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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner
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BA SCORE
85
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-02-2013)
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz dark brown bottle. Served in an Allagash goblet. No Freshness date.
It pours a hazy deep golden amber color with a fluffy, creamy snow-white head. Loads of sticky webby lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is at first metallic and citrus zest, then a nice grainy cracker smell marches in behind, as does a bit of a fumy alcoholic whiff. Cut hay come to mind later as the glass is nearly empty.
The flavors mirror the aroma in most every way. The taste of pears and melon roll in, as does a bit of a vodka-like taste in the breath.
The body is a tad fully and creamier than a typical Bohemian Pils, but this is after all, an "Imperial" Pils.
This is a robust brew, yet a bit sneaky in its punch. The alcohol is well-disguised.
Highly drinkable! Take caution!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:13:49 | More by BeerResearcher
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Connecticut

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06-01-2014 12:26:27 | More by nebula1999
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Massachusetts

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09-08-2013 04:17:33 | More by DerekMorgan
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden yellow, flecks of orange. Visible carbonation. Half inch of head, not much lacing.

Smells like sweet malts and grassy hops.

The taste is pretty similar. The grassy, floral hop flavor is nice, there's also a bit of grapefruit. The sweet malt taste plays in on the back end, keeping this beer sweet without being very cloying. Some present alcohol gives the beer a bit of bitterness, but isn't very present. The hops don't give off much bitterness themselves.

Full, crisp body. Could be drier, pretty sticky due to the sweeter malts.

Didn't expect this one to be as good, considering the brewery and what they specialize in (adjunct lagers). I was pleasantly surprised here.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:52:16 | More by GreesyFizeek
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08-17-2013 20:48:07 | More by Lamdawg420
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep, perfectly clear gold. Head is borderline bright-white, creamy, and rocky. Crazy retention for the duration. Clumps and streaks of lacing. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slight hop spiciness. A touch earthy and grassy. Malts are lightly sweet with some underlying cracker and bread crust. Clean. Lightly toasted. Almost smells like wheat got in there. Very lightly fruity. Mellow.

Taste: Bready and malty. Some bready crust, light pale malts, cracker, and again, something like wheat. Hops are minimal, leaving a nice earthy spiciness on the top. Lightly toasted. A nice balance between the slightly sweet malt base and the hops. Almost like raw honey on the back. Gets progressively more earthy as it warms. Minimally bitter.

Mouthfeel: Hyper smooth with a medium body and a slightly high, but average for the style, carbonation. A bit dry on the finish with a lingering finish.

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I'm glad angrybabboon decided I needed a bottle of this after I neglected to pick it up for myself. It's a delightfully large lager, but never goes too far. Dirty and just right.

Serving type: bottle

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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner opens to a sweet, bready nose, the initial aromas split almost evenly between sugar and grain. The former brings brown sugar and vanilla, as well as berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, and the latter adds wet wheat, biscuit, cracker, floury baguette, and hints of rising whole wheat dough. There’s also a nice helping of pink grapefruit and lightly bitter grapefruit rind from the hops, adding a good sense of overall balance. Left open for a minute or so, and more berry and orange fruit esters shine through, joined by touches of lemon. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring a fine assortment of aromas in good balance, the sugars especially well selected, and the beer comes across as well made, aromatic, and compelling; an excellent Imperial Pilsner aroma.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly hoppy blast, grapefruit rind and light pine mixing with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice at a medium-strong level, the rest of the beer almost rushing to keep pace. There are still some nice sugars in here, including brown sugar and an assortment of berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, as well as a layer of cracker, biscuit, wet wheat, and floury baguette. Small hints of toasted nut add further complexity. But it’s the hops that take center stage, occupying perhaps half of the flavors, and singing the tongue in good IPA strength. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though slightly heavier on hops as the sugars die off, and lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong.

Overall, this is very nice beer, though it would have been nicer had the flavors more closely matched the aromas, with stronger sugars and a more potent ester profile; as it is, the hops tend to take over much of the main mouthful, making the beer seem almost out of balance. This is not to say that the beer isn’t delicious, as there’s still quite a lot to enjoy, but the hops do prove to be slightly too strong.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:47:38 | More by jondeelee
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hung around leaving lots of lacing.

S - sweet fruit, bread dough and floral/earthy hops.

T - starts out a bit sweet but quickly turns bready before some drying bitterness finishes things out.

F - medium bodied, it has a somewhat creamy feel.

O - worth a try but not a beer I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral fops, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. There’s also a bit of an alcohol sting that comes though. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid and flavorful stronger beer worth drinking for a while.

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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours a honey gold color, light on the carbonation, minimal soft off-white head.

The aroma is light. Floral hops, bready malts. Sweet fruit comes through at the end.

The flavors are very similar to what you get on the nose. Bread hits you on the front end, then balances with the hops. The finish is a bit spicier than I anticipated and dry.

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Serving type: bottle

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hopley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and toasted malt

Taste: pineapple, grass, alcohol, and slight amount of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start and end with bitterness in the middle, smooth

Overall: A slightly above average imperial pils. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering like some examples in this style. This is one I may revisit but would not rush out for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 13:14:40 | More by tigg924
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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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