Founders Imperial Stout vs. Sierra Nevada Narwhal

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  1. johnnieoz

    johnnieoz Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 Hawaii

    Before quaffing FIS, I know that Narwhal keelhauls it across the seas until it's delivered to a disappointed Russian Czar, I mean Putin.
  2. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I really enjoyed Narwhal. But there are few stouts that come close in flavor and mouthfeel to FIS. But FIS is often hard to come by in these parts. Damn shame it is. :slight_frown:
  3. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (447) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    Oh man that would be some great friends or connections hehe
  4. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,862) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    I like TenFIDY, but I think it's a bit below the other two. I also think it falls in a different category of RIS's since it's sweeter and creamier than FIS or Narwhal fresh. TenFIDY is more like Expedition to me.
  5. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,807) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I will let you know when i get it.
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  6. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,883) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Sad to say, I'm not wowed by either of these. They're good, but, well...they're good.
  7. Savage1005

    Savage1005 Initiate (32) Feb 8, 2012 North Carolina

    narwhal didnt do much for me. i bought one four pack and had no desire for more. founders imperial stout is much more to my liking.
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  8. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    I agree it's on another level. The sweet, syrupy, boozy level.
  9. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    That's an interesting comparison, as Expedition is known for being VERY bitter fresh (moreso than most other FIS's) - I don't think Expedition is that sweet, and for me, it's actually pretty damn comparable to FIS and is only edged out slightly (and it may be as good as FIS when aged as I hear the bitterness mellows out).

    Also, I am kind of shocked/repulsed that FIS is only a 97. That's only given the fact that FBS is a 100 (and I DAMN love FBS too! I think it deserves a 100 as well), but as far as the two go, I think FIS is clearly the more robust and complex beer. It's kind of like FBS's more mature, well-rounded older brother.
  10. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (391) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    I was also not particularly impressed with Narwal. It had a nice hop profile but lacked the depth and texture of FIS. I'd have to agree with the general sentiment that FIS is first class and quite possibly the best RIS available (to me) in a 4 pack.
  11. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (849) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    have not read any of the responses here, but FIS wins...not only against Narwhal, but against many, MANY other double stouts...such a complex beer...
  12. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,862) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Hrm, perhaps I just haven't had that beer fresh enough. I've only had it a few times and can't really say how old it was each time. It's one of those beers that I either don't see on shelves or, when I do see it, I think "I should pick up a sixer of that sometime soon when I can afford to pay $16 per sixer" and then don't get it.

    On topic, I picked up another 4-pack of FIS today. That makes my third.
  13. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Narwhal was thin and weak - no interest in any more. FIS is excellent.
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Narwhal is solid but FIS is much better.
  15. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,322) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    I think narwhal has a fuller body and a bigger flavor. However, with that being said, I really enjoy the ris, with it being a little milder, it is way easier to drink, and drink a couple at a time.
  16. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I thought these two were very different. FIS is more comparable to Ten Tidy while Narwhal is more comparable to Stone RIS (with a bit of age on it).

    If I had to pick one over the other, I gotta go with FIS.

    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    I use Ten Tidy and my whites come out much whiter!
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  18. MCain04

    MCain04 Zealot (585) Jan 3, 2013 Texas
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    Maybe in terms of mouthfeel, I would agree with that comparison. Otherwise... Ten Fidy can't hold a candle to FIS in terms of taste, and is just quite different. Narwhal was a really nice surprise this year, and I enjoyed it more than Ten Fidy, but doesn't touch FIS either.

