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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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world-class

1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 191
Gots: 604 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This deliciously dark treat is our bold Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in oak Kentucky bourbon barrels. Black as midnight, this intense stout is incredibly complex with notes of dark chocolate, rich roasted grains, and espresso seamlessly blended with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut with a slight touch of honey from aging in the oak spirit casks. Nearly as rare as its nautical namesake, try it out while you can because, like the creature itself, it will disappear into the blackness soon and leave nary a trace behind.

Additional Info:
Narwhal was aged for 8 months in fresh bourbon barrels (a combination of Willett single barrel, Heaven Hill and various Beam brands).

ABV: 12.9
IBU’s: 62
Bittering Hops: Challenger
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa III, Roasted Barley
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,111 | Reviews: 159 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth silkiness here influenced by the barrel, tones down the hops and malt and replaces with chocolate and espresso. Great beer!

Photo of skiking70
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FATC1TY
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrandonBriere
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fishthe
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of guityler83
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Midnight black with a ring or dark brown on the top edge. A finger of tan head poured with moderate sustain, fine bubbles. mild alcohol legs and spotty lacing emerges when swirled in a snifter glass.

S: Clean and balanced with vanilla, oak, sweet milk chocolate and ashy roast. Mild caramel and toasty malt aroma - no alcohol or hop presence detected

T: Nice sweet milk chocolate, caramel and bourbon flavor balanced and distinct. Vanilla, nutty malt, toffee, oak and tobacco coming through in the middle Sweetness is kept mild with a decent neutral hop bitterness blending with the oak tannins. Clean. The finish is coconut and more vanilla

M: Nice viscous body with mild carbonation. Body is full with a slight tingling boozy sensation from the bourbon.

O: Very clean and balanced - 2 traits I come to expect from SN. With such a big bold style thats hard to pull off and keep it interesting - this did it for me

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkrane
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanflc
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevindp9
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Very good. Not great though. First row of the second tier. Compared to the greats not enough depth, and a thinner mouthfeel. Balance is this beer's biggest asset. Unfortunately, this is an extreme category.

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amalburg
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acostuhhh
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz corked and caged poured into snifter

A: pitch black a little off white head 

S: Nice bourbon smell vanilla oak toffee

T: very bourbony not overly sweet has a small hint of hops 

M: medium feel nothing astonishing 

O: this is a pretty good beer it doesn't really bring anything new to the table but it's pretty solid 

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Roasty, dark chocolate, charred wood, bourbon barrel, vanilla and coconut flavors. The nose is a bit more subdued and the body typical for the style. This is a good base beer for barrel aging and the overall product a good one. However, I would not pay $20 for another bottle.

Photo of RichD
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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