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The Big Lebrewski - Naked City Taphouse

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The Big LebrewskiThe Big Lebrewski

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 29
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Naked City Taphouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-13-2009

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 29
Photo of VashonGuy
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought two bombers of Big Lebrewski in November 2013. I waited about a year to drink one, and opened the other earlier this week. Perhaps I waited too long to drink this, but this beer did not age well. It's now fairly sour, and not in a good way.

I asked someone at Naked City if they had heard of any infection issues with Big Lewbrewski, and he said no.

So I'm left wondering if the beer is supposed to taste tart-to-sour, or whether I just got a couple of bad bottles. The beer still has some good flavors lurking beneath the sourness, and I did finish the bottle over a couple of nights (although my wife could not finish hers), so it wasn't quite a drainpour. I'm trying not to slam the beer with exceptionally low ratings, because maybe this is just an anomaly. It sure is a long way from any other stout or imperial stout that I've ever had.

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Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is dark stone fruit and chocolate up front, followed by a roasty bitterness. Espresso. Earthy.

Taste is vaguely vinous with more of the dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. Bitterness follows on the finish. Good, but seems a little all over the place. Tastes a little over-roasted, astringent.

Mouthfeel is really nice and slick, smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall a unique imperial stout, but compared to a lot of others it comes up a little short.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with some brown highlights around the edges. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam. Quite good indeed.

Smell: very roasty right up front, with subtler chocolate and yeasty character. There also seems to be a pretty big vegetal hoppiness present; not exactly my favorite.

Taste: rich and malty with caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee notes. Much cleaner and less sharp than the aroma. There's still a little bit of roughness, but the good points are definitely to the fore.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. I would have expected a little more body from this beer, but it's not too bad.

Overall: tasty enough, if a little rough around the edges. Pretty drinkable for a beer of this heft.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches of foam and a light ring around the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, vanilla and light lactose. Flavor is toasted, lightly charred malt, vanilla, a mild milk stout element from the lactose that is more evident from the smoothness of the flavor integration than taste; finishes with charred coffee, chocolate and a nice lingering and hop and coffee bitterness. Excellent creamy body that intensifies the smoothness of this creamy stout. This is a very nicely made stout. I could not identify the Kahlua flavors per se, but attribute that to the excellent integration of flavors and balance. Very nicely done and enjoyable imperial stout. Apparently among the first beers bottled by Naked City and a worthy one, indeed. Glad I snagged one of these bottles.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pitch black with very little tan head.

Smell is faint, bit roasty and a bit of creme.

Taste is big, bold, and smooth at the same time. Cream hits towards the end, otherwise a big bodied stout. Roast in the middle. There’s a bit of alcohol heat and maybe a bit of choco. Very rich.

Full bodied, but a bit more drinkable than a sipper.

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Photo of suncrust
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a schooner.

They are calling this one a "White Russian Imperial Cream Stout" aged on french oak chips with a hefty 9% ABV. Sweet name, and if I'm not mistaken they actually add in Kahlua to the batch.

Look- Black as night with a thick and creamy light brown head. Great lacing on the glass. Very creamy syrup texture in the appearance.

Aroma- Light on the nose, hints of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. A little whipped cream / dairy notes buried in there.

Taste- Big, sweet milk chocolate and roasted backbone to the beer. Light vanilla tones, some alcohol in the middle, and finishes with roasted coffee, caramel, and oaky spiciness. As it warmed up, the burned roasted coffee started to meld with the chocolate to give flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coffee beans.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, rich, clean and creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

Overall- Deceptively easy to drink and the creamy chocolate notes and spicy oak finish really makes this beer. Pretty delicious, pretty smooth. The dude abides!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a burnt brown color with good carbonation and a dirty white cap, a good bit of lacing and some pretty good head retntion

S: Smell is mute, it opens up as it airs out and warms up but I really only got a grainy like smell with some chocolate

T: Starts out with a mild roastiness with cocoa, espresso followed up by some booze, a light whipped vanilla like cream appears as does a Kahlua like taste and feel. The finish is rather dry and lingering yet clean. The oak dances in the background. Almost unnoticed unless you were looking for it.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Not really complex.

O: Enjoyed the beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured solid black, no translucence, with over an inch of thick, solid, brown head that had excellent retention and very good lacing.

The aroma has the expected roasted and grain notes but also a bit of oak, with a trace of sweetness floating in the background. On the tongue, the story starts out the same, just a little more clearly, and the Kahlua dances around the edges of the roast and oak.

On the tongue the beer is full, solid and smooth. Drinkability is very good for a beer this full and with such a solid ABV. Overall, a very nice brew, worth stopping by the pub to try to catch.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Score one for a catchy name. And it works well with Naked City's cinema theme. NC describes Lebrewski as an "imperial cream stout aged on Kahlúa soaked oak." Another intriguing theme. The beer has a sedate black body and smells of roasted grains. Its taste initially suggests vague porter properties. But as the flavor builds it blossoms into a chocolate malt sweetness with integrated hop flavor.

Naked City lists the ingredients in Lebrewski on their website and doesn't mention lactose. The body suggested low carbonation though the beer was too dark to notice. Ultimately, I'd place Lebrewski in the category of a mid-range porter. The Kahlúa-oak properties were too negligible to be defining.

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The Big Lebrewski from Naked City Taphouse
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