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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
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3,774 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,774
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 193
Gots: 703 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep dark black. Head is one finger thick, lasts pretty well, I suppose. Good lacing, however.
S- Very nice smell. Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and a good bit of dark caramel. Hits all the notes a good RIS should.
T- A bit too much sweet caramel and not enough roasted flavors. Caramel is prevalent throughout. Coffee and chocolate are there, just not as strong as I would like.
M- A bit light, but nice smooth carbonation.
O- A decent to good imperial stout. I always like SN offerings and even if this isn't one of the top examples.

jsprain1, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev -3.6%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a 12oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black slightly oily liquid. Some dark mahogany and caramel edges are present. There is a nice light tan 0.5 inch head that is formed. It recedes fairly quickly down to a thin film.

Aroma starts with roast and dark malts. Slightly smokey with some coffee notes. There is also some nice bitter chocolate in the nose. There are some slight grassy aroma in the nose as well that mix in with the roasted, dark and coffee notes. Pretty nice aroma.

Flavor starts off with dark chocolate notes. Some sweetness with nice dark cocoa bitterness. Then there is the roast that comes in. Coffee and espresso notes with some slight sweet milk chocolate notes present. There is definitely some nice grassy hop notes in the middle and the back end of this brew. Very well blended with the roast and stout notes. Quite the roasty brew with nice dark cocoa notes to finish it off. Mouthfeel is nice and slick. Creamy with good lively carbonation as well.

Pretty impressive brew by Sierra Nevada. Rich and creamy with some nice roasty coffee notes. Good RIS.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a 4-pack of this when it first came out. Saved the final bottle for a review. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black. No light penetrates this one. Small tan head. Nose is rich with booze, chocolate, roasted coffee, grape, vanilla. Hints of woodsy aromas on the finish.

Body is decadent and full. Rich velvety feel with a touch of carbonation on the back end. A nice malty backbone, with vanilla, chocolate syrup, a little booze, black licorice, dark fruits.

This one was rich and tasty. The alcohol snuck up on me at the tail end, but this one was one I enjoyed through and through. I hope to see this around often, as I would like to have stock of this one at all times.

Onenote81, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

SpdKilz, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +20.5%

bostonryan, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Resuin
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Resuin, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a low beige head that settles out quickly. Inviting aroma of cocoa and espresso, some raisin. Rich flavors upfront, dark chocolate, espresso, root beer, molasses, smoke and leather, some rough-edged roasty malt, sharp bitterness, interesting mix of flavors. Full mouthfeel, but slightly tannic and warming. Good beer.

far333, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

trevorpost, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DerekMorgan, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of GABrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GABrew, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arrives as black as molasses with a creamy, slowly fading, dark tan head. Phenomenal lace, great retention. Zero light penetration.
Smell is toasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, cardboard, smoke. Well balanced.
Taste is heavily roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, whiskey, light smoke, a wee whiff of hops, a note of grapes? . Great balance, very complex. The various flavors swirl around one another is a delicious dance.
Full bodied, chewy, and barely carbonated. Drying finish, smooth, but with a cloying aspect that is annoying. No warming to speak of strangely.

PorterLambic, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

buzzy, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at cellar temp into a pint glass.

Narwhal is basically black in color and starts with a good inch of off white head. It settles somewhat quickly but leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma is roasty and robust with some hop character.

Flavor is surprisingly strong with big bitterness from both hops and malts. There's a little sweetness but it's really dominated by dark roasted malts and big hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little bit overly carbonated.

Overall a good imperial stout but it doesn't have the silky mouthfeel of my other favorites like Yeti and TenFidy.

GilGarp, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a 2012 vintage into a stemless wine glass on 22-Sep-14 (aged about 2 years).

Much smoother than fresh and the roasty chocolate flavors are holding up real well.

Rollzroyce21, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Lehighace06
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lehighace06, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MikeCactusGordon, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Soto
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Soto, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

bigbeers84, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mantooth, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -3.6%

thinwhiteduke, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -3.6%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -3.6%

campfirebrew, Dec 06, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,774 ratings.