There’s been something unique about each of the seventeen annual release beers we’ve made since 2000. This year’s iteration finds its place as the sweetest of them all. Of course, there’s a lot more to the story than just that. One of Derek’s favorite ingredients, chocolate, comes back again and is joined this time with milk sugar and vanilla. As for that chocolate, its finds it way into this beer in two different ways. Chocolate malt helps build the base for this beer and then cacao nibs from Ghana finish off the chocolatey flavor. Don’t decide between your chocolate and beer, open a bottle of ‘16 and have them both.
infeRIority complex, a Brett beer, is the sixth installment in Newport Storm Brewery’s barrel aging beer program. With heavy doses of Canada Rye and crisp Dextrin malts, the base of this beer was Belgian inspired with a spicy, slick and slightly sweet mouthfeel. Aged Czech Saaz hops were incorporated to balance out the sweetness from these malts and lend a pleasant earthy tone that blends well with the flavors emanating from the barrel. After lying in Thomas Tew Rum barrels for 4 months, Brettanomyces yeast was introduced and quickly got to work adding elements of stone fruit and cherry to the brew. Very initial tests showed a pronounced sourness to the beer so aging time was extended to mellow out its complexities and impart balance between the barrel and its contents. This style of beer is one that cannot be rushed so brewers waited diligently for it to show them when it was ready to make its debut. So without further adieu, let us introduce Newport Storm’s, and arguably RI’s, most complex beer to date.
InfRIngement was the culmination of nearly four years of test brewing and development. We figured out what beers go best with our Thomas Tew Rum barrels; we know to how long to age, and how well the beer holds up in a bottle. The Brewers spent years tuning and tweaking to get everything just right. The result was an aged Russian Imperial Stout that in freshly dumped Thomas Tew Rum barrels. The beer was designed to have enough roasted bitterness and body to balance out the impacts of the sweetness from the barrel and the pickup of the remnants of rum. InfRIngement goes well beyond just throwing beer in a barrel. Discovered after a 4-year exploration into the realm of beer aging in rum barrels. We placed this brew in 22oz bottles for our fans to enjoy. 10% ABV