Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kagent777:
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer was purchased begrudgingly from the Utah system on December 15th, even though this bottle has been bottled since Oct 12, 2012 according to the date code. I poured it into a CCB snifter after about thirty minutes of being out of the fridge
Appearance: Black with some legs as I swirl it around the snifter. Not much of a head, but that is not expected. Appears to be well carbonated.
Smell: Unsweet chocolate, coffee, roast and charcoal. A bit of boozyness also.
Taste: All of the flavors carry over from the smell, I also pick up on some dried dark fruit (figs, raisins, and dates) and licorice. I cannot tell if the bittering on the finish is from the hops or the roast. It all works really well together.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little strong for my taste, while the body is smooth and rich. The finish is very long and bittering from the level of roast.
Overall: I like this beer quite well, but I am not sure it is worth more than double the price of Old Rasputin. I need to taste them side by side to be able to do a better comparison. Utah really screwed the pooch on pricing on these (4/bottle retail). I am glad to have had one, but unless Utah lowers the price, I cannot purchase any more. I imagine this would age really nicely, too.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2012 03:38:42 | More by kagent777
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bomber into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 28th, 2014.
A: Nice. Black and cloudy, can't see through. Tan head which sticks to the glass.
S: Chocolate and malt. More malt than chocolate, almost bitter.
T: Bitter front and end with smooth middle, can't pinpoint the bitterness.
M: Some carbonation, but smooth overall.
O: Good. This is a nice example of a Russian Imperial Stout with plenty of ABV bite. A bit too roasty for my tastes, but still good.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 03:09:31 | More by ranger7
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,772 ratings.