    FIS is just better in every regard - more aromatic, roasty, full-bodied, smooth, and just tasty. My favorite non-barrel aged stout. And for $12/4 pack, it's pretty awesome.
  19. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    WTF? I consider Ten Fidy to be closer to something like Dark Lord, while FIS is a much more delicate, complex RIS
  20. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    FIS is awesome ! has anyone tried a lot of other stouts at room temp like this one? i think it taste great this way
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  21. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,019) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    You would get a better response comparing Yeti to Narwhal. To which I would reply "how much you want to spend?"
    80$ gets you yeti. 50$ gets you Narwhal.
  22. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,019) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I give FIS a light chill(10-15 in the fridge max) before I drink it. Its much better room temp than cold.
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  23. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,092) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I still can't find the Founder RIS anywhere, but the Narwhal was very disappointing to me considering I think SN's porter and stout are both excellent.
  24. jjboesen

    jjboesen Meyvn (1,216) Feb 1, 2002 Maryland

    They're both good ... but Victory Storm King; that's the one that belongs to the ages.
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  25. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Initiate (195) May 1, 2012 Florida
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    I just didn't like Narwhal at, too much carbonation and to smokey of a roast. FIS fa sho!!!
  26. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I didn't say Ten Fidy was better than FIS, I said it was comparable in terms of style. Roasty, thick, dark fruits, chocolate-y stout rather with less hop forward. I thought Narwhal had more hop bite and more in your face, compared to FIS. I was just making the point that Narwhal and FIS were quite different in terms of the styles (although both are imperial stouts).
  27. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    Really? Ten Fidy is closer to Dark Lord than it is to FIS? I have had all three (all fresh bottles) and DL did not remind me of Ten Fidy at all. DL was quite unique on its own way (although disliked by many), while Ten Fidy was more true to the RIS style, imo.
  28. Docrock

    Docrock Defender (686) Jan 21, 2012 Illinois
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    If LeBron dominates so much why did he have to be teamed up with 2 other All- stars to win 1 ring???

    pipped was a solid player, but would he have been an All-star if he weren't on the same team as MJ? It's not even Apples and Oranges. LeBron is amazing but MJ changed the NBA. Wins 6 rings with no Center or Strong Power Forward, seriously, no comparison....

    And FIS > Narwahl
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  29. supermodified

    supermodified Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Ohio

  30. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    Pippen was an all star without Jordan.

    Also, Jordan had the help of one of the greatest defenders and rebounders of all time.
  31. Docrock

    Docrock Defender (686) Jan 21, 2012 Illinois
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    And who would that be? Gotta remember, the won 6 rings...with 2 completely different teams. The only 3 guys on all 6 teams were MJ, Pip, and Horace Grant...
  32. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Pt5 is better than both of these.
  33. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,862) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Have you had FIS fresh? It's not as hoppy as Narwhal, but it clocks in at 60 IBUs and is nowhere near as sweet as TenFIDY IMO. FIS with a year or two is more similar. While comparing any stout to Dark Lord is an insult to said stout, I'd say TenFIDY is more like a less boozy version of DFH WWS or Darkness.
  34. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    That would be Dennis Rodman. Horace Grant was playing for the Magic at the time of the last three championships.
    The Bulls starting five during the last three championships:

    PG-Ron Harper
    C-Luc Longley

    That's three hall-of-famers in the starting lineup. So Lebron has two all star teammates, and so did Jordan.
  35. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    Ten Fidy is far too sweet to consider it a more traditional RIS.
  36. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Great beer, but I prefer FIS. Of course, I am probably only saying this because I was only able to buy two singles of that one..
  37. Docrock

    Docrock Defender (686) Jan 21, 2012 Illinois
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    So I'll say again 2 completely different teams...6 rings... Also look at that starting 5. Where are your points coming from? Not Rodman, Longley, or Harper, and Pippen's strength was his D...MJ made all those guys plus the next 3-4 off the bench better.
  38. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    He doesn't win those rings without Pippen and Rodman, no matter how you slice it.
  39. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    And Pippen was good for about 20 ppg. So ya, other people on that team could score. Also Rodman was averaging 15 rpg during that time. That's an insane amount of second chance opportunities.

    *checks profile*. Ah. You're from Illinois. Pointless conversation.
  40. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Sout > Founders Imperial Stout> Sierra Nevada Narwal
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