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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,025
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 111
Gots: 441 | FT: 28
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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wedge

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012

Deep, dark black color with a lean tan head that drops to a luscious, creamy covering. Smells dark and malty...spicy fruit, licorice, molasses, and a slight oxidized/aged aroma in back. Somewhat rich, but definitely big and roasty malt flavor. Char, cocoa, espresso, and dark fruity esters. Again, a particular spiciness permeates the flavor along with a heavy bitterness in the finish. Booze is thankfully low, though there is an expected warming deep down in the throat. Big bodied and creamy, but dry. I liked this a bit more during the first half, but the bitterness is becoming a little distracting. A solid RIS that I think is worthy of aging a couple more bottles for longer to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:31:50 | More by wedge
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-16-2012 05:56:54 | More by Gatordaddy
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-25-2013 01:16:49 | More by duff247
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-24-2014 03:30:40 | More by threedaggers
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cliff1066

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-22-2013 03:41:18 | More by cliff1066
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-16-2013 04:48:10 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-25-2014 19:19:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a huge mocha brown head. The head has got some nice staying power. Spotty lacing once the head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Nice milk chocolate note and mild yet crisp roast note. Got a hint of fruitiness. It also smells like its got an oatmeal note going on as well. The nose is really great on this beer probably my favorite part the beer as a whole.

Taste: Moderately roasted coffee kick that mixes with a hint of black licorice. The beer finishes with a mildly sweet and bitter flavors that are best described as lingering bakers cocoa, tobacco, and molasses notes. Maybe even a hint of charcoal in there too. Bold and complex without being abrasive.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is a little bit creamy while also being slick. Really smooth not a hint of booze in this beer that is just over 10%. Carbonation is really well done adding a touch of finesse because it has a soft feel to it as well.

Overall: This is probably the second best beer I have had drank that is brewed by Seirra Nevada; only trumped by the Black Barleywine they put in the large format bottle a few years ago. This is a well made Russian Imperial Stout. It got an hier about it; to me its an approachable beer for people new to the style and its good enough to satify some people with those "hard to please" palates. Bold flavors and smooth drinking. Sierra Nevada would be wise to make this a seasonal beer no doubt in my mind! This one blows away old raspy by north coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:41:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-15-2013 18:33:03 | More by twenty5
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2012 06:39:51 | More by shelby415
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-23-2012 04:00:20 | More by st9647v3
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head that dissipates. I have some remnants of sticky lace in the pint glass, but not much.

Coffee and licorice in the nose. Some bitter charred notes.

Deep flavors with terrific balance of dark richness and bitter. Sweet malt of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, charred burnt bits. Bitterness leans in with some alcohol, but it seems less boozy than it really is. Nice bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste.

This one even pours thick. Dense full body. A little acid.

Great RIS. Loved this and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:44:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-02-2013 01:56:20 | More by jheezee
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure black body, topped by a fist worth of dark tan micro-bubble foam.

Big roast coffee aroma, chocolate undercurrent, hints of dark fruit.

Taste starts off with a wave of Hershey syrup. Follows with a big cup of black coffee. Nips of dark fruits.

Big thick slick oily chewy. It's a good one.

A superior Imperial Stout I hope to enjoy again for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:54:10 | More by RonfromJersey
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2013 22:08:15 | More by thewimperoo
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Pegasus

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance; Utter black body, impenetrable to light, crowned by a small, dense tan head, which slowly fades to scattered patches of foam, like some archipelago on midnight seas. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma, the dark roasted malt being particularly notable. There is only a faint whiff of spicy alcohol in the aroma, remarkable considering the ABV of 10.2%

Taste: Opens with strong measures of cold coffee and bitter cocoa. Warming alcohol is soon evident, but is presented gracefully. The coffee and cocoa dominate, and are supported by a strong presence of roasted malt. Later in the taste, the is a strong hop presence, which compliments the coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste draws to a close with a late flourish of herbal hops against the roasted malt.

Mouth feel: Rich, quite smooth and full, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really excellent example of the Russian Imperial Stout style, I am thankful to have found this gem. Narwhal should be bought to cellar, as a gift to our future selves.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 16:49:47 | More by Pegasus
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-10-2013 19:50:52 | More by Chugs13
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-11-2012 20:17:45 | More by JohnK17
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Black with a large, foamy, off-white head.

s: Rich dark chocolate with some molasses. Hints of red wine and espresso.

t: A bit on the sweeter side and it works. Lots of dark chocolate backed by vinous fruits and molasses a nice lingering ashy char.

m: Full bodied and chewy.

o: Absolutely a top notch stout, and a relatively inexpensive one at that. Sign me up for a case next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:35:45 | More by DIM
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-25-2012 00:03:38 | More by kaelingirl
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-16-2012 00:02:29 | More by jbaker67
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2014 23:35:03 | More by KevMo84
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-01-2013 23:33:56 | More by bigfnjoe
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-12-2013 23:14:33 | More by nrbw23
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-25-2013 23:34:56 | More by JamLand
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,025 ratings.