Thursday, December 13, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout 2012
Sierra Nevada Brewing's Narwhal Imperial Stout is a beer that many of the geeks regularly talk about. Well, I guess that's especially true for the local South Florida beer geeks as it hasn't to my knowledge been distributed here before this year. So a few days ago I noticed it on my local Total Wine shelf and had to grab a bottle.
The label depicts an enormous sea creature wreaking havoc on a ship. There is a lot going on in the tiny thumbnail sketch, so you'll need to look for yourself or use your imagination. A story on the back says this beer was inspired by this arctic beast and proceeds to give a handful of adjectives on what you should expect. (BTW, I'm going to do the same thing here in a second.)
Excellent aroma full of rich, roasted coffee and mocha. Absolutely delicious before even one sip! My high expectations were immediately fulfilled. Much like the aroma predicted, rich, sweet mocha and bold, roasted coffee flavors collide on your palate. So creamy. After a few sips, you start to taste hints of vanilla and licorice and even a light smoky char.
Those nuances and complexities are further enhanced by the 10.2% alcohol. Boozy heat in the chest just makes you go hmmm. I wish I had another to think about, but I guess there's always tomorrow to buy an encore. Before I could even finish the bottle, I tipped my hat over on inane time-waster Twitter... "Freakin' Fantastic!" Highly recommended!