MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one. cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
From a growler into a pint glass. Aromas of cocoa nibs, coffee, and roasted malt. The color is an opaque black with a thin tan head. The taste is a sweetness akin to dark chocolate, with enough bitterness to keep it from becoming syrupy. It’s very well-balanced for such a chocolatey stout. It has a full body and a taste that lingers the way that melted chocolate does, with a perfectly soft carbonation that’s so critical for stouts. This is a very, very good stout and I’d recommend it highly. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at Busters on 28th. Black body with one of the browbeat heads I’ve seen. Excellent lace. Milk chocolate aroma. Amazingly strong hop profile. Enjoying this more than the Bells Black Note I had earlier. Outstanding. arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black pour with nice fluffy tan head, aroma brings notes of nice cocoa powder, coffee, roast, slight smokiness, but yields to a real nice dark fruit with some plums, as well as some sweet red berry which works fairly well, but is subtle. Taste is awesome, a great mix of plums, figs, dark fruits mixing with some slight red fruit, very nice raw coffee taste goes into some cocoa, both sweet and bitter, mixing with some roast, char, and slight smoke, finishing with another hit of the fruit and more of the roast. This is very well done, especially for the price and availability. I need more. ronaldtheriot (2021) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout has a thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, and the taste is of black bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, charcoal, bitterness, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, heavy, warming, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it in the strongest way! RJT
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle. pours opaque abyss, espresso cap. nose is very wonderful, dark choco roasted malts caramel popcorn. mouth is shamelessly dark chocolate, roasted barley, no harsh bitters here, just like velvet. overall, is a damn treat to drink. velvet. gonzosauce (196) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
The ole’ 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup.
Aroma is pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though.
There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. It’s very simple - maybe even more clean than you’d like. But there’s just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout.
Again, the mouthfeel is pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one.
Overall, it’s pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If you’re more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. I’m not writing grandma about it, but I’m sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you can’t get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess I’d have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: First off, I’m buying much more than a four pack next year. The one I’m trying tonight is just a few months old and it’s already improving with age. A wonderful addition to the great Sierra Nevada portfolio. Hid alc. fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malt; light pine and mint hops; light alcohol; dark fruit; plum; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee, dark fruits, cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, roasted almonds and meat, a little alcohol, chocolate syrup, pine hops, a little banana, fudge and chocolate cake. The medium to full body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish. Bule (2311) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
On tap at Liquid Assets. Pours a thick black color with a huge frothy brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Smooth full flavors of toffee, roasted malt and mild hoppiness. Mild sweetness. A great imperial stout.
crazymorton (29) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
caramel, toast, chocolate, earthy, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, full body, creamy,
now this is a stout!