Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: This pours a deep, dark black color. No light escapes. A small, tan foamy head dissipates quickly.

S: Chocolate and alcohol with a faint fruit undertone.

T: Okay, this is a pretty good stout. I get an immediate dark chocolate taste, maybe a slight coffee touch. A licorice undertone is present, but is subtle, as is a faint alcohol presence that amplifies ever so slightly as the beer warms up a bit..

F: Thick and creamy, as any stout should be.

O: This is not a competitor to the really "Big" stouts, but it is certainly a welcome member to a market saturated with IPA's. It lacks any single defining quality that makes it stand out above the rest, but it is more then worthy of a spot on the shelf.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BIGJoe611
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of trdtercel92
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MikeH75
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Acforster2
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djcira
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of pjvie
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Cheezus
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of GCW16
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beerginner45
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Tim725
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of abysmalrites
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of shoretaxi
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black as motor oil; creamy, tan head; ring upon ring of lacing!
Smell - cocoa and dark chocolate; hint of espresso.
Taste - complex flavors! Starts off creamy, but a surprise rush of hops mixed with a hint of alcohol, follows with malts and coffee flavors.
Feel - a very complex RIS! I was taken back by the very noticeable hop presence, it almost comes off as a hardcore Black IPA! More medium body, not too heavy and very drinkable at 10.2% ABV!
Overall - terrific offering from Sierra Nevada! To me this is a cross between an RIS and a Black IPA! The price point gives this one the nod over many other stouts! I'm anxious to try this alongside a few of my favorite Black IPA's, like Wookey Jack, Sublimely, and Mountain Standard.

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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,055 ratings.
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