Newport Storm '02 | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the “internet rated beers” this was by far our highest mark! We made this huge beer using only Marris Otter Pale malt. Further, we tried to make this brew our hoppiest yet to date at 102 IBUs using loads of cascade and magnum hops. It is extremely rare to find now—a true gem that should be savored only in company worthy of appreciating this fine example of a well-made, strong ale.

102 IBU

Added by UnionMade on 11-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Andy:
Photo of Andy
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From blue wine bottle with cork. The beer poured nearly flat, but swirling reveals some carbonation. Strangely, the beer left in the bottle began to foam up. Nose is some pale malt and noticeable alcohol hints. Some light butterscotch notes. This beer is very dry to the initial taste, but then loosens up with malt flavor towards the middle and finish. some hop bitterness balances out the malt sweetness. alcohol is prominent in flavor. Flavor grows progressively more complex, with some fruit hints and good interaction between the malts.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle, Extreme Beer Fest 2004...

Hazy clove color, head is yellowish and 1/4 of an inch to start. Laces in simple dots and commas. Impressive nose, ginger and tamerind and sprucey hops. Syrupy thick texture, woody with a bourbon and vanilla tone. Lightly toffee mid mouth but a pronounced balsamic finish, hops definitely ruling the home plate. Mocha tones set in on warming. Well-integrated, the finish is slightly ragged.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable barleywine. Auburn red colour. Woody. Sweetness, camel, brown sugar, supercedes 100IBU but who would know, and alcohol hammers home later that same night. Mouthfeel: a meal on its own.My first and hopefully not last Storm, thanks to Casey (DYCSoccer17).

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles were on the shelf, I grabbed one. $13, a little steep, but you only live once. The blue bottle is so pretty, I intend to keep it. I uncorked it and poured it into two glasses. Moderate head. Dry cork, for you wine people. Taste was truely fabulous. Good hops and malts, more barleywine than anything. My only mistake was not saving this beer for the last one of the night, everything else was tasteless in comparison.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, deep mahogany color with no head (it is 3 years be expected) can definately tell this is not your average beer just from the looks. Aroma is very complex, notes of caramel, burnt toffee, vanilla, citrusy hops, and alcohol. You can definately taste the additional hopping of this one, as compared to the 01, but the hops are restrained and have mellowed in the years since it's relelase. Taste begins with a mildly sweet caramel and molasses flavor, followed by a mild onslaught of citrusy hops but in a refined, restrained manner. Then vinous, aged flavors take over with hints of oak, vanilla, and dark fruit, the finish is slightly dry and bitter with a nice alcohol bite to remind you this is a sipping brew. The mouthfeel is smooth but could use a little more carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good because the bitterness of the hops seem to subdue the alcohol bite moreso than in the previous vintage.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked 750 mL bottle courtesy of jdiddy. Shared with Deuane, MugHugger, BitterBeerFace, Slatetank, guinnessfan and others during a marathon beer-drinking session.

A: The ale is sparsely carbonated, sitting rather still in my glass. A dark amber color, cherry seems to be an apt description, maybe even sherry.

S: The nose is malty, musty with age. Brown sugar is dominant, driving a boozy nature. Dark fruits are also in abundance. A very nice nose.

T: The barleywine has aged perfectly. Gone are the sharp malts and biting hops, replaced by a sherry sweetness. Brown sugar is strong, sweet and dark, accentuating raisin and cinnamon flavors. The barleywine has taken on a noteworthy complexity that really shines.

M: The barleywine flavor profile is still evident, full and strong, but it has matured and improved. A great barleywine to sip on.

D: I am floored by the quality of the ale. After 6 plus years, this one has become liquid gold.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous, glowing caramel color, with a solid tan head that stays for the whole glass. Nice lacing the whole way down as well. Smells of massive fruits and molasses. Nice hop background with hints and ginger and cinnamon. Tastes of extreme caramel. Incredibly malty, with just the tiny bit of hop flavor. Hides the 12.7% amazing well. It says on the bottle that its 100 IBU's, but I don't taste them. I guess age has done this bottle amazingly. It has a nice warm in the belly - which really soothed me last night. Twas a cold October night. I drank the whole bottle in one sitting, and it was fabulous. I can't complain about this beer. Felt very solid in the mouth, very chewy. All in all a wonderful brew. Many many thanks to Dave for shipping this one my way. One of my favorite brews to date.

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Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown to amber colored, very hazy with no head or lace. The nose has lots of candy. I sense Gummy Bears. Call me odd, but this really brings up Gummy Bears in my mind. There is a little hop flower, but I don’t really detect any malt. Very sweet up front in flavor/ Hard candy (jolly ranchers rather than gummy bears) in the taste. A little bit of brandy taste. Surprisingly delicate taste and mouth feel. Very light and pleasing. For a Barley Wine, it has a great drinkability.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance – Dark red- amber color, small head when poured but decended to a ring.

smell – dark fruits and malts here.

taste – Chocoloate, caramel, and alcohol taste here.

mouthfeel – Has a smooth present in the mouth.

