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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,062
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
Gots: 444 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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djaeon

California

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Expected coffee & dark chocolate flavors are every evident. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, some stickyness in the finish. A hint of bitter aftertaste, not unlike what you would get from black coffee (with booze in it).

All in all, a great imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:47:53 | More by djaeon
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. About 2.5 months old. Served a bit below room temp.

A: Pours straight black, a thin but thick light brown head forms and sticks around for a few minutes. No real laving.

S: MMM. Dark Coco, espresso, raisins, maybe some vanilla. Pretty aromatic out of the bottle, enticing.

T: Not as viscous as I would have thought. A mix of dark coco nibs and espesso, some vanilla oak and maybe even coconut. Some caramel maltiness linges on palate. There seems to be some substantial hops trying to fight through, cascade perhaps, something with a very slight hint of pine. Primarily chocolate, with some cherries and honey too. A little bit of heat, but not much.

M: Super thick mouthfeel. Real chewy, very heavy, very creamy. One of the richest bodied beers I've ever had. Low carbonation.

O: A really smooth velvety brew, definitely well executed, I'd love to see how this ages. A great sipper to have on a cold winter night. Probably the best value RIS I've had to date. I will have to buy this again to drink and cellar. Try it if you can, a real winner from SN.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:50:57 | More by BigCheese
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Named after the horned cetacean - that's a whale for you Bud drinkers - this is a well made Imperial Stout that combines great taste with a smooth body. It opens in a swift rush of thick beige foam that subsides into a foreboding body of tar colored liquid. There is a pleasant nose of coffee ground that wonderfully supplements the semi-sweet dollop of baker's chocolate and burnt toast. Include a moderately dry smoothness to tingle upon the palate and you've good one velvet elixir.

While it may not be the greatest imperial stout out there, it is still a damn good one and one that must be tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:06:42 | More by jjboesen
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haygood

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-25-2013 03:34:34 | More by haygood
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-05-2013 00:45:40 | More by OhioBobcat
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a creamy, express colored head that has a good long retention period.

S: A solid roast with some licorice, moderate coffee and light citrus hop aroma. There is a low caramel malt sweetness and a light alcohol sweetness as well.

T: A huge malty flavor with rich dark flavors of roast, coffee and caramel along with a moderate sweetness. There are some underling burnt sugar and slight charcoal in there as well. The citrus hops flavors and bitterness are at a medium level. The balance is about equal between the bitterness and sweetness and almost out to a medium finish. The hops bitterness lingers a bit an edges out the dark roast flavors.

M: A full bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: Rich and full with equally strong malt and hops character; simply an excellent beer. I'm hoping this will be easy to find than Night Stalker where I live because Narwhal is running neck and neck with it as my favorite Imperial Stout. There will have to be a side by side tasting to for me to call a winner though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:58:29 | More by MadScientist
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-20-2013 13:44:47 | More by npala86
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 01:22:44 | More by tbryan5
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joemetric

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-10-2014 16:34:35 | More by joemetric
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2013 19:07:38 | More by csmartin6
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mverity

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-16-2013 21:40:49 | More by mverity
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-22-2013 03:19:40 | More by Guinnsslvr
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2012 22:27:05 | More by mctizzz
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2014 17:18:46 | More by KolbMarley
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2012 14:04:25 | More by ryancl
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MikePags

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2014 02:30:10 | More by MikePags
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deebo

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 version that has been sitting in my fridge since November. Poured into a snifter this brew comes out of the bottle looking like motor oil topped with a dark tan thick head 1 finger wide with good lacing. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly simple but delicious. Taste is also chocolately with some nice roasted slightly bitter malt. A rather thick yet smooth mouthfeel. Really clean for a 10%+ beer. This is a fantastic RIS. Favorite beer from Sierra Nevada

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:08:23 | More by deebo
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mte1972

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2013 14:31:31 | More by mte1972
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2013 04:20:28 | More by jefftuck47
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TCJosh

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 02:26:55 | More by TCJosh
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-10-2014 21:07:51 | More by HoppySeb
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-05-2014 23:25:08 | More by aengleman
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Codester

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-30-2014 04:31:58 | More by Codester
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Beer21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-24-2012 23:00:22 | More by Beer21
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours an inky jet black body with a dark coco tan head of cream that last as a thick foam and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a few random bubbles that can be spotted in that abyss.

S- The inky but mellow deep charcoal aroma blends with black roasted malt and some brewer’s licorice note blend in the finish. It is a full aroma even during the pour.

T- The green wood taste gives way to a much larger black roasted malt flavor that is full and creamy. There is a slightly dry finish with a nice balance of black malt bitterness and perhaps some minty woody hops bitterness as part of that. The rich mellow but deep dark malt flavors linger in the dry finish along with the softer bitterness. As the beer opens up there are some dark graham malt flavors and brewer’s licorice flavors that come through aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture and an alcohol warmth that compliments the big beer.

O- This beer has a big complex rich flavor but it is very well blended. The alcohol offers a nice support to the big flavors and texture. It taste great now and I can’t think of a reason it would need any age. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:15:07 | More by rhoadsrage
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,062 ratings.