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

very good
39 Ratings
Newport Storm - Vlad (Cyclone Series)Newport Storm - Vlad (Cyclone Series)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cyclone Vlad is pure royalty! This Russian Imperial Stout has a rich dark brown, almost black, color and smooth, deep tan head. The use of dark malt and chocolate wheat, a brand new ingredient to Storm, delight the taste buds with delectable baker’s chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The single type of hop, Warrior, used in Vlad creates a rounded bitterness to compliment all that malty sweetness, making this Cyclone a perfectly balanced brew, despite its hefty 9% ABV and dark qualities.

Added by Celtics76 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks master Atremains. Bottle about 2 years old I think.

A- Pitch black 12oz pour into two snifters with a tan head. The cap really only makes it to a film with no substantial retention or buildup. Lacing is not happening.

S- Intensely roasted grains with notes of burnt barley, caramel, toasted nuts, dark chocolate and a touch of savory like soy sauce. Not much going on beyond the grains besides a hint of dark fruits.

T- Slightly over-baked brownies instantly come to mind with a blend of sweet milk chocolate, heavily roasted to semi burnt dark grains, toasted almonds, vanilla sweets, coffee and a touch of raisins and dark fruits.

MF- Thick and somewhat oily body as the carbonation comes down on the low side of the low-medium level. Texture is just slightly creamy. Warming sensation in the finish.

Reminds me a bit of an aged Founders RIS with an intense and decadent blend of toasted slightly burnt nuts, burnt barley and rich chocolate. I could get down with this Vlad.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a cola brown color with no light passing through my glass. A fluffy, billowing tan head almost overflows my glass even with a gentle pour.
Aroma is robust right off the pour with molasses and roasted malt with a dose of brown sugar and some dark plums. Definitely a little boozy note in the nose as well.
First sip reveals a thick chewy body with fine tingly carbonation. A very nice texture on this beer.
Flavors is lots of malt and roasted notes. Also get molasses and some dark fruit with just a hint of warm booze on the finish. Pretty well hidden for the ABV. This is a good Imp Stout. Maybe it will become a winter seasonal release?? hint hint

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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Resuin
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Freshest before "FEB" is notched on the bottle (no year given).

Appearance: Pours a jet black and leaves a little under a finger of dark brown head. Great looking RIS.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits: figs, raisins,

Taste: Matches the smell: roasted malts, cocoa, bitter coffee, figs. Quite a bitter finish to this one, although it starts off pretty sweet. Alcohol is decently masked but present, not in a bad way.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation (fairly high for a RIS) with a pretty light body for the type of beer it is. A touch of creaminess to it, but I'd call it a bit too light for me.

Overall: Definitely a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Deep, dark flavors to go along with the black/abyss-like color. The body is a bit light, and I would say it has a little too much carbonation, but time could fix that. Definitely solid flavors in the aroma and taste - this is a well crafted brew.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pitch black, opaque with a thick lining of brown lacing. Smells of black currants, light molasses, chicory, German dark bread and mild alcohol. Massive roasted character, slightly burnt but more dark chocolate and espresso overtones than anything else. Welcoming warmth, burnt dark fruit, balanced hoppiness with a semi-dry palate.

A really good run at the RIS style, would like to see this come back year to year. Not a mind blowing hype train ... just a simple RIS that does what it is supposed to do.

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Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Very dark used oil brown-black. Thick and viscous looking. Pinkie finger of whipped, dense, dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Lots of cocoa and dark chocolate on the nose. Dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries. Roasted, charred edge, with some peaty notes as well.

Roasted barley and dark chocolate up front. Coffee and dark chocolate bitterness follow. Nice mix of chocolatey malt and sweetish dark fruits mid-palate. Some licorice and tobacco near the finish. Woody, tannic bitterness linger, with traces of peaty malt and dark fruits in the end. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. Nicely done!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dheacck11
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Pours super inky black with amber edges. Auburn head ~ 1/4 finger, fading quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is vanilla bourbon, fairly soft.

Rich dark chocolate, cocoa, malt, and hints of molasses and some sweet almost rose notes. Finish with rich malts and solid burst of dry hops.

Thick and full body, with dry finish from the hops.

Good overall. I love the cyclone series in general, and this follows in that vein of good, drinkable beers. Many better RIS out there, but a fine New England example.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with small tan head that dissipated to a thin ring along most of the edge of the glass and did not leave any lacing.
Aroma of deep roastiness, chocolate mocha, and a touch of burnt. Toasty sweet malt behind with some molasses.
Tasted dark and roasty, chocolate mocha, brownies, touch of campfire. Sweet toasty malty backing with molasses. Bitter roasty aftertaste with a splash of booze.
Smooth, thickened, full body. Slightly chalky lingering like the bitter last sip of coffee.
Decent RIS, great roastiness, good fullness to it, alcohol is well integrated. Not my favorite RIS, but a decent example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Newport Storm - Vlad (Cyclone Series) from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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