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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,472
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 171
Gots: 582 | FT: 35
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 PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

trevorpost, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mychalg9, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

AleWatcher, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mantooth, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jzlyo, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -3.4%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger light coffee colored head with poor retention. Beer is pitch black but slightly thin. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Sticky thin legs. Solid.

Nose is cocoa powder, espresso beans, liquorice and dark and milk chocolate. Some creamy hop flavors too. Nice.

Opens cocoa, espresso, and mocha. Dark chocolate, roast, and liquorice in the middle with vanilla and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Finishes sticky and sweet molasses, brown sugar, and cocoa with a roasty, smoky aftertaste. Decent if a bit thin at times.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down warm. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good. Impressive given the ABV.

A decent beer overall, I could see this being a go-to Imperial Stout. Worth aging just a touch to see what happens.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ajzy, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Black with a quickly dissipating tan head.
S-Chocolate, Alcohol
T-Roasted Malts, slight chocolate, Alcohol
M- full body, medium carbonation, malty, syrupy and black licorice.
O- Good beer, just had a not-so-great flavor aftertaste. But was worth it, would get again.

Damian74Shensky, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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 Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark, black color, with very thick tan head which dissipated to thin veil. Excellent, consistent lacing. Smell is incredibly rich aura of burnt/roasted chocolate malt and coffee/vanilla hints. Unfortunately, the palate was not quite as impressive (to me). A little too much dank hoppiness, with the result that the balance was out of kilter. Carbonation and mouthfeel was good, but I could not get past the uneven bite and apparent conflict between the hops and the flavors trying to compete. Maybe I had a bad bottle, or just need to let it sit and warm up a bit more. Willing to try again, as I love so much of what SN does.

JohnParadee, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Dry, roasty cocoa and coffee. Slight vanilla.

L: Thick, viscous and black. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Very dry, roasty stout. Coffee and dry cocoa like flavors dominate. Slight coffee sweetness with slight dark fruits. Finishes quite dry with residual cocoa sweetness.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

A very dry, roasty RIS. Reminds me a lot of Old Rasputin. A nice change to a lot of sweet RIS's, but i feel like its a little one noted. Should be interesting what a little age does to this beer.

bum732, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

tbryan5, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of ummswimmin
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was from notes. I had this beer with the last night of my trip.

I really enjoyed the three fingers of thick tan head. The coloring is extremely dark black.

The nose on this one is surprisingly minimal. The flavor contrasts as very powerful. The coffee presence is really good. You also get really good malt and a touch of light hopping. There is evern a little bit of creaminess on this one. There is also some decent venous (alcohol) quality on this beer.

I felt like this worked out as a very good sipper in the evening. I would like to get more bottles for aging.

ummswimmin, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

waddellc2, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CHickman, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +20.8%

bostonryan, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a little warm alcohol, and dark fruits.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, tobacco, molasses, a little smoke, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warm alcohol, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS by the boys from Stone. Might have to move up to their 22 RIS and the espresso version as well. This beer definitely got better as it warmed up too.

Flounder57, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Lehighace06
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lehighace06, Oct 04, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,472 ratings.