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Newport Storm Kim (Cyclone Series) by Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest
7.90 % ABV

Review by wagenvolks on 08/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 15 5 8 2009

A 7.9% ABV Marzen in August? Tis the season! (well, almost) Kim pours with a rusty copper hue, golden at the edges and hazy with yeast towards the bottom. On the other end, the head retains well as a thick cap of khaki foam. Really nice aroma on this beer; it's subtle, yet the deeper you dig, the more you discover. Soft Amber and Vienna(?) malts lend notes of toasted bread and nuttiness, while brown sugar-covered yellow squash and pumpkin pulp add a balancing sweetness and some vegetal notes. Perhaps some nutmeg and allspice lurking in the sea of maltiness as well.

Kim is one of the tougher beers I've tried to describe, as nothing too pronounced reaches out and takes charge of the flavor on the front of the tongue except for a light maltiness. Quickly, though, this Marzen builds to an impressive sweetness mid-palate that harbors a spiced, yet still very well-hidden alcohol presence. Soft, toasted malts on the finish pair with a gentle hopping. Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, and the carbonation level is perfect, making for a creamy, savory drink. All in all, an excellent example of the style--a tad on the strong side--but what do you expect with a name like "Coastal Extreme Brewing"? Recommended.

Served In: Mug

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