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Founders Imperial Stout vs. Sierra Nevada Narwhal

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by n2185, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Advocate (500) Illinois Mar 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    FIS > Narwhal, and it's not close.....now Expedition Stout vs. FIS....that would be a really tough one.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    FIS out of the gate for sure, but I want to taste narwhal with a couple hears on it.
  3. My pick is Narwhal on name and label art alone!
  4. Oh and I think we should add Storm King to the mix. Just the raise the blood pressure some more. I love these posts!
  5. mgregg11

    mgregg11 Aspirant (30) New York Dec 16, 2014

    FIS hands down over Narwhal. My top 5 stouts in order:Canadien Breakfast, Bourbon County, Founders Imperial, Bell's Expedition, Kentucky Breakfast.

    DFH WWS might be able to crack the top 5, but since I haven't had it in 3 years or so I can't say for sure.
  6. BKnarr

    BKnarr Savant (390) Florida Sep 5, 2012 Beer Trader

  7. mccorvey

    mccorvey Champion (755) North Carolina Dec 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    Bells Expedition for me, but you guys realize that this thread is two years old!?!o_O
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  8. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Savant (370) Kentucky Nov 28, 2014

    Wish this would have been a poll, but anyways FIS is killing narwhal.
  9. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Champion (855) Texas Jun 28, 2014 Beer Trader

    Narwhal is very good, but FIS is possibly the best non BA stout IMO.
  10. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Savant (370) Kentucky Nov 28, 2014

    Gravediggin Greg did it.
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  11. MonkeyBread

    MonkeyBread Savant (445) Nevada Apr 26, 2014

    FIS. This is not even closed. Narwhal is awful. The barrel aged version doesn't help. You can only dress up a turd so much.
  12. Catracho5

    Catracho5 Poobah (1,025) California Aug 10, 2013 Beer Trader

    This is like asking me to choose one of my children as my favorite, couldn't do it. I've had Founders Imperial Stout once and I loved it, it's really good. I've been drinking Narwhal for three years and I've purchased a case each year, my 2012 did not make it very long but I've got some 2013 and 2104 in the cellar. I love the dark fruit, baker's cocoa in Narwhal along with bitterness when it's fresh. It mellows out really well. I really couldn't pick one over the other.
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  13. smb

    smb Advocate (695) Texas Aug 3, 2014 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Man... I really love both but... Founders by far.
  14. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Champion (775) Michigan Apr 3, 2006 Beer Trader

  15. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Savant (490) Georgia Nov 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    Incredibly different profiles. Narwhal has a malt-forward profile fresh, while FIS is more hop-forward fresh. In addition, Narwhal's alcohol is more hidden than FIS. As far as taste goes, Narwhal has more of a stone-fruit flavor vs. FIS's more chocolate flavor.

    I find Narwhal more quaffable fresh, but FIS has better potential for improvement over the long term.
  16. ColdOne

    ColdOne Advocate (700) New York Jan 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    FIS for me. I really like Narwhal, but it's no contest.

    Is this thread really 2 years old? Maybe I've posted here before. :rolleyes:
  17. dank203

    dank203 Advocate (515) New Jersey May 21, 2012

  18. MaximumYuks

    MaximumYuks Savant (480) Oregon Nov 30, 2013

    They're both terrific, but it's all about Plead the 5th for me (and Bell's Expedition).
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  19. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Savant (390) Texas Nov 27, 2012

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  20. WillemHC

    WillemHC Savant (315) Utah Jun 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    ten fidy and yeti
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  21. mabermud

    mabermud Champion (980) Washington Dec 13, 2006 Beer Trader

  22. I used to absolutely love FIS but something about it tastes off putting to me now, so Narwhal is the pick.
  23. Never had FIS, but 2012 Narwhal tasted spectacular yesterday.
  24. WhoKnew23

    WhoKnew23 Savant (290) Michigan Oct 20, 2014 Beer Trader

    Ya know, I actually don't like FIS and I love Founders!

    I am not good, as a lot of you are, at describing taste in beer, but it has this flavor I don't love. I don't know if many of you have had The Muddy from Goose Island, but it has a flavor like that does and it is one I don't like.
  25. prock180

    prock180 Savant (355) Arizona Mar 9, 2013

    FIS takes the win for me. I would say that bells expedition and FIS is a much closer battle. I've never drank a Narwhal and thought oh that reminds me of FIS. But that's just me and I don't know very much :)
  26. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I know I'm poll-obsessed lately, but damn if this thread didn't call for a poll, y'know? :rolleyes:
    Like, I wanna see the numbers without trying to tally 5 pages of discussion - the discussion can still take place, but I want to see a winner here! :p lol

    Anyway, I'm a big fan of the double stout style, which basically includes Russian Imperials, and I really enjoy both Narwhal and FIS, but I've noticed that FIS actually blows me away every time for the past 2-3 years, whereas Narwhal always comes across the same. The FIS has a more pronounced hop character, which creates a "rustic elegance" whereas Narwhal, by way of comparison, runs just a teensy bit more on the sweet and syrupy side...

    I'm going with FIS for the win :D
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  27. Jstonerock24

    Jstonerock24 Savant (490) Ohio Sep 4, 2014 Beer Trader

    I completely agree. Especially with a year or so of age on it.
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  28. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Advocate (550) Illinois Jul 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Pipeworks Abduction Blows them both out of the watter imo. However to the question at hand I love them both but would take Narwhal over FIS if offered both at the same time.
  29. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Poobah (1,025) Michigan Oct 24, 2014 Beer Trader

    Nice old thread we have here.

    Most definitely concur with some here that Founder's is in a different league. Narwhal's good stuff, but I found FIS to be one of the best non-BA stouts I've had to date.
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  30. changdulla

    changdulla Savant (370) Rhode Island May 2, 2014 Beer Trader

    My thoughts exactly...
  31. I like Narwhal, but not nearly as much as FIS. I buy a fair amount of FIS every year (along with lesser amounts of Stone IRS and Pt5). If I happen to need a Russian Imperial Stout fix out of season, I will pick up some Ten FIDY.
  32. I still can't find Narwhal in my area
  33. Hayden34

    Hayden34 Savant (455) Georgia Aug 10, 2014 Beer Trader

    FIS by far IMO. I'm not a big fan of Narwhal. It has too much alcohol "burn" on the end for my liking. I've only had it fresh, so I'm can't speak for how it holds up when aged.
  34. RobinLee

    RobinLee Advocate (645) Wisconsin Feb 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    FIS blows Narwhal out of the water for mouthfeel. That said, Narwhal's still super tasty, doesn't hurt that I love SN.
  35. philsunset

    philsunset Savant (460) Michigan Oct 3, 2013

  36. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Over the weekend I had a 2012, 2014, and BA Narwhal. The aged Narwhal was sad and definitely not a candidate for aging. The 2014 was what I'm used to which is an above average but not world class beer. The BA version was an improvement but certainly doesn't compare with similarly priced BA stouts.

    FIS by a mile.
  37. Karnivool1

    Karnivool1 Savant (290) Illinois Dec 28, 2014

    FIS, and it's not close. Good thing about FIS is I got it about $10 a case cheaper this year than last. Although it's been a bit tougher to come by. Seems like it was distributed much later this year as well.
  38. mgregg11

    mgregg11 Aspirant (30) New York Dec 16, 2014

    The thread may be 2 years old, but the debate is still open!
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