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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:
#1,351
Reviews:
961
Ratings:
5,131
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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336
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Ratings: 5,131 |  Reviews: 961
Photo of RProwse
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It tastes like someone cremated a chocolate cake, then used the resulting ashes to make a mean glass of chocolate milk, imperial-style. With notes of dark coffee and a subtle (somewhat salty?) hazelnut-like finish, the creamy texture on this one makes for an all round enjoyable (though strong) sipper.

Bonus fact: Narwhals are awesome.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Prominent malty aroma with hints of dark fruits, molasses, and hops. Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hop bite at the finish. The bite isn't sharp, more pleasant than anything else. Feel is medium-heavy, about right for a stout. Finish lingers for a while after consumption, but fairly pleasant flavor. Overall a very nice stout, well worthy of it's reputation.

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Photo of clarknova
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Black color, thin light-brown head. Malty aroma accentuated by fruity esters. Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A flavor of burnt malt and burnt fruit permeates. Noticeable alcohol taste (10.2%ABV). Warming feeling. Extraordinarily brewed stout, very dark and complex, one of my favorites.

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

Photo of Chackman151
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stout, not something i expected from Sierra Nevada only having had their ipa. This brew is very well balanced and the 10.2 abv is well hidden in the dense maltiness. Mine was only 4 months old, so it was quite crisp, probably could have aged it for a bit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11-1-16. Guinness pint.

A: pours an opaque black with two fingers dark tan rocky head. Carbonation clinging to sides of glass visible. Nice lacing

S: sweet, roasty malt. Hint of dark fruit, hops.

T: lightly roasted flavor, dark chocolate, loads of rich malt, lingering hoppiness.

M: medium full bodied with moderate carbonation (high for the style), less slickness than typical.

O: this is killer beer. Reminds me of Old Rasputin the first time I had it. Less alcohol with 10.2 than some RIS's I've had with 9. Worth a 4 pack.

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Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TripleSun
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/17/16 poured into a snifter

L - Black hole dark and poured with no head
S - Heavy bitter chocolate nose, accompanied by dark fruit
T - First thing noticed is the dark roast coffee taste, followed by a sort of sweetness.
F - Mild carbonation and no taste of alcohol

Very good addition to Sierra Nevada beers I do say. I'm a big bitter chocolate lover so this hits the spot.

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Photo of Gbert1231
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Has nice body doesn't over well u at first taste but washes over your tongue pleasantly with the hint of smoke and coffee at the end.

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Photo of DallasK
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Rich coffee and chocolate aroma. Some dark fruit. Deep, wonderful tastes packed with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Moderate body and some creaminess.

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

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

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black. Sludge-like. Poured pretty aggressively and was able to get about half a finger of dark, creamy head on top. Absolutely no light coming through the glass. Looks great.

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, molasses, maybe a little vanilla. Second time brought most of the roastiness to the forefront followed by a smooth chocolaty finish.

T: Delicious. Lots of dark roasted malts in the taste. Some dark chocolate sweetness and a little bit of coffee. Mostly I am getting the roasted characteristics. The alcohol is hidden very well for it being over 10%.

F: Thick and creamy. No heat on the way down from the alcohol. It's surprisingly smooth considering how thick and sludgy it looks.

O: This is a classic, massive stout. It's everything that I look for in a non-barrel-aged stout. It's thick, creamy, and roasty, but it finishes with nice smoothness and sweetness.

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

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,131 ratings
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