564. Sierra Nevada Nawhal
This is another one that has been kicking around the cellar for some time as this is the 2012 version of Narwhal from Sierra Nevada. I grabbed a 4-pack last year so still have 3 boxed away in the cellar for future consumption.
Appearance is totally black with one of the darkest heads I have seen on a beer. Aroma has lots of rich maltiness that leans more towards chocolate than coffee which is what I prefer. Taste is really where this one excels with loads of roasted malts, again mostly chocolate with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Also a fair amount of alcohol which is to be expected from a RIS.
Overall a very nice beer from Sierra Nevada and I am already looking forward to opening bottles again in the coming years to see how it develops.
Pros: Rich chocolate malts
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.