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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: 3,245
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 155
Gots: 507 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Ravenacht, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

thood6, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

rderedin, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black in color with a minimal head and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some espresso and a hint of dark chocolate and alcohol.

T: Tons of espresso with nice roasted malts, nuts, and some dark chocolate. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink for an Imperial Stout.

O: This is a very nice example of a Coffee Imperial Stout. It could use a little more body, but overall it's very good, especially for the price. I will be buying more.

nUgZ, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and cocoa

Taste: big time espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and light traces of nut

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: An above average roasty RIS. If you like your RIS to have big coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I would like to see a bit more creaminess with this. This is not a bad beer, but with so many great RIS, this is just above average for the style.

tigg924, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Hophead717, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.4%

MarkyMOD, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of CheeseheadNation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I love how dark this pours. Two fingers of light brown head leaving spotted lacing. A very heavy looking RIS.

S - Bold roasted notes of coffee, cocoa and molasses.

T - Smoky with cocoa nibs and black coffee upfront. Slight earthyness, malt and dark fruit on the finish. Alcohol is hidden decently.

M - Med to Full with low carbonation. Not as full as I would want a RIS but still quite lush.

One of the best bang for the buck RIS on the market. Very impressed with the quality. Would love to try it on tap at some point. I'll have to cellar a few to try this time next year.

CheeseheadNation, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a thin, short-lived, creamy, light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, espresso, dark fruit and citrusy hops. Body is full and creamy. Taste is burnt toast, brown sugar, cappuccino, chocolate dark fruit and a lot of citrusy hops. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew should improve with age.

mikeg67, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

koes0024, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Satchboogie, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

stpaulsipper07, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The ol' 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup.

S- Pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though.

T- There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. It's very simple - maybe even more clean than you'd like. But there's just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout.

M- Again, pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one.

O- Shit, pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If you're more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. I'm not writing grandma about it, but I'm sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you can't get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess I'd have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label.

TheBigLebrewski, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dt_gbpackersfan, Dec 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

cfinch2, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kahlerbock, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Moorfog
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting imperial stout....

This is without a doubt the blackest stout i've encountered, very dark. Head is an interesting shade of almost grey, two finger with a aggressive pour. Nice lacing.

The nose on this is off kilter. Obviously of what you would expect in a stout, but not a bold nose. Has a certain sour quality to the nose that is distracting, and not in a nice way, along with the chocolate and coffee.

Taste, it's much bolder than the nose. Espresso, bakers chocolate is front and center, maybe a little prune, and a decent hop bite for what it is, complimenting the bitterness of the other elements. It's malt is of a bitter quality as opposed to a obnoxious sweetness, so it works. It is a malt bomb being what it is of course. And yes, the alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not overboard.

Mouthfeel is a real letdown. For an imperial stout, it's too thin and over carbonated for the style, but i'm sure some would disagree with my opinion. And as another reviewer stated, it has a chalky quality after about 45 seconds, which is interesting, haven't experienced this in a beer, and kinda neat.

I'd say it's very good beer, and worth a try. There are other imperial stouts I prefer, but this is very good and certainly worth a try.

Moorfog, Dec 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Huffaroma, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jswalker, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger dark mocha head that sticks around. Left spotty lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, dark fruits, slight alcohol.

T - Deep roasted malt up front, alcohol in the middle, and very very dark, I guess you could almost say roasted like a smore chocolate finish. It's almost like it melts in your mouth.

M - Thick oily body with very lightly stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, I'm completely convinced that Sierra Nevada can do no wrong. In my opinion, this stout had a one of a kind flavor. I don't know how they managed to make the flavor seem as though it melts in your mouth. I'd definitely have again and I wouldn't mind aging one.

SometimesIfart, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Ozurr, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Yesdog, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kpattonunc, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jhimstedt, Dec 13, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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