Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
12oz bottle w/ a nonic style sampler glass
A: SN Narwhal pours black with a thin coffee brown edge. Semi-thick and oily but not sludgy at all. A few fingers of mocha tan head succumb to the large air pockets rather quickly leaving behind just a collar that dots the glass with cling.
S: Smells of dark malted grains with a lightly roasted coffee redolence. I am getting waves of earthy pine and bakers chocolate. There is a hint of smoky char rounding out the nose. Aromas come together not unlike chocolate cake in the glass which is really quite nice.
T: Super dark roast malt flavors rich with a dark chocolate sweetness. Spent coffee accompanies an ample piney bitterness that peaks towards mid palate. I am getting lots of earthy charcoal throughout and some toasted herbs at the finish. Light alcohol warmth. Smooth, tasty, and delicious. A really well rounded Impy from the Chico boys.
M: Moderate to heavier in body with a nice even carbonation. Provides a smooth creamy texture with a slight crisp hoppy bite on it. Finish is sleek and wet.
D: Some crazy dark roast character here with impeccable balance as to be expected from Sierra. Generously hopped at that. Narwhal wont size up to most whales,bro but this an instant classic if there ever was one. Smooth and very approachable for the style.
As if I needed another reason to love this brewery SN delivers anyway.
11-27-2012 00:34:18 | More by Nugganooch
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours an inky black, with a creamy, dark brown, two-finger head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.
S - Lots of burnt stuff going on here....grains, some burnt wood, ash. No sweetness to speak of.
T - Taste follows the nose, and SMOOTHLY at that. Charred grains, bakers chocolate, burnt coffee, blackstrap molasses, and a little bit of smoke. A little dried prune sweetness in the mid-palate, but just a hint. No astringent or metallic notes; just rich, bittery goodness. ABV crazy hidden, and really only detectable as the taste settles on the back of the tongue between sips.
M - Out of this world. Creamy, medium-bodied, and on the low end of "medium carbonated". Dry finish. Very drinkable.
O - If you like your stouts in the "burnt and bitter" style, it's hard to find better. It might not be the most complex stout I have had, but it's perfectly presented. A stunner.
11-26-2012 04:49:43 | More by TempeBeerMan
4.88/5 rDev +17.9%
Outstanding ! This is up there with my other 3 favorites: Rasputin RIS,, Bell's Expedition, and Ten Fidy. You are not going to find any better imperial stout than this for the money. Very reasonably priced here in Ohio @ about 11 bucks/4. Very rich, thick mouthfeel, about a two finger head, and very pronounced burnt chocolate and coffee notes.
11-26-2012 02:14:56 | More by freystout17
5/5 rDev +20.8%
On draft in a tulip at SNBC.
Pours a deep dark black with 1/8" golden head which fades slowly.
Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate which get deeper as the stout warms and the glass level lowers.
Super smooth and easy, almost chewy mouthfeel and a chocolatey aftertaste which lingers nice and long.
A step outside of Sierra's norm but a damn good beer all around!
I loved it in the bottle and have been picking the four-packs up as I see them. Great now...only time will tell for later.
11-26-2012 01:16:21 | More by SanFranJake
4/5 rDev -3.4%
I've been looking forward to trying this beer since I first heard about it. 12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a fizzy and effervescing two inch, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops as it gradually collapses into a sudsy slick with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Nose expresses dark, roasted malts, chocolate and brewers licorice - there's also a slight artificial sweetener character that reveals itself towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there's also some smokiness in the flavor profile as well as molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with slightly oily texture, as well as a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a very solid RIS from a very solid brewery. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, and balance is great. The only detracting qualities for me are the slight, artificial sweetener presence in the nose and in the flavor. Also, while the carbonation is not overly assertive, I would like to see it dissipate a little more. All and all, this beer is well worth your time if you enjoy the style.
11-26-2012 00:38:56 | More by Jwale73
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, alcohol, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but I think the mouthfeel is the best part of the drinking experience with this one.
11-26-2012 00:07:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
A-black with no highlights visible with a fingers worth of tan head
S-Roasted malt, molasses, coffee, mild dark fruit, and some bitter hops
T-taste matches the aroma but is a little heavier on the hops. Still lots of roasted malts, coffee, light burnt flavor, and alcohol warming
M-full body, light to medium carbonation, a dry burnt flavor is left on the tongue
Overall I really like this beer, great combination of flavors, and even though the alcohol is noticeable it is not overbearing
11-25-2012 23:47:34 | More by ksimons
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
12 oz into my deschutes snifter.
a - pours deep, dark brown, almost black. formed a finger of dense, dark brown head upon pouring that eventually calmed to a thin film, leaving behind a thick sheet of lacing bordered by small spots. a damn fine looking beer.
s - roasted malt, charcoal notes, faint dark chocolate, faint alcohol astringency.
t - notes of dark chocolate, char, and faint tobacco supported by roasted malt goodness. faint, earthy hop character, but just enough for balance. has an alcoholic bitterness that fades into a dark chocolate bittersweetness and lingers for a bit.
m - full bodied, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile. faint alcohol warming.
o - pretty damn enjoyable, but a little hot and rough around the edges. quite drinkable for 10%, but certainly could use some time to mature. gonna pick up some more of this and sit on them for a while. definitely a welcome addition to the imperial stout category.
11-25-2012 21:34:38 | More by divineaudio
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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