Narrow Gauge Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #501
Ranked #3,409
4.31 | pDev: 6.03%
Narrow Gauge Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
Notes: Imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coffee. Named after the Russian word for breakfast.
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4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just opened a bottle that I bought about a year ago. This is excellent beer. Nice head (still after all this time). Sweetness, yes. Nice heavy stout. Coffee nose as well. Very nice

Apr 26, 2020
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Bum4ever from California

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black and a decent amount of tan head that fades quickly
S: Get a bunch of sweetness on the nose, vanilla and maple. Coffee follows really strong and then the cinnamon.
T: I get a little of everything in there. Coffee is the strongest, followed by maple, cinnamon and vanilla is the slightest towards the finish.
F: Decent thickness and a good dry finish.
O: This is an excellent beer. Flavors meld together nicely and nothing overpowers.

Mar 20, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

had in bottled form, potentially with some time on it, a heady beer to say the least, the labels are dope, and its rad to see some bottled beer from these guys, who run the show with cans for the most part it seems. this is inky black and intense, deep sugary fudge, wet tobacco, and espresso. the coffee rises above all else, but this is also very boozy and sweet and palate coating and full bodied and mellow but mean, its not at all subtle. the vanilla is ahead of the maple, im not even sure i can appreciate cinnamon in this until it comes up to temperature, and you could almost swear its barrel aged, with all that richness and decadence in the mix the whole time. i think its great that the coffee leads, and there is a little acidity there amongst notes of chocolate, hazelnut, fudge, and aztec imagery. brown sugar, molasses, and the maple linger, this thing stays on my palate like a cigar, and i taste as much of it in the morning as i do when its actually in my mouth. coffee for days, but like, generic coffee, no obvious origin, no endearing character to it, just coffee as such, lateral and samey, fine but just fine, like, hard to get hard off of, in coffee terms, just basic, but bold enough in here to make a lasting impression. maple sticks, cinnamon comes finally, and the whole thing is boozy and big and risky. fun to share around, but even my pour was a bit of a chore, not quite unique or great enough to warrant sip by sip analytics, but hard to argue with the overall. great to real great, but a sipper at best. winter beer, don a robe and some slippers and tuck in!

Nov 15, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Mar 03, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Feb 18, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Feb 16, 2018
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gibgink from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 06, 2017
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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)

Mar 04, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 04, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 45 ratings