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

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Newport Storm - Quinn (Cyclone Series)Newport Storm - Quinn (Cyclone Series)

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Cyclone Series’ first foray into barrel aged beers is nothing short of unique. With our rum distillery in the same building that we make our beer in, it only made sense we would choose to age a beer in rum, not whisky or bourbon, barrels. After over a year of testing and experimenting, we created an inky black porter to carefully age in our Thomas Tew Rum barrels. After just the right amount of aging, the resulting beer is a bold and roasted porter balanced with oak, butter, spice, and rum notes from the barrel aging process.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.01/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on label.
It pours a fizzy tan-topped dark cola color (Porters should never be fizzy!) Even the lacings are bubbly.
There's an odd cider vinegar smell right off the top. The background smells of roasted barley, chocolate, green cut wood, citrus and bit of Port nose are Ok.
A sour, tart yeast-gone-bad taste hits you right away. That's completely wrong! Next, a taste of Funk and grapefruit zest and tart cider collide. Somewhere in the distance, there's a porter dying to get out, but what an awful mess! This is not a porter!!!
Newport Storm should rush out and collect all these horrible abominations before they totally lose all self respect.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Towering level of foam, not gushing but very expressive carbonation. Dark mahogany brown is nearly black in color. Wood, roasted grain, burnt toffee and rum soaked raisins in the nose. Just enough smoothness, full-ish creamy body. Roasted flavor nails it for a porter, wood pulls on the palate and the hint of rums rounds things out. Hint of alcohol from the barrel though the 7% does warm as well. Hops are mild, finishes semi-dry with wood, char and faint booze.

Glad to see the use of different barrels as most brewers still stick to whiskey or bourbon. Worth the hunt.

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Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of alesaram
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of n2185
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malt aromas at first with a hint of chocolate. There's an odd aroma that follows . . . kind of like burnt wood or burnt coffee. A touch of vanilla peaks through as the beer warms as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted and smoky malts at first followed by that same odd flavor. It has this slightly tart and burnt wood and coffee flavor. No rum flavors in sight.

M: Medium body and carbonation, the burnt wood flavors keep it from feeling creamy.

O: A bit of a disappointing beer with no rum flavors or aromas in sight. I've tried a couple out of the sixer and they all have this really funky flavor/aroma that I'm really not a fan of.

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Photo of fank2788
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass
Thick dark khaki head on top of dark nearly opaque brown liquid, the head settles after some time but leaves a thin layer of fine bubbles on the top of the beer and sides of the glass. The smell is a caramelized sugars, rum and some wood aged character in there as well. The taste is much like the nose. You definitely get the rum and wood flavor beyond that there is some dark malt and toffee like caramel. The hop flavor is limited to nonexistent but that isnt too surprising for a porter. The malt flavor profile is a bit too narrow however for this to really ring as a great porter. The mouthfeel is nice the finish is pretty dry and a bit slick due to some residual sweetness. Overall it is a different idea and I like it for that, however, I think the end result would have been a bit better had the base porter been perfected a bit more.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good. Dark dark brown in color with full light tan head. Decent retention on the head.

Smells like vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, oak, light spiced rum. Great smell.

Rum! Less vanilla character than the smell but still present. Bit of chocolate, coffee. Seems like a decent alcohol presence at 7.0. But really all I can think of is rum. Theres an off putting taste here I cant define.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium body.

Overall it's a decent and unique to me interpretation of the style but could be improved a bunch. The flavors dont mix right or something.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this!

Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. Head was tan, and very frothy. Retention was great, and lacing was good.

I'm getting faint oak and wood and vanilla on the aroma, and bits of chocolate and even lighter coffee notes.

Mostly wood on the taste, but there's pronounced acidity to it. Some bittersweet chocolate and coffee show up in the finish.

The feel is a bit light for a porter, but it's not bad. There's a creaminess about it which is nice.

Be it the barrels, or a slightly boring base beer, this wasn't particularly great. Unique, and I'm very grateful for the chance to try it.

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Photo of tzieser
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glad to see a new porter in the middle of summer....

pours dark in color with a nice white head. roasted malt aroma, with notes of vanilla, lactic acid and hints of rum. roasted chocolate malt flavor with little hop presence. rum is noticible but very nice. it has a subtle tartness in towards the back end. is it infected? possibly, but i still love the balance of flavors going on here.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S: The aroma contains a lot of rum up front along with coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of rum, caramel and coffee. The malt character is hearty and there’s a bit of smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The rum flavor reasserts itself after the other flavors dissipate. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Very flavorful with a good complexity, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice variation of style, it tastes a lot similar to the Rum-Chipped Porter that was put out as a one-off not that long ago, but this is a good porter to drink for a while if you want something a little different in the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, Ma.

