Newport Storm '08 | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sticking to our goal of making our Annual beers unique and not bound by any style – we brewed the ’08 to crave! Real oats, molasses, vanilla and sugar were used in the brewing of this beer. The malt bill also asked for some Belgian “special B’ malt to lend some raison background tart flavor. Carbonated to perfection, this beer is meant to be savored before or after dessert pending on what your sweet tooth craves!

34 IBU

Added by Sammy on 10-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by timmay41:
Photo of timmay41
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured gently from the now semi-iconic cobalt blue 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. The color is deep brown with almost purple-ish tints at the top and bottom of the glass. No head to the first pour, then a thin off-white head appears with successive pours. The lacing looks great at first--thick and rich--but it dissolves into nothing soon thereafter. Bummer.

S: Sweet aromas dominate up front--vanilla, dark fruits (cherries, blackberries), slightly burnt malts. Little to no alcohol detectable. Then after it breathes more in the glass, a distinct Dimetapp/grape Robitussin scent emerges.

T: A malty bite is noticeable with the first few sips, then black licorice, dark cherry, and ginger come through on the palate, all registering with a lambic-like acidity/tartness. It's kind of like American Strong Ale meets American-style fruit lambic. I'd be really interested to learn more about the yeasts they used.

M: Light bodied, especially for the style and semi-sweet notes, and very little carbonation. Alcohol warms on the back of the throat but it's not hot or unbalanced by any means.

D: Not totally chagrinned that I picked this up, as it's an interesting and admirable effort by the guys at Newport Storm, but I'm also glad to be done with the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
2.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Frankenstein. A kitchen sink, by their own admission of many malts lying ebout plus some mild hops. There is some chocolate malts but that gives it only background flavour. It starts with a bit of bubbles on dark brown that disappear to no head. This, remember, is absolutely freshly delivered to my friend Vaino at the store from the plant on request. The smell is barnyard, must, sweat. Hours later, it is chocolate and cleaning fluid, but I still could not drink more than a few ounces.Sorry, its too many ideas none which take leadership or give it taste worth drinking.There is enough malt to give the mouthfeel substance.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another bottle shared at a local tasting that has been hiding in my notes for a few months.

Pours a nice golden red with little head.

Smells of nice sweet figs in the nose.

Tastes mostly of sweet frits and candy.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a little carbonation.

This is pretty drinkable. Good sipper.

I guess the lack of more writing in my notes speaks volumes.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a tiny foamy head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry figs and raisins with some caramelized sugar and light alcoholic phenols. Taste is also dominated by loads of dry figs and raisins with some toffee and caramelized sugars - maybe a bit too much of the raisins come out with a finish that is overly sweet. Body is above average with minimal carbonation and light apparent alcohol. Not bad though not something I would have regularly.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown with a medium-sized dense off white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark and tart fruit, caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some alcohol. Altogether, it kind of smells like cough syrup.

T: The taste is very sweet with a little tartness to it, with flavors of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel and molasses. The hops presence is subdued but provides a little bit of balance. There's a hearty malt character and not much trace of the 12.10% ABV, but some of the cough syrup flavor comes through. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, even after reading the print on the bottle I'm still not sure what they were going for with this one, an extreme brown ale maybe? While I'm not going to have a problem finishing the bottle, it's not a beer that I would go for again since there are several other big beers that I would prefer.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle purchased somewhere locally.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the clear red brew. Head slowly falls to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lots of sticky lace. Aroma is sweet, tannic, and has a moderate alcohol presence. Taste is sweet from beginning to end, with little else to note. There is a light fruitiness at times, and some alcohol peeks through at the close, but overall a syrup machine. Mouthfeel is way too slickery, and these both hurt the drinkability substantially. I am starting to wonder why I get these offerings each year.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Light fizzy head, dark auburn maroon color.

Nose chocolate and dirty diaper, fermented ass chocolate.

Taste sour tangy chocolate ass, pretty bad, syrupy mess and toffee, undrinkable!

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Photo of hazakaza
4.17/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like sweet, fruity, complex beers, this guy is for you. Up there with one of my favorite beers IMMEDIATELY right after tasting.

Smell--heavy with ripe or even dried red fruit.
Taste--even more red fruit, with chocolate, caramel, and cleansing hoppiness to lighten up the whole flavor.
Mouthfeel--thick, nectary, and low on the carbonation, which enhances the sweetness.

Overall judgement: VERY tasty and unique beer, complex, but not for the weak of heart, and meant to be drunk slowly.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Revisted: 29 Mar 11
750ml Blue Bottle

Been sitting on this one for about 2.5 years.

Poured into a chalice a light brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which does leave some oil slicks and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, very slight hop, some figs/prunes, slight toffee. The taste is malty, pretty sweet, with some dark fruits and toffee thrown in. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Drinkable, I like this one, but not as good as the 05 or 06. Holding up pretty well.

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

750ml Blue Bottle

Poured into a chalice a light brown color, some carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which does leave some oil slicks and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, very slight hop, some figs/prunes, slight toffee. The taste is malty, sweet, with some dark fruits and toffee thrown in. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Drinkable, I like this one, but not as good as the 05 or 06.

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Photo of DrJay
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Hazy reddish brown colour with a fine beige or light tan cap. Lots of spotty lacing, good head retention. The aroma was very heavy on caramel and toffee, sugary, molasses, biscuit, a bit of fruit, light spice and alcohol. Very sweet flavour with bitterness not coming close to keeping up. Caramel and toffee, fruity with some orange and citrus notes. Full bodied, low carbonation. This one was out of balance for me and didn't really work - no focus at all. Maybe with some age it will improve, but it might be a long shot.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My sister picked this one up for me on a trip to Rhode Island a few months ago. I wasn't sure about when I should open it and give it a try. I simply just felt like trying it tonight so I opened it up and gave is a pour. The beer came out as a deep murky brown color with very little head on top. The lacing wasn't very impressive at all nor was the retention. The smell of the beer give of some sweet brown fruit aromas with some additional sugars also. There is a heavy amount of booze on the nose also. The taste of the beer is missin something, I feel that it's good but it falls short for me. The level flavor is high but it just doesn't go over too well with me. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thicker side and had a light carbonation that was gone by the time I finished my half of the bottle. Overall this beer is pretty strong and will knock ya on you ass if you let it. All in all it's a decent brew but not something I wanna has again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer appears a dark, murky brown color with a very small head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is odd. I'm not sure what to say. I think I'll taste it before I ascertain the quality of this suspicious beer. Yep, it's weird. The flavors are odd, and there is no integration or balance among them. It's basically a big 12% abv mess. In addition to the oddity that is the aroma and taste, the beer is too hot and alcohol forward. I did not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I wanted to like this beer. I'm a big supporter of the guys at Coastal Extreme and what they do. Besides, they put out some seriously tasty beers. That being said, this one missed the mark.

A- Looks nice. Served from a 750 blue glass bottle with a cork. This beer aged for a year before it was bottled. Deep, rich brown with a very healthy head.

S- Malts, caramel notes. This beer has a very strong aroma. Syrupy, sweet, borderline too much.

T- Yuck. This beer is too sweet for its own good. It reminds me of imitation maple syrup. I really didn't like the way this tasted and lingered on the tounge. A complex bouquet of.. murky sweetness.

M- thick. This beer stays in your mouth, and if you don't like the taste (like me), it sure ain't helping. This beer reminded me of a syrup. Little to no carbonation... the plauge of these blue bottle beers.

D- Little to none. I struggled to finish the bottle. Perhaps this beer is too complex for its own good, but it just wasn't working for me.

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Newport Storm '08 from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 16 ratings