Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
5,202 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:
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:
#1,474
Reviews:
979
Ratings:
5,202
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,202 |  Reviews: 979
Photo of twonder23
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of njtmayhem
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Period.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 edition. 12oz bottle, dated 08/13/14, served in pint glass. Beer pours pitch black and slick like oil, with nearly zero head. Dark aromas suggest molasses. Flavors are immediate and complex: layers of toasted barley, burnt toast, treacle, and of course ethanol, but there's also an assertive hop flavor. I find the combination spicy, very appropriate for winter, and decided American (a high gravity, high IBU stout? why not!). Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation, which is perfect for the style.

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Photo of jrschaef
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours squid ink black with a small smidgen of deep dark caramel head.
Smells a bit light, but certainly elements of roasted malt and coffee.
Taste is glorious. Deep roast, deep coffee bitterness.
A nice mouthfeel not too thin which I appreciated since there was no barrel aging.
Overall, this beer is delicious. Now on to BA Narwhal!!!

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Photo of jcattey
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wotfofftw
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdodge8837
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Andres13
3.12/5  rDev -25%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CA_Jim
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Burnt malts on the front, boozy on the back. Not too bitter, and it's got a lighter mouthfeel than I expected it would have.

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Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of exl_90
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Nicolette10895
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A really drinkable Imperial Stout that's full of flavor without being overpowering, and at 9 bucks or so for a 4 pack it's a bargain.

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Photo of dantsbeats
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,202 ratings