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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: 3,206
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 147
Gots: 497 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Ray7233, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

CTJman, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

45nDown, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours solid dark black in color with a thick body like molasses. Head is about one and a half fingers and tan in color. Head retains nicely and leaves some good sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell is great. Rich roasted dark chocolate malt is forward along with a very clean scent and a faint strawberry like fruity ester. There is a big note able alcohol present one the back end, this does not bother me whatsoever though.

Taste is awesome and follows the nose. There is a rich dark chocolate flavor forward followed by roasted malt and a very light crisp ripe fruity tartness. More chocolate malt and booze come in on the back end.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick but not quite as thick as expected and carbonation is moderate. This keeps it highly drinkable at such a high abv.

Overall this was an awesome imperial stout I see why it rated so highly. Very boozy but it has some great flavors and aromas. I feel like this would be perfect to age, definitely putting some away.

Fcolle2, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

zonker17, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Deerslayer210
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Jet black oil with a dark tan head. The smell is of a plain stout, but hides all the flavor to come. The taste is a rich cocoa coffee. Mouth feel is of light weight oil that hides the high octane it carries. This is an outstanding stout that could be called a coffee stout. Sierra Nevada has one that I will never turn down. Try this one and you will be pleased. once again thanks to the mind!

Deerslayer210, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

fearfactory, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Beeranator, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HopNuggets, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a brown stubby 12 ounce bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Black with a two finger tan head. Not hugely heady. Evident alcohol legs appear on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25/5): Powdered cocoa, rich, dark chocolate, underlying molasses, roasted malt.

Taste (4.25/5): Strong initial flavors of dark chocolate and coffee, chewy, sticky molasses. At mid-mouth, more overtly chocolatey flavors and nice semi-sweet, rich, dark maltiness. This semi-sweetness subsides and gives way to a dry, mildly bitter roastiness. An imperial stout that–thankfully–aims at nailing classic stout flavors without doing anything insane. Complexity can come from good craftsmanship just as much as it can come from barrel-aging and/or employing wild yeast strains.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Nice and full-bodied; a nice resinous feel in the front and middle is contrasted with a dry and roasty finish. Very, very nice. Smooth and creamy.

Overall (4.25/5): A great Russian Imperial Stout that fires on all cylinders. It's not brewed with any additives–no coffee. No oats. No cacao nibs or chocolate added. No bourbon barrel aging. Sierra Nevada proves with Narwhal that complexity can be gained through great craftsmanship just as it can be gotten through adding complementary ingredients.

hagbergl, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TomG2751, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

BreakfastStout, Nov 06, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

tdmccarthy, Nov 06, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours into a snifter darker than the bottom of the sea. A finger of tan head quickly forms a ring and retains as such. Decent scent of roast, dark chocolate, some raisin and molasses, but seems a bit on the tame side.

Taste opens things up more, very nice straight up roasty stout goodness. Nice char and a roasted malt/dark chocolate punch lead the way while some dark fruits and light caramel sweetness tag along. Just a touch of hops there. Nice coffee grounds finish. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with medium carbonation and some alcohol heat.

I love the straight-up stout feel for this one, big roasty dark malts and alcohol with low sweetness (ala Old Rasputin, Ten FIDY, etc.) Definitely worthy of a 4-pack purchase every year - drink 2, age 2.

Chico1985, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

windypete, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

PsilohsaiBiN, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jewellrunner, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

lehueve, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BigGingDrinker, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

tswater, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TheBrouMaster, Nov 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bmur112, Nov 04, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,206 ratings.