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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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4,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,187
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 230
Gots: 955 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

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Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Chilled 12 oz. stubby into a shaker pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Look- Pours deep ruby brown, quite opaque. Finger and a half of dense toffee-colored head that refuses to settle. Decent lacing.

Smell- Dark roast, milk chocolate, blackcurrant. A little booze in the background. Nice.

Taste- Bold albeit standard profile. A bit of molasses and raisin stand out, dominated by bittersweet chocolate, charred biscuit, and medium roast coffee. A little boozy, not really surprising considering the 10%+ ABV. Not too sweet. Finishes with a moderately assertive herbal bittering, roast lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, some astringency from the booze keeps it from being creamy. Slick feel, carbonation crisp. Not too heavy, but, well.... I was expecting something a bit more substantial.

Overall- Accessible. SN's not going too crazy with this, and that's probably a good thing. Still definitely worthwhile, and very reasonably priced for the category. Sic this on your friends when they talk about Guinness being "oh so dark"- they'll be pleasantly surprised rather than sickened.

Photo of TaraBrynn
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of guytyping
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RyanAU
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Spider889
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of yuenglingade
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of james582
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DerrickW
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of utopiajane
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours completely black with a frothy mocha colored head that left rings and patches of sticky lace. Nose is bold espresso coffee, unsweetened chocolate , a hint of prune, licorice and a bit of alcohol. The alcohol smells solvent and detracts from the nose. There is blackened malt character on the nose with a hint of smoke. The drink is syrupy. First thing you notice is that the body of the beer is thin and has a slick mouthfeel. The alcohol is prominent on the palate. The malt is black and roasted to perfection. Dry, bitter and not burnt. The coffee and the chocolate are smooth but neither of those is sweet. I kept waiting for caramel or molasses and it did sweeten on the nose as it warmed so that made the alcohol seem less bitter. I also lost the fruits I observed on the nose and this one could have used some raisin or some dried dark fruits. That kept the taste very bitter also. Finished dry and with some alcohol dryness too.

Thanks jzeilinger for the chance to try this beer. =)

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,187 ratings.