Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.16/5
5,094 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,328
Reviews:
952
Ratings:
5,094
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
1,465
Trade:
36
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 952
Photo of dradair
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waltmanis
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonpp85
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jams1220
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwsipkins
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a pint glass, the beer is an opaque black with a clingy brown head.

The nose is of dark roasted malts, brown sugar and dark fruit.

It has nicely roasted malts. They add a slight char to the mix of dark fruit, a bit of molasses, a hint of coffee. This a big beer but is easily approachable. There is a hint of warming heat from the alcohol.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation.

Part of a long line of very solid beers from Sierra Nevada.

 482 characters

Photo of hophead7117
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Angerhaus
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MJ64
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.09/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 4 - nice dark black/brown espresso colored beer with a nice mocha head that dissipates but still leaves nice lacing.
S - 4 - big roasty notes, dark chocolate, cocoa, char, black malt
T - 4 - roasty, creamy/umami character, dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter
M - 4.25 - big thick impy stout. alc covered. aftertaste is burnt marshmallow, roasty malts
O - 4 - definitely a more roasty imperial stout. At 10.2% it feels a little lighter than some of the beers I'd compare it to - Founders IS, Bells Expy. That said it's still a legit imperial stout.

 546 characters

Photo of thevillagebum
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of torr99
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ianroodt
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of R3ason
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - dark brown color body with mocha colored head

Smell - roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, black licorice,
Tobacco, smoke

Taste - dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, smoke, citrus from the hops,

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness from the Chocolate upfront, hops and citrus in the back end along with a smoky feel. I'm finding the flavors to be a bit unbalanced on this beer.

Overall - slightly disappointing beverage as I feel like this beer borders on Black IPA territory. Flavors are a bit unbalanced versus other examples of the style. Perhaps age would help this one out.

Price Point - $1.99/12 ounce single

 671 characters

Photo of Calraven
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of radius129
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with about a 2 finger tan head that lasted about a minute good lacing. Bitter hoppy smell but not overpowering. Smokey hoppy taste little bitter. smooth feel going down little boozy feel on the tongue. Overall a good beer can't wait to try this aged a little.

 271 characters

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,094 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.