Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle to tulip. Pours black with tan head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla. Muddy buddies. Taste: moderate sweetness, moderate to strong roast + hop bitterness. Coffee grounds. Some alcohol in the finish. Palate: full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall: quite tasty. Great price. Will happily add this to my rotation of "everyday" imperial stouts. [8/4/7/4/16 - 12/28/2012]
Blind RIS experiment [Sample 1/20, 3/23/2015]:
Deep dark opaque, near black pour into tiku glass (thanks to Eugene for the glass, and Summer for the pour). 1 finger or so of creamy khaki head, good retention, sheets of lacing. Aroma is pretty boring for an imperial stout. Bakerís chocolate, with mild roast, and some higher alcohols on the nose. As it opens up, thereís also vanilla and some more sweet, almost milky (lactose?) aromas added in, but that isnít at the forefront. Before tasting, Iíd give this RB scale numbers of 6.5/4.5.
Taste brings in a lot of roast, almost smokiness. Thick, chewy body. Well no, thatís a bit much -- full body, texture is thick and oily, leaving a coating, but not quite the full chewy syrupy viscous texture of some other imperial stouts. Back to the taste, as it goes in itís clearly much more on the bitter, roasty side, with the chocolate lingering. Sweetness on nose comes out even more as it warms. Overall: this was a good place to start I think -- it has a lot of the elements of an IS, but doesnít come together all that well for me. Aroma is weaker than most, and the overly burnt roasty bitterness is actually a bit too harsh. Texture comes across as a bit chalky by the end. Also, this packs a "bitter taste / sweet aftertaste" combo that becomes less and less appealing as the drink goes on. That sweet coating just builds over time.
How much would I be willing to pay for a bottle of this? No more than Old Rasputin prices, so $2.50 / bottle. But I wouldnít want a 6-pack. 6/4/7/4/13
Dorkenstein (217) - - NOV 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of alcohol, dark fruits and dark chocolate, as well as roasted coffee and malts. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, as well as dark fruits and dark chocolate. Some faint black licorice as well in the finish.
jbuskirk (934) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Packaged on 11/3/15, my bottles of Narwhal are still pretty fresh. While Iíve decided to write my review and record my notes after the initial tasting, Iím planning to age the other two and update my notes as needed. If I can be allowed to milk the nautical theme, Narwhal pours black as the deepest sea with tan colored foam on the surface. Aroma propels cocoa, bold coffee, booze. Flavor is bettersweet, roasty, and complex. Feel is full and dry. Even Sierra Nevadaís malt-forward beers tend to be aggressive. With 60 IBUís, I thought Narwhal might be like that too. Surprisingly, itís more rich than bitter, even in its freshest state. Iím looking forward to seeing how this will change.
ARH (976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thereís a slight acetone aroma initially, but this fades, and is replaced by cocoa, coffee, raisin, and sweet bourbon caramel with a light, faint hint of wood. It pours jet black with a viscosity to the pout and topped by a brown, frothy head that has moderate retention and leaves a light, messy lace. The taste is a high bitter cut by a medium high sweetness that strengthens late to balance it out. The beer is thick and creamy with a soft foamy carbonation and a full body thatís woody with dark chocolate and raisin notes and turns smokey with caramel and resin before finishing with a smokey pine and roasted character with a sharp bourbon warmth that ducks away quickly and turns to dark chocolate raisins. The aftertaste is smokey wood, caramel and chocolate nuts with a mild lingering quality.
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a light brown head. Tons of roasted, slightly burnt malts, with dark fruits, light anise. Overall a very solid and easily accessible imperial stout.
kassner (1462) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at wf wexford. Oily deep cola color. Full of dark fruits caramel and port. Just a tad sweet so keep for sipping. Some hops to balsnce
Reimer96 (1647) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black with with a small brown ring that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark cocoa, molasses, touch of alcohol and coffee. Taste is a complex blend of sweet dark chocolate, coffee, bitter roasted malts, alcohol and some sweet molasses on the finish... Great imperial stout that doesnít seem as big as its abv.
badpuppy69 (303) - orange, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with decent head. Aroma is chocolate cherries some dark fruits Baileyís Irish creams light leather. Taste follows the aroma with heavy silky mouth feel. Awesome brew!
TH28 (285) - - NOV 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 2015 vintage. Appearance: Black and opaque with a khaki brown foam cap that lingers a bit.
Aroma: Light roasted coffee with some raisin and cherry notes. Somewhat subdued.
Taste: Deep, rich malt sweetness with a strong roasted edge. Some dark fruit and sherry notes intertwine, with noticeable bitterness accentuated by slightly astringent roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium with some viscosity and a light to moderate carbonation. Touch of alcohol warmth.
Finish: Slightly slick on the tongue, with a touch of dark fruit and a strong lingering roast.
Overall: You can tell this is a fresh version, with a strong roast component dominating the overall profile of this beer. Aroma is maybe a little subdued to some other imperial stouts, but overall very good. Over time Iím sure this will improve as the roasted edge softens into some fruitier flavors.
darb85 (178) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate nose. Black with a tan head. Sweet with woody nod. Cocoa powder finish that sticks around. Decent all around
MunBro (895) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. Huge roasted malt and chocolate flavours with a very crisp and smooth finish for a stout. Yum!