Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.41/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a black with no light getting through this one, with a big light chocolate foamy head from an aggressive pour. Head falls very slowly with gobs of lacing down my glass.
Aroma is nice bakers chocolate, light coffee and good dose of dark fruits floating on a roasted malt base. Nice sweet nose on this one nothing over powering just blended goodness.
Taste is roasted malts, nice chocolate up front dark fruits and roast in the middle. Finish is lingering chocolate and coffee mingled together with some hops. Good Stout blends well together nothing really dominates just IRS goodness.
Mouthfeel is full nice and smooth approaching chewy. Nice fell for this beer.
Overall another good brew from SN. Found it very enjoyable and easy drinking for a big beer.
01-08-2014 01:23:23 | More by mntlover
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a pitch black, with tons of tan suds and exquisite lace.
Nose is charred wood, dark bittersweet chocolate, and roasty coffee. I can sense the strength and richness already.
Taste is indeed rich, but oh-so-smooth. More of the roasty, charred chocolate, with some fruit near the finish. The 10.2% ABV is well-hidden here, and this is an exceptionally smooth and satisfying imperial stout. Outstanding.
02-19-2013 20:31:31 | More by secondtooth
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
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.
A- pours jet black with a 1 finger beige head. Some blotches of lacing remain.
S- dark chocolate, coffee, roast and an herbal tone (not mint).
T- bitter coffee, dark chocolate, again herbal something, and bitter pine.
M- medium body and carbonation. Slick, chalky and slightly dry.
O- this is a hoppy RIS for sure. Almost reminds me more of a imperial black ale, but where do you draw the line? Still a very good and enjoyable beer.
11-08-2012 04:04:30 | More by kawilliams81
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
A- Pours pitch black with an enormous thick mocha colored head.
S- Roasted malt, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, bitter dark chocolate.
T- Very malty with roasty flavors coming through the most with chocolate malt. The middle to end has notes of bitter dark chocolate that lingers as an aftertaste. There is a noticeable hop bitterness in there as well, along with a slight coffee flavor.
M- Full bodied, heavy, but drinkable, medium carbonation, smooth and frothy.
O- I am actually surprised with how different this beer tastes than other RISs. Very complex combination of flavors that border on cluttered, but make it a unique offering.
11-16-2012 03:44:27 | More by stephenjmoore
4.48/5 rDev +8.2%
12 oz poured into a snifter.
A - Black as the deep sea with a healthy cappuccino head that has plenty of staying power. The head forms a micro bubbled ceiling with a creamy uniform collar.
S - Deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate, underlying mint leaf, cold espresso, hard root beer candy. Smoke and perfumy alcohol come out as it warms.
T - Creamy and dense chocolate malts, espresso, toasted cocoa, cooked pine sap, bitterness seems to come from the coaco and the pine hops. Smokiness comes out as it warms. The finish is bitter, roasty, and very satisfying.
M - Creamy, silky, full bodied, low carbonation.
Sierra Nevada brings it Like a Boss. This is fresh and bursting with raw but perfect flavors for a fresh Impy. I would drink this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! For the price point, It's a no-brainer. I will be buying ALOT of this. Thanks again Ken!
11-09-2012 02:29:57 | More by StaveHooks
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured an opaque black with a finger of mocha head. Aroma of roasty cocoa, licorice, and coffee.
Moderate carbonation and full, creamy, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Caramel and roasty chocolate up front with espresso and licorice. Quite a bit of hop bitterness and boozy warmth on the finish, with fruity esters that emerge as the beer warms.
Solid stout with sharp, big flavors.
12-11-2012 21:56:37 | More by grittybrews
3.03/5 rDev -26.8%
Warmed up before serving in a room temperature glass.
A: Jet black very small brown head that left the scene in a hurry.
S: Best part of the beer. Roasted malts, espresso, dark fruit.
T: This is a malt bomb. All the flavors are DARK all most to the point of being burnt. Coffee chocolate raisin. Big alcohol presents distracts from the flavors. It tasted more like 16% than 10%.
M: Heavy and thick and lifeless, like a glass of crude oil. I thought about trying to float a ball bearing. Very low carbonation.
O: I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada and the style (RIS). Is seemed like they were more focused on the high ABV than anything else. This one conjured up images of the dead sea. I like a little more life in my beer. Maybe I would have better luck with it on tap. For now I will stick with the offerings from Old Rasputin and Stone.
01-07-2013 02:44:03 | More by bcsbeer
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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