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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Brewing this Cyclone wasn’t as easy as previous ones; it took round-the-clock brewing and three “maxed mash tuns” to deliver the high extract/sugar content which would translate into Vlad’s hefty ~ 9% ABV. Further, extra tank conditioning time was required to create the smoothness. All of the additional production effort is easily rewarded for those who love stouts specializing in dark roasted and chocolate flavors. Over 15% of this finished brew was created by a confluence of darker specialty grains chosen to be just under the “whoa, that is an intense flavor” threshold. Vlad drinks remarkably balanced given the higher alcohol and dark malt additions with flavors of rounded baker’s chocolate and dark roasted coffee. We also used a new ingredient to us: chocolate wheat, to help create the lasting thick tan foam head that invites you to the next warming sip out of your favorite tasting glass. Warrior hops were chosen as the sole hop in this brew and were only added to create a rounded bitterness to compliment all that dark malty sweetness. The emphasis with this brew are the waves of chocolate, roasted, cherry, coffee, and finishing roasted flavors that will almost pleasingly overwhelm you.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (2069) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours deep dark black with a brown head. Pretty good impy stout. Nice roasted malt flavors with hints of coffee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
oddly milky. Very thin and bland. Like a subpar milk stout. Meh, not a fan of this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Thin and uninspired. Dark brown translucent with no head. Aroma is very grainy, root beer, cocoa, abd caramel. Taste is bland and grainy with no depth. Meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Rich aroma with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and roast. Bittersweet flavor with coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Coffee bitterness, alcohol, and a somewhat off-putting metallic tinge in the finish. Solid effort and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2013
This rating is a combination of draft and 12 oz. bottle that I purchased @ Nikki’s Liquors, Providence, R.I. This is how you want a stout to look, pitch black with a tan head that laced on the way down. Nose is intense roasted barley, chocolate and a bit of charred malt. The flavor is very rich with layers of roasted malt and burnt barley. Experienced palates may think the body is a bit thin, well… maybe so. But for me the 9 % ABV is nowhere here and the light body gives this Imperial stout amazing drinkability. So amazing that I can drink this like it’s a 5 or 6 % alcohol brew. Bitterness is added by a light Warrior hop that complements the roasted malt real nice. A perfect dessert and can pair well with most lots of chocolate or vanilla dishes. Texture is creamy and smooth. Anybody who lives in New England will tell you this is the best Newport Storm has ever brewed. This brewery should make this a yearly winter offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Dark chocolate, coffee, and fruity soy sauce type aroma. Pours viscous black with a small brown head. Dark bitter baker’s chocolate, coffee, and ash flavor with a hefty roast bitter finish. Full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Aroma of coffee and brown sugar with curious dark fruit and soy sauce understones. Pitch black a touch of brown head. Taste is mainly of dark malt sweetness. Does ’chocolate wheat’ contribute a fruity taste like as seen in wheat ales? Wouldn’t have put two and two together if not for the description. Very heavy, and though while smooth, it has the palate consistency of the grease pens dealers write on windshields with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanK (274) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Worth the effort, probably the best of the cyclone series so far, Ryan was real good too. Pours and impenetrable dark black with small brown head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate coffee and yeast. Taste is smooth with little carbonation but a heavy mouth-feel. Taste’s of roasted malts, chocolate and finishes with a dry coffee like bitterness. Very good and comparable to Russian Imperial Stouts like Old Rasputin I’m sad it will eventually go away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2012
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Big strong cocoa, charcoal, and toasted almond aroma. This is good! A nice bustling dry stout gets a hint of umami soy along the way with warming alcohol and browned malt. The finish is a little lacking with something needed for a crisp, snappy close or a long graceful departure. Gets a hint over-roasted at times with a bit too much ash, but overall this is decent.

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