Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.4%
A-Black with a beatiful 1" head that disappears quickly. Nice early lacing.
S-Stars off very boozy, which is a personal favorite. Then cocoa and coffee.
T-Nice early alcohol with chocolate and creamy coffee notes.
M-Medium bodied with hint of booze.
O-Nice RIS easily attainable with great pricepoint.
05-05-2014 20:29:02 | More by ivyman
4.29/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Aggressive pour into a snifter yielded a mighty head which shrunk down to a thin layer over the top. Slight lacing throughout.
S - Chocolate and booze dominate the nose with a touch of coffee and molasses.
T - Dark chocolate hits first with the booze to follow which clings to the palate for some time after a taste. A touch of bitterness at the end.
M - Very nice. Full and silky, clings to mouth and stays for some time. Very balanced carb as well.
O - Very good RIS. Think I'm really gonna enjoy this a lot more after some time in the cellar.
05-05-2014 19:40:29 | More by toppoop
4.75/5 rDev +14.7%
This rating is on a bottle of Narwhal from 2012...
Appearance - Pours a solid finger of cinnamon colored foam, body is a completely opaque dark burnt sienna to black, and the lacing coats the entire glass, and just barely starts to break during the last few sips - gorgeous.
Smell - Rich dark chocolate, dark ripe fruits, molasses, roasted dark coffee, warm pumpernickel bread, touch of sweet black licorice and a whiff of black cherry.
Taste - Begins with a wonderful balance of dark chocolate, lightly sweetened rich french roast coffee, dark fruits and licorice, followed almost immediately by slightly astringent cherry and plumskin, then lightly burnt pumpernickel crusts with just a touch of pepperiness, with a ribbon of molasses throughout. Delicious and bold, with some very complimentary heat a little behind all of these flavors.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, silky and creamy, mouthcoating in a very good way. Carb is on the lower side and provides just enough of a smooth foaming light scrub to allow some astringency and bittering roast to finish off the quaff. Latent carb provides a few tingly edges late after each sip.
Overall - Just a delicious and very satisfying RIS, a sipper for sure. Take your time with this one to fully enjoy the complex flavors here, and the wonderful transition from mouthcoating and creamy to lightly astringent and bitter, then repeat... This is a fairly easy RIS to get your hands on - do yourself a favor and get about 2 years on a few of them, well worth the wait. My favorite by far is FIS, and after 2 years this comes Really close, just a tad lighter, but not light by any means. An excellent RIS, highly recommend.
04-30-2014 03:01:17 | More by blackcompg
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,144 ratings.