TH28 (451) - - NOV 20, 2015
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 I’m sure this will improve as the roasted edge softens into some fruitier flavors. darb85 (281) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Chocolate nose. Black with a tan head. Sweet with woody nod. Cocoa powder finish that sticks around. Decent all around MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
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! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a stronger hop presence than I expected. Floral and earthy with resinous, grassy pine character countering the burnt malt, coffee bean and oatmeal notes. I shouldn’t be too surprised coming from SN but the hops are a bit too prominent for this style, in my opinion, taking away from the robust malt profile a bit too much. Even after warming up considerably, the nose is still pretty tame on this beer.
Medium bodied with a deeply roasted dark malt flavor that’s complimented by a bitter, earthy hop presence that lingers into a slightly boozy finish. The hops aren’t as strong as the nose hints at but there’s still prominent in the flavor with sticky pine needle bitterness and subtle citrus. The dryness of the hops compliment the bitterness of the roasted malts. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate and espressoo/coffee bean followed by lighter chocolate and alcohol sweetness. The high is relatively well masked but there’s definitely some warmth lingering in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the strong hop character hinders the malt flavors a bit too much for my preference. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary. Great value for the price of the four pack though. mghj (36) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Poured jet black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark malts. Tastes of choclate coffee and a hint of licorice. As I am drinking this there is a taste of alcohol in the back of my throat. Very nice Imperial Stout.
RodrigoPacheco (132) - Nova Lima, BRAZIL - NOV 5, 2015
Uma Imperial Stout forte no sabor, forte no teor alcoólico, forte no aroma e equilibrada em todos os sentidos!!!! willisread (3350) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle from Stone in Asagaya for National Stout Day 2015. Pours an inky black with a one-fingered brown head. Aromas of prune, raisin, sorghum, cacao, roasted malt and booze. Taste is sticky with some sweetness, average carbonation. Not really that complex on the palate. Finishes roasty and bitter with some light warming alcohol. swillguzzler99 (188) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2015 12 fl ounce bottle. Pours tar black with minimal carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, licorice nose. Taste is biscuty with chocolate. Slight linger with the alcohol warming. FWIW, my first imperial stout that I’m rating. I’m a fan. hershiser2 (3265) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Pours black and thick with a small brown head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, licorice, and fruit. Taste is heavy chocolates, some coffee, and then more chocolate, and finally a light licorice flavor. CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
The thicker than oil look from the Narwhal absolutely drew me in but considering my familiarity with Sierra Nevada’s expertise at dumming down most of their attempts of anything potentially complex, ambitious, or unique (hell, even the basics) I knew to keep my expectations low. I’m honestly surprised at some of the rating shown here, because this product sacrifices any drinkability for a directionless, over the top body. Oh, on a side note, I’m pretty sure Narwhals are harmless sea creatures and absolutely not worthy of occupying this intimidating looking label Sierra Nevada has chosen to depict this drink.