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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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3.81/5
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54 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
20
Ratings:
54
pDev:
9.97%
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of nmann08
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours a honey gold color, light on the carbonation, minimal soft off-white head.

The aroma is light. Floral hops, bready malts. Sweet fruit comes through at the end.

The flavors are very similar to what you get on the nose. Bread hits you on the front end, then balances with the hops. The finish is a bit spicier than I anticipated and dry.

The mouthfeel is good. A bit thicker for a imperial pilsner, but not in a bad way. This is refreshing, but at almost 9%, not a "let me have a nice session beer." The alcohol hides well.

Overall, its a decent imperial pilsner.

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Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and toasted malt

Taste: pineapple, grass, alcohol, and slight amount of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start and end with bitterness in the middle, smooth

Overall: A slightly above average imperial pils. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering like some examples in this style. This is one I may revisit but would not rush out for.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light to medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized patch of slightly thicker film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts. Light aromas of floral and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts. There are also light amounts of floral and spicy hops that contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink with the alcohol rather well hidden. I was happily surprised by how good this beer was and I generally thick well of the offerings from this brewery. I would grab another one of these.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color (with slight hues of amber) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of floral and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of alcohol.
T: The taste resembles the smell but is dominated by flavors of bready malts. Little if any bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for its strength and hides its alcohol rather well, except for some hints of alcohol in the smell.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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 mjtiernan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a flared pilsner glass. No freshness dating, but it was recently stocked.

A: Golden crystal. Super clear with appealing nucleation. Three plus fingers of bone white head. Generous lacing throughout. Unfiltered? Could've surprised me, although I do see some floaties near the bottom of the bottle.

S: Sweet grain and spicy/floral hops. Some light fruitiness.

T: Spicy noble hops interplay with a biting fusel alcohol presence. A fair amount of residual sweetness...plenty to prop up some of the alcohol flavor. Dash of diacetyl but nothing problematic. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Almost creamy. Fuller body than you might expect for a pilsner, but that shouldn't be too surprising given the alcohol content. Starts on the sweet side then turns dry and fairly astringent.

O: An extreme version of a traditionally subtle style. Has the full flavor and bitterness that would satisfy most American craft beer drinkers, assuming they are adventurous enough to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of mcgill526
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, off-white head that settles in around an inch in height. Aromas of semisweet esters, a light toasted grain backbone, and some floral highlights. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a butterscotch backbone that has a tangy quality to it. The toasted character is limited, but does help to cut the tangy sweetness a bit. There is also a bolt of sharp, resiny hops that blasts across the palate, with a hint of tropical fruit attached to it, providing enough bitterness to cut through. Tangy, unbalanced sweetness in the aftertaste, with a lingering, sweet and bitter finish. This seems a bit jumbled and messy compared to what Gansett has been putting out as of late...not sure on this one.

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Photo of ericlawton007
4/5  rDev +5%

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 Wally1912
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish golden color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of melon, floral hops, sweet malts, and some spicy hops. The taste is floral and spicy hops followed by some melon and malts. Some cut grass as well. The alcohol presence is well hidden. Pretty quick drinker with a slick and creamy mouth feel. Fair amount of bitterness. Overall, pretty decent take on the style.

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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 kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +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 oldedog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Buttermilk
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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