Drinkability - I have these every holiday season for the past few years. I love these, now only if I can find a 00 and a 04 mmmm.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reddish orange robe. Shy off-white head. Huge condensed malt aroma. Intense fruitiness: mango, orange is overshadowed by rich smoked maple. This is a perfect example of Marris Otter’s potency. I can’t believe this is above 12%. Good grassy hops kick too. Extremely tasty, somehow liquorous thickish palate, low carbonation, sensuous maple syrup flavors make it seem very sweet, but this malt is beautiful and can lead you to forgive anything. Now that’s a killer, everything I want in a barley wine, too bad those beers are so hard to find.

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Photo of weeare138
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this kickass bottle...
Appears a dark amber with a light soapy tan head and spotty lacing.
Smell is of vanilla and cream with hints of dark fruit, along with nice roasted nuts.
Taste is of vanilla, biscuit, dark fruit, and cream.
Mouthfeel is smooth, smooth, velvety smooth.
Drinkability...what ABV?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

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

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, some fruit, some alcohol and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bourbon, brown sugar and some fruit. Then a hearty malt character and strong alcohol sting come in. The hops presence is mild but decent for the age of the beer and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, nicely aged representation of style, this is a decent vintage beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cobalt blue bottle from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked. Purchased recently, with a few years aging at the brewery, I would guess.

Uncorked with a minimal "pfft". Poured roughly into a Rapscallion snifter, yielded an uneven and scant head with a few big bubbles, and that's about it, over a murky reddish brew. Head quickly fades to a few bubbles around the rim of the glass, and lacing is nonexistant. Aroma is deep dark fruits, with heavy malt sweetness, and alcohol easily apparent.

Taste is NOT what I expected. Upfront a bit leathery, light raisins in the middle, with a lightly hop bitter close, and lingering alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is way smooth for the style, although I'd like to see just a tad of carbonation over the tongue, but that's just me. Drinkability is scary nice for what this is, an almost 13% barleywine.

I'd say age has done this one well. A sipper worth checking out if you can find it.

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Photo of aracauna
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours extremely cloudy dark brown. It's very thick, seems to move in slow motion. The head is slow to form, but not because of lack of carbonation, but because the liquid is so vicious that it take a while for the bubbles to reach the top to form the head. The head is unusually dark for a beer this color. I'm both excited and frightened to taste it. The aroma is thick sweet malt backed up by fruit rind bitter hops. The alcohol just barely tickles the sinuses and only if you're smelling really hard looking for it. That's impressive for a 12% beer. The flavor is just as slow moving as the liquid. Begins with sweet caramelly malt, slowly builds in intensity, then in comes the bitter hops (some citric rind, but no coniferous flavors and little citric qualities other than the peel). As the malt leaves the palate the bitterness of the hops lingers.

Unfortunately, the qualities that impressed me early on (the thick sweet maltiness) quickly becomes cloying and syrupy and it was a struggle to drink both glasses. The overwhleming sweetness is a real drawback to this beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SAmpling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter at the ripe age of 14 years. The cork pops out of the bottle and dark fruit notes rise from the mouth to meet my nose.
THe beer pours a rich chestnut hue with some soft fizzy beige head of <1 cm foaming up and leaving only one small wispy island in my glass.
Aroma is dark fruit with plums and raisins, some molasses and brown sugar. Heavy malt nose and a bit of peppery booze, but no hops make any appearance to my nose.
First sip reveals an average body with very spacious carbonation that rolls gently across my palate.
Flavor is big and malty with dark fruit and molasses again, similar as the nose. The hops are long gone on this one and I do get some peppery booze on the finish. It isnt hot or warming on the swallow, so the booze is kind of sneaky towards the end of the bottle.
I dont know how this beer was fresh, but I enjoy it now and Im glad to have tried it and wish I had a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A barleywine for those who like to slice their ale. Or "sandwich in a bottle" as my friend Paul would say. Easily four servings in the bottle.

My favorite of the three in the wooden gift pack.

Tawny woodsy color. Reddish tan head. No way to see through it, like a very thick tea.

Redolent of fruit and hop with alcohol very present. Chewy big mouthfeel. Massive alcohol belt blends well with the fruit (dried fruit and bourbon notes) and malt/hop balance. Big and impressive. recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked 750 mL bottle thanks to jdiddy. Shared with akorsak, MugHugger, BitterBeerFace, Slatetank and guinnessfan.

A-Near still, slightly hazed, deep reddish brown with a thin tan veil.

S-Big malt, with a sweetness akin to brown sugar being dominate. A mild zing of cherries in support.

T-Hops have certainly faded after seven years being replaced with sweet caramel and brown sugar. Touch of spiciness and ends almost port like.

M-Medium-heavy bodied, slick and smooth. Cherry flavour and tartness lasts.

