Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sethmeister:
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black as a pirate heart with a fathoms-deep creamy tan head. Soapy lace.
Scent is strong coffee, cocoa, black licorice, charcoal. A leafy hop note.
Taste is dark roast and bitter chocolate with a touch of mocha and milk chocolate. A hint of black licorice; very subtle. Bold roasted and charred flavors. Earthy and spicy hops and a solid hop bitterness on the finish. Just a touch of warming.
Mouth is massive, soft and voluptuous with an oily feel.
Superb drinkability especially considering the high ABV.
A behemoth RIS worthy of the Sierra Nevada name.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 22:48:44 | More by sethmeister
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 3,023 ratings.