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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,465 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,465
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 579 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narwhal pours black into the glass with a big, tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of pine, roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. The aroma improves as the beer warms.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. The rich flavor is nice and malty with a bitter finish. It begins with roast malt and chocolate. Some dark fruit and nuts come through in the middle. It finishes with some bitter pine flavors. Once gone the chocolate and piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

For 10% abv this is a quite drinkable beer. Well balanced with full flavors as the beer warms.

WanderingFool, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Bubbles
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Bubbles, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with some tan foam. Eventually dissapates. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee. Pleasing. Taste is full boozy roasted malt with an opening bitter that fades out. Some lingers. Loads of chocolate with backing dark fruits. Dark puckering.

As with everything at SN, really good.

KTCamm, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of MagillaGriller
4/5  rDev -3.4%

MagillaGriller, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Hoptologist
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Hoptologist, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Omensetter, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Fakexican
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Fakexican, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of acelin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a lite mocha head that quickly disappears. Leaves no lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, chewy molasses candy, and bitter hops.

The taste is certainly huge, and is very bitter in a great way. Very chewy, with giant mouthfeel - almost like slightly warm molasses. It also has great sweet, malty molasses flavor. It's almost like someone took a biscuit with molasses and turned it into a brew.

Mouthfeel is good, could be creamier, but this is a RIS.

acelin, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of moejoe10
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

moejoe10, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -3.4%

fredmugs, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Picodegallo87
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Picodegallo87, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Hellpop65, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of liquorpig
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

liquorpig, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of whodeyvols
4/5  rDev -3.4%

whodeyvols, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Blaze5445
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Blaze5445, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of BillieWest
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BillieWest, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -3.4%

deapokid, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a unibrue snifter

A- pours a black as night color... big thick khaki colored head...fades to a bubbly ring around the glass... leaving smears of lace to the glass

S- whiffs of bitter sweet chocolate, slight burnt charred ... roasted coffee grains, a smeel that reminds me of a slight perique tobacco

T- slighty like the smell... big bold flavors of bakers chocolate, bitter coffee, slight bitter burnt tobacco leaf... huge hop bitterness

M- smooth and creamy... oily body due to the minimal carbonation... big hop bitterness that leads for dry bitter finish, cleans up nicely

O- I've been waiting for this to be delivered into my store ... and only 3 cases made into our county ... this doesn't disappoint... maybe my new favorite RIS, well done sierra

warrenout330, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bbadger, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mportnoy, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of GeckoPunk
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copied from Beer_Runner... Couldn't have said it better myself... (Although I poured aggressively and got about a finger and a half of Khaki head (Great Lacing!). I was told from someone at Amity Wine and Spirit that it had a stronger hoppiness to it, however, I didn't really pick up on it, although he said it was prominent only when the beer was cold. I had it at cellar temp, leaving me to believe I only tasted the robust stout/porter tastes associated from the beer.

A: An aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about half a finger of espresso creama colored head that was very dense. The head is fairly robust and lasted through about half of the glass and left a good lacing. The beer is a midnight black, and light will not even think about passing through it.

S: The aroma is a rich blend of strong, dark roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and roasted barley. There is also some earthy hops making its way into the mix.

T: The taste begins with a big shot of strong coffee along with unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley. Very quickly bold, earthy hops and then some spicy hops join in for a west coast flair.

M: The beer has a heavy and full body that is very smooth and creamy. It feels thick and leaves a slick coating. All-in-all, it has a very satisfying feel.

O: A top notch imperial stout. The coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley flavors mix well together and provide a solid backbone to balance the earthy and spicy hops. It is a fairly complex tasting beer, but each element has its own characteristics, and together they create a bold and pleasing imperial stout.

GeckoPunk, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Mcooly
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mcooly, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date: 10/12/2012.

A: An aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about half a finger of espresso creama colored head that was very dense. The head is fairly robust and lasted through about half of the glass and left a good lacing. The beer is a midnight black, and light will not even think about passing through it.

S: The aroma is a rich blend of strong, dark roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and roasted barley. There is also some earthy hops making its way into the mix.

T: The taste begins with a big shot of strong coffee along with unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley. Very quickly bold, earthy hops and then some spicy hops join in for a west coast flair.

M: The beer has a heavy and full body that is very smooth and creamy. It feels thick and leaves a slick coating. All-in-all, it has a very satisfying feel.

O: A top notch imperial stout. The coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley flavors mix well together and provide a solid backbone to balance the earthy and spicy hops. It is a fairly complex tasting beer, but each element has its own characteristics, and together they create a bold and pleasing imperial stout.

Beer_Runner, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Jasonrm72
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jasonrm72, Dec 07, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,465 ratings.