sip. something distracting like sweet candi sugar begins the experience, and transitions awkwardly into the dry tree-bark accented cocoa powder and hop bitterness. starts belgian and finishes dirty vermont. perhaps the recipe here was ill-conceived, attempting creation of an easy-drinking big beer that just doesn't jibe. maple syrup flavors aren't meant to meld with dirt-bottomed grass clumps.

the alcohol isn't too noticeable, but that's an overlooked achievement due to the sensory disaster this beer presents. i think age might help blend together the elements and allow the sweetness to dominate. for now, this beer follows suit with most of NS's extreme series beers.. crazy messes and ridiculously experimental.

one of these days, they will happen upon a glorious accident. it's not today.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for sending this my way for BC2!

Pours a clear reddish brown, thick tan head forms, settles down to a nice layer, leaves behind some decent lacing, good retention, never leaves. Smell is chocolate covered dates, roast, caramel, some alcohol, bread, raisins, pretty good. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, roasty chocolate, dates, bread, toffee, alcohol is well hidden, flavours go together nicely, hint of cherry as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, thin on the palate. Pretty neat, more of a light American stout flavour and colourwise, little thin, but the alcohol is well hidden. Difference interpretation but I like it. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Same as Pete...purchased at Julio's, though as a single.

A: Pours a black as night black with a frothy one finger caramel colored head. Slight retention with a film on top. Caked on lacing.
S: Chocolate notes with a sweet almost scotch like aroma. Dark fruits and caramel notes are also noticeable. Earthy with slight oak notes.
T/M: Burnt coffee and unsweetened chocolate notes followed by a brash bitterness that stings the tongue. Dry finish with an ashyness to it. Some of the sweet flavors from the aroma come through here. Medium to above average body with a low level of carbonation.
D: Different interpretation of a double stout. Lower abv than usual for the style, but I actually quite like it. A tad thin, but I think that's what they were going for instead of a thick syrupy big time stout. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to TheManiacalOne

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy tannish head which lasts a little while, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet slightly roasted malts, toffee/caramel. The taste follows the nose nice malts, and toffee/caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad stout, but a little on the lighter side, Recommended.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, gutsy brown, not quite black, and barely mahogany at the margins. A finger of bubbly light tan head drops to frothy suede. Icicles of lacing frost the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a dark roasted earthiness, almost burnt and lightly sweet. Crusty bread, coffee, and dates are tickled by a mellow hop spiciness. Alcohol is present but muted.

Upon sipping, the roasted malt is smoothly sweet with chocolate, sloe, and molasses. A bite of black coffee joins malt char to truncate the sweetness with an edgy bitterness that is buttressed by a spicy hop chop. The alcohol is tropically warm and breezy. A burnt biscuit note sets off a rounded and fetchingly lingering dry, bitter finish. It's not as extreme as the series name might lead you to believe, but it does have a tasty, blended profile.

Medium bodied, it has a slick thickness that slides along with a crisp close.

Well, they kind of allude that it's extreme, and I don't think it is, but it's good for what it is, and that's a well-balanced, nicely crafted dark brew. It's just complex enough to stay interesting. The ABV is readily apparent but also quite pertinent, impacting drinkability nary a stitch. I'd consider Derek a welcome visitor any time he felt compelled to stop by, should he ever appear on the radar again.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.
No best before date.
"Everything is on its way to beer, everything".

Creamy mud-brown in color. A soft, light brown head that fades to a broken, whispy sheet after a moment. A few trails of condensed lacing with decent strength.

Sweet caramel and heavy cream; notes of vanilla. Light coffee with piercing whaffs of swarming alcohol. Lots of burnt hop resin.

Rich, roasted malt character; chewy and rough. Dark chocolate, sweet caramel engulffed by a non-descript, straight-up alcohol presence, that does little in terms of interacting with the stout's other flavors. The hop presence hints at pine and is rather aggressive in bitterness. The aftertaste is highly sweet and alcohol-laden.

Full in body; sweet, creamy yet rough on the palate on account of the 61 IBU hop character. Adequately balanced for the style.

Much like other Cyclone Series offerings, Derek is a flood of alcohol, sweetness, and little else to offer in terms of flavor. Not one I'll remember too fondly.

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Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with a small brown head, with good retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, coffee and perhaps some caramel.
Taste is a bit sweet initially , evolving into some roasted bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, some unsweetened coffee.
A bit thin on the palate, it is still a nice offering, if not remarkable.
Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this one.

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Newport Storm - Derek (Cyclone Series) from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 38 ratings