Founders Imperial Stout vs. Sierra Nevada Narwhal

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  1. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    FIS > Narwhal, and it's not Expedition Stout vs. FIS....that would be a really tough one.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    FIS out of the gate for sure, but I want to taste narwhal with a couple hears on it.
  3. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My pick is Narwhal on name and label art alone!
  4. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2014 New York
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    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 Disciple (307) Sep 5, 2012 Florida
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  7. mccorvey

    mccorvey Disciple (343) Dec 3, 2013 North Carolina
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    Bells Expedition for me, but you guys realize that this thread is two years old!?!:astonished:
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  8. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

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

    Eddiehop Zealot (506) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    Narwhal is very good, but FIS is possibly the best non BA stout IMO.
  10. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

    Gravediggin Greg did it.
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  11. MonkeyBread

    MonkeyBread Zealot (557) Apr 26, 2014 Nevada

    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. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Poo-Bah (1,792) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    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. mig100

    mig100 Champion (887) Aug 3, 2014 Texas
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    Man... I really love both but... Founders by far.
  14. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (727) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
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  15. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Aspirant (284) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia
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    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 Aspirant (225) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    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. :rolling_eyes:
  17. dank203

    dank203 Devotee (455) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

  18. MaximumYuks

    MaximumYuks Devotee (462) Nov 30, 2013 Oregon

    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 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

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  20. WillemHC

    WillemHC Aspirant (205) Jun 21, 2013 Utah
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    ten fidy and yeti
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  21. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington
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  22. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Aspirant (223) Jan 14, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I used to absolutely love FIS but something about it tastes off putting to me now, so Narwhal is the pick.
  23. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (1,690) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Never had FIS, but 2012 Narwhal tasted spectacular yesterday.
  24. WhoKnew23

    WhoKnew23 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Michigan
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    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 Aspirant (299) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    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 Poo-Bah (3,765) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I know I'm poll-obsessed lately, but damn if this thread didn't call for a poll, y'know? :rolling_eyes:
    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! :stuck_out_tongue: 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 :grinning:
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  27. Jstonerock24

    Jstonerock24 Disciple (368) Sep 4, 2014 Ohio
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    I completely agree. Especially with a year or so of age on it.
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  28. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Zealot (513) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois
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    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 Crusader (718) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan
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    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 Aspirant (297) May 2, 2014 Rhode Island
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    My thoughts exactly...
  31. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,584) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    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. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,157) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I still can't find Narwhal in my area
  33. Hayden34

    Hayden34 Defender (652) Aug 10, 2014 Georgia
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    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 Defender (608) Feb 15, 2012 Wisconsin
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    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 Aspirant (201) Oct 3, 2013 Michigan

  36. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    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 Aspirant (284) Dec 28, 2014 Illinois

    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 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2014 New York
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    The thread may be 2 years old, but the debate is still open!
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