Pumpkin Tzar | Naparbier Sdad. Coop.

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Naparbier Sdad. Coop.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GONZALOYANNA on 02-15-2013

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Cafe Dulcina, Bristol - Pours jet black with a small tanned foamy head which quickly disappears. Aroma - roasted malts, hints of chilli, light pumpkin feel. Taste - Sweet start, followed by roasted malts, coffee, chilli kick in, long, dry, bitter finish. On the threshold for me in terms of chilli kick.

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Photo of Everdrift
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Pours a very deep brown with minimal, dissipating head. I see most reviewers call this jet black, but in the light you can observe that outer ring is dark brown, while in totality it is of course more opaque, and seemingly black. I have seen beers that were black through and through, with all brown hues toast-murdered.

The aroma is actually pretty great, and shows that there are some great ideas happening here. Molasses, ripe gourd, allspice, clove, and soy sauce.

The taste is complex, but not terribly harmonious. Pumpkin receives top billing in the name, but it, along with the dark spices that season it, are tossed about in the surf, overpowered by sweet malty molasses roastiness, and the fairly pronounced heat of the habanero that the style also promotes. Soy sauce also permeates. But there is a kind of off-center nexus that can be located in the frolicking tide, as nothing is really clashing here. Alcohol heat is expertly hidden, by the way.

The feel is a fair sight better than the appearance would suggest. Thick and syrupy, as is to be expected, but a twinge of carbonation does perform its duties admirably.

I agree with some of the other reviewers who claimed this beer would be better marketed as an imperial chili stout. Imperial chili stout with pumpkin, perhaps. It has the bones of a good chile stout. But maybe go full on Halloween with ghost chili, same heat level. The deep flavor of ghost chili might actually mingle better in this, and we can't really taste the flavor of the habanero anyway, just its diluted, moderate heat.

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Photo of glennchapin
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and a latte-like design on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black licorice and chili peppers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has additional flavors of soy sauce and hints of pumpkin spices. The chili pepper-like spiciness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes more like a chili pepper-infused Russian Imperial Stout than one that has pumpkins. In any event, both the chili peppers and pumpkin flavors are week and are outmatched by those of soy sauce.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brolo75
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a mocha colored full, creamy, rich head, no retention, no lacing, looks under carbonated but thick and like motor oil.

A: Dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, black licorice, burnt pumpkin, and a touch of chile smoke in the finish, alcohol is well hidden.

T: The flavor is lacking the complexity and depth of the aroma, pretty straightforward, dark chocolate, espresso, soy sauce, roasted malts, light pumpkin sweetness then the chile spice kicks in the finish and lingers, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Completely flat, it's like drinking oil, thick, sticky but no carbonation at all, finish is very dry like espresso.

O: I was hoping for more from this but besides the aroma, it's not impressive, soy sauce is prevalent and the chile lingers way too long in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Naparbier Sdad. Coop. Pumpkin Tzar, 11.6% ABV, 80 IBU. Pours black with a nice four finger brown head, that left no lacing. Nose is coffee and pumpkin squash, taste follows with moderate bitterness, licorice, and a bit of burn. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good. Wouldn't have detected pumpkin if the label hadn't hinted to look for it.

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Photo of Dzu
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L: Pitch blac with a weak white foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, spices.
T: Dark chocolate, coffee, a lot of spice.
F: Tight body and low carbonation.
O: Too spicy but worth a try.

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Photo of janubio
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black colour, medium off white head, medium retention. Great lace.
Aroma of chocolate, chili, pumpkin, Smoked notes,Hops are noticeable.
Full body, thick and creamy texture, good carbonation.
Taste of chili, chocolate, pupmpkin, red fruits, plums. Great.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewhemoth
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From .33ml bottle into tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a .5cm tan head. Very poor head retention and no lacing.
S: Big malt backbone - heavy. Some pumpkin gourd, clove, allspice. Dark/bitter-sweet chocolate, a bit of licorice and coffee.
T: Initial taste is none to almost vinegary. Followed by a hit of the habanero flavor and chocolate. Quickly followed by some pumpkin spice flavors which then transcends into the habanero heat, which lingers for a bit.
M: A little thin for an imperial stout, imo. Carbonation is on point though (low).

