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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,461
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 577 | FT: 35
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and slightly viscous. Just over one finger of head forms and hangs around for some time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing and rings are left down the glass.

Pleasing malty aroma with hints of roast, mocha, and a slight touch of smoke. Alcohol is detectable but nothing out of the ordinary for an Imprial Stout.

Alcohol and smoke plays a much larger role in the flavor. Still plenty of roasted and chocolate malt as well. Finishes with the flavor of ethanol. Plenty warm at the end.

Thick and creamy feel. It is full bodied. As always, Sierra Nevada does not disappoint in the mouthfeel whatever the style they brew.

I thought maybe they would of went safe with a RIS. But this is a big, bold stout that is not afraid to flex its muscles. Approachable flavors that just about anyone could appreciate.

morimech, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev -3.4%

morningthief, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of chumsnards666
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

chumsnards666, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ChrisL24481, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of jeannewilliams
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jeannewilliams, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev -3.4%

2neardead, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

tbone1384, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a finger of mocha head. Aroma of roasty cocoa, licorice, and coffee.

Moderate carbonation and full, creamy, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Caramel and roasty chocolate up front with espresso and licorice. Quite a bit of hop bitterness and boozy warmth on the finish, with fruity esters that emerge as the beer warms.

Solid stout with sharp, big flavors.

grittybrews, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of vanillacokaine
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vanillacokaine, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a 12oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black slightly oily liquid. Some dark mahogany and caramel edges are present. There is a nice light tan 0.5 inch head that is formed. It recedes fairly quickly down to a thin film.

Aroma starts with roast and dark malts. Slightly smokey with some coffee notes. There is also some nice bitter chocolate in the nose. There are some slight grassy aroma in the nose as well that mix in with the roasted, dark and coffee notes. Pretty nice aroma.

Flavor starts off with dark chocolate notes. Some sweetness with nice dark cocoa bitterness. Then there is the roast that comes in. Coffee and espresso notes with some slight sweet milk chocolate notes present. There is definitely some nice grassy hop notes in the middle and the back end of this brew. Very well blended with the roast and stout notes. Quite the roasty brew with nice dark cocoa notes to finish it off. Mouthfeel is nice and slick. Creamy with good lively carbonation as well.

Pretty impressive brew by Sierra Nevada. Rich and creamy with some nice roasty coffee notes. Good RIS.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Jimbo33
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jimbo33, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip from a bottle.

Pours a deep jet coffee black. With a nice vanilla cream head.

Smells of fresh coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla raisins.

At first taste the beer coats the inside of your mouth, bringing rich stone fruit, coffee and bitter cocoa forward. A nice subtle sweetness is balanced perfectly by that chocolate bitterness.

Beer laces nicely on the glass giving some noticeable legs.

Have a few fresh and a few for the cellar.

Cheers

BeerNFoodDood, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark chocolate color with a half inch if espresso colored head.

The smell is bakers chocolate, coffee liquor, and anise.

The flavors are robust. Dark roasted espresso and bitter chocolate with a light hoppy bite. The finish is licorice then a heavy char.

I'm not much for giving 5s, but I can't think of any flaws in the mouthfeel. It's super rich and creamy. The carbonation is spot on. The body is heavy yet fluffy.

I was pretty blown away by this stout and would put it up there with my favorite RISs that don't come from a barrel.

Vonerichs, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JessxSpikes
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

JessxSpikes, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mrandypandy
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Green's, in Atlanta.

A - Pours a jet black, big mocha head that recedes down. Nice sticky lacing on initial pour also dies down. All-in-all, pretty.
S - Roasted malts and hops, not much else though.
T - Big and roasty. There's quite a bit of a harsh bitterness as well that I'm not quite a fan of.
M - Medium body, good carbonation, but the bitterness lingers.
O - Not a bad, but there are much better imperial stouts out there. I had heard some good things about this beer, but was slightly disappointed. Too much hops/bitterness, and not enough malts to balance it out. Reminds me a bit of other highly hopped imperial stouts like Sweetwater's Happy Ending, and Victory's Storm King. Needs time to sit and mellow out.

mrandypandy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of bobarc
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

bobarc, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

roblund, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Skye1024, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of QuakeAttack
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

QuakeAttack, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of haddyhustle302
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

haddyhustle302, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Ted
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Ted, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BarrytheBear, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a huge mocha brown head. The head has got some nice staying power. Spotty lacing once the head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Nice milk chocolate note and mild yet crisp roast note. Got a hint of fruitiness. It also smells like its got an oatmeal note going on as well. The nose is really great on this beer probably my favorite part the beer as a whole.

Taste: Moderately roasted coffee kick that mixes with a hint of black licorice. The beer finishes with a mildly sweet and bitter flavors that are best described as lingering bakers cocoa, tobacco, and molasses notes. Maybe even a hint of charcoal in there too. Bold and complex without being abrasive.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is a little bit creamy while also being slick. Really smooth not a hint of booze in this beer that is just over 10%. Carbonation is really well done adding a touch of finesse because it has a soft feel to it as well.

Overall: This is probably the second best beer I have had drank that is brewed by Seirra Nevada; only trumped by the Black Barleywine they put in the large format bottle a few years ago. This is a well made Russian Imperial Stout. It got an hier about it; to me its an approachable beer for people new to the style and its good enough to satify some people with those "hard to please" palates. Bold flavors and smooth drinking. Sierra Nevada would be wise to make this a seasonal beer no doubt in my mind! This one blows away old raspy by north coast.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 10, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,461 ratings.