Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.81/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark molasses color with a modest mocha head of course bubbles. Aroma is mild but pleasant, smelling of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste lures you into complacency at first blush with a smooth roasted malt flavor. This is rapidly superseded by a massive kick of alcohol and cough syrup, which in turn yields to a decrescendo of plum, dark chocolate, and spicy, herbal hops. The degree to which the flavors transition here within a single sip is something to behold. While I admire its boldness, the front end may be a bit too caustic for my tastes. It has a peppery alcoholic heat that wears you down and distracts from the finer malt character beneath it. It reminds me of Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial Stout, but more heavy handed. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, reminiscent of an oatmeal stout, and well suited to style.
Overall, this is a bold, flamboyant imperial stout whose gusto may be too great for its own good. The spicy booze masks what is actually a quite nice roasted, chocolate malt flavor. I could see myself drinking it again, but for a style brimming with superior beers, this is only above-average at best.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2013 01:11:32 | More by MaximalC
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