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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: 3,241
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 155
Gots: 505 | 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%

Jasonrm72, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mfield14, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

salamandar, Dec 06, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a densely opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before it becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some light, wispy surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Dark chocolate and some roasty char aroma. Also a hint of vanilla and some molasses.

T- Packs a punch of dark roasted malt and plenty of hop bitterness. Alcohol is very subdued though and there are more notes of dark chocolate, molasses and black licorice. Aftertaste is bitter and heavy with more roast.

M- Creamy and chewy with medium-low carbonation and the most robust of bodies. So thick and dark, I feel like it's gonna stain my teeth and make me instantly gain five pounds.

O- What a bold offering from SN. It's sure to please stout lovers everywhere. I guess they figured, why mess around with dainty versions of the style? Go for the jugular! I'm glad they did. Great price tag for a 4-pack of high ABV beer, too.

Immortale25, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Adrian000, Dec 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

thebouch01, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AlexM, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

OldhouseRecs, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

assman79, Dec 06, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with darker coffee colored head. Not a lot of head and it fades quickly.

S: Smells great. Toffee sweet smell with a lot of roasted malts. Some alcohol but not overwhelming.

T: Starts off bitter for a RIS but it's not bad at all. Alcohol tastes is masked very well. Tastes just like it smells, roasted malts with a hint of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: More carbonation than i'd like, but still very smooth.

O: It's solid. To be readily available this one is a beer I'll go back to again. Very affordable and available. I think a BBA version of this would be phenomenal. Bravo Sieera Nevada, this is quality beer.

UNCCTDawg, Dec 06, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 2nd 2012.

A: Pours a real dark black with a 1 very dense finger khaki head. Dissipates over a minute or two leaving a thin film. No real lacing. Light barely gets through the edges.

S: Real nice dark chocolaty malt along with a sweet dark fruitiness. Can get some booze.

T: Real nice blend of chocolate malts, vanilla and a great roastiness. Little bit of bite from the alcohol but works. Raisin and fig from the malts also a coffeeish taste.

M: Smooth and velvety with a nice full body. Appropriate carbonation for the style. Could enjoy sipping on these all night.

Overall great bold stout from Sierra Nevada. Glad they are offering another stout as I've always enjoyed their other one. Hopefully I can manage to save one of these for a year.

CloudStrife, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BHansen214, Dec 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

bradfordjohnson, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

KSather, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

LouDogg114, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mrebeka, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ortie, Dec 05, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with quickly dissipating dark tan/brown head. Appears heavy but not thick or syrupy.
S: All malt here. Chocolate most prominent with a touch of vanilla. Nothing over powering but definitely enjoyable.
T: The chocolate taste is there as well as some vanilla. Really nice roastiness and bitterness in there, not acrid or over powering at all. Slight taste of alcohol on the finish, but not really biting. Very nice balance.
M: Nice and full. Not as thick or chewy as I was expecting. Low carbonation and clean.
O: Truly enjoyed drinking this.Great to sit back and sip. And for the price, a really nice buy. Would definitely get this again.

fauxpunker, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Kerrie, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MikeEhrmantraut, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a tan head, thin, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little boozy, a little roasty / malty. Smells nice.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, pretty nice for an off the shelf RIS. I'd have it again for sure. There is a mild sweetness, mild alcohol, nice bitterness, overall a nice beer. Yum.

drabmuh, Dec 04, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of brown head

S: Get some nice baker's chocolate, dark roasted malts, hints of coffee and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some bitter-sweet dark chocolate and coffee along with the dark roasted malts. Alcohol pokes its head out slightly, but very well hidden for the most part. Hops kick in towards the end and add some more bitterness

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy

O: This one is right up there with Stone IRS and Old Raspy as far as RIS's go. Serves as a good night cap or fireside sipper. And as with all SN brews, a great price-point

BEERMILER12, Dec 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With incredible power and the balance of flavor to boot, Sierra Nevada continues to advance beyond the stalwart taste of their flagship prominence and into the sadistic darker, mysterious, and imperial realms.

Narwhal pours with a creamy viscous character and inky nearest black coloration that's imaginable. The stratification of foam pulls from the beer underneath and tops the beer with a whipped topping-like blanket of foam that retains in lumbered fashion and with intermittent pockets of lace.

Bold roasted notes rise from the snifter and floods the nose with the memories of espresso, cocoa, campfire smoke, dark fruit, and slightly scorched molasses. Complex alcohols give a tinge of spice and ethanol and foreshadows the power of the taste and textures to come.

Again, "powerful" becomes the operative descriptor in taste as the most supple of sips explode on the tongue with robust sweetness of molasses laden roast. Espresso, cocoa, heavy toast, and burnt embers converge at mid palate of sweetness and char. Shortly after, the sweetness breaks apart and allows for the fruity taste of black licorice, cherry, and currant.

Calling this stout "full bodied" seems to undersell it entirely. this is a massively creamy and heavy handed ale that envelops the mouth with heavy coats of malt, roast, and seeping alcohols. Its larger than life "charred" persona extends well beyond middle palate and only recedes as the roast-derived bitterness and heated alcohols supplant it. A lingering finish of roast and fruit extend well into the next luscious sip.

Narwal is a decedent ale that's sure to be a staple all winter long in the cabinet of all lovers of stout. With its taste that should be reserved for those special occasions, there's the price of the ale that makes it somewhat "everyday". It's simply a low-guilt, guilty pleasure.

BEERchitect, Dec 04, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.