December 15, 2005

Newport Storm

Newport Storm
Originally uploaded by Dr Momentum.
The Newport Storm '05 is the winter seasonal special beer from the local-ish Newport Storm brewery.

I've heard good things about it. A little pricey (in the range of S.A. Chocolate Bock, almost) but I'm hoping it's worth it. At 11.5% alcohol content, it's more like a barleywine than a regular beer.

To the left of the '05 is a bottle of Blizzard Porter. It's one of the best bottled porters I've had in a while and I highly recommend it to fans of that style. It has a bite, but not overpowering, and some winey notes to it. Not as crunchy as a stout, it is a wonderful winter brew. I think I might place it at or above my seasonal favorite "Old Fezziwig."

I'll have to get back to you on the flavor of '05 -- I haven't cracked one open yet.

For those wondering how we eventually found the '05, Mike made an appearance at my office today and we snuck off with Sara to grab a bite to eat. On the way back to the office, Derek called and alerted me to the fact that Douglas Liquors in Fairhaven had gotten a shipment of '05. Thanks, Derek! We mad a quick detour and stocked up.

When I got there, I had to ask for it because it wasn't shelved. The guy said to me "Are you Derek?" and I told him, "No, but I'm a friend of his."

"Yeah, he told us he was going to spread the word."

"News travels fast." I pointed out. Thanks, Douglas Liquors, for coming through on the beer. They have an excellent selection at that place, BTW.

Posted by James at December 15, 2005 2:48 PM
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I also recommend trying the porter. It is very tasty indeed.

I also found the note on the label of the bottle to be humorous. It reads 'A small portion of the profits from the sale of this beer actually goes to the company that makes it.'

Posted by: Sara at December 15, 2005 2:55 PM

I go to Douglas all the time. I pass it on the way home from work every day. Yeesh. I had no idea. You should have told me. I could have picked some up tonight.

Posted by: Julie at December 15, 2005 6:49 PM

Hey James!

I just polished off the last blizzard in my fridge, which I enjoyed. I usually don't like porters at all, but this one was definitely good. I definitely want to know how the '05 is.

Also, I don't know if Douglas Liquors is the same as Douglas Wine and Spirits all the way over here in RI, but I do know the Cranston Douglas had Abita beer, from southeastern Louisiana and the mainstay of my years in New Orleans. I picked some up when the Pats played the Saints last month. Very nice selection.

Posted by: Bil at December 15, 2005 10:49 PM

It is the same Douglas WIne and Spirits (see photo I took today)

Yes - a better beer selection than a lot of liquor stores around here.

I will try to get multiple people to post their impressions of the '05. BTW - I heard a rumor that '05 was also spotted at 1776 in Bristol, RI. But that was from some fellow on the internet, and they may have sold out their stock by now.

Julie: I did tell you, via this post! I didn't know that you go to Douglas. I didn't mind making the run over there today. It gave me an excuse to spend a little more time with Mike and I needed a break because I have been working nonstop for days. I am getting a brief breather, but it's back to the grind on Sunday, unless I can swing a weekend day.

Posted by: James at December 15, 2005 11:52 PM

I didn't have internet at work on Wednesday or Thursday, or until ten minutes ago today, so I didn't know until I got home.

Posted by: Julie at December 16, 2005 10:09 AM

After trying Newport Storms 01-05, I think my final ranking was 2-1-4-5-3, although I may have 4 and 5 backwards. I definitely liked 2 the best.

Posted by: Julie at December 19, 2005 9:27 AM

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