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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,304
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 160
Gots: 530 | 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 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 buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

buzzy, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

CoolEthan, Oct 06, 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 GABrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

GABrew, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with ruby highlights and little if any tan foam.

S - Burnt malt, alcohol, dark fruit, chocolate milk and light alcohol.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, coffee grounds, some herbal hop bitterness, some hot alcohol, molasses, light vanilla and dark fruits as it warms.

M - Full body, appears lightly carbonated until it hits the mouth and then a touch tingly on the way down. Warming.

D - Strong on the burnt bold flavors but still complex. Nicely done.

brewcrew76, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jplopez21, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mantooth, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mychalg9, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

trevorpost, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CHickman, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Doomcifer, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 1 1/2 inch foamy tan head, with nice retention and lacing. Smells like dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa.

The flavor is nicely balanced with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Both bitter and sweet, without being overly bitter or overly sweet. Very nicely balanced.

Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation. Creamy, and the alcohol is very well hidden for having an abv of 10.20%. Very nicely made, and a must try.

hardy008, Nov 21, 2012
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 DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DerekMorgan, Jan 24, 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 dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dogfishandi, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of OldTime
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

OldTime, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

CelticAleMan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CaptDavyJones, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -3.4%

avisong, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

CTJman, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Canada_Dan, May 12, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,304 ratings.