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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,071
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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JigsawRecords

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-04-2012 04:34:23 | More by JigsawRecords
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 02:07:18 | More by Bilco
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-04-2012 02:03:39 | More by PJKSR02
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shamrock071521

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-04-2012 00:54:33 | More by shamrock071521
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Auror

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to CBS snifter on 11/03/12.

Appearance- Jet black with an iced coffee colored mocha head. Medium head on pour leads to persistent half inch ring. Excellent lacing..

Smell- Roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. A bit smokier than I anticipated, not as much chocolate.

Taste- Flavor takes a back seat to mouthfeel. Sticky sweetness leads to a lingering piney bitterness. Individual flavors aren't very easy to pick out. It's mainly some sweetness, then roasted notes, followed by bitterness. Insert your favorite placeholder flavor (vanilla to smoke to hops).

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous, coating, and slightly chewy. Carbonation levels prevent the beer from being as creamy as I like my stouts to be.

Overall- Considering this doesn't taste up my alley, I can at least appreciate the well-made aspects of it. The sweetness and bitterness balance well in the taste, although I think both are a little heavy. Alcohol is not very noticeable for a 10% plus beer. My score turned out very odd for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:05:31 | More by Auror
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out black in color with two fingers of light brown/caramel colored head. Pretty good retention and thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and a hint booze.

T: Similar to the nose with some chocolate flavor in there as well. It has a nice bitterness to it.

M: Thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

O: I was big fan of this one. Pricewise, it beats everything else in that range and can really compete with some of the higher end imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:02:48 | More by mpedara429
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2012 19:26:50 | More by Zaphog
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-03-2012 18:52:07 | More by Daniellobo
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BeerNW

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-03-2012 15:16:00 | More by BeerNW
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-03-2012 04:42:57 | More by WoodburyMN
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davey101

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled October 12, 2012. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark black body with two finger mocha/red head. Settles into some thin edging. Solid amount of lacing and retention but nothing too impressive.

S - Roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder and anise. Incredibly balanced. Just a great aroma.

T - Roasted malts lead into that signature SN grapefruit and pine hop profile. Finishes with bitter coffee beans and smooth milk chocolate. Just a touch of anise.

M - Smooth and creamy with nice carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticeable and the beer really opens up as it warms.

O - This beer gets everything right, even as a fresh beer. Plus its SN so its at an amazing price and distribution. It seems less hoppy and intense than the the 30th Anny stout, but I really like this beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:17:56 | More by davey101
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled October 6 and put on the shelf two days ago at my local store.

A - Pours black with a dense finger of wood brown head. Sticky tiered lacing.

S - Toasted malts dominate along with almond, vanilla, cedar, and some mellow pine hops. Sweet and roasty with balancing earthiness.

T - Starts with an iced mocha coffee sweetness. Some burnt pine follows along with vanilla notes. The finish is more bitter than anticipated with earthy tree sap hops. Warming alcohol comes in late and becomes less noticeable with each sip. Sweetens as it warms and caramel, vanilla, and marshmallow step up to the char.

M - Definitely has enough body for the big flavors. Smooth carbonation. The alcohol isn't in your face, but isn't forgotten.

O - I have been waiting for this to land in my area for a few weeks. Balanced flavor that improves as it warms. The more drink it, the more I like it. A very good RIS that is right up there with Old Raspy in the RIS 12oz. 4pk under $10 category. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. Hopefully this becomes a shelf staple so I can grab it whenever I choose.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:06:03 | More by NoLeafClover44
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured down the middle of a 16 oz snifter, bottled on the 279th day of the year, and close to room temperature like the brewer would suggest. Pours a slick midnight black, with a massive 3 inch brown head that coats the sides of the glass with lace. The smell is anise, coffee, chocolate, and hints of smoke, balanced very well. Taste is very aggressive with all those flavors, probably will mellow with time, I will definitely hang on to a case of these to see what time will do, not complaining. Body is medium large, plenty of life especially for its size, a little dry as you should expect, and very approachable. This is a wonderful and affordable imperial stout at $8.99. Sierra does it once again!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:46:26 | More by SawDog505
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2012 01:25:41 | More by Rekrule
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2012 00:57:13 | More by IcemanCometh
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2012 00:54:24 | More by MightiestBeard
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-03-2012 00:44:35 | More by sabitu
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as night with a rather large, chocolately brown head. Head retention and lacing is pretty awesome. Head is amazingly frothy and persistent. Lots of rising carbonation.

S- Lots of deep, dark chocolately roasts. Next come the coffee flavors. Coffee is pretty dominant right after the chocolate hits. Bitterness at the end suggests some hop profile, but most bitterness is from the dark chocolate.

T- Big chocolates right off the bat, just like the scent. Chocolate is very dark and pretty bitter. Coffee is not as strong in the taste as in the scent, but still present. Slightly warming alcohol heat is also present with a dull bitterness in the flavor. Slightest bit of hop bitterness intermingles with the chocolate and coffee bitterness at the end. Flavor finishes very clean with only a little lingering bite.

M- Thick and creamy and a little slick on the palate. Only slight alcohol heat as previously mentioned. Lower levels of carbonation add to the thick and creamy effect. Easily sessionable because of the thickness and its tendency to lend itself to sipping.

Overall, another stellar beer from SN. I haven't had the regular stout, but I imagine they built off of it for this one, and it makes me excited to try some.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:37:20 | More by boilermakerbrew
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-02-2012 22:31:56 | More by JebediahScooter
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2012 21:27:51 | More by Rollzroyce21
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BigJiMo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-02-2012 17:31:12 | More by BigJiMo
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jriggins6

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-02-2012 12:43:42 | More by jriggins6
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, black licorice, a bit of earthy, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some earthy hops and touch of molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, a touch of dark fruit, and bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Incredibly smooth for how big it is with great overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 04:30:18 | More by ngeunit1
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2012 04:06:08 | More by thebigredone
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another release in the High Altitude Series that houses big names like Hoptimum and Bigfoot!!

Pours out pitch black with a thick, mocha/tan head that lingers for a long time given the ABV.

The aroma has huge notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malt.

The taste is also primarily chocolate and coffee, but there are the dark roasted notes and a surprising amount of hops that makes the beer somewhat bitter and dry. This is very balanced between the sweetness from the coffee and chocolate and the bitterness of the hops and coffee. The ABV is well masked with only a slight warming effect.

The mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy, silky and smooth.

A very nice effort from Sierra Nevada! Not the greatest Imperial Stout and I would have liked a little more complexity, but an extremely solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 03:35:49 | More by JohnnyMc
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,071 ratings.