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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,441 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,441
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 170
Gots: 567 | FT: 36
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 SanFranJake
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft in a tulip at SNBC.
Pours a deep dark black with 1/8" golden head which fades slowly.
Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate which get deeper as the stout warms and the glass level lowers.
Super smooth and easy, almost chewy mouthfeel and a chocolatey aftertaste which lingers nice and long.
A step outside of Sierra's norm but a damn good beer all around!
I loved it in the bottle and have been picking the four-packs up as I see them. Great now...only time will tell for later.

SanFranJake, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this beer since I first heard about it. 12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a fizzy and effervescing two inch, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops as it gradually collapses into a sudsy slick with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Nose expresses dark, roasted malts, chocolate and brewers licorice - there's also a slight artificial sweetener character that reveals itself towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there's also some smokiness in the flavor profile as well as molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with slightly oily texture, as well as a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a very solid RIS from a very solid brewery. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, and balance is great. The only detracting qualities for me are the slight, artificial sweetener presence in the nose and in the flavor. Also, while the carbonation is not overly assertive, I would like to see it dissipate a little more. All and all, this beer is well worth your time if you enjoy the style.

Jwale73, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of JustinWhipple
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JustinWhipple, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of MarkSmithVT
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

MarkSmithVT, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Yabev15, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, alcohol, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but I think the mouthfeel is the best part of the drinking experience with this one.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-black with no highlights visible with a fingers worth of tan head

S-Roasted malt, molasses, coffee, mild dark fruit, and some bitter hops

T-taste matches the aroma but is a little heavier on the hops. Still lots of roasted malts, coffee, light burnt flavor, and alcohol warming

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, a dry burnt flavor is left on the tongue

Overall I really like this beer, great combination of flavors, and even though the alcohol is noticeable it is not overbearing

ksimons, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of HANGOVER
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HANGOVER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into my deschutes snifter.

a - pours deep, dark brown, almost black. formed a finger of dense, dark brown head upon pouring that eventually calmed to a thin film, leaving behind a thick sheet of lacing bordered by small spots. a damn fine looking beer.

s - roasted malt, charcoal notes, faint dark chocolate, faint alcohol astringency.

t - notes of dark chocolate, char, and faint tobacco supported by roasted malt goodness. faint, earthy hop character, but just enough for balance. has an alcoholic bitterness that fades into a dark chocolate bittersweetness and lingers for a bit.

m - full bodied, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile. faint alcohol warming.

o - pretty damn enjoyable, but a little hot and rough around the edges. quite drinkable for 10%, but certainly could use some time to mature. gonna pick up some more of this and sit on them for a while. definitely a welcome addition to the imperial stout category.

divineaudio, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ryancl, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -3.4%

shelby415, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of honkduh
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

honkduh, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

TypsiYpsi, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Thirstygoat, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at cellar temp into a pint glass.

Narwhal is basically black in color and starts with a good inch of off white head. It settles somewhat quickly but leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma is roasty and robust with some hop character.

Flavor is surprisingly strong with big bitterness from both hops and malts. There's a little sweetness but it's really dominated by dark roasted malts and big hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little bit overly carbonated.

Overall a good imperial stout but it doesn't have the silky mouthfeel of my other favorites like Yeti and TenFidy.

GilGarp, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Damn, this is a dark beer, and the nice brown head gives credence to that. I got distracted, left the room for a good ten minutes or more, and when I returned, it was still laced around the top. I would say that's pretty close to perfect... no lacing.

S + T: The nice, standard imperial stout profile in both the nose and flavor-wise: roasted malts, coffee, some cocoa notes, a nice hop presence. Some anise comes out in the flavor as it warms. It's not brewed with any added ingredients, but the balance is excellent--'complexity in simplicity.'

M + D: The body is on the heavier side of medium, but just a hair shy of that chewiness that I would have liked. Granted, this is purely subjective, so to anyone who reads the review: please treat it as such. The overall experience is excellent, and I am very pleased to have finally picked up a bottle of this beer. The fact that it's named what it is acts as an added bonus!

Proteus93, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of B00ZER
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of mtalley999
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mtalley999, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Served at cellar temp.

Dark, well-used oil. Viscous. Finger and a half of thick, frothy, peanut shell brown head. Nice lacing. Rich nose of roasted malt, coffee, molasses, chocolate-y dark fruit, vanilla, and licorice. Also some herbal, piny, Scotch tape hops.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Dark chocolate and figgy fruit sweetness fills in. Becomes more earthy, peaty, and bitter. Herbal, piny, numbing hop bitterness lasts through the finish. Vanilla and licorice around the edges. Warming. Full-bodied with a smooth, satiny feel. Very nicely done.

alexgash, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Cooper, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of NickSMpls
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

NickSMpls, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
5/5  rDev +20.8%

kaelingirl, Nov 25, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,441 ratings.