Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I enjoyed this RIS in my snifter at cellar temperature.
A full, bulging two fingers of light cocoa-colored foam form the head. The body is black, to put it simply.
Smells surprisingly fruity! I think I'm getting raspberries and, incredibly, freshly-picked blueberries. It's fantastic, as well as something I never imagined I'd smell in a stout. Moving on... there are also raisins, a rich semi-sweet chocolate scent, and a bit of molasses. A really awesome blend of aromas.
The berries are in the flavor a little too! It's like brownies with a strawberry or raspberry topping at first. That's what it's like early on... pretty sweet like chocolate milk, but also with a subtle, complementary fruity tartness. The back end brings a ponderous roastiness of coffee and dark chocolate that contrasts the initial sweeter flavors superbly.
The feel is thick and heavy as a narwhal (durhurhur), and the carbonation is calm like the sea at slack tide.
This isn't "just another" Russian imperial stout to me. It has some of the aroma notes and flavors of a Belgian strong dark ale, but still retains all the essential requirements for retaining stout status. And all of it's distinctive qualities mesh together beautifully. Not to mention it kind of has the consistency and taste of a chocolate milkshake, to my delight. Just as a Narwhal is a unique whale, but still a whale, this is a unique stout, but still very much a stout... and a very nice one.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 23:30:35 | More by Kuaff
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,058 ratings.