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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:
#1,352
Reviews:
961
Ratings:
5,132
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
1,483
Trade:
36
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,132 |  Reviews: 961
Photo of jduprey007
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walkinginplace
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOD 8/15/17. Pours black. Head volume is poor, but typical for an imperial stout without oats. Retention is outstanding while lacing is quite poor.

Not quite outstanding nose that is rather laid back. Nothing smacks you in the face over the subtly sweet background aroma. Light notes of chocolate emerge as does light roast (without char) and a hint of vanilla. As it warms, molasses creeps in subtly.

Full bodied with a nice rich smooth and creamy texture. Carbonation / body balance is world class with just the perfect amount of effervescence to open the flavors up and tickle the tongue, yet not disturb the creamy mouthfeel.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Intensity is moderate and complexity adequate. Where this one shines is balance and keeping the alcohol hidden. Like the nose, chocolate is quite evident and the roast subdued. Dark semi-sweet bakers chocolate is the primary chocolate influence while the sweetness is provided with a rich wave of molasses. Bitterness is mild and there is a hint of char to add complexity. From the middle on, vanilla takes center stage over the molasses base. The finish is a slow fade of vanilla and molasses with just a hint of astringency.

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Photo of AnotherDisease
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Missygurl3133
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Satsuma
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of huthuty
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure black, small reddish head
Smells like coffee and burnt malt, sweet and chocolate like
Taste is extremely strong, sends tingles down my spine, had to have a few sips before actually comprehensively tasting it. Very chocolatey and very sweet, like a Hershey bar for the manliest of men.
I was afraid a SN wouldn't be a great stout, I was wrong

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrJuengling
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CSO
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbulling
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amb3do
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sweet, no lingering taste

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

Near black, decent inital brown head that fades to nothing.

Brown sugar and vanilla in the nose

Vanilla prominent, atop dark chocolate, caramel and roastiness

Mouthfeel viscous, medium-light for a RIS.

This was quite tasty.

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Photo of jmills3
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jrosso
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,132 ratings
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