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

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Ratings:
5,041
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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332
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1,446
For Trade:
38
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Photo of tuowl74a
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ducksnbucks
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rcaros
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured brown out the bottle with a pinky finger of khaki creamy head. Black in the glass with a good amount of carbonation

Roasty malts up front with a bitter espresso coffee towards the end. Mild sweetness

Big coffee.bitterness up front, nice roastiness, finished pleasantly sweet.

Creamy feel with nice coating. Medium plus to full minus body

Very good overall

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrew8626
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freshtojeff
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PackenGreen
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcole524
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlennWB
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice boozy imperial stout.On tap 10-30-16

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with pillow of mocha foam. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is similar with semisweet vanilla leading the sip and slightly bitter roast catching up to balance out before the finish. Very tasty and slightly sweet which I enjoy.

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Photo of rickklein9
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MVotter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - The Sierra Nevada Narwhal pours into a chalice a deep, dark coffee color, leaving an ample 2-inch thick tan head in its wake.

S - Cherry, maple sugar, sweet malts, burnt coffee.

T - Sweetish roasted malt notes in the front, black licorice, and a pretty robust coffee flavor to finish. In the final analysis, this imperial stout leans "malty-sweet" as opposed to "bitter coffee".

F - Thick texture, chewy, chewy, chewy...heavy.

O - Big beer. Big (albeit hidden) ABV, so be careful. This is a substantial, rich, thick imperial stout. You will find whatever i.s. flavor you're looking for in this brew. I repeat: it's a big brew with a big flavor profile range.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zzachm18
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with a half finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation when I rock the glass, and leaves some alcohol legs going down the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malt, slight char, touch of alcohol, coffee, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a pretty good hit of alcohol immediately followed by Dark roasted malt, brown sugar or molasses, dark chocolate, and maybe some raisin. Very nice solid level of carbonation, medium full to full body, a little sticky, dry on the finish. I like Old Raspy better, and Founders Imp. Stout is fantastic, but this is pretty good. One to age a while and see how things end up.

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Photo of bobthebrewer1208
2.87/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I guess I just don't like Imperial Stouts. This is the third I've tried and the worst of the three. Poured into a tulip glass where it was a cloudy black with a nice 2 inch head. Smell, taste and feel reminded be of cough syrup; I got a slight roastiness in the taste and an unpleasant bitterness on the aftertaste. I waited about 20 minutes to see if the original opinion was based on tasting too cold; nope....better than have the glass went down the drain.

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Photo of C_Pel
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this. 6 oz sampler on tap at the Griffon Gastropub in Niagara Falls, NY. Review from notes taken back in October.

Appearance - virtually black with long lasting dark tan foam on top.

Smell - molasses. Pure and simple. Toffee and maybe some brown sugar. Malty as all hell. Fantastic for my sniffer.

Taste - similar flavor profile. Lots of dark fruits. Aspect of creme brûlée. Bourbon soaked. A little hot an boozy.

Mouthfeel - slick, oily and while chewy, it's lighter in body than you'd think.

Overall - a damn fine stout that stacks up with the best. An absolute malt bomb.

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

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,041 ratings.
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