maltman53 (196) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Narwhal is another example of an overall comment I have of the entire Sierra Nevada portfolio of beers: Technically clean, but lacks depth of flavor. Sierra is the sixth largest brewery in the U.S. and its mass production level prevents it from delivering exceptional beers in any category. We owe Sierra a thanks for pioneering the craft beer business, but unfortunately, its beers have become more macro than micro.
Niall73 (910) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CBC Brixton. Pours a dense black/brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of veg, choc, espresso, touch of leathery peat whisky. Full bodied and foamy. Big coffee, licorice, choc, rum, a bit smokey, boozy. Very nice.
solidfunk (2796) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice balance. Some great roast, smoked malt with booze and a little coffee. Pours thick but not syrupy. Black with mocha head and great lacing. Nice delivery, great on palate. Finishes bitter with nicely balanced caramel malt. Awesome. Bottle.
StevieT (327) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with dark head, very thick. Quite a strong taste, with a yeasty aftertaste.
ken1 (768) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice roasted flavor with notes of licorice and a nice bitterness. A slight oily mouthfeel. Color is black with a light brown head.
MOLA_DK (260) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home from ØlKonsortiet. Pours pitch black with a good brown head. Malty, roasted aroma. Medium full body, roasted flavour. Warming alcohol. Long aftertaste.
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Osprey87 (1092) - London via, WALES - JUL 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly chilled bottle, 2012 vintage into snifter. Big pour. Smell is quite toned down, sharp alcohol and blackjack sweets. Mouthfeel is medium to light surprisingly, but frothy which I really don’t like in an imperial stout. Taste is hoppy - some urinal cake, smoke. Poor balance, a confused flavour and not very enjoyable. Improves with a bit of air but it can’t be rescued. Below average.
tom10101 (2094) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2012 vintage. Thanks to dresden for this one! Black with a medium creamy tan head and little lacing. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, sweetness notes, hints of smoke and light citrus. Taste is moderately sweet with dark and bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and light citrus. Medium body. Slightly creamy and slightly oily. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Good drinkability for an Imperial Stout. Not cloying. Good balance.
Ellery (18) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow this is only the second time I’ve had this beer and what a monster! Black sooty oil colour with a brown/cream head,tastes like smokey Belgium chocolate with coffee syrup tipped over the top.. Long lingering finish of smoke and bitter chocolate, thanks sierra for this magnificent Specimen of a brew!
foyle (173) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: 1” head the color of which is like coffee with lots of cream. Moderate lacing left on the glass. The color is black – no opacity even with direct sunlight. Carbonation seems to be moderate.
Aroma: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smokiness, some citrus peel
Mouthfeel: body is heavy and very similar to a strong cup of expresso. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Flavor: coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, smoke flavor similar to grilled meats, strong citrus peel.
Overall: this is not a training wheel beer. A finely crafted product from Sierra Nevada, this beer is outstanding on a cold day when you want something to sip in front of the fireplace.