Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Beers don't look any better than this. The pour resembles used oil. Next time you're getting your oil changed, ask the guy for a look...that's what this looks like. Thick and coal black pour. The head is dark mocha and a thing of beauty. It starts off about a finger thick, then it starts to cascade and it's a stunner to watch. Eventually it's a couple fingers thick, frothy, with good retention. Squigly lines of lace throughout.
The smell means business. Cocoa up front before a splash of booze takes over. All the while, licorice is making an attempt at some attention.
As good as it comes. Chocolate and expresso dazzle the taste buds all the way down. The alcohol builds momentum but doesn't interfere til near the swallow. It tastes like there might be some lactose hiding in there somewhere. It's exceptional.
Sweet and creamy up front. Heat from the alcohol begins mid sip and lasts with a lingering warmth. Bitterness doesn't start til near the finale. Full bodied and rich. With a kick of carbonation just before the sip says adios.
The only reason I didn't give it 5s across the board is because the smell, while good, wasn't as aggressive as it should have been. This is as good a beer as I've had in a good, long time.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 04:25:18 | More by RickS95
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