Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mfavoino:
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle on 19 Jan 13 at The Beer Stein in Eugene, OR.
A: Nearly pitch black with a finger or so of espresso head that settled to the rim of the glass. Very nice looking.
S: Strong burnt roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a subtle coffee aroma.
T: Chocolate and a touch of alcohol heat hit my palate right away, then the dark roasted flavor came through. Some coffee bitterness, more chocolate, and dark fruits as it finishes. Left a strong roasted character lingering.
M: Full-bodied and thick, lower carbonation, and a touch hot with the booze.
O: Very good offering from SN in the RIS category.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 22:10:02 | More by mfavoino
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.
92 out of 100 based on 3,025 ratings.