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

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world-class

752 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 151
Gots: 439 | FT: 69
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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pjvie
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick review: Delicious. Aroma is typical roasted malts with a sweet, vanilla character. Faint woody, nutty character on the nose. Taste is strong bittersweet chocolate with a not-too-strong barrel character, imparting flavors of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Hops are not noticeable, but I get the sense that they contribute to the clean, slightly crisp finish to the beer. This beer does not coat your mouth in the same way BCBS does. Freakishly drinkable.
Overall, fantastic. Glad I was able to track this down.

Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grodd87
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ctruskey
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TemplofBeer
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matty123
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djbrown13
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbmiche
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of linnymtu
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was good, but could benefit from more time in the barrel.

Photo of SurferEric
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first go at the BA Narwhal as its hard to come by in Hawaii and have to say I'm thoroughly impressed. Gonna have to pick up another one to cellar.

Photo of McStagger
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Black. Tan head, moderate retention.

S: Toasty, woody, bourbon and vanilla, but the woodsy Sierra Nevada style is definitely in there.

T: Hoppiness in the beer. Surprising amount of it. Pine, woody, leafy. Toasted malt transitions into a slightly hot bourbon (vanilla and oak), picking up the coconut and dark fruit, but not as much as on many BBRIS's (Parabola, Bourbon County).

O: Good. Not my favorite bourbon barrel aged stout. For me, the hoppiness distracts from the heavy, toasty barrel qualities that I look for in these monster brews.

Photo of eddie5721
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious brew from SN. It does real justice to bourbon barrel aging, Draws significant complexity, sweetness and vanilla from barrel that complements the every good Narwhal base beer,
I think this is a very good beer that I would enjoy repeatedly.
My only negatives are that the new flavors mask the robust coffee roastiness and licorice/anise like character of the original. They are still there just not as prominent. Also, the extra ABV does produce a bit more burn than the much softer base beer. Fine for those who like it, not an over heat at all...but I found it a bit distracting considering how perfectly smooth the original Narwhal was.
As I drink them side by side (2014 BA Narwhal and 2013 Narwhal) continue to think that both are extremely delicious beers, and ones I will buy again in the future.
I just see them as two great examples of two different styles of beer, One a very nice bold IS type coffee stout, and the other a great dessert beer.

Photo of excalibur1386
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frinknasty
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nilesschmidt
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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