Newport Storm - James (Cyclone Series) | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Newport Storm - James (Cyclone Series)Newport Storm - James (Cyclone Series)

Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after one of our brewers, James was brewed to be a Strong Scotch Ale traditionally known as a “Wee Heavy.” Brewed with a massive malt bill and mashed in at a higher than normal temp, we aimed to create a very complex malt profile. By using some Belgian crystal malt and boiling for an extra 30 minutes to create kettle caramelization, flavors of caramel, smoke, raisins and brown sugar abound. The use of a small percentage of Peat malt in the mash gives James the traditional smoked character found in Scottish Ales. James was lightly hopped with English hops, enough to give it balance, but without interfering with the malt characteristics that make this brew one to warm you to the core.

20 IBU

Added by TheManiacalOne on 10-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess they must have a good number of cyclones hitting newport as this series has a good number of brews. A nice slightly smoky very malty brew. I think what stood out for me the most was the caramel sweetness. An interesting example of the style. Enjoyed over a pizza dinner.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Good copper-brown color for a Scotch Ale, as many are simply too dark. The head retention is not too shabby either. A little taffy on the first whiff, then the subtle smokiness and the bready malt sweetness hits the nose. Fluffy, full body with enough smoothness to get by. Subtle smoke to start, highly toasted malt breadiness and a faint warming alcohol. After the initial wave of flavor, the smokiness rises a little higher and the sweetness of the malt fleshes out a bit more and balance is tasted, though the alcohol stays hidden for the most part. Hints of toasted bread crust, chicory and faint brown sugar.

Right on target, a lovely sipper here. Slip this one in as a weekend lunch beer, and a nap is sure to ensue.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, copper color with approximately a 1/2 inch head that fizzles out slowly. Decent lacing left behind in the wake. Smells of light caramel, a very delicate smokiness probably from peat-smoked malts that are usually utilized within the style, and some vanilla touches. More sweet malts up front consisting of caramel and vanilla flavors. Once again, the presence of peat-smoked malts is apparent, even more so in the flavor than in the aroma. There is just enough hop presence to round the flavor profile out. Medium bodied mouthfeel, good carbonation, very crisp finish, as well as it's particularly smooth for an 8% abv beverage. This is a great interpretation of the style by Derrick and the gang over at Newport Storm/Coastal. It could stand to be a little heavier but on the flipside, that makes it much more drinkable. The last two Cyclone installments have really impressed me. I'm eager to see what's in store for the letter K. Good jorb.

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Photo of degerbah
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque and somewhat cloudy brown with very little head. The malt smell on this is huge. Lots of caramel sweetness that is almost overpowering. The taste is much more subtle and more balanced than the smell. The maltiness tends to be more smokey than sweet which I didn't expect at all. Reminds me a little bit of a rauchbier. Tastes slightly thick, but not boozey. The lack of carbonation is also a little disconcerting. I feel that a little more carbonation would help it be an easier drinker, but it is still very good. A slightly alcoholic aftertaste goes well with the smokiness, but makes the beer more of a sipper. So much flavor, it tastes slightly different each time I take a sip. Good but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Track 84, Warwick, RI

A: Served in tulip glass, pours a dark, brown/ruby with a 2 finger lace, and white head, leaves a nice lacing.

S: Hints of whiskey barrel, caramel, smokey vanilla, roasted malts, a little faint smell, could be stronger

T: Not as whiskey tasting as some other scotch ales, or as creamy, which i actually like that its not, has a smooth carmel, cocoa, sweet taste, with a light hop finish

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

D: Easy drinking smooth scottish ale, a real nice job of this style, i would love to try some of the other Cyclone Series from them

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Photo of nebula1999
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy redish-brown. Thick beige head falls to 1/4 inch with some lace. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and subtle peat smoke. Foretaste is sweet roasted malt with a peat-smoked backbone, followed by the drying bite of hops. Caramel flavors also coat the mouth in the aftertaste just before the hop kick cuts through it. Chewy and warming, but not in a bad cloying way. Can't keep this one from the lips. Hides the 8% abv well. A well made scotch ale from fine Rhode Island brewery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz received (as an extra!) in a very rushed trade from JusDrinkit.. Dave came through in a pinch with flying colors.. Huge thanks.. Shared this one with Brenda ... mine poured into my tiny La Trappe snifter.

