omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very thick and black, visibly viscous, with a nice tan head. Aroma is initially nice and chocolatey, but soon loses its power and becomes a bit sour and uninteresting. The flavour is a long-standing affair; intially sweet, tasting akin to chocolate ice cream, it starts to develop astringent roasted malt flavours, before finishing with a sour redcurrant and pine bitterness alongside the malt’s sharp acidity. Lovely body on it, if a little oily and flat. Lovely.
Brenhophead (511) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle. Pours oily pitch black with a tan head and an amazing sweet dark chocolate/ roasted coffee aroma. Slight waft of ethanol as i take a sip. Intense roasted coffee/toffee/molasses flavour hit with a slight warming on the way down the throat.
abcfan (670) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good stuff. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee and salt water. Taste is heavy malt and bitter coffee. Finishes sticky malt with an alcohol burn.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on draft at Hopscotch in Fullerton, CA. This black pour was interesting. The first few sips definitely had a salty finish finish. After about half a pint, the saltiness went away and there were flavors of cocoa and coffee
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Dash In - Pours black with a long lasting tan head. The aroma is surprisingly mild but includes roast malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It has a very sweet flavor with chocolate, roast malt, and licorice. Full bodied with gentle carbonation, it’s a very good brew.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Has a jet black appearance with a finger length dark mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Smells of lots of bittersweet chocolate, good amount of coffee, nice roasted element to it, some oak, molasses, maybe some dark fruit as it warms. Taste starts with the bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Then in the middle, a huge dose of roastiness comes through from the roasted barley, along with more molasses. Then the finish is more of the roasted flavors, almost like a smokiness, along with lots of bittersweet chocolate, more molasses, some coffee or expresso, a tiny bit of hop presence, get some fig as well. Definite alcohol presence on the finish as well, but does not detract from the other flavors. Pretty full body with a sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation that livens up the body of the beer. This will age nicely. Nothing too flashy, but a solid imperial stout at an affordable price.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oil black with medium cocoa head. nose with acid bite and element of choolate. medium bodied with well balanced elements of toffee, chocolate, bitters, and light grassy hop. slight nip of cinnamon and alcohol finish this well-crafted beer.
DedicatedToFun (1811) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing stout, drank right after the Wreck Alley so it’s a tough competition but very good overall
SPDickerman (866) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a small dark tannish brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of dark roast coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, hints of coffee and a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes with a touch of boozy dark chocolate.
EvanFriend (255) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick, even for an imperial stout. Usual notes that you’d expect for the style, coffee and such, but there’s also a strong taste of licorice that penetrates the whole thing. I’m not a fan of licorice. This is a decent beer, but Sierra Nevada usually does better