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

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34 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States
nxnwbrew.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Pegasus on 05-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of gilgar
4.69/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DerekSmigelski
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of greenspointexas
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cgrunin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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North By Northwest Okanogan Black Ale from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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