Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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4,029 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,029
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 220
Gots: 840 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of Onenote81
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a 4-pack of this when it first came out. Saved the final bottle for a review. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black. No light penetrates this one. Small tan head. Nose is rich with booze, chocolate, roasted coffee, grape, vanilla. Hints of woodsy aromas on the finish.

Body is decadent and full. Rich velvety feel with a touch of carbonation on the back end. A nice malty backbone, with vanilla, chocolate syrup, a little booze, black licorice, dark fruits.

This one was rich and tasty. The alcohol snuck up on me at the tail end, but this one was one I enjoyed through and through. I hope to see this around often, as I would like to have stock of this one at all times.

Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of purppy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Moose90
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/3/12 @ 7:35AM!
Tasted 1/14/12
12oz bottle into tulip glass

A – Pours a near opaque jet black with a thin medium-dark brown head. Leaves adequate lacing. Looks good for a RIS.

S – Coffee dark roasted, bitter dark chocolate, and a ton of black licorice on this one. A little bit of fresh cream and milkiness to it. No alcohol comes through here.

T – Pretty subdued for a RIS. No charcoal briquettes in this one. Good mild dark chocolate and coffee notes. The licorice and cream come through again but they are on the back burner of this complex brew.

M – Good carbonation, not an overwhelming amount of it, it helps bring a nice dryness and compliments the big dark malt profile.

O – A great RIS, not burnt and tarnished like some others. Not sweet but has nice licorice and chocolate notes. A solid offering, just wish it wasn't so darn hard to find on shelves.

Photo of sevenarts
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark black, dense and totally opaque. Tan head with some lacing.

S: Coffee, sweet chocolate, alcohol, a liitle boozey.

T/M: Rich coffee and chocolate up front, roasted malts, followed by boozey, warming alcohol on the back end. Thick and full bodied with a bit of a bite going down.

O: A very good imperial stout, dense and heavy and intense, and its ABV is really felt.

Photo of Bin33chef
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Whimpers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jifigz
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

The appearance of this tenebrous brew is jet black with a nice creamy lighlty creamed coffee colored head. The head lingers for an average amount of time. No sunlight passed through this beer or changed its color when held up to the window. The aroma of this brew is rich and creamy chocolate, booze with hints of spicy hops, rich caramel and toffee and burnt toast. The flavor of this beer is hefty. It starts off rich and creamy with hints of a chocolate malt milkshake. The ending is riding a nice bitter note that lingers resides in the mouth for quite a while. The middle is rather complex. It transforms from rich and boozy chocolate to almost a bitter liquor like flavor that resounds with toasted malts. The end has a stale cigarette flavor in the mouth along with the bitterness. The MF is creamy yet slick, it is heavy enough to support such huge alcohol and flavor, yet certainly not too thick and is actually rather medium bodied.

A fantastic Imperial stout. Sierra Nevada pretty much always does it right.

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice imperial from Sierra Nevada, well worth the wait. A quality effort that’s affordable and easily accessible to boot. Pours deep black with a smallish cream colored head; decent retention and a bit of patchy lace. Not the best looking example of the style but that’s nitpicking I suppose. Aroma of roasted, nearly charred malt, espresso, black licorice, baker’s chocolate. The flavor mirrors the nose closely; the roastiness is the prevalent note here, again black licorice or anise is present, but integrates well and isn’t overbearing; booze is well-hidden, sweetness is average for the style, some piney hops tidy things up in a fairly subtle way underneath. Far from cloying; in fact I would have enjoyed a bit more caramel, brown sugar and chocolate here. But it’s a well-meshed flavor, not too big, hits all the right notes while taking a bit of a middle of the road approach. Very drinkable and very appealing.

The body is moderately full and carbonation is medium; the feel has just a touch of creamy smoothness. Again, it’s not particularly massive, but it drinks like a charm. Overall a real winner. Not going to make anyone forget the heavy hitters but you could do a lot worse than grab a four pack of this for your stout fix.

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Shruggy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Skramer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of danmcg62
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mitch3114
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of horshack7
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It's down right black as the night sky. The head is light brown and is about one finger thick.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, light alcohol notes, charred wood, subtle yeasty bits. Traces of dark fruits, citrus and black licorice.

Taste: Dark roasted hops and chocolate malts, milk and dark chocolate notes. Espresso, vanilla bean, charred wood. Quite the silky smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Rather a hefty beer very good for a cold night. Cheers.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type -Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil with a thick, foamy, 1 inch head. Lots of stick lacing. Look s nice.

Smell - Roasted malts, sweet brown sugars, molassess, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Coffee/chocolate aroma. Not overly strong aroma.

Taste - First sip this drinks more like a american stout then a ris. Plenty of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Has a nice backbone of honey/molassess/brown sugar to add some sweetness. Nice mix of hops and fruits also adds flavor. Slight alcohol warmth at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts hit the tounge with roasty notes, chocolate and coffee come in after. Palate gets more malts, along with sugars, some hops and fruits. Finish is a little dry and malty.

Overall - Nice beer, but drinks closer to a american stout then a ris. Really smooth, and the alcohol is masked really well. Honestly, i expect big flavor and plenty of alcohol with ris's and this is really tame compaired to something like a yeti or a founders ris. Still good but id pass this off for the others mentioned. Worth a drink though.

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Narwhal is roasty, sweet, and bubbly.

It poured black with a short milk chocolate colored head; it left nothing on the glass. The aroma and flavor were very sweet up front, with a touch of licorice, followed by a lot of roasted coffee and a nice bitter dark chocolate finish. There was too much carbonation; however, the pleasant bitter chocolate taste remained on the tongue for a very long time, saving the feel.

Narwhal tastes very good and left a great aftertaste, which is the most important thing; however in every other category, it is average or a only bit above.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,029 ratings.