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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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4,293 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,293
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 234
Gots: 1,038 | FT: 40
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,293 | Reviews: 783 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IPAGeorge
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A very dark brown almost black pour it a two finger khaki foamy/frothy head. Head disappears in 1 minute. Not much lacing.

S. Aromas of roasted malts and vanilla first fill the nose. Some milk chocolate.

T. Much more coffee comes through on the palate. Milk chocolate and vanilla there also. Some bitterness and grassy aftertaste which would signal to me some hoppyness. A very nice RIS. As it warms a little I get a nice upfront smokeyness.

M. A nice medium to heavy body. 7 on a 1-10 scale. Light carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. Not very boozy but you can tell it's there. Again a highlight of the beer.

O. At first glance after the pour I thought to myself " this looks nice ". Then the nose didn't present as much as it doors on the palate IMO. I'm usually not a huge fan of Sierra Nevada but this is my first stout and they got it right. I'm looking the mouthfeel and the taste alot. A good beer. Will be looking for the BA.

Photo of EN27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmeGT
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stewsbrews24
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Small and quickly reducing head that is dough like and caramel brown. Mouthfeel is abrupt but not over powering.

Photo of Foomanchoo
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. No light through at all. Less than a finger head of Carmel colored head.

Aroma is of bitter coffee and hops, minor tobacco, roasted malts, no alcohol on the nose at all.

Taste is more bitter and dry than expected. Taste is primarily of roasted coffee. I get a bittering hop flavor with a little bit of citrus. I get a big oak characteristic that melds with a smokiness/ roastiness. I get a mild alcohol heat and spice at the end. The aftertaste yields some beautiful cocoa nib flavor. Decent mouthfeel: carbonation present enough to cut the thickness.

Overall a nice beer. I think it's a little too bitter for my liking. I tend to like the richer stouts in comparison to the more bitter kinds. However, this beer is actually pretty good. I could see this paired with a porterhouse steak in a mole sauce. I give it a 89/100.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee notes.
Great stout to sip on

Photo of D_Min
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Malefactor
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_Mazz
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LordofWord
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, chocolatey, delish. Better than more affordable Old Raspy, unfortunately.

Photo of Nightrise11
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bigdood33
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick29
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Machoo
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Cocoa and coffee. Intetesting and well crafted-just not for me. Had trouble pairing it with food. Heady like Boris' woman on the screen.

Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derekgw123
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrzazz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerCountry
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jabo134
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thampel09
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,293 ratings.