Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
92.7%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 5,073 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:
#1,312
Reviews:
942
Ratings:
5,073
Liked:
4,703
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.62%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
1,449
Trade:
36
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,073 |  Reviews: 942
Photo of Johnct
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lilalibby
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

as soon as i poured this into a glass i could smell how good it was. absolutely delicious beer, creamy, coconutty, coffee. favorite stout i've had

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.64/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Grizzarky
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage, bottled 8/15. Poured into a snifter. Pours black with minimal beige head that settled into a barely noticeanle ring. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. Taste follows the nose, but with a bitter hop bite on the finish. Feel is creamy at first, them a bit of a hop bite, and leaves a lingering sticky silky mouthfeel. Overall a great classic RIS on the higher ibu spectrum.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a dark brown head. Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes of Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, trace alcohol, mint(?), and caramel. Medium - heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall this is an absolutely incredible RIS. Sierra Nevada has always been hit or miss with me. and in this case they not only hit, but they far exceeded my expectations. Easily one of the best affordable RIS's out there right now.

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Photo of drmeto
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,creamy,beige head
S:
-coffee,dark chocolate,roasted barley,syrupy,nutty,herbal
T:
-Follows the nose + caramel,burnt toast
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
A Grade A Imperial Stout.

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Photo of amesetz
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on the bottle says not even a week old. Lucky me! Let the beer warm up a tiny bit before pouring. Foam is brown and fades quickly. Really a beaut when poured into a snifter. Taste is chocolaty, roasty, toasty and burnt. like someone put a chocolate chip bagel in the toaster for 30 minutes. Really refreshing in 90 degree weather. LOL. Will be more refreshing in a few months. Good beer, even better memories (or lackthereof).

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Photo of dirtyjerk
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EastmanCraftBeerClub
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average rating from 8 members of the Eastman Craft Beer Club.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adam36
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deniserat
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmellow12
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had thought that I was finished with my recent Sierra Nevada horizontal, mainly centering around the Beer Camp Around the World 12-pack when several more bottles surfaced from within the depths of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I have a couple of these to drink & review & then I will e moving on yet again.

From the bottle: "Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest Arctic seas, Narwhal Imperial Stout is midnight black and bold with notes of baker's cocoa and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex and explores the darkest depths of malt flavor."

Today is T, 20 June 2017.

2016 bottle, PKGD 08/23/16: I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a very gentle pour into the awaiting glass. I then performed an in-glass swirl, but it did not raise much more than a brief finger of soapy, foamy, deep-brown head with low retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a rich dark chocolatiness along with a light charcoal smokiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but thin for the style. The taste had the same bugaboo that I noticed in Bigfoot - too many hops, causing an unnecessary bitterness that marred the chocolaty, smoky flavors. Sure, I could taste the baker's chocolate & the dark roasted coffee, but I felt like I was fighting my way upstream in order to do so. Finish was dry, but was it due to the ABV, the use of hops in quantity, some other source or a combination of them? It was kind of tough for me to really enjoy this one, even with nearly a year in the bottle.

2014 bottle, PKGD 07/31/14: Having Pop!ped the cap, I restrained myself & went with another light, gentle pour. This time, however, the in-glass swirl raised a finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. The color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), but its depth & inkiness seemed to have increased. They call it "midnight", but I think that it is "stygian". I had a girlfriend in La Maddalena, Sardinia back in 1985 whose eyes were equally dark, just pools of inky blackness. Aha! On the nose, the hops have faded and the roasted coffee is like the smell of the Mess Decks first thing after revile. Mmmm. Mouthfeel has been buttressed by time and is now at least creamy, approaching pudding thickness. The chocolate & coffee flavors are revealed as though by a magician! This is what I expected & wanted! Howzabout a Narwhal pudding pop? The alcohol burn was also gone, making it a rich, smooth, decadent delight. Jeeezuss! This is getting dangerous in terms of how easily it is going down. Time to hit the brakes & run an errand or two. Finish was semi-dry, more chocolaty than what it would take to be outright dry.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rivarol
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djfrenchy
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 5,073 ratings
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