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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: 3,069
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
Gots: 445 | FT: 29
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%

11-06-2012 03:39:26 | More by johnnyboy76
Photo of kevgod


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-06-2012 02:42:45 | More by kevgod
Photo of augustg


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, this ones dark with a nice tan head on top.

S- Immediate chocolate and slight coffee. very malty.

T- Sweet and chocolate up front. Finishes with the roast malt

M- Not as thick as expected. A bit over carbonated for my taste in Imperial Stouts

D- Really surprisingly nice Imperial Stout! Pick this one up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:13:39 | More by augustg
Photo of kdown


4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 21:18:20 | More by kdown
Photo of Listers


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-05-2012 16:17:02 | More by Listers
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 12:40:01 | More by twowheelssoar
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter. This beer is black, like a moonless night, kinda black
S: smells of dark roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, you can also smell leather. which paired nicely with a dark cigar
T: flavors of charred wood, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, burnt sugars, dark roasted malt, slight oily hop presence. swallow brings more huge flavors of roast malt and an espresso finish
M: thick beer with a nice mouthfeel. It coats your tongue like a warm friendly blanket.
O: It's enornous, it's velvety smooth and it doesn't punch you in the mouth but it can probably put you down after a few. alcohol is very well hidden. This beer is absolutely phenomenal and a steal at the price point it sells for.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 11:46:56 | More by sniper061
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 04:58:05 | More by AdamP
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting Notes from 11/2/12. Poured from 12oz bottle into CBS snifter. This was served at cellar temperature.

A) Pitch black as expected. Nice thick 2 finger mocha head, which settled to a dusting relatively quickly. Decent lacing+ some legs.

S) I found the aroma pleasant, but not as pronounced as I expected. Dark roast, light coffee, malt sweetness that came off like brown sugar+ vanilla, kind of like a cookie dough. There was a whiff of booze.

T) Wonderful... Heavy roast+ some coffee flavor. Plenty of chocolate, and pleasing sweetness. Then some nice earthy hops for a little bitterness. The alcohol gives a little warmth, but is well hidden.

M) Rich, quite supple... This has a full body, with light carbonation. Feels rather thick, but goes down nice and smooth. Good aftertaste...

O) Excellent RIS right here. I enjoy a little extra hops in the flavor, and kind of expected that from SN. I love their regular stout. This one is a fantastic sipper for the cold months ahead. Glad to recommend this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:24:30 | More by RoamingGnome
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-05-2012 03:37:38 | More by Gehrig13
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-05-2012 02:06:50 | More by SaxmanRick
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is opaque black with a beautifully thick, syrupy look and about a finger of foamy head that looks like coffee with a lot of cream. Lacing is abundant as well.

S-Some noticeable alcohol in the aroma, with dark-roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa.

T- Flavors are tasty, and are primarily of bitter cocoa, and black coffee. Some sweetness lingers on the palate after each sip.

M-Fairly full body with a good amount of carbonation.

Narwhal is good, it's not particularly exciting or original, but affordable and worth a try.
Would be worth aging, in order to mellow out some of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:23:32 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Holland


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark and thick with a one finger, tan head that gives way to a very thin sheet of foam on top.

S: big roasted smells like coffee and slight smoke. Sweet malt, too.

T: good bitterness and roasted flavor mix, with little of the sweetness I thought would be there from the smell.

M: thick body with medium carbonation that isn't too aggressive makes for a smooth stout.

O: very nice beer for $9 per 4-pack. Delicious stuff, would buy again, and I'm excited to age some of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:18:59 | More by Holland
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 01:04:57 | More by marine1975
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

11-05-2012 00:37:15 | More by Steimie
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-05-2012 00:04:05 | More by abex44
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with absolutely no penetration where any decent amount of thickness is achieved; not when held to a light bulb or even directly into the sun. Thick, 2 finger mocha head shows good retention. A fair amount of silky, sticky lace.

Smell - Dark roasted malty aromas stick out the most, especially baker's chocolate, while notes of raisin sit beneath. There's also a touch of astringency; more so as the beer warms.

Taste - Deep, dark roast malt character: bitter chocolate and a touch of black coffee dominate up front. Notes of raisin and fig creep up in the back end, and a bit of heat comes along with it, then lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chewy, though there's also a silky smoothness when swallowing. A bit of heat might make this a sipper for some, but not for me!

Overall - Well executed RIS. Fantastic all-around balance for the style. A bit of heat does shine through, but at 10.2% it's nothing unexpected. Looking forward to drinking this again, and comparing to the likes of the Lagunitas Imperial Stout, as well as others.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:42:39 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 22:13:41 | More by pjs234
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.50 for the 4 pack, bought locally.

it pours black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and leaves the usual excellence with the lacing.

The smell is of cocoa and roasted malt with some light notes of coffee. Err...maybe not so light notes of coffee. Good either way.

First sip in and it starts off, for me, as being very sweet soon overtaken by roasted malt and coffee that add a nice bitterness. There's plenty of the ample alcohol in the taste as well meaning a lot of warming. It finishes on the bitter side thanks to all that roasty goodness.

Full bodied, lightish carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel. On a day with the temps in the 60sF, not so drinkable but when the temps drop, the drinkability of this IS will rise. I'm bloody sure of that.

A big thumbs up to SN's bold new Imperial Stout!

Edit Nov 8, 2012:

I'm now on my 3rd bottle and my like for it grows and grows. There's really nothing I'd change with my review *other than* the scores. Onward and upward!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:55:04 | More by Bitterbill
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head that dissipates. I have some remnants of sticky lace in the pint glass, but not much.

Coffee and licorice in the nose. Some bitter charred notes.

Deep flavors with terrific balance of dark richness and bitter. Sweet malt of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, charred burnt bits. Bitterness leans in with some alcohol, but it seems less boozy than it really is. Nice bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste.

This one even pours thick. Dense full body. A little acid.

Great RIS. Loved this and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:44:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-04-2012 10:52:28 | More by BeerBucks
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 08:44:06 | More by strongaf
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 07:08:25 | More by mmmaaattt
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-04-2012 04:34:23 | More by JigsawRecords
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 02:07:18 | More by Bilco
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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