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North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale - North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-25-2003

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 10
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2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Unbranded silver pry-off pressure cap. 22 fl oz. Dull label design.

Acquired: At NXNW a few days ago.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015 (bottled 2/19/15). Bottle #209. Batch: 1651.
ABV: ?
Style: German style black ale. So...schwarzbier, I guess?
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Average (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide. Grey. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Retention: ~10 seconds (awful).

BODY: Amber-brown of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears poorly carbonated. Far from unique or special. Looks okay.

AROMA: Brown bread, amber malt, German hops, bready yeast, and caramel.

Aromatic intensity: average.

Underwhelming. Not real appealing, but not off-putting. There're no off notes.

TASTE: Brown bread, amber malts, minimal hop presence which is German in character, bready yeast, caramel, some mild toffee.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Below average.

No hints of the ostensible Cascade hopping. No yeast character. This is a decently balanced brew with fair cohesion and subpar complexity. Not an intricate or subtly executed brew by any means, and not unlikable. But it leaves a lot to be desired.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, strangely undercarbonated, and mildly thick. Lacks the heft and weight on the palate it needs.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Not sure what they were after with this one. It doesn't drink like a German style beer at all, and outside of style conventions it's merely average. I wouldn't pick it up again, but it's fine. Decent work from a decent brewery. This won't impress the discerning drinker, and isn't worth seeking out. Not undrinkable.


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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with very little to no head. A bit of carbonation is present and almost no lacing.

Smell: A mild nutty malted aroma. Not much happening.

Taste: A light clean malty flavor. Is this realy and ale? It is very german lagar in character. Nothing Belgian going on here.

Mouthfeel: Light with bit of carbonation. A little creamy on the finish.

Drinkability: I find this beer to be fairly unremarkable but it is smooth and light making it fairly drinkable. I will not remember it an anything special but rather refreshing none-the-less.

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3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown fades to deep mahogany light beige head lasts for awhile, good lacing.

Smell: roasty malts, some apple cider aroma

Taste: all malt no hop, roasty flavor yields to long smoky finish

Mouthfeel: only real complaint, could have used a little more substance

Drinkability: a good brew, well made malty style beer. I would get again, nice smoky flavor.

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

Pours dark brown with some red highlights. The head is cream-colored. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some dark fruit. The flavor is roasted/burnt malt with some chocolate and possibly some coffee. The finish is roasted and there is not much hop character. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Somewhat watery overall mouthfeel.

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2.76/5  rDev -25%
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Reviewed 10/19/2007 (Sampler @ NxNw Brewery, Austin, TX):

Pours a dark brown body, very dark reddish in color, with a white-tannish colored head. Has a very sweet malty aroma, tastes like a red ale. Chocolatey taste, some roasted notes, and maltiness.

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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - mahogany/amber colored beer, a sparse head but holds a good collar.

Aroma - good roasty malts on this one with just the lightest touch of smoke.

Taste - malty and toasty, slightly sweet. If there is supposed to be some Belgian spiciness in here, I'm not tasting it. Maybe the BBQ sandwich is too spicy to pick up the beer flavors. I do like the sweetness and the roasted almost-smokiness. I thought this was a schwarzbier when I was reviewing it.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a solid medium body.

Drinkability - possibly my favorite of them all here at NXNW.

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3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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