Poured into an Otter Creek Imperial Series tulip, formed a 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brew. Head lasts well, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is tart with underlying tannins.

Taste is moderately sweet to start, but quickly goes tart sour in the middle, with a chalky, lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is ok, but I just can't get by the sour that I don't think should be there. Yes, it's a known risk with barrel-aged brews, but ack, all I'm getting is sour, no rum character at all. If the sour happens, acknowledge it on the label, don't just pretend you didn't know about it.

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Photo of YourOnlyMan
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of womencantsail
1.77/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown in color with a tall off-white head. A terrible nose on this. Sour as can be with lots of lemon, acidic and acrid roast, and metal. A bit of char in there too. The flavor is pretty much the same story. Metallic and sour with tons of roast and char. No barrel character, or really much good porter flavor either.

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Photo of MA08
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint at 50 degrees. Best by September notched on the label. Pours a deep, semi-translucent brown with ruby red highlights throughout when backlit. Head is half an inch, loose and tan-colored and quickly loses half its volume before eventually settling into a soapy skim with a frothy band around the edges. Interesting nose - I have to say I kind of like it. Vanilla notes, roasted malt, cocoa, a suggestion of light fruity esters and just a trace of the rum barrel (more like a silver than an amber rum). Taste is somewhat dwarfed by the nose. There's definitely a slightly caustic rum character that overshadows all of the other flavors. A bit of roasted malt still manages to peak through, but the rum barrel lends a little too much of itself. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly prickly carbonation, a trace of acidity and some residual heat at the finish. Overall, an 'A' for effort, but not really my thing. The rum character is way too dominant. That said, I've heard great things about the Thomas Tew rum - perhaps a blend of straight porter with the barrel-aged might prove more palatable.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of steve8robin
3.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Cyclone Series brew sounded tasty, a rum barrel aged porter. Let's see. 12oz bottle best by September 2011...

A: A nice clear deep brown with a slight ruby red. A small 3/4 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some mild vanilla and chocolate upfront. A mild black licorice and molasses in the middle. Ok.

T: A sweet licorice and roastiness blend upfront. A sweet chocolate in the middle with a mild tartness on the backend. I wonder what yeast strain was used in this. Seems like one that is not typically used in a porter. Maybe a saison yeast or something like that. Good.

M: Light body with a great carbonation. A mildly tart finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. A little sweet and fruity for a porter, but interesting nonetheless. Give it a try for a unique twist on a porter.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brown color with a fizzy head that dissipates rapidly. The smell is a little astringent like there was an infection in the works. There was also some roasty malt aroma. The flavor is light oak flavor roasty malt with a surprisingly thin body. Over also a tasty beer but no impressive by any means.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to themaniacalone for this one

A - Deep brown with a khaki head leaving little lacing.

S - Chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted malts and some fruity rum notes. Light lactic sourness.

T - Light lactic sourness, roasted malts, fruit and rum.

M - Light body with some warming alcohol.

D - Interesting rum barrel character.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter. Bottle says it was bottled in September.

a - Pours a deep brown color with a small reddish tint, one to two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No real head retention.

s - Smells of dark fruits, rum, wood, roasted malts, and chocolate. Some definite sweet fruity notes mixing with alcohol. Pretty good.

t - Taste again is sweet dark fruits and molasses, followed by rum and alcohol, roasted malts, light caramel, and light chocolate. Alcohol is more prominent than in the nose; a bit fo a step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent porter worth trying once. Cool to seem them aging their porter in rum barrels, unfortunately I'm not the biggest rum fan. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying once.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out like a typical porter should, the head was a little fizzy looking but manages to stick around for a little while. Pretty impressive I thought. The smell is a little pungent, it gives off a decent sour oak aroma. The taste of the beer follows the same aspects. The flavors of tart oak give this beer a slight pucker factor. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth & drinkable. Overall this beer is a decent brew. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beer2day
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark caramel brown with the faintest of red tint shining through. Thin light caramel head with faint retention.

Rum and oak chips come through in the nose. Caramel malt and a slight metallic element underpin the rum. Almost smells like a rum and coke.

Unfortunately, the metallic note carries over into the flavor. Big notes of rum with raisin and fig underneath. The metal adds a sharp bite in the finish that distracts from the smooth porter this should be. Maybe the bottle wasn't stored well and oxidized some. Maybe not. Other flavors are very nice, though. There's a light burnt caramel flavor here too.

Feel is about right for the style, but could be a bit richer with the rum taste.

I really wanted to like this one, but had a hard time overcoming that off flavor.

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Newport Storm - Quinn (Cyclone Series) from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
3.16 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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