3/4" head drips leaving nice lace and a dark brown brew...

Nose has a deep maltiness as expected with some subtle background caramel.. a little fruitiness I think.. but I'm having a hard time distinguishing the different elements... there is alot of stuff going on with this brew.. peat really starts to show as it warms..

Flavor is pretty damn nice... hints of smoke with quite a bit of caramel and rich maltiness.. an odd smack of nuttiness is appreciated but does seem a little unexpected.. the fruity esters are alot more restrained than the aroma.. still a slight bit of raisin is there. Peat smoke sorta builds with drink after drink.. it makes want a sip... then a little later another sip.. and then even later and even less another sip.. the smoke definitely adds up on this one and is probably outta whack even for this style (and especially my preferences). The body is a firm medium with a near perfect carbonation for the style..

I am sure I like this one... but for "style", there is alot of peat. I am digging it.. but even with the shared 12'er, there is a little bit left in the bottle and I am looking to something to sorta clean off the smoke...

Thanks again, Dave.. You came through when I asked BA to help me out... I hope you like your brews as much as I like mine.


Edit: Brenda says with her minor pour.. that the end of the glass reminds her of beef jerky.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Dark amber with a small white head that left some lace ont the glass.

smell - Roasted malts, caramel.

taste - Caramelm, smokey, and some hops. Nice balance.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, bit smokey for a scotch ale.

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Photo of Timmush
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this one on my trip to Rhode Island. I wish I picked up more. Great color, minimal lacing. Very good taste. A little roasted/peat taste but has an amazing caramel aftertaste. smooth, very smooth for a 8% beer. I got this 6 pack for 8.99 and I think it was better than many others in this price range. I tried their Hurricane Amber ale and it was drinkable... this, was a very good beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

See-through oxblood color with ruby highlights. Average tan head that leaves a snowfall of lace and stays 'til the end.

Smells of thick, toasty caramel malt, scotch smoke and mild woody hop.

Heavy caramel malt and molasses up front followed smokey peat and mild hop spice. Dried apricot aftertaste. Thick and chewy mouthfeel and hardly a sign of 8% abv. This beer tastes grumpy.

Overall a good represention of style but not as memorable as many Scotch ales.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice mahogany color with a cap of white foam that lingered.

S - A bit restrained in the nose. Whiffs of malt and bread with a faint note of smoke almost.

T - Rather surprisingly good. Reminds me of a weaker version of their storm of the year 06' minus the barrel character. Very nice malt and bread flavors. There is a deeper earthy character that really goes well with the brew. A peat like bite on the finish

M - Rather sharp on the finish for the style. Very nice lingering flavor though and fairly smooth on the body.

D - Really liked this one and actually would love to see this in a seasonal fall production. Very nice and worth the try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

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

S: The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is smoky and malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel, chocolate and vanilla. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance but it's the smokiness that takes dominance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to sip on for a while as a change of pace if you're in the mood for a smoky beer.

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Photo of michaelgrant1983
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew over the winter and damn was it a good one. You can definitely get the peat that they used in brewing it. Can you believe it, peat. Now that's a brewery going out of its way to make a good brew, especially one from little ole' RI. Thick head on it. The beer pours in very thick as well. Great flavor to it, but still easily drinkable in my opinion. I've had a few scotch ale's that took concentration just to finish one, but these went down easy. Good beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, smoky, slight roast. The taste is malty, nice smoky/roasty notes, with some spice. Medium body, the finish is bitter. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Hokies
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours deep reddish hue with a nice off-head that quickly dissipates. Their is a slight lace left on the glass.

The smell is not the strongest their are aromas of smoke, caramel and some roasted malt.

Nice full body beer with some caramel malt sweetness and a lot of hop bitterness with a strong lingering grapefruit bitterness. Their is a smoky flavor to the beer with the roasted malt but is a little off balance with the hops.

