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 rsuarez1982
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nick_perry
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -2.9%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TripleSun
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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 +15.2%
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 +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrueOregonian
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccg
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Narwhal looks dense. There is a rather fizzy head that fades quickly, leaving the beer looking somewhat flat.
The smell is dark, roasted malt, of course, but I'm also smelling something salty, like brine. Also, a bit of licorice in the background.
The flavor follows pretty close. It's not quite as bitter as I expected after smelling it. Hops and malt are well balanced. There's still a sort of brine flavor in background along with some licorice.
For it feel, there's some oiliness, medium body, and very mild carbonation.
It's a well-rounded stout, and worth trying if you enjoy stouts. Personally, I prefer Yeti and Ten Fidy, but I think it comes down to preferences in flavor profile.

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