Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,055
Reviews:
934
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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332
Gots:
1,444
For Trade:
36
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Ratings: 5,055 |  Reviews: 934
Photo of Jhfinn
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark black and gave the same color body. Some nice speckled, block-like lacing formed boxes around the sides of the pint glass, interesting. The smell had dry, roasty cocoa and coffee up front with a slight touch of hops in the background, and some vanilla as the beer warmed. The taste was dry and roasty between the coffee and cocoa and brought back some of that bitter hops. The finish was very dry. The palate was about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a hopped up RIS that is very good and I would come back to.

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Photo of Chipotle
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rivarol
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djfrenchy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 8/23/16 poured into a 20 ounce tulip glass at fridge temp 10.2% ABV. The beer is essentially black with no highlights. The head from an aggressive pour is light brown with red tint and settles into a cap with substantial lacing. The aroma is chocolate and roast malt. The taste is dark cocoa, a bit of sweetness, a hint of booze and then big bitterness, even at 8 months old. I personally find the bitterness overwhelming on these fresh. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, adequately carbonated and just very well done. Overall, excellent. The best thing about this beer is availability and price compared to quality. The other thing I like is it's great fresh, if you prefer your RIS super bitter, or aged for a smoother, malty taste. Recommended

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RProwse
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It tastes like someone cremated a chocolate cake, then used the resulting ashes to make a mean glass of chocolate milk, imperial-style. With notes of dark coffee and a subtle (somewhat salty?) hazelnut-like finish, the creamy texture on this one makes for an all round enjoyable (though strong) sipper.

Bonus fact: Narwhals are awesome.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Prominent malty aroma with hints of dark fruits, molasses, and hops. Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hop bite at the finish. The bite isn't sharp, more pleasant than anything else. Feel is medium-heavy, about right for a stout. Finish lingers for a while after consumption, but fairly pleasant flavor. Overall a very nice stout, well worthy of it's reputation.

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Photo of clarknova
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nick_perry
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black color, thin light-brown head. Malty aroma accentuated by fruity esters. Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A flavor of burnt malt and burnt fruit permeates. Noticeable alcohol taste (10.2%ABV). Warming feeling. Extraordinarily brewed stout, very dark and complex, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stout, not something i expected from Sierra Nevada only having had their ipa. This brew is very well balanced and the 10.2 abv is well hidden in the dense maltiness. Mine was only 4 months old, so it was quite crisp, probably could have aged it for a bit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11-1-16. Guinness pint.

A: pours an opaque black with two fingers dark tan rocky head. Carbonation clinging to sides of glass visible. Nice lacing

S: sweet, roasty malt. Hint of dark fruit, hops.

T: lightly roasted flavor, dark chocolate, loads of rich malt, lingering hoppiness.

M: medium full bodied with moderate carbonation (high for the style), less slickness than typical.

O: this is killer beer. Reminds me of Old Rasputin the first time I had it. Less alcohol with 10.2 than some RIS's I've had with 9. Worth a 4 pack.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,055 ratings.
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