Overall a pretty easy drinking beer and one I might try at a bar.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet with a bountiful head that leaves quite the pattern of lace behind

Smell: Taffy sweetness along with subtle smoked peat elements

Taste: Up front, the taffy and caramel flavors dominate, with a subtle turn toward the peat emerging by mid-palate; after the swallow, the smoky elements add a subtle complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine example of a Wee Heavy; the sweetness is toned down and the peat and smoke flavors are nicely restrained as well

Thanks, CharlesDarwin, for the opportunity

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pour Judgement. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent reddish-brown with an one-inch off-white head that dissipated within a minute. Some strands of lacing hung around during the tasting. Nose was malty, roasty and rounded out with caramel. Taste followed nose with a smokey/peaty quality and a definite hops presence the breaks up the traditional sweetness that is characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with consistent background carbonation. Easy drinking Wee Heavy in that the sweetness was cut by the hops and the alcohol was very well-hidden. Nice offering from a regional brewer.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle that came as a surprise from Wasatch. After missing out on the first 8 in the series, this is my second 'Cyclone' in a row. Poured to a pint.

A: A cloudy and unfiltered richness, deep and tawny. Healthy head of froth, starts at about a finger and dwindles to a thin cap of cream. Through the garnet depths, a fair of amount of carbonation rises. Lace in broken cobwebs.

S: Nothing too outstanding, but a general toffee/malt sweetness, mild fruit and traces of woody smoke.

T: Big caramel, not too sweet. Balanced layering of peat gives a robust earthiness, mild hops give some spicy bite. The smoky huskiness builds over time, mellowing the sweetness further.

M: Fuller body without an overburdened heaviness. Smooth, creamy, veiled alcohol despite tipping the scales at 8%.

D: Very likable. One of the better Scotch Ales I recall having. Would have this again; recommend trying one if it's still around. Thanks again, John, for sending.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark brown beer with some ruby highlights. Has a small tan head and a little lace. The aroma has a light smokiness to it with an under lying coffee character. Upheld by a solid sweet malt backbone. A sweet malt note tickles the tip of your tongue. As the roasted malt coffee character washes over the middle of your tongue. Then the smoke note joins with a snappy bitterness as it washes down the throat leave a hint of smoke behind.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great big hell yeah goes out to Pamola (Kyle) for going out of your way to get me this one to cross Rhode Island off my state list.

A: Pours a very very dark shade of ruby red with a nice creamy head. Okay retention and beautiful sheet lacing most of the way down the glass.

S: Nice Wee Heavy aromas. Lots of rich sweet caramel malt with hints of brown sugar and a touch of smoke.

T: Very tasty as well. Wonderful complex sweet malt flavors. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses are all there. A hint of smokey dark roast peeks through in the finish with just a touch of earth.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, and smooth.

D: Tasty and drinkable.

Thanks Kyle for sending this one. It not only crosses Rhode Island off my list, but it does it with style!

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of mwa423
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a trade at Dark Lord Day '09. Thanks to whoever traded this with me. Hope I gave you something good..

A - Pours a very hazy brown with small white head that latched onto the side of the glass.

S - Fantastic smell, lots of malt, plenty of whiskey aromas, along with some smoke and bitters.

T - An interesting combination of smoke and malt with a faint whiskey aftertaste. By far on the top end of scotch ales I have ever had. Other flavors that go through the mouth are dried fruit and a bit of oak.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and enjoyable, carbonation level is perfect. The beer I easily kept swirling around the mouth when I was picking up more and more new flavors. As for drinkability, while this (if I had more of) I could drink more of it would go slowly.

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Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive, albeit standard, earth brown with red tinge. The crown is 1 finger, off white (slightly mocha), shows moderate retention, and decent lace.

Smell: Rich malty notes, touches of peat, hints of toffee, and maybe some brown sugar...

Taste: Same as nose. Peat and malty goodness lead the way but the mouthfeel takes away from flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel: I'm a bit disappointed by the mouthfeel. Just a touch bigger than medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks like a Scottish Ale rather than a Scotch Ale.

Overall: A pretty solid beer but no stand out in the pack.

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