Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 4,023
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 220
Gots: 832 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of fscottkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.00] Pours a jet black. Aggressive pour forms a 1/4 finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving only wisps of foam on the surface. The bottle lists the ABV (10.2%) and the born on date (8/13/14). The born on date is white print on the black label (+1 guys!)

S: [3.00] On the nose I get mostly dark fruits. There are hints of the 10% alcohol too.

T: [4.50] I am hit with nicely charred malts. The taste is mellow all the way across. There is no hint of any alcohol. The front is smooth and sweet and it finishes with the bitter chocolate taste. The dark fruits from the nose are also there.

M: [4.50] I was struck by how smooth the first sip was. Mice creamy body with light carbonation.

O: [4.25] This beer has a lot going on in the taste. Coffee, chocolate, malty sweetness - some bitterness. It is a great melding of flavors. The nose wasn't that pronounced - which surprised me. However, the taste and the smooth body made up for it.

Photo of NorwegianDrinker
2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of Redneckwine
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pitch black and not a ray of light makes it through the abyss. One finger dark beige head sticks around as a wispy cap and leaves nice lazing.

Smell - Roasty, earthy malts, mild spicy licorice, touch of bittersweet cocoa, a whiff of alcohol is definitely pulling through

Taste - Dark roasted malts kick it off with ample vinous fruitiness and charred grain, an estery, spicy alcoholic note complements the malts and warms the throat, bittersweet cocoa, anise/licorice notes, and a bit of grassy/earthy hops round it all out. Starts fairly sweet but finishes fairly dry with a restrained bitterness and last flavor that coats the mouth. Flavor really pops as it warms and opens up.

Feel - This is pretty much a monster beer: full bodied and creamy smooth, yet doesn't feel too heavy (like you're drinking an entire meal), and I like that. Carbonation is gentle yet prevalent, carrying the big body along nicely.

Overall - Awesome stout. It has some very interesting fruity and notes that you don't see in a lot of other imperial stouts, and is really dangerously drinkable. It just doesn't feel all that heavy and "chewy", like drinking your dinner, which, while some may disapprove of, I enjoy.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of chris1919
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Vivs85
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Magbas
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A delicious winter stout

Photo of Martyrob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I think this is a solid stout for the price. I put it on par with Ten Fidy

Photo of cultclassic89
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage.

Appearance is black with dark brown hues at the top and bottom of the glass. Not too thick looking, but on par with most other imperial stouts.

Good nose, mix of espresso, roast, dark fruits and hop juiciness. Not too intense.

More dark fruits on the taste with a nice roastiness. A hint of chocolate, but the roast and dark fruits dominate it. A bit of bitterness, but it's balanced well.

Medium to medium full mouthfeel.

A pretty good RIS. I prefer TenFIDY, but this is definitely enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,023 ratings.