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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,760 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,760
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 191
Gots: 699 | FT: 40
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

redliner8, Jan 13, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Narwhal is roasty, sweet, and bubbly.

It poured black with a short milk chocolate colored head; it left nothing on the glass. The aroma and flavor were very sweet up front, with a touch of licorice, followed by a lot of roasted coffee and a nice bitter dark chocolate finish. There was too much carbonation; however, the pleasant bitter chocolate taste remained on the tongue for a very long time, saving the feel.

Narwhal tastes very good and left a great aftertaste, which is the most important thing; however in every other category, it is average or a only bit above.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

craftbrew502, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

josephwa, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of John1985
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

John1985, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Inky, light absorbing black with a creamy, tan head. Nice head retention and good lacing.

An interesting aroma. Not intensely roasty. Rather there is plenty of anise and sweet malt. Some earthiness. Very much herbal.

More big, sweet malt there. The anise comes through in spades along with a touch of cocoa. A little chalky. It lacks a bit of brightness with it sitting back on the palate and the anise dominates.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Quite dry.

A really interesting beer. I do like the cocoa flavour there and the earthiness is interesting. The anise is overbearing but the whole is good and it isn't an alcohol bomb.

dgilks, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip glass

p- poured at beer fridge temp (39 degrees F); standard black w/ a 1f tan head; quick recession to small cap; 4/5

n- soft-med; I pick up some sweet licorice, plums, molasses, and chocolate; should get bolder as it warms; 3.5/5; hasn't gotten as bold as I would have liked, but definitely more chocolaty

t- primarily smooth, sweet choc malt and coffee, supplemented by dark choc and dark fruits in the finish; residual coffee sweetness/bitterness in aftertaste; a touch of metallic bitterness is detected here and there in the finish; alcohol is well-hidden; good flavor; nice balance between sweet and bitter; 4/5

mf- outstanding; full-bodied and creamy; soft-medium carb; coating fin; essentially everything that a good imperial stout's mouthfeel should have, imo; best attribute of this beer; 5/5

o- seems easy to drink (the taste continues to beg successive sips), although the full body of the beer would catch up with me after awhile I think, thus cutting down the drinkability; SN has done it again- another great beer! would definitely have again; 4/5

muchloveforhops3, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

NickThePyro, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Chuck_25, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

alex021224, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mcloud2, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ponbon63
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: It pours jet black with a minimal head and basically no lacing. Excactly what you'd expect.

S: When RIS is done correctly it will always have an amazing smell. I was only slightly disappointed in the smell, but not because it was bad, because I am more of a fan of intense smelling RIS. as the smell of this beer is not as abrasive as some RIS's can be this may be a good beer for first-time drinkers of RIS. You can smell the coffee and dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol if you take a good whiff.

T: It's not nearly as intense as some I've tasted, however it has the signatures of a RIS. Coffee, bitter chocolate. The alcohol smell does not translate to tasting alcohol in the beer, which is good. Not overpowering by any means if you know what to expect.

M: Fairly carbonated for a RIS. Of course thicker than your average beer.

O: This is one of those beers that I love because of the style and the classic flavors that it brings. However, it's not as memorable as certain other versions of this variety. It's imperfect, but it is definitely a great addition.

ponbon63, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tpauer, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

whendeathsleeps, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

wo87810, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jordantb313, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Jerone
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, viscous used motor oil, milk chocolate colored finger and a half head that fades but still leaves a bit of foam, leaves some lacing behind.

S - Yum, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt with a touch of alcohol in a good way.

T - Bam, lots of flavor and what I love about stouts. Dark chocolate and some coffee flavor with slight hints of dark fruits as it gets closer to room temp (65). Has some sweetness but not too much, very lovely stout.

M - Great mouthfeel, low carbonation, heavy body, slightly viscous.

O - Great beer overall and highly recommended. SN keeps on making high quality beers and this one actually has little to no hop flavor :D

Jerone, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

yaksurf, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Joshpu
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel.

A: Black, used motor oil. About a finger of tan head, which dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing with alcohol legs.

S: Roasty smell. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, some dark fruit.

T: Little bit of hop or chocolate/coffee bitterness, not overwhelming, it tastes great. Alot of coffee, malt, dark chocolate, sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, fairly creamy tasting. Fair amount of carbonation.

O: Outstanding beer, for a 10% beer it is very well executed. This beer is addictive, makes me wanting to come back for more.

Joshpu, Jan 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

TheKitten, Jan 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

pin, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jsnoek, Jan 12, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,760 ratings.