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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: 3,069
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
Gots: 445 | FT: 29
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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New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black appearance, capped with a finger's worth of dark tan foam. Head retention is good, while lacing is minimal. Has the rich, imposing look that an imperial stout should have. Char, molasses, and dark chocolate feature prominently on the nose. Some fusel presence on the back-end of the aroma, though not much (and not uncommon for an unaged imperial stout). Base aroma is very nice, just needs more "pop" to merit a higher score.

Narwhal has a very nicely balanced flavor profile. Upfront sweetness is tamed by bitterness on the mid-palate through to the finish. I wouldn't mind a little less bitterness to let the rich, chocolatey flavors to stand out more. Flavors of cacao nibs and black coffee astringency. Mouthfeel has a nice weightiness to it, while there's an appropriate level of carbonation. Alcohol heat is present but doesn't jump out and become distracting.

Narwhal is destined to become a top value imperial stout, widely available and of high quality. Compares very favorably with Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout in that regard. Another great beer by Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:27:17 | More by gr0g
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-08-2013 00:04:42 | More by abcramer
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 23:40:45 | More by FIN
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 17:49:06 | More by Coduhhh
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 17:48:14 | More by Stum-pub
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 13:21:02 | More by will_eye_e
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Not as attractive as other imperial stouts I've seen. As expected, a tar like dark brown-black body. Dirty white-brown head which disappears disappointingly quickly.

S - Predominantly fruity chocolate sweetness. A little coffee, and roasted malts and smokiness.

T - Complex and wonderfully balanced. Sweet dark fruits, berries, raisins and chocolate. Finishes with some perfectly complementary bitterness and charred. Delicious and drinkable.

M - Medium-full bodied. Some pleasantly nippy carbonation too.

O - A very tasty, well balanced and enjoyable imperial stout. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 04:52:06 | More by dc87
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 02:31:54 | More by mythaeus
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3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a fair amount of tan head. Most of it dissipates except for a little surface film and a ring around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave a few bubbles of lacing.

S: Bitter sweet coffee and malt.

T: Bitter sweet malt, and a bit boozy. Aftertaste is coffee-like and a little astringent.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer, but definitely on the less sweet side of imperial stouts. It's still quite drinkable if that's what you like.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:32:47 | More by seand
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-07-2013 01:28:15 | More by Brob245
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

10-07-2013 01:26:06 | More by akelmore
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Narwhal Imperial Stout

A - DEEP, DARK, muddy black, one finger very tan/almost brown head and some sugar legs

S - Nutty, huge vanilla, molasses, COCA, beast of roasted toasted grains, sexy smooth, deep chocolate dipped ripe berries, OAK, Charred OAK, BOOZE, sexy sweet molasses, bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, beautiful earthy hops and wow

T - DUDE, WTF, such a huge robust beast of a stout. Much love SN. Love my RIS and High octane and sugary stouts, but this is on another spectrum. Booze note kicks ass, The deer dark ripe berries are all dipped in sugarless coca, the roastedess and toastedess grains, deepest of darkest chocolates, molasses, bourbon vanilla, oak, nutty, charred anything and AWESOMENESS

M - Full bodied, overwhelmingly awesome robustness, medium plus acidity, well balanced, awesome complexity and the best robust imperial stoutness I have had in YEARS!

D/O - Robust is the name of this stouts game. DAMN. Not DAMN I need something less robust. Just DAMN, they did the robust and less sweet/boozey style WELL! Stoked on this beast for sure. Refreshing isnt a word used in this description, but tasty is!

Final Thoughts - $12 bucks IS high for a 4 pack but at a 10.2% and the taste, why the heck not?!!??!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 06:05:03 | More by whatthehull
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-06-2013 04:58:57 | More by TheBaumer
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-06-2013 02:51:02 | More by CoolEthan
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, almost black with a nice dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted grain

T: coffee, bitter coco, espresso, tobacco, dark roasted malty grains

M: heavy, oily, low carbonation, alcohol noticeable

O: great imperial stout, rich flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:03:54 | More by M_C_Hampton
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and nearly opaque. Slight tan head.

S: Roasted malts. Little bit of chocolate

T: Lots of flavor. Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, little bit of bourbon barrel taste. Slightly boozy.

F: Thick body and no carbonation. Very smooth. Hides it alcohol content well.

O: Very good beer. Not the best RIS I have ever had, but certainly good. Looking forward to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:22:13 | More by JGlitz87
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

2013 Vintage.

Appearance: Slips out a black, viscous-looking body, though with only a very, very small, tan head.

Smell: An aroma choked with rich maltiness -- molasses, chilled espresso, chocolate, along with full notes of licorice sticks, plump raisins. Minor spiciness, slim smokiness.

Taste: Boldly roasty, espresso-laden, and heaping with melted, fine dark chocolate and thick molasses. Restrained sweetness, as it's tempered by the sharpness of the roasted malts, hops, and warming alcohol. Black licorice. Dark fruits. A little additional fruitiness attributed to the hops, slightly resiny. Reasonably dry on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Big and beefy yet relatively balanced -- I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:47:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-06-2013 00:23:51 | More by mikefuski17
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-06-2013 00:19:47 | More by db12
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-05-2013 22:54:53 | More by edenstjames
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-05-2013 22:54:21 | More by Chaosfiend
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- pours jet black with a thick khaki head that fades quickly.
S- black malt, roasted barley, cacao
T- a lot of roast and black malt flavor, expresso, bitter chocolate, earthy hops
M- medium body and carbonation
O- well balanced between the dark malts and hops. The alcohol is hidden well but this beer sure keeps you warm.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:31:44 | More by AdamF625
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-05-2013 13:46:34 | More by hvy1
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

Pours a chocolatey black with a tan cap of foam.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of smoke.

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of blackberry, and some lingering residual malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still decent.

Overall a good offering from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 13:41:19 | More by taylor714914
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-05-2013 04:10:43 | More by Eaglefan344
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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