Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -0.7%
12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.
Smell: sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a little warm alcohol, and dark fruits.
Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, tobacco, molasses, a little smoke, and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, warm alcohol, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.
Overall: Pretty solid RIS by the boys from Stone. Might have to move up to their 22 RIS and the espresso version as well. This beer definitely got better as it warmed up too.
10-18-2013 07:45:49 | More by Flounder57
4.73/5 rDev +14.3%
Appearance: Black as it should be. Narwhal resembles a textbook imperial stout.
Smell: Deep, rich, malty greatness.
Taste: See 'smell.' This beer packs a flavorful punch, especially after warming a bit. Coffee, malt, maybe some nuttiness. I haven't been to beer school. I just know it's awesome.
Mouthfeel: If one aspect of his beer hits the 'perfect' mark, it's this one. Narwhal's a nice creamy, chewy number, and the alcohol content bites your mouth at the end. To me, that's pleasant, and reminds me what sort of fine genre beer I'm drinking.
Overall: Narwhal, while not particularly rare, was somewhat of a whale for me. It's been hyped quite a bit by both the internet, and a few friends of mine, and it did not disappoint. I'd really like to taste it back to back with Old Rasputin and Stone Imperial Stout. Regardless, it's a fantastic brew I'd recommend to any fan of the genre.
10-18-2013 00:44:23 | More by Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured pitch black into generic snifter with small brown head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, and more roasted chocolate. Flavor follows with bittersweet chocolate and a very nice roasted finish. Extremely smooth with just the right carbonation. Thick but easy drinking. Like velvet. I would compare this closely with Oaked Yeti, with less sweetness and more bittersweet. This is a phenomenal brew feom SN. Easily rank this above some of the more hyped impies. I really can’t find anything wrong with this one.
10-17-2013 01:13:59 | More by BMMillsy
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,143 ratings.