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

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 05-25-2003

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by kojevergas:
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2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
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.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DerekSmigelski
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wampahoofus
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of greenspointexas
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of cgrunin
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JDV
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of rorjets
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gilgar
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beersheppard
3.56/5  rDev -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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 36 ratings