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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:
#1,352
Reviews:
961
Ratings:
5,132
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,132 |  Reviews: 961
Photo of jcole524
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlennWB
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice boozy imperial stout.On tap 10-30-16

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with pillow of mocha foam. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is similar with semisweet vanilla leading the sip and slightly bitter roast catching up to balance out before the finish. Very tasty and slightly sweet which I enjoy.

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Photo of rickklein9
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

L - The Sierra Nevada Narwhal pours into a chalice a deep, dark coffee color, leaving an ample 2-inch thick tan head in its wake.

S - Cherry, maple sugar, sweet malts, burnt coffee.

T - Sweetish roasted malt notes in the front, black licorice, and a pretty robust coffee flavor to finish. In the final analysis, this imperial stout leans "malty-sweet" as opposed to "bitter coffee".

F - Thick texture, chewy, chewy, chewy...heavy.

O - Big beer. Big (albeit hidden) ABV, so be careful. This is a substantial, rich, thick imperial stout. You will find whatever i.s. flavor you're looking for in this brew. I repeat: it's a big brew with a big flavor profile range.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zzachm18
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with a half finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation when I rock the glass, and leaves some alcohol legs going down the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malt, slight char, touch of alcohol, coffee, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a pretty good hit of alcohol immediately followed by Dark roasted malt, brown sugar or molasses, dark chocolate, and maybe some raisin. Very nice solid level of carbonation, medium full to full body, a little sticky, dry on the finish. I like Old Raspy better, and Founders Imp. Stout is fantastic, but this is pretty good. One to age a while and see how things end up.

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Photo of bobthebrewer1208
2.87/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I guess I just don't like Imperial Stouts. This is the third I've tried and the worst of the three. Poured into a tulip glass where it was a cloudy black with a nice 2 inch head. Smell, taste and feel reminded be of cough syrup; I got a slight roastiness in the taste and an unpleasant bitterness on the aftertaste. I waited about 20 minutes to see if the original opinion was based on tasting too cold; nope....better than have the glass went down the drain.

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Photo of C_Pel
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this. 6 oz sampler on tap at the Griffon Gastropub in Niagara Falls, NY. Review from notes taken back in October.

Appearance - virtually black with long lasting dark tan foam on top.

Smell - molasses. Pure and simple. Toffee and maybe some brown sugar. Malty as all hell. Fantastic for my sniffer.

Taste - similar flavor profile. Lots of dark fruits. Aspect of creme brûlée. Bourbon soaked. A little hot an boozy.

Mouthfeel - slick, oily and while chewy, it's lighter in body than you'd think.

Overall - a damn fine stout that stacks up with the best. An absolute malt bomb.

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

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

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: SRM at 40+. Dark, dark crimson when held to the light. Not much head on top. 5.

Smell: Melted chocolate, vanilla, nutty. 4.5.

Taste: Chocolaty and smooth. Sweet. Caramel, malty. Bitter coffee. 4.5.

Feel: Heavy, syrupy, but smooth. 4.

Tastes less boozy than some 5% stouts. Top-notch.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Narwhal, 10.2 % ABV, 60 IBU. Pours black with medium viscosity, and one finger brown head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, roasty malt, moderate bitter coffee close. Decent mouthfeel, a bit heavy on carbonation. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a kick to the Sierra Nevada Narwhal Russian Imperial Stout at 10.2%. I had a draft pour at Owen's Ordinary in the Pike & Rose Shopping Center in Rockville, MD. Awesome beer and nice addition to the Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly black with faintly glittering cola edges and half a finger of brown head that leaves cloudy blotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells of chocolate covered coffee beans and raisins, fireplace ash, toasted caramel malt and earthy herbal hops.

Tastes of more black chocolate and fresh coffee, sugared raisins, muddled dried dark fruit, more ashy smokiness and singed caramel, and more mild green hops. Alcohol is pleasantly detectable.

Feels big and amazingly smooth. Full bodied with buttery carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Legendary for a reason.

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bob_roberts
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Too hoppy for my liking. Not bad, but aftertaste leaves me thinking of SN pale ale. Quality beer, just doesn't work with my palate. Would like to try this barrel-aged.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,132 ratings
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