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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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85
very good

50 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-02-2013)
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color (with slight hues of amber) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of floral and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of alcohol.
T: The taste resembles the smell but is dominated by flavors of bready malts. Little if any bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for its strength and hides its alcohol rather well, except for some hints of alcohol in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:10:23 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

05-19-2013 00:08:35 | More by smithj4
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shand

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always been a Gansett fan, so even though imperial pilsners are wildly hit or miss for me, I had to give an imperial from Narragansett a try. Imperial Bohemian Pilsner has a beautiful pour, a highly carbonated golden color with a large, well-retaining head. The aroma is honey-sweet, with a strong noble dry hopping on the nose. The taste is smooth and sweet, with honey sweetness and a big dose of pilsner malts leading. The hops aren't extremely strong, especially for an imperial pils. There's just enough hop presence to round off the pilsner malts. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and very smooth, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, Narragansett's Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is a solid stab at an imperial pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 15:13:15 | More by shand
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

05-15-2013 00:36:27 | More by JAHMUR
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-11-2013 01:29:46 | More by ejimhof
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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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mjtiernan

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a flared pilsner glass. No freshness dating, but it was recently stocked.

A: Golden crystal. Super clear with appealing nucleation. Three plus fingers of bone white head. Generous lacing throughout. Unfiltered? Could've surprised me, although I do see some floaties near the bottom of the bottle.

S: Sweet grain and spicy/floral hops. Some light fruitiness.

T: Spicy noble hops interplay with a biting fusel alcohol presence. A fair amount of residual sweetness...plenty to prop up some of the alcohol flavor. Dash of diacetyl but nothing problematic. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Almost creamy. Fuller body than you might expect for a pilsner, but that shouldn't be too surprising given the alcohol content. Starts on the sweet side then turns dry and fairly astringent.

O: An extreme version of a traditionally subtle style. Has the full flavor and bitterness that would satisfy most American craft beer drinkers, assuming they are adventurous enough to pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:26:48 | More by mjtiernan
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mcgill526

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-23-2013 21:33:12 | More by mcgill526
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slim2043

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

04-21-2013 21:04:11 | More by slim2043
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, off-white head that settles in around an inch in height. Aromas of semisweet esters, a light toasted grain backbone, and some floral highlights. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a butterscotch backbone that has a tangy quality to it. The toasted character is limited, but does help to cut the tangy sweetness a bit. There is also a bolt of sharp, resiny hops that blasts across the palate, with a hint of tropical fruit attached to it, providing enough bitterness to cut through. Tangy, unbalanced sweetness in the aftertaste, with a lingering, sweet and bitter finish. This seems a bit jumbled and messy compared to what Gansett has been putting out as of late...not sure on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 22:28:15 | More by GarthDanielson
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

04-19-2013 13:12:48 | More by ericlawton007
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/18/13

Appearance: Deep gold, with some straw and orange tones - big, creamy, white head - wispy head, leaves streaks of lacing - mostly clear but some chill haze

Smell: Holy biscuits, Batman - freshly baked bread, lightly sweet biscuits, toast - nice variety of malts, some pale, something that smells like wheat - some grassy and spicy hops, in moderation - a sweetness that is reminiscent of light fruits

Taste: Unexpectedly good (and I typically have a positive bias towards Narragansett beers) - a nice malt profile, with some interesting depth - pale malts, something that tastes like a blonde ale, and a spiciness that is either wheat or the hops - lightly grassy, nicely spicy hops - very low bitterness, just enough hops to balance the malts - malts are big, but far from heavy or syrupy - lightly sweet, with some malty sweetness, some light fruits, and some honey - virtually no trace of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: What the hell did I just drink?

Honestly, I picked up a bottle of this just because I want to have a review of every Narragansett beer. I thought, perhaps pessimistically, this would be an imperial version of Narragansett Lager. Not even close. This is very interesting, surprisingly complex, and very drinkable. I will be buying at least another bottle of this while I still can.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 06:05:44 | More by angrybabboon
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-12-2013 20:09:47 | More by Wally1912
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Proclarush

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

04-07-2013 15:42:38 | More by Proclarush
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish golden color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of melon, floral hops, sweet malts, and some spicy hops. The taste is floral and spicy hops followed by some melon and malts. Some cut grass as well. The alcohol presence is well hidden. Pretty quick drinker with a slick and creamy mouth feel. Fair amount of bitterness. Overall, pretty decent take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 17:54:51 | More by PicoPapa
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Lauren

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of Narragansett, but one of the salesmen for the bar where I work brought this by to try and sell it. It is very quaffable-- you can't taste the high alcohol content. However, it has more heft to it than the average pilsner which slows down one's drinking. In addition, it has a subtle hop aftertaste to it making it more interesting than the average pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 19:19:04 | More by Lauren
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

04-01-2013 19:27:54 | More by kaelingirl
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a medium golden. Mostly clear. Thick, whipped, rocky, light bright beige head. Great lacing. Lovely nose with lemon curd, honeydew melon, fresh-cut grass, grapefruit rind above a malt base of sweetbread and honey.

Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Biscuit malt briefly fills in, before hop flavors take over. Somewhat acidic, with notes of lemongrass and bitter melon. Peppery, with sea air funk. Bitterness crescendos into the finish. Lingering melon, and traces of honey. Dry. Medium-bodied with a very dry, almost chalky feel. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:08:00 | More by alexgash
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-31-2013 02:12:54 | More by oldedog
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Pilsner pours a hazy honey yellow with a big, fluffy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of lemon and pale malt . Somewhat bready and leans towards the malty side.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with light lemon notes. Bready malt and a touch of cereal takes over quickly. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering lemon when gone.

This is a nicely balanced beer that's very drinkable. It's tasty and hides it's 8+% abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 22:52:23 | More by WanderingFool
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Buttermilk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-28-2013 18:50:19 | More by Buttermilk
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dpianka

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/26/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Imperial Bohemian Pilsner
brewery: Narraggansett
brewery location: Buzzards Bay Brewery, Westport MA.
type: Ale
style: Pilsner
abv: 8.6%
ibu: 35
serving type: bottle
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 45F

Appearance: a little more copper than the traditional pilsner, very slight cloudiness

Smell: gorgeous malts, not too sweet, the hops come through a little with some strawberry with a small hint of banana creme brulee

Taste: like I would expect an Imperial Pilsner to be. Awesome, a bit bitter and hoppy up front trailing to creamy malt.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with just a bit of creaminess smooth and perfectly carbonated

Overall Impression: awesome beer, I would want it with food as the bitterness may be too much without it.

Food Pairings: BBQ for sure, banana bread pudding with sweetened dried raspberries. Sausage pepper

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:06:24 | More by dpianka
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-24-2013 13:50:17 | More by Rekrule
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mkppisdead

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

03-24-2013 03:35:53 | More by mkppisdead
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2013.

The pour is a slightly cloudy straw yellow with busy carbonation leading up to a tremendous, puffy white head. The beer is bottle conditioned to make it a tad cloudy.

The aroma is alive with malts including pale malts and softer Belgian malts, which are used to brew this. The hop character is played down on the nose.

The body is medium and creamy.

Like the aroma the taste highlights the malty character but then a moderate hop bitterness comes up and surprises me on the tail end as it merges with the sweetness of the malts. The hop bitterness lingers just a moment and fades. The 8.6% ABV is well-integrated making this entirely drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:33:27 | More by puboflyons
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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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