Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Appearance- Pours up a reasonable amount of head which looks as if it will have excellent retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. A bit of sheeting forms above the surface of the beer.
Nose- A bit subdued and the only thing that has real presence is the slight bubblegum that I smelled while pouring. There is some caramel, some roasted notes, and hint of cocoa but I'm a little concerned about the dominant bubblegum. The bottle shows the same thing. This, however, begins to dissolve and is taken over by cocoa. Swirling shows the bubblegum as banana.
Taste- Definite cocoa on the front with a hint of raisins lying around the edges as this moves into more and more cocoa with noticeable heat appearing on my tongue and in my cheeks. Dark chocolate and coffee notes rise with a some burnt caramel and toast bringing up the rear of the finish. Slight cardboard but it's hardly noticeable. Some hint of cherry as well with notes of oak and vanilla. A little bit messy and a little bit boozy. Very complex malt bill that echoes oatmeal as well. Probably would benefit from a little bit of age as it is a little too sweet and a little hot. Some nuttiness. I like almost every aspect of the flavor profile but the integration seems to be lacking. A little bit of banana as the finish and linger fade? Still, a pretty solid beer. Reminds me a little of Founder's Imperial Stout.
Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives it a chewy, chalky, gritty feel. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Drinkability- After the heat subsides a bit, this becomes a pretty easy drinking beer. Great price for a four pack of such a boozy and heavy style. Less than 10 bucks for a 4 pack is a bargain. It's not in the same league as the best imperials I've had but at the price, it's hard to say no to.
Overall- Very good, solid beer. Definitely should give it a try. It looks as if will be my highest rating for a Sierra Nevada beer, knocking off SNPA. I will definitely be buying this again. And also aging a bottle.
09-08-2013 06:00:18 | More by artoolemomo
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
32oz counter pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA.
A - Pitch black, light caramel head that disapates quickly. Ok lacing.
S - Caramel and toffee notes, bit of roast coffee and cocoa as well. No hop profile to speak of.
T - Deep roasted malts, earthy coffee, noticeable hop profile that gives the brew a hint of that motor oil profile fresh RISs tend to have.
M - Slightly over carbed for my tastes - giving it an almost chalky mouthfeel.
O - Great RIS. Excited to set up a verticle.
09-06-2013 21:15:00 | More by Zach136
4.1/5 rDev -1%
12oz bottle of 2013 vintage from Davis Beer Shoppe enjoyed on 1 September 2013. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours an opaque black with 1 finger of mocha-colored head. Very little bits of light show brown through the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is left down the glass.
S: Strong malts up front with roastiness and smoke predominating. Alcohol and some dark fruit are also evident and follow the stronger malt and smoke character.
T/M: Smooth and smoky up front with dark fruits following. Cacao mid-sip leads into roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick but not oily with plenty of carbonation.
O: The smokiness is a little strong, but otherwise I really enjoyed this beer. I'm a bit dismayed that I forgot to pick up a 4-pack before I left; the price point is pretty good.
09-05-2013 08:31:53 | More by jdhowe
3.89/5 rDev -6%
Bottle Into Tulip
Appearance- Jet Black, 1 finger tan head
Aroma- Coffee, big roasted malt, some chocolate, some dark fruit, Slight piney hops, but mostly malt forward. slight alcohol, nice
Flavor- Roasted malt, coffee, less chocolate than the nose, dark fruit, creamy, alcohol shows up as it warms but for 10.2 its well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, lower carbonation, some astringency at the end which take this down a bit. Alcohol warmth
Overall- First time I've seen it, and its tasty. Not the best RIS but a very good one that would make an excellent entry to the style as it hits all the right points, but could be more complex. I could see myself grabbing some more, maybe even to age for a while.
09-04-2013 02:40:47 | More by LI_PO12
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,135 ratings.