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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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28 Ratings
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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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2.76/5  rDev -25%
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.

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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.

C

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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