Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
This imperial stout is a nearly jet black color with a nice light brown head and good lacing. The aroma offers clean, muted malt, nothing prolific. The flavor is full of thick malt and medicinal grass bite, mineral water and charcoal blended into a unique mouthful of stout. Sharp malty goodness, and not much else to say. Full bodied I'd say with a somewhat oily feel. Very tiny bubbles for a subtle but adequate carbonation. Quality stuff though not something I would have to revisit. Classy brew none the less.
11-13-2012 03:09:49 | More by Durge
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
Had a growler filled at Green's Piney Grove in Columbia, SC. Poured into a tulip glass.
A- Pours thick black, with two-fingers creamy mocha head from a vigorous pour. No light gets through here; the head sticks around for a while and leaves lots of spotty lacing as I drink the beer down. This is a pretty RIS.
S- I get lots of booze on the nose, along with a bit of piney hops and dark, bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee here and there.
T- A little hops bitterness on the front end, quickly followed by roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a little coffee. The 10.2% ABV comes through as well. The Narwhal follows all the standard RIS notes; it's not terribly complex, but it is tasty.
M- Thick and creamy, a tad short of outright syrupy, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style. It has a fairly dry finish with a bit of alcohol burn in the throat.
O- Sierra Nevada has proffered a great little Russian Imperial Stout. It's not the best RIS out there, but it is a great value and I'd put it up there almost with Stone's RIS. I might try picking up a 4-pack of bottles so I can age this and see how it develops into next year.
11-13-2012 01:06:20 | More by Craigory
4.43/5 rDev +7%
I love SN's labeling to promote this one, as it draws me into the depths of an abyss.
Getting aquainted, aromas of malt and espresso come to meet me.
Flavours of dark cocoa, malt roastiness (but not too obtrusive), coffee and traces of smoke. As this comes up to temp., these nuances become pronounced with good balance.
The mouthfeel is velourish (if thats a word). It comes on audacious then refines itself. Not too thin IMO.
SN has done a great job here. I've had the pleasure of going through a 4pk and was lucky enough to land a case. The price point is on the mark. I'm hoping this will age well in the bottle...that's if I can stay away from it.
11-12-2012 16:19:03 | More by joeseppy
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Served in a tumbler.
Didn't see getting a taste of this tonight, but I'm sure as hell not gonna argue. It pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of golden brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark coffee, earthy greens, and dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with some heavy bitterness being balanced by the depth and relative sweetness of the roast and the chocolate. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice, bold stout. It reminds me a lot of Ten Fidy, only drier, less creamy. Good times.
11-12-2012 03:51:04 | More by TMoney2591
3.6/5 rDev -13%
12oz bottle->CHOC Flute
A ~ Pours black with a mahogany hue toward the bottom of the glass. Light lace clings. Cocoa head.
S ~ Baking Chocolate, Brown Sugar, & Caramel Syrup.
T ~ Chocolate following through with earthy hops (grass/bark) with lots
of caramelized sugar & biscuit. Very full flavored. Imperial for sure.
M ~ Sticky with not too heavy of a feel, but with a great deal of booze. Roasty, but quite sweet, akin to espresso with sugar in it.
D ~ Drinkable & solid, but I probably wouldn't purchase again. Check it out
if you see it, what a deal. Great alternative to Old Raspy if that's yer bag.
11-11-2012 22:17:36 | More by chocosushi
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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