Zavtrak | Narrow Gauge Brewing Company

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Average: 4.32 | pDev: 5.56%

Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 36

American Imperial Stout | 10.40% ABV

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Narrow Gauge Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coffee. Named after the Russian word for breakfast.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 36
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3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and on the top. The aroma is of coffee, vanilla, and cocoa. I'm tasting coffee, cocoa, maple syrup, and cinnamon. The mouth is thick, viscous, and chewy.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours pitch black with only a film of head that fades fast. It didn't pour ultra thick.
S: coffee and cinnamon dominate, there is some sweetness likely from the maple
T: huge coffee and chocolate, slight cinnamon and nice maple sweetness throughout.
F: very smooth and pretty thick.
O: delicious stout from the ipa king

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Poor retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, alcohol, lactose, slight yeast, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double/Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level and elevated roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, alcohol, lactose, slight yeast, slight cinnamon, and slight roasted malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, feel, and blend.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with no head to speak off. Sweet vanilla aroma on first approach by the nostrils. I liked the flavor profile that I got, as each sip was a battle of vanilla and coffee. First sip was vanilla forward, second was huge coffee. Went back for thirds, and vanilla dominated. For such a monster stout, I was hoping for something a little thicker. Dipping my overall down a bit, because while I got vanilla and coffee(and that is good enough in a beer), I got none of the advertised chocolate, cinnamon, or maple syrup.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, slightly brown pour with an off-white/tan head. Decent head with retention and lacing

S: Roast coffee/espresso forefront accompanied by a plethora of spices, molasses and chocolate

T: Coffee is more subtle here, whereas the maple syrup and vanilla/caramel are more prevalent, with delicate hints at fruit/raisin+figs. Brownie essence and sprinkled cinnamon/brown sugar with faint spice have a statement here

M: Gorgeous body: full and rich with a slightly fizzy but decent carbonation

O: Reminiscent of a milk (smooth, creamy) stout. To no surprise NG has a good stout game too: Flavorful, Drinkable, Impressively Balanced and Intricate (i.e. not a mess or incomprehensiveness of flavors)

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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Narrow Gauge crowler filled on 2/18/2017.

poured into Narrow Gauge stemmed flute.

Appearance: Dark black as oil with a dark brown head that pours only a thin cap tall.

Smell: Lots of chocolate. Hints of coffee and cinnamon. As it warms the maple shows up but its kinda weak.

Taste: Lots of chocolate and a nice roast coffee flavor. As it warms the cinnamon is the the biggest flavor that really pops. Once the beer hints room temperature the maple finally shows up. It is honestly pretty weak in the maple flavor. The vanilla flavor is really hard to find in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium almost full bodied stout. Low carbonation levels that are adequate. No booze in this beer at all.

Overall: You really gotta let this stout warm up to get the most out of it. I think this beer was well made, but maybe too much ambition with the different 5 special ingredients? Still a pretty tasty stout, but it was a bit of a disappointing beer for me personally because of the way I was expecting the flavors to be in this beer. With all that said, this stout doesn't suck despite all my criticisms surrounding the beer. I was expecting a Mornin' Delight and Abraxas hybrid on steroids. Its more of a balanced stout than a stout with bold flavors like Mornin' Delight and Abraxas.

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Zavtrak from Narrow Gauge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 36 ratings