(Newport, RI) – This smooth like silk stout is a perfect afternoon or evening pick me up. It is filled with aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate. Locally roasted coffee adds subtle hints of caramel and nougat. Dark malts create depth with roasted flavors. Hops balance out the finish just like your favorite cup of joe. So hold the cream and sugar and enjoy this one straight up.
The Brewers were on a mission to find the perfect coffee to offer this stout the best aromas and taste. The crew started off with four types of coffee and two different base beers. Locally roasted Guatemalan coffee passed the high test after narrowing down the coffee selection. Coffee called Cosecha from Huehuetenango, Guatemala found its way to our brewery from a local coffee shop in Newport, RI. “CJ Barone, owner of Empire Tea & Coffee, has always supported RI craft breweries and Newport Storm especially with the Newport Craft Beer Festival.” says, Brew Master, Derek Luke, “It was a no-brainer to collaborate with his local roaster, Kat, who was so passionate about helping us select the right coffee for our beer.”
The base of this beer was made with a combination of Black Patent, Chocolate Wheat, and Roasted Barley malts which added sweet and toasted flavors. Magnum and Equinox hops were added to balance out this brew and create a smooth, sweet finish. The coffee flavors of this beer are developed in the aging process where the whole batch was fermented and allowed to mature with “dry-beaned” coffee beans. This is similar to the dry hopping process when hops are added in during the fermentation process and not in the boil. At 8% ABV, High Test is a perfect complement to the end of your day!
High Test will be available by the 4-pack starting the week of February 20th. For more information on where you can track down this limited batch brew and all of Newport Storm’s beers go to NewportStorm.com or like Newport StormBeer on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewportStorm.
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company is Rhode Island’s Microbrewery, brewing Newport Storm beers since 1999. The Visitors Center is open daily year-round for tours and tastings (closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day) in the north end of Newport on JT Connell Road. Newport Storm beer is distributed throughout RI and PA. Their brews include four year-round beers: Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry, India Pale Ale, and Rhode Sodah, their Storm of the Season beers, and limited release beers like their Barrel Aged Beer Program and Annual Limited Release Series of bottle-conditioned beers. The beers are offered in a variety of packages ranging from kegs to bottles to cans.
In 2006 they began the Newport Distilling Company, becoming the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years. Newport Distilling Company started making Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum in 2006 and more recently started making Thomas Tew Widows Walk Overproof Rum and Sea Fog American Whiskey. Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum is an authentic aged pot still rum. It is made in the same tradition as the rums in Newport when it was known as the rum capital of the world in the late 1800’s. The Distillery’s spirits are also available outside of Rhode Island and can be found in MA, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MI, MD, DC, SC, GA, FL, and IL.