O: I feel like they are trying to do too much. Pumpkin, imperial stout, habanero. It becomes a little bit of a mess, not necessarily in a bad way. But there is just a lot going on. This was a nice beer to try but dont think ill be getting it again.

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Photo of thoglund
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. Good beer. The chili isnt overwhelming, but still provides some heat that makes it only enjoyable if you have plenty of time ahead. The very definition of a sipper. Foam dissipates very quickly. Avg 3.84

16 May 2017. In Teku glass. Watching Rogue One. From decervecitas. New label. Not unpleasant, but the increase in alcohol and chili peppers burn make it a beer for only real men. I prefer the older, softer version

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 33cl format. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off crown cap. Purchased at BierCaB Barcelona (the shop, not the bar). Batch 16683.

10.50% ABV. 340kcal. Oddly, the front of the label calls it a "pumpkin imperial stout with habanero chili" while the side calls it an "imperial india pale ale." Definitely an oversight.

Served chilled into a tulip. I've heard Naparbier is Spain's best brewery, so I'm hoping for the best...

HEAD: ~2.5cm wide. Khaki-tan colour head. Thick and creamy. Robust. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes ~2 minutes. Could be deeper and richer with a better complexion.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. I see no yeast/lees within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Pretty standard imperial stout appearance.

AROMA: Dry pumpkin spice mingles with a vinegary capsaicin heat. I don't pick up on much chili intensity or habanero, though. Allspice and clove are the main spices; I look for nutmeg and ginger but find none. Dark malt sweetness ties it all together.

I find no actual pumpkin gourd, and the actual imperial stout base seems shallow and simple...no chocolate (even chocolate malt), no coffee, no roasted barley.

A subdued aroma suggesting a balanced but reticent stout with a simplistic flavour profile.

TASTE: Flat and empty of flavour on the open. Luckily, by the second act the chili pepper hits, introducing some very mild chili heat into the fold. Those fearing intense habanero heat can relax; this is very subdued chili pepper character. A blip of pumpkin is present, but I doubt I'd notice it in a blind tasting. Structurally, this is just an odd build; all of the flavour is packed in on the back-end. There's nothing up front, save for the generic dark malt backbone.

Speaking of which, that's all that's offered in terms of the imperial stout style. No roasted barley here, nor any intricate notes whatsoever.

Spicewise, I think I find clove and allspice. No ginger or anything zany.

All things considered, it's more a chili beer than an imperial stout (or pumpkin ale) in my estimation. The mild chili heat easily dominates this somewhat weak flavour profile. Still, it's decently balanced for what it is, and I do quite like the one-dimensional chili heat in spite of the beer's shortcomings. More depth and intricacy of flavour are really needed for this to be more successful.

TEXTURE: Warm but not boozy. Smooth, wet, full-bodied, well-carbonated, unrefreshing. This complements the taste decently, but fails to accentuate specific notes from the flavour profile or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: One on hand, it's a mess of an attempt to fuse three styles. On the other, if one ignores the ostensible imperial stout style designation and instead treats it as a chili beer, it's pretty nice - and certainly more successful than most. Drinkable, with a shockingly well disguised ABV. I'd like to see them play up the dark malt characteristics more to make this more of a "Mexican chocolate" style chili stout, but it's fine as-is. It won't dazzle the discerning drinker, but those with an open mind who aren't clinging rigidly to style specifications will find it interesting. I might purchase another bottle in future provided the price point is right (I guess ~2.50 euro would be fair). I'm interested to try more beers from Naparbier.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

May 7th, 2016 2nd impression in Madrid (on-draught):

A bit undercarbonated. Noticeable but balanced chili heat.


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Photo of osuskin
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrostyJenbaJuice
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/13/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) single bottle for $4.95, which I bought while just across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday at the Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

This 'Pumpkin Imperial Stout with habenero chilies' style brew pours a pitch black in color with a very thin beige head that settles down to nothing. A decent amount of sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Some light ring-like lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of pumpkin and spice. You don't smell the alcohol in this at all. More going on with the taste as the roasted malts and habenero peppers are right up front with a hint of pumpkin. Does leave a bitter finish that doesn't really last all that long which is probably from the peppers that does warm the stomach for sure. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation as would be expected for a brew like this. Of course this is a sipper brew and will get you going., probably like drinking almost 12 ounces of wine. Overall, it gets better when warmed up a bit, or is it the alcohol content. LOL! :D

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