Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dark and oily tar black with a brown head that laces the snifter well.
The aroma is roasted, smokey and perhaps a bit meaty. Some alcohol lofts above the darkness.
In the taste, dark chocolates, charcoal, tobacco and a firm hoppyness. Not to boozy though very strong. There's a subtle note of dark fruit. Earthy, light herb, big malt. Right about what you would expect for the style with perhaps more emphasis on his than many. Quite good.
The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and well carbonated.
Overall this is a nice big stout from Sierra Nevada. Totally drinkable and something I would have again.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 04:53:38 | More by Stinkypuss
3.91/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark, black color, with very thick tan head which dissipated to thin veil. Excellent, consistent lacing. Smell is incredibly rich aura of burnt/roasted chocolate malt and coffee/vanilla hints. Unfortunately, the palate was not quite as impressive (to me). A little too much dank hoppiness, with the result that the balance was out of kilter. Carbonation and mouthfeel was good, but I could not get past the uneven bite and apparent conflict between the hops and the flavors trying to compete. Maybe I had a bad bottle, or just need to let it sit and warm up a bit more. Willing to try again, as I love so much of what SN does.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 02:02:59 | More by JohnParadee
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,075 ratings.