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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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BA SCORE
83
good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-25-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

barbellsNbeers, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Sarunas7
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Sarunas7, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JohnBender, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okanogan is dark brown with a weak, light brown head. The aroma is of dark roasted malt, very inviting, but could have been stronger. The taste consists of roasted malt with notes of chocolate flavor. Finish includes a dry hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is incredably smooth, this beer just slides down my throat. Drinkability is great, this has a lot of dark malt flavor, but isn't as filling as appearances would lead me to expect. My favorite of the three beers I sampled at NXNW.

Gagnonsux, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark amber color, although not black, quite good off-white head that retains well, lightly carbonated.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of dark bread, caramel, malt, and mild herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with rich toasted malts, coffee and chocolate notes, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors carry through the taste. Towards the finish, some mild lingering hops appear, providing a nice counterpoint to the sweet malts.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, and pleasant mouth feel, with lingering carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: While my server maintained that this was a Schwarzbier, it seems not to conform to that style. Nonetheless, a very good dark ale and worthy of a try.

Pegasus, May 25, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

wisegreensoul, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GreatBloomer, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

harpus, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

drummermattie02, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of beersheppard
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

beersheppard, May 11, 2010
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1/4" off-white head falls quickly to a ring. Dark brown. Light lacing.

Smell - Malty. A little bit of roasted malt. Very subdued aroma.

Taste - Sweet malt. Slight roasted flavor. Mild chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. Mild, subtle beer that I think would wash down anything or be a decent session beer.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 13, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

LXIXME, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

cgrunin, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

gfg0020, May 26, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

wampahoofus, Feb 09, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somehow I got apples in the smell yet again. Also some light malty roasted smells. Pour was a nice rich maroon to brown. Taste was decent, simple, a touch watery, and roasty, with basically no hops or bitterness. Very drinkable, and I could definitely get it again if in the mood for this type of beer. Actually better than the only other 2 Schwarzbiers I've had.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 24, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 19, 2009
North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.