Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Craigory:
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had a growler filled at Green's Piney Grove in Columbia, SC. Poured into a tulip glass.
A- Pours thick black, with two-fingers creamy mocha head from a vigorous pour. No light gets through here; the head sticks around for a while and leaves lots of spotty lacing as I drink the beer down. This is a pretty RIS.
S- I get lots of booze on the nose, along with a bit of piney hops and dark, bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee here and there.
T- A little hops bitterness on the front end, quickly followed by roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a little coffee. The 10.2% ABV comes through as well. The Narwhal follows all the standard RIS notes; it's not terribly complex, but it is tasty.
M- Thick and creamy, a tad short of outright syrupy, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style. It has a fairly dry finish with a bit of alcohol burn in the throat.
O- Sierra Nevada has proffered a great little Russian Imperial Stout. It's not the best RIS out there, but it is a great value and I'd put it up there almost with Stone's RIS. I might try picking up a 4-pack of bottles so I can age this and see how it develops into next year.
Serving type: growler
11-13-2012 01:06:20 | More by Craigory
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4.43/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: 4.5 Black with a 2 finger tan head that lasts about 2 or 3 minutes. Small bubbles. Looks like a great/classic imperial stout.
S: 4.25 Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. Pretty mild at first. Will let it warm to see if it changes at all. As it warms, there’s a little coconut and caramel. Also, a tiny bit of blackberry. Some vanilla is working its way through now too.
T: 4.5 Malt sweetness up front, followed quickly by roasted malt bitterness. A good amount of sweet chocolate with the malt. Roasted malt adds a lot of bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Really nice to get these flavors naturally without additives. Some acidity as it warms, but it brings along nice berry flavors from the aroma.
M: 4.25 Fairly thick for an imperial stout. Could be a bit more viscous, but really nice as is. Good amount of carbonation and the malt bitterness goes well with a little bit of dryness.
O: 4.5 I really like this stout. It’s definitely one of Sierra’s best brews and up there with some of my favorite, easy-to-get, non-BA stouts (think old rasputin and ten-fidy). Super easy to drink and develops a lot as it warms. I’ll be looking forward to this every winter.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 22:41:00 | More by Tele
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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