Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,137 | Reviews: 621 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: It has a beautiful jet black color to it. It has a nice thick dark tan head that stays around for ever and leaves lovely lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit and an earthy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.
06-12-2013 20:45:51 | More by SebD
3.19/5 rDev -22.9%
Picked up a single 12 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. It was a bit underwhelming. How does this qualify as an imperial stout? My benchmarks for this class is Bells Expedition Stout, and Narwal seemed more like a porter.
The mouthfeel was far too light and the flavors were not intense enough for me.
Dark roasted malt flavor, medium body, notable clarity and overall thinness. Thin tan head, hints of soy sauce and mild bitterness. I tested this beer in a selection of a dozen stouts and it was near the bottom of my list.
06-09-2013 16:21:34 | More by PincheNorteno
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.
S - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Also picking up a hint of dark fruits.
T - Lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate are also well represented. Nice alcohol burn in the finish.
M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Leaves a stickiness on the tongue.
O - I really enjoy this stout. For the price this is hard to beat. Lots of big flavors going on.
06-06-2013 04:11:40 | More by TreyIsWilson
District of Columbia
4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a dark black, soft brown head, very still and calm appearance.
Huge malty nose, sweet, smells like licorice. Chocolate and coffee fight to come through, but are muted.
Tastes are dominated by dark fruits, sweet flavors. The roasted barley taste shows up and it finishes with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and rich.
Overall this is good. Personally, I enjoyed it more fresh, but could also be better with more time on it as well.
06-02-2013 18:33:21 | More by nmann08
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottle: solid dark brown 355mL stubby with a funky label. A good package.
Appearance: pours incredibly dark- almost an impenetrable black. A huge tan head pops up to over two-fingers before slowly settling to a thin, creamy cap. Looks good.
Aroma: roast coffee, dark cocoa chocolate, a touch of dark fruits and anise, and a wonderful smokiness
Taste: roast coffee, dark cocoa chocolate, a touch of dark fruits and anise, and a wonderful smokiness round out this beer.
Aftertaste: hangs around for quite a while, with a slight warming alcohol feeling at the back.
Mouth feel: very full-bodied with a creamy, silky texture. Though I can't see through the beer, I am sure it must have plenty of fine sediment to make it this smooth. Very drinkable.
Overall: if any United States-based brewery was going to produce an exceptional Russian Imperial Stout, I would have put my money on Sierra Nevada. The outcome is a rousing success - rich and complex in flavour, full in body and with a fantastic drinkability. One of the best Russian Imps I have had to date.
06-02-2013 01:40:38 | More by SmashPants
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,137 ratings.