Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by puboflyons on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Much better than the spawn that came from this true beer's beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hung around leaving lots of lacing.

S - sweet fruit, bread dough and floral/earthy hops.

T - starts out a bit sweet but quickly turns bready before some drying bitterness finishes things out.

F - medium bodied, it has a somewhat creamy feel.

O - worth a try but not a beer I'd buy again.

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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 55 ratings