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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 193
Gots: 712 | FT: 38
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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Photo of Redneckwine
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pitch black and not a ray of light makes it through the abyss. One finger dark beige head sticks around as a wispy cap and leaves nice lazing.

Smell - Roasty, earthy malts, mild spicy licorice, touch of bittersweet cocoa, a whiff of alcohol is definitely pulling through

Taste - Dark roasted malts kick it off with ample vinous fruitiness and charred grain, an estery, spicy alcoholic note complements the malts and warms the throat, bittersweet cocoa, anise/licorice notes, and a bit of grassy/earthy hops round it all out. Starts fairly sweet but finishes fairly dry with a restrained bitterness and last flavor that coats the mouth. Flavor really pops as it warms and opens up.

Feel - This is pretty much a monster beer: full bodied and creamy smooth, yet doesn't feel too heavy (like you're drinking an entire meal), and I like that. Carbonation is gentle yet prevalent, carrying the big body along nicely.

Overall - Awesome stout. It has some very interesting fruity and notes that you don't see in a lot of other imperial stouts, and is really dangerously drinkable. It just doesn't feel all that heavy and "chewy", like drinking your dinner, which, while some may disapprove of, I enjoy.

Redneckwine, Friday at 10:52 PM
Photo of RexBanner
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. No light penetrated through this dark concoction. 1/2 finger head that dissipated fairly quick. Velvety smooth appearance.

Its aroma was of bready yeast, dark roast grains, alcoholic esters, bitter dark chocolate. Faint banana smell was also present.

The taste was of robust roasted grains and dark bitter 80% cacao. Very faint taste of hops was noticeable before everything was washed away by the alcoholic burn that permeated the mouth. Smooth mouth feel. Not as heavy as one might imagine for an imperial stout. As it reached room temperature it began to develop the flavor profile of a strong dark Belgian ale. Even the aftertaste was more akin to a SDB as oppose to a stout.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to others. It's definitely a sipper. I missed that characteristic smokey aftertaste common to stouts as well as the creamy, chewy mouth feel, but all in all, this is a superb beer worth trying.

RexBanner, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of fscottkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.00] Pours a jet black. Aggressive pour forms a 1/4 finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving only wisps of foam on the surface. The bottle lists the ABV (10.2%) and the born on date (8/13/14). The born on date is white print on the black label (+1 guys!)

S: [3.00] On the nose I get mostly dark fruits. There are hints of the 10% alcohol too.

T: [4.50] I am hit with nicely charred malts. The taste is mellow all the way across. There is no hint of any alcohol. The front is smooth and sweet and it finishes with the bitter chocolate taste. The dark fruits from the nose are also there.

M: [4.50] I was struck by how smooth the first sip was. Mice creamy body with light carbonation.

O: [4.25] This beer has a lot going on in the taste. Coffee, chocolate, malty sweetness - some bitterness. It is a great melding of flavors. The nose wasn't that pronounced - which surprised me. However, the taste and the smooth body made up for it.

fscottkey, Saturday at 03:33 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

CTFalcon, Today at 12:41 AM
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

wagnere13, Yesterday at 11:31 PM
Photo of Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Cold into the snifter, poured midnight black with a cocoa-tinged head w/small bubbles. Can't see the letters on the glass... nice. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, and the clean SN bitter note. Deep, complex flavors. Some nice coffee on the end, and excellent balance, not afraid to have so E bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, not chewy like other big stouts. Nice and crisp. I have waited a long time for this beer, and I was definitely not disappointed. Did anyone else notice, though, that this didn't necessarily get smoother, more complex as it warmed up? My only small concern. Would recommend.

Mikus, Yesterday at 11:12 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

MsShira08, Yesterday at 09:08 PM
Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.4/5  rDev +6%

12 OZ Bottle.Pours a black color.Smell of Coffee and chocolate.Taste is Chocolate with the Coffee slightly up front.Slight bitterness.I liked it a lot.Nice combination of flavors with a nice 10.2 ABV.I would recommend this to anyone who likes stouts.Give it a try.

Motleydrunk56, Yesterday at 08:04 PM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

22Blue, Yesterday at 08:01 PM
Photo of BobJude
4/5  rDev -3.6%

First time trying, 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Poured with almost no head, jet black and not as thick as I was expecting. Mostly roasted malts on the nose. Paired with some 72% dark chocolate which is pretty much my standard for IRS. Taste was the biggest miss for me - mostly malts and some fruit, very little else. Mouthfeel was thin in my opinion for IRS. I had this one night after a 2014 Expedition, which was spot on, so maybe just variations on the style with my preference being a bit bigger IRS than Narwhal.

BobJude, Yesterday at 07:26 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

david18, Yesterday at 03:45 PM
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,793 ratings.