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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,116
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 131
Gots: 458 | FT: 31
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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-23-2013 02:45:02 | More by MaddDogg84
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.93/5  rDev +19.1%

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout has a thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, and the taste is of black bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, charcoal, bitterness, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, heavy, warming, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it in the strongest way!


01-06-2013 01:44:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of SamJory

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%

Pours a pitch black with a thick, dark tan head.

Aromas of sweet roasted malt and coffee.

Big roasted malt upfront with a hit of dark roasted coffee and dark cocoa. Restrained hop bitterness, letting the roasted malt give most of the bitterness.

Really full mouthfill and a long lasting finish. Incredible richness yet I could keep drinking this all evening (although probably not as it is 10.2%!)

Absolutely outstanding

02-20-2013 19:41:13 | More by SamJory
Photo of freystout17


4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Outstanding ! This is up there with my other 3 favorites: Rasputin RIS,, Bell's Expedition, and Ten Fidy. You are not going to find any better imperial stout than this for the money. Very reasonably priced here in Ohio @ about 11 bucks/4. Very rich, thick mouthfeel, about a two finger head, and very pronounced burnt chocolate and coffee notes.

11-26-2012 02:14:56 | More by freystout17
Photo of tvl89


4.86/5  rDev +17.4%

This is an amazing imperial stout from sierra nevada. It is a very complex brew. This is actually my first imperial stout , and I'm in love with it. The color is amazing: pitch black, very dark. The smell is awesome, chocolate and coffee are the most predominant ingredients I can smell. The taste is amazing with a delicious chocolate after taste. It is not as strong as I was expecting. I highly recommend it!

02-03-2013 19:27:02 | More by tvl89
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South Dakota

4.86/5  rDev +17.4%

Narwhal pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. There is a boozy aroma with hints of licorice. The taste is very bold, lots of coffee, chocolate, and some black licorice flavors, with a big boozy end. Very bold flavors great body. Overall a fantastic big bold stout.

11-16-2013 00:56:45 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

Beers don't look any better than this. The pour resembles used oil. Next time you're getting your oil changed, ask the guy for a look...that's what this looks like. Thick and coal black pour. The head is dark mocha and a thing of beauty. It starts off about a finger thick, then it starts to cascade and it's a stunner to watch. Eventually it's a couple fingers thick, frothy, with good retention. Squigly lines of lace throughout.

The smell means business. Cocoa up front before a splash of booze takes over. All the while, licorice is making an attempt at some attention.

As good as it comes. Chocolate and expresso dazzle the taste buds all the way down. The alcohol builds momentum but doesn't interfere til near the swallow. It tastes like there might be some lactose hiding in there somewhere. It's exceptional.

Sweet and creamy up front. Heat from the alcohol begins mid sip and lasts with a lingering warmth. Bitterness doesn't start til near the finale. Full bodied and rich. With a kick of carbonation just before the sip says adios.

The only reason I didn't give it 5s across the board is because the smell, while good, wasn't as aggressive as it should have been. This is as good a beer as I've had in a good, long time.

11-28-2013 04:25:18 | More by RickS95
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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

First off, I'm not a huge fan of Stouts, with that said, I AM a huge fan of IMPERIAL Stouts, and this son of a gun fits that bill, without a huge bill (price) which again is something Sierra Nevada offers with this one! Most of the time, Imperial Stouts are expensive as hell, where as this one, is barely more expensive then their regular beers.

To the beer itself, very smooth, coffee, chocolate, some licorice, and a definite alcohol presence in this one, it literally warms your innards, no joke! This beer leaves you feeling very smooth, and very relaxed at the end of the evening, a perfect beer at the end of a cold/cool night in fall, winter, or early spring.. or whenever!! Very sellarable as well, this thing can last for many years if you want to sellar it.

04-27-2014 04:02:37 | More by paladinjoe
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.81/5  rDev +16.2%

A supremely righteous Russian Imperial Stout. Chewy, STRONG, and delicious. Tons of coffee and chocolate right up front. Complex, multi-blend of 6 different malts. The only con would be the strength of the alcohol coming through but that is forgivable given the greatness of this brew. You will be hard-pressed to find a better example of this beer. Enjoy and cheers!

10-16-2013 02:33:03 | More by mashedpotatoes
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

Tell you what...I saw this stout at my local Total Wine, which was out of my Bourbon Barrel Stout and Founders Breakfast Stout. I picked up a four pack, noticing it was much cheaper than the previous mentioned, i figured it would be a watered down version of the RIS style that i like.

Man, I was wrong, personally for me Sierra Nevada hit this sucker out of the park....loved the stuff so much, i went back and bought a couple cases. this stout is excellent as a cap for a chilly fall/winter night.

It pours black, smell is what to expect from the RIS (love that smell), I don't care for lacing and head in a beer (has very little), in fact that gets in my way. Very smooth body, easy drink-ability, with some dark charring and a hint of coffee flavor, You will get a hit of alcohol here.. Love it cold, love it at room temp.

at 10+ ABV whats not to love, this stout has it all for me.

Well done Sierra Nevada.

12-02-2013 15:30:05 | More by Earpe
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Brown 12oz bottle into frosty pint glass.

A: PITCH BLACK, with half a finger of bubbely mocha head. No light gets through on this one. It looks delicious!

S: Dark and roasted, A bit sweet with dark fruit notes. I get prune. Smells a little astringent from dark malt and a bit of ethanol smell comes through. GOD DAMN does this smell dark and rich.

T: Looking forward to this! yumm. Defiantly and RIS, opens with rich dark malt and a big hit of dark fruit. Again with the prune I got on the nose. Sweet up front that fades slowly into a bittersweet chocolate wave that then fades into hop bitterness. Alcohol comes in at the last and gives a bit of warming. This is good stuff!

M: Rich and chewy, not oily like i expected. It just doesn't let up, this is a full bodied beer to the max. SO GOOD!

O: Well I love it! It is very much an RIS and Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint. I don't regret this bottle of beer by any means.

11-22-2012 07:38:13 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

A: Pitch black; period. A huge, thick, foamy head that lasted for a few minutes!!! Lots of bubbles, minimal lace. Gorgeous.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle I could smell this. Dark chocolate!!! Caramel. Cocao. Slight butterscotch and vanilla. A hint of expresso.

T: Delicious. Creamy dark chocolate up front, and an enjoyable bitterness on the very end. As big as this beer is, one could drink these all night. There is a longer linger on cocao and dark chocolate in the nose.

M: Rich and creamy. Very full bodied. Almost borders foamy, but in a maltshop good way.

O: I could very well see this beconing the 'next' beer of 2013. I remember when I could get KBS off the shelf at my beer store, and now...uh no. Narwal has the potential to become the next 'highly sought after/impossible to get' delicious brew.

thanks Charity (Towamencin Bev)!!!

12-21-2012 17:37:37 | More by gkatsoris
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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