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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: 3,202
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 148
Gots: 497 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Photo of DocJitsu
3.6/5  rDev -13%

Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short, quickly fading head. The color of the head is caramel with shades of mocha. A very nice looking beer. A shame the head dissipates so quickly. Usual dark roast malt and coffee aromas. Nothing remarkable or unique. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, helping the whole experience of the beer venture a little north of mediocrity. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, and plastic.

Addendum: as the beer warms it improves. Boldness emerges and becomes much more like a Russian Imperial Stout. A bit of a sour character that seems to accentuate the experience, but I wouldn't miss it if it weren't there. I feel the alcohol, so it must be there. I certainly don't taste it.

DocJitsu, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of dwtyler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

eawolff99, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of avschmitt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

avschmitt, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of nrombes
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

nrombes, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Horbar, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev -3.4%

bigbeers84, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

2012 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. There's a ton of carbonation here. I get a massive head about 3-4 fingers thick without even pouring it very harshly. Nice lacing as the head dies down. It's hard to nose this beer with all that foam, but I do get some nice roasted notes, espresso, and a touch of dark fruit.

The beer has a full body, creamy feel, and a very traditional RIS flavor profile. Big bready malt notes up front that quickly get bitter as roasty, burnt toast and fruit flavors join in. Lots of bitter coffee and chocolate in this one and very little sweetness, save for the front of the palate. The finish is quite long and satisfying and leaves a lingering roasty flavor.

Overall, I expected this beer to be average and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a well-constructed RIS, though just a little bitter for my taste.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of genitempo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

A - From bottle to glass, pours chunky, inked body with a stained brown head. Melted lace.

S - Nothing overbearing, subtle caramel and malt, lightly toasted on the nose.

T - Paradoxical for a RIS. I actually enjoyed this beer at a colder temperature, in the first few sips. The taste of dark chocolate and caramel was very well-formed and crisp initially. Once the temp hit to standard drinking temps for an RIS, the haughtiness in the booze was almost overbearing, and a chalkiness hit the palate.

MF - Why describe? With this style, you can't fuck this up.

O - I'm in a bit of bind with this brew. The ABV sits between two of my favorite RIS (Ten Fidy and GD Yeti). You would think it would take some of the better qualities of both of these beers, but it fails. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the beer (It's a heavy stout, after all), but I will be aging a couple bottles just to see if maturity is what this beer needs all along.

genitempo, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Strychn9ne
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Strychn9ne, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt. There was a touch of pine.

T - Great blend of dark chocolate, burnt molasses, toffee and roasted malt. A slight piney bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really nice Russian Imperial Stout.

zeff80, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts dominate with semi-sweet chocolate and slight coffee notes. There are some faint licorice notes towards the finish with a sweet charred aroma.

T: Roasted malts dominate here as well. Bitter chocolate and coffee are also present with a robust, charred finish and light alcohol burn. Delicious.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit more carbonated than most imperial stouts, but it goes well with the robust flavors.

O: A surprisingly good imperial stout. Very robust and flavorful without being too sweet or too bitter. Quite enjoyable.

n2185, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of zapahoppa
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zapahoppa, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Envelopes, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of TheTinDoor
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

TheTinDoor, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of oregone
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

oregone, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

seplo, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CAPorter, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

gshak, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

tbizzle0, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

rolandboy, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bump8628, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%

S: Dry, roasty cocoa and coffee. Slight vanilla.

L: Thick, viscous and black. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Very dry, roasty stout. Coffee and dry cocoa like flavors dominate. Slight coffee sweetness with slight dark fruits. Finishes quite dry with residual cocoa sweetness.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

A very dry, roasty RIS. Reminds me a lot of Old Rasputin. A nice change to a lot of sweet RIS's, but i feel like its a little one noted. Should be interesting what a little age does to this beer.

bum732, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

This imperial stout is a nearly jet black color with a nice light brown head and good lacing. The aroma offers clean, muted malt, nothing prolific. The flavor is full of thick malt and medicinal grass bite, mineral water and charcoal blended into a unique mouthful of stout. Sharp malty goodness, and not much else to say. Full bodied I'd say with a somewhat oily feel. Very tiny bubbles for a subtle but adequate carbonation. Quality stuff though not something I would have to revisit. Classy brew none the less.

Durge, Nov 13, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.