Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +1%
A: Pitch black pour with a thick, dense medium brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a nice pattern of lacing behind. Good head retention to boot.
S: Nice roasted malt character. Creamy chocolate, roasted coffee bean and just a touch of char. Emphasis on the creamy, it smells like a borderline milk stout. Touch of smoke in there to boot. Oddly enough, I get almost a pretzel-like aroma sometimes (kinda toasty). Doesn't detract, probably just mistaking something else for it.
T: Thick, creamy roasted malt. Up front it is sweet molasses and vanilla with a bunch of char and smoke. Turns a little more bitter with some roasted coffee bean in the middle and some dark chocolate. Get a little more of that toasty pretzel too, heh. Finishes with lots of anise and some fading bitter, bitter dark chocolate that lingers between sips. Touch of grain alcohol in the finish - just a little bit hot, this one.
M: Thick, full, rich and creamy. Excellent mouthfeel.
O: A really nice RIS. Very thick and full, I loved that part. Excellent complexity, has some of pretty much every roasted malt characteristic that I've had in any stout. Balance is decent though it's a little too smoky and maybe a little too much anise but it's also very fresh (and a little hot, as noted). Overall, quite excellent. Looking forward to storing some away.
10-31-2012 04:10:45 | More by Dope
4/5 rDev -3.4%
On tap at max's the other day, during Baltimore Beer Week.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attraactive, showcasing considerable coffee, licorice and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but is clearly dominated by the licorice and vanilla (which I'm not entirely liking, but it's OK). There's also a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish which further helps to buoy the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a finish that is dominated by licorice and has a hint of alcoholic bite. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but there's just too much licorice in the flavor profile for me to fall in love with this beer.
A solid beer, and possibly one that will benefit from some age. For now however, not among my favorite impy stouts.
10-30-2012 22:52:47 | More by John_M
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
A: poured into a sifter black as night with a slightly frothy deep tan head with excellent retention. it pours like a whale of a beer
S: smells of dark roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and anise. smells incredible
T: flavors of charred wood, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, burnt sugars, dark roasted malt, slight oily hop presence. swallow brings more huge flavors of roast malt, a bit of anise and an espresso finish
M: thick and nearly chewy with a soft carbonation that struggles against the viscosity of the beer
O: It's enornous, it's velvety smooth and it doesn't punch you in the mouth but it can probably put you down after a few. alcohol is very well hidden. This beer is absolutely phenomenal and a steal at the price point it sells for. Buy it and then buy some more to keep in the back of the fridge for a few years. I want this beer in a bourbon barrel!
10-30-2012 04:52:53 | More by SHODriver
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
12 bottle into an oversized wine glass, live review...
Ap- dark dark brown (basically black) with a 1/2 inch light tan colored had that has great retention. Poured about 10 minutes ago and there is still a layer on top and a great rim around the glass.
Ar- chocolate, coffee, molasses, burnt grain, dark fruit and a faint smell of alcohol
T- smoky roasted grain hits me first followed by some cocoa flavor. The coffee and alcohol hits on the very back end.
M- thick bodied, creamy, perfect carbonation for this style, and the alcohol warms on the hold.
O- another winner from SN. IMO this may be the best beer I've tried from them. At a really good price point (typical for SN) I will try to stock up on this stuff before its all gone for the season.
10-30-2012 02:53:37 | More by BeerNutz324
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
From an attractively labeled bottle, the beer pours dark brown and pours black in the glass with light brown foam. No noticeable effervescence is visible through the dark beer. Sticky lace is produced by the small amount of foam that remains.
The smell is subtle chocolate, alcohol and some grainy nuttiness.
Very pleasing bittersweet chocolate flavor with ample burnt roasted grain flavors that continue and linger as bitterness. Pleasant alcohol presence is slightly evident in tail, but it does not seem like 10.2% ABV.
Mouthfeel is excellent - silky thick with just enough tingle provided by light carbonation.
Very well-done Imperial stout - best new entry I've had in a while.
10-29-2012 21:55:31 | More by WickedSluggy
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin medium brown head with good retention and slippery lacing. Mild aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and a hint of coffee and anise. Flavor is much more intense, very toasty and slightly charred malt, bitter chocolate, licorice and burnt coffee, especially in the finish. Nice medium to heavy, creamy body. Flavor tends more towards the charred spectrum, but the the other flavors support it. Not quite a smoked beer, but leaning in that direction. Wow, this one will be on my regular list, delicious
10-29-2012 05:04:04 | More by LiquidAmber
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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