D-Man, for being almost seven years old this one has held up strong. Might be totally different from what it originally was but...who cares!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml Blue Bottle

Poured into my Westy chalice a very nice murky brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some oil slicks left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice hop notes, slight figs, raisins, plums thrown in. The taste is exceptional, nicely sweet, malty, nice hop note, some dark fruits. Medium body, ABV hidden very well with this brew. Very Drinkable, another very tasty brew from CE. After 7 plus years on this brew (thinking it came out around Oct/Nov 02) it is holding up very very nicely. Glad to have a chance to try it. Thank You Wayne.

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Photo of JDV
2.6/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

handbottle shared courtesy of Briank. Thanks man!
Pours rich dark red but clearish. Smell is straight tart dark red cherry juice all the way. Taste is much the same with vibrant, juicy sour cherry flavor. No funk or anything getting in the way of the delicious fresh cherry taste. Good stuff, and sweet an sour balancing to keep from being cloying. Thanks again!

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in the cellar since last winter. I was afraid of what might gush out due to some funky temperature fluctuations over the last few months. I uncorked the bottle carefully and discovered something much greater than I had anticipated. The pour was smooth with a very minimal tan lace. The deep caramel color sends forth a crisp fresh aroma of floral hops and sweet candy-like malt. The first smooth sip presents a heavy round body with a flavor so complex it is hard to break down and describe in parts. The heavily malty brew has bold toffee and coffee notes lending a slightly roasted bitter character throughout the brew. The alcohol is very warming towrds the end and lends little if any harshness to the beer. One of the most enjoyable barley-wines I have had in a long time. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cellared in total darkness since it's release, then refrigerated for about three weeks prior to opening.
The cork comes free with a satisfying pop, no still beer here thankfully. The beer itself pours a lively, reddish caramel, topped with a thick cap of antiqued white head. The froth settles into a thick bubbled collar, with an island in the middle. Some lace actually sticks around, despite the beer's strength.
The aroma is thick with caramel maris otter malt. Very reminiscent of british strong ale. Over-ripe fruit. Fig, red grape and prune. Some vinous, aged notes. A strong, mellowed hop aroma lingers in the background, heavy on the herbal, floral english feel.
Taking a sip, the malt just moves in and makes itself at home. Heaping mounds of molten caramel. Some biscuity notes, glazed with prune juice. Heavy notes of fig, date, maraschino and black cherry. Huge bodied, with a sturdy carbonation that wades through the morass. The finish presents some fusel alcoholic sweetness, tempered by a still-present hop bitterness. A deeply herbal and grassy bite has invaded every nook and cranny, seamlessly integrating itself within the malt. The 100 IBUs have certainly tamed themselves. A hint of booze to remind you of it's strength. Complex vinous notes in the finish, this beer has aged very, very well.
One hell of a vintage ale, along the same lines as the finest barleywines and old ales from the british isles. Certainly inspired by classics like Thomas Hardy's and LW Lees Harvest. Excellent, excellent beer. I wish I had another. This one's held up masterfully over the past 3-4 years. Heavenly with my girlfriend's pot roast. I'll be sailing smooth the rest of the night.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cobalt blue 750ml corked bottle.

Deep tawny brown, glowing aubrun highlights. Topped by an immense tan head that slowly recedes to a thin halo, leaving some spotty lace behind.

Plums! Deep & rich. Whiffs of citrusy fruit hidden behind apples.

Sweet caramel, dark fruit (plums). Bitterness begins to creep in on that sweet round center and balances out nicely, heralding a dry finish that warms the throat and belly. Soft easy carbonation wrapped up in a medium-full bodied masterpiece.

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Photo of mkobes
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to be by a friend. Thanks.

Garnet red color with a nice fluffy tan head. Nice sherried aroma of fruit and candi sugar. Fruity. Raisins, prunes, figs, and plums. Well balanced. Full bodied. Rich tasting. Smooth. Big flavor. Enjoyable. Great. Really nice beer.

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Photo of markman
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newport Storm ’02 (750 ml):

What’s this, what’s this? #3 in Coastal Extreme’s extreme series. Mmm, if this is anything like the first two this will be fun. A little mold on the top of the cork though. No matter, let’s see what she is really like…on the inside. A pop of the cork reveals a vinous alcohol aroma that wafts up as the deep garnet crystal clear liquid pours under a smallish head that quickly relaxes to the sheerest gossamer. First sip suggests that I need a more comfortable seat to really savor this &lt;puts feet up&gt;. Thick and rich Cognac on the tongue…no hiding the ABV but what the hell do I expect from a 12.7% ABV extreme? Vanilla, muted Cognac soaked dried fruit: plum and raisin come to mind. The hops are probably somewhat muted after two years in the cellar…they come on strong but balanced against the malt. Lacing is beautimus, and so is this offering. Hoppiest of the bunch (so far), and everything a barleywine should be…very welcome on this unseasonably cold fall evening.

Wait a minute…second pour with the yeasties swirled in makes for an almost creamy mouthfeel and, of course, a slightly cloudy color now. Brings in a bigger caramel note…but the hops just body-slams it back into submission. I really like this barleywine…as complex as they come.


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Newport Storm '02 from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 35 ratings