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
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Ratings: 5,094 |  Reviews: 952
Photo of kitekid
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ob512316
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: black with a medium tan head.
Smell: chocolate, coffee, some smoke.
Taste: coffee, chocolate, smoke, then a hint of hops at the end.
Feel: like a normal stout, easy to drink considering the abv.
Overall: great stout, will have again.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one is 2016 release, drank Sep 2017. Literally, one year aging in a bottle.

Black as night yet very deep brown in color with thick creamy tan head, it withstands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a lasting bubble layer atop and leaving some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Very rich and deep in the aroma, I get espresso, dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted bread, roasted barley, light smoke, dark biscuit, charred nut, and hint of fruity hop. All of these aromas are presented in very good complex shape.

The taste is still rich and delight with lots of roasted and burnt malt ranging from charred nut, light smoke, espresso, dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted bread, roasted barley, exactly just like the aroma. There is typical sourness of espresso and roasted grain plus with some bitterness that is also imparted a little bit from hop.

Rather full body but not that sticky with mild carbonation, the mouthfeel is well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish. Great Stout in every aspect, it is so enjoyable sip and alcohol is perfectly concealed.

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

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bucketofheads
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Demi
2.48/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a medium to heavy silky texture with flavors of dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. I look forward to aging the other 5 as I feel it will get even better. No alcohol bite @ 10% abv either so very smooth and drinkable for an imperial stout.

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Photo of MVanTryke
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Macro-micro Sierra Nevada delivers a dark-beer winner after a ho-hum porter. I am so glad that I chose this six-pack on this splendid, touch-of-fall, September evening. Nice notes aplenty. B sharp in A flat. Something like that.

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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

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