...and dinner was that much better for both of us.
Of course, the Narwhal, Imperial Stout, by Sierra Nevada was about twice the flavor (and ABV), nonetheless the few sips I had of the Heart of Darkness were indeed pleasurable.
Let's discuss briefly... Magic Hat Brewing has "Winter Seasonal" in their logo on this stout. The label is cool, with an eye and strange purple swirls around it. The literary name, based presumably on Joseph Conrad's novel immediately caught the attention of my wife. I hope they call this a sweet stout, because that is how it seemed to me. And the 5.7% ABV is fairly stout for a stout. I'd drink a whole one.
Narwhal... all the buzz about this 10.2% ABV seems legit. I enjoyed this immensely. Very full malty and roasty flavor, with a nice finish that lifts in your mouth. Mmmm. The finish keeps this from feeling so heavy, and has quickly made it to the top of my list on similar high gravity beers.
It's said that the Narwhal ages well. I really want to go back to the store and see if they have any more, and just sit on a few for a few years. It would make a nice experiment.