1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,229 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 151
Gots: 502 | FT: 33
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 3,229 | Reviews: 629 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pianoman511
1/5  rDev -75.8%

pianoman511, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Bhunter
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Bhunter, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of josh00
1/5  rDev -75.8%

josh00, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ThaFATkid
1/5  rDev -75.8%

ThaFATkid, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Slay40
1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Slay40, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of nakedninjaturtle
2/5  rDev -51.7%

nakedninjaturtle, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of JaysusJr
2/5  rDev -51.7%

JaysusJr, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of cody4prez
2/5  rDev -51.7%

cody4prez, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -51.7%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mattday25
2/5  rDev -51.7%

mattday25, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Minn_Joe
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Minn_Joe, May 31, 2013
Photo of NathanJoyce
2.03/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This was my first Imperial Stout and I feel like I have diabetes.

Are they all this sweet and sickly?

Sure, coffee, chocolate, etc, etc. Thick and no sense of humour.

I'm willing to consider my lack of inexperience as a huge mark against my review, but honestly—this is strong and heavy and SWEET. I love strong, I love heavy, I just can't understand the attraction to the sweet...

NathanJoyce, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of beerist
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

beerist, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Auracom
2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1/2 share from Dan, thanks man. 6 oz. poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on November 21st, 2012.

A - Standard visual affair - dark brown color, verging on black. Light caramel-colored head. Reduces down to a frothy ring. Marginal lacing but moderate legs.

S - Light milk chocolate, espresso, and honey malts. Very basic an unimpressive.

T - Very bitter throughout the drink, but only partially in the form of dark chocolate and coffee notes. This is a rare instance in which the hops taste like hops (fresh Expedition also comes to mind). Unfortunately, this is a big negative imo. Beyond that, unspectacular coffee beans and a light bready character.

M - Moderate body, low but appropriate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Mediocre. Though I'm sure the cost is reasonable, there's just no reason for me to buy this when I have stuff like Breakfast Stout available. The only thing that impresses me is that this feels and drinks like a 6% beer, not 10.2%.

Auracom, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Steimie
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Steimie, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of spry
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

spry, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Hoptoudrop
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of davet100
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Thickfreakness
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- An onyx black pour with a fluffy and thick deep tan head that floats near three fingers. An absolute ton of sticky lacing grabs the sides of my Bruery tulip and NEVER lets go. Decently oily legs drip and ooze down the rim.

S- Nicely charred malt, bitter German chocolate, grapefruit peel, mango, slight touches of vanilla and pine. More Black IPA than RIS in the traditional sense.

T- WOW! Lots of char and citrus bite down on the tongue. RIS/Cascadian IPA? Reminds me of Storm King or Wookey Jack. Not my favorite type of RIS. Too much citrus, no dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, vanilla or other flavors/aromas that I normally associate in a RIS. The char and citrus just kind of strip your palate.

M- Dry, burnt malt, and too much citrus for what they call a Russian Imperial Stout! RIS' should envelope you in dark fruit, cocoa and coffee IMHO, not this! I'm getting tired of breweries labeling Cascadian/Black IPA's as RIS' just to sell beer!

O- This isn't bad mind you... it's just not what I consider the style to be, and I am a stickler for rating on style. If they said this was a black ipa, it'd be at least a 4! I'd put this up against Wookey Jack, Black Watch IPA, Hop Noir or some other really good Black IPA's. A world class, or even good RIS it isn't. Sorry SN, you usually wow me. Redefine it, and I'll re-review it!

Thickfreakness, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ao125
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type : 2012 bottle. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter glass

Appearance: Pretty standard really for an imperial stout. Black.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too thick. A little more thin than I'm used to for the style, but not undrinkably so.

Smell & Taste: I'm actually going to group these together. My main problem with this beer is the hopping. Whatever hops were used, are not good. At least not in this style of beer. I feel like Mikkeller uses the same hops in Black Hole... which I'm also not a fan of.

Overall: Overall, I'm not impressed by this beer and I think I'll leave it to the fanboys. All I know is that for me to want to drink this, I need for the hop character to be almost completely gone... and for the price point for the 4-pack, I can buy a lot of other things.

ao125, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of grissom51
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

grissom51, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Danegerous123
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Danegerous123, May 04, 2013
Photo of Wlsr14
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Wlsr14, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

thedifferencemaker, Dec 15, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,229 ratings.