Friday, February 12, 2016

Beer Friday: Narwhal by Sierra Nevada Brewing

On most Fridays, I'll share a beer I particularly enjoy, and think you might as well. This series will feature beers from all over the U.S. (and when we're lucky, the world). Cheers! 

Narwhal by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | A Hoppy Medium #beerfriday

Winter = stout weather.

Ok, I admit: I drink stouts all year long (and you should too, if you enjoy them!). But during the colder, rainier (at least here in Portland...) months, a bold, creamy, high ABV stout just tastes that much better. Am I right??

This here imperial stout also happens to be available...basically, everywhere in the U.S. So read on, grab a sixer, and have yourself some winter-warming sips of a stout!

What: Narwhal by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Style: Imperial stout

ABV: 10.2%

Tasting Notes: Vanilla beans, roasty coffee beans, and a teeny bit of caramel make this high ABV stout a little too easy to drink. The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side for an imperial stout, but the aforementioned rich flavors help to make that nothing but an afterthought.

Pairing Suggestion: Sierra Nevada's website recommends chocolate mousse, braised short ribs, tart raspberry cheesecake, and gorgonzola cheese. I agree with all of these suggestions, but would also add brownies for good measure. ;)

Where Can I Find It?
 So many places! Here's the link you need to find it in bottles or on tap near you. 

*Pro tip: this beer will only get better with age, so if you can wait to pop a bottle or two, I definitely recommend doing so. 

Are you a stout fan? If so, what's one of your favorite stouts to sip on?


  1. winter definitely has me craving stouts. I'll have to give this one a try.