Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by puboflyons on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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Photo of dpianka
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of Buttermilk
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of alexgash
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!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Overall: +1 lager points.

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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Lauren
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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