Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
A malt-forward monster, highlighting the depths of malt flavor.

Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,472
Reviews:
979
Ratings:
5,202
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,202 |  Reviews: 979
Photo of brew-Ed
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting to see how this beer ages. Packaged Nov 29 2016, tried January 20th 2018. Long past the prime hop profile I'm sure. Still very good overall. Smell and taste of red wine. Obvious prune/cherry candy taste and slight chocolate taste too. On the lookout for a fresh one.

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Photo of -steve-
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sirnickatnite
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Scooter131313
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afinepilsner
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryften
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burk1982
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NicolasBird
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark and slightly thick black, 1/2 finger head. Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel and dare I say, I don't know if it's this batch I've had or the fact that I had an Old Rasputin right before this, I smell cherry cough syrup in the slightest way (and a good way?)... Weird huh? But look for it and maybe you'll see it too, maybe my senses are off right now. Tastes fantastic as always. Big and bold, rich and sweet with a small bitter bite at the end. Tasting the cocoa taste first and the coffee follows. Fairly carbonated and not too thick on the mouth despite the thickness of the pour. This is always a great beer and every year I've had it in the past four or five winters it has been faintly different than the last.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2017 version, dated 8/22/17. Poured into a tulip glass, pitch black with a half finger quickly disappearing tan lace. The aroma is coffee,cocoa powder, roasted grains and chocolate. Sprinkle in some anise to that on the taste. Mainly cocoa and coffee. As it warms, chocolate takes the forefront. Fairly full feel, the carbonation is medium low. Overall, a tasty RIS.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells wonderfully of rich milk chocolate, with notes of caramel, coffee and a hint of dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, with an outstanding, smooth and rich milk chocolate taste and notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and just a hint of licorice. Light bitterness and and a very rich, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. I think this ages incredibly well. I had a 2016 bottle and the chocolate was so rich and smooth, while the bitterness seemed pretty light. I'd take this over Old Rasputin any day, which is more coffee-forward, sweeter and has a much worse mouthfeel, in my opinion.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,202 ratings