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

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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

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Added by Pegasus on 05-25-2003

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#30,500
Reviews:
10
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35
pDev:
12.3%
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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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Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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