Happened across a couple new SNs I've never tried so bought a bottle of each: Flipside IPA and Narwahl Imperial Stout.
The Flipside is a "red IPA" (whatever that entails)... I found it quite on the bitter side, and just didn't love it... nor did anyone else at the table for whom I poured a small taste.
Narwahl Imperial Stout was just the opposite... this is just good stuff... the texture is rich and creamy, the flavor is somewhere between a "rough" tarry stout like Old Rasputin and a cherry-chocolate flavored brew like... Goose Island Bourbon maybe?
I've been building up quite a selection of special stout bottles to spring on my friends for a Fall stout tasting, and will definitely include Narwahl.
Further note, I also had a bottle of "Lion Stout" from Sri Lanka of all places at this tasting. It has a 99% rating from ratebeer and is respectable, in fact one friend of mine liked it better than Narwahl... which makes his palate suspect because it was just plain thinner :) But it wasn't the worst stout I've had by a long shot.
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