Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdhowe:
4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle of 2013 vintage from Davis Beer Shoppe enjoyed on 1 September 2013. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours an opaque black with 1 finger of mocha-colored head. Very little bits of light show brown through the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is left down the glass.
S: Strong malts up front with roastiness and smoke predominating. Alcohol and some dark fruit are also evident and follow the stronger malt and smoke character.
T/M: Smooth and smoky up front with dark fruits following. Cacao mid-sip leads into roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick but not oily with plenty of carbonation.
O: The smokiness is a little strong, but otherwise I really enjoyed this beer. I'm a bit dismayed that I forgot to pick up a 4-pack before I left; the price point is pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2013 08:31:53 | More by jdhowe
More User Reviews:
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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