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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,190
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 231
Gots: 956 | FT: 36
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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Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Considering this is relatively easy to get and the price is reasonable I will have to say this is one of the better RIS's I have had. I like to consider everything in my numbering. Sometimes it does not only include the taste of the beer. Everything is subjective.

Appearance: Dark as night, nice lacing once head settles, which is fairly quick. Caramel lacing and head in that regard.

Aroma: Chocolate, malts, some coffee and vanilla, nice balance of aroma's.

Taste: Very pleasant, pretty close to what they describe on the bottle. I got a lot of vanilla out of this one and caramel, but the chocolate dominates more than anything else. What I did like about this one is it is not overly licorice in flavor profile. That has killed a lot of well regarded stouts for me over the years. This one is damn good and I have a BA version of this waiting on me, I just have to wait until the right moment for that one.

Overall: Where I live its easy to find, I purchased this one from a local grocery store chain for $10. It is well worth that considering everything, and that is why I have become a SN fan. Anyway, the store also had Snow pack, Celebration, and all the other 12 packs on sale for $12.99, so I may be heading back there to stock up!

Photo of hopkrid
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iparedman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of choicegrinds
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Freiberger14
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler into snifter,

A: Pours dark black with one to two finger mocha colored head that settles quickly and little to no lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, baked bread, and light coffee notes.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and roasted coffee beans.

M: Full bodied and creamy texture. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a wonderful stout. Nice creamy mouthfeel, and chocolate notes. I could crush this all day, and looking forward to trying the barrel aged version.

Photo of shiverstar
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Vogie
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Svendozen
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Wolfhead
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jdimento
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Deadhed88
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Westyn
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DavidHoughton
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pretty amazing for an american IS

Photo of Eddiehop
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark opaque black with a dark brown head that thins out but never quite disappears. Nice lacing some of which sticks to the glass and some of which glides back in.

Smell – Roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, and molasses, and cola.

Taste – Malts and chocolate. Fairly simple, but good.

Mouthfeel – Thick, creamy, medium carbonation, and very smooth.

Drinkability – An easy drinking stout, that goes down well for 10.2%abv. I prefer stouts with a touch more alcohol, but this is nice.

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,190 ratings.