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:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A vigorous pour into the SM pint glass results in a pitch black body of liquid topped by a thin tan head of foam, thick lacing coats the side as the first sips lower the level. yep it looks like a stout.
Aroma is bitter chocolate. roasted barley and toast with a slight astringent alcohol.
Taste follows the aroma, bitter chocolate. burnt toast, molasses a slight sour tinge. a tad dry on the end. overall very pleasant without a noticeable aftertaste
Not an overpowering Stout on the sweet side, slightly dry and bitter, more like an Irish Dry Stout on steroids
A very nice Stout that is easy to put a pint down.

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid, perfectly black brew, 1/2 finger light tan head, quickly fading. Thin but nice lacing.

Slightly boozy aroma, with a hint of grain, grapes, and cocoa.

Very nice bite to this stout: chocolate in abundance, some grapes, dry grain, and a very noticeable alcohol flavor. Sweet, but not quite overly so. Just a hint of burnt grain in the background. Very strong bitterness, and noticeable hoppiness.

Slight sting on the tongue, then it settles in with a wonderfully thick feel. Nice clinginess; almost powdery cocoa feel. The alcohol is definitely present, but it's in no way bad.

You know how reviews are always saying, "This beer hides a 10% ABV very well,"? Yeah, not so much here. That doesn't make it bad: it's thick, balanced, strong, and flavorful. It's got a very nice sweetness to it, but a nice bite to back it up. Excellent brew.

Aging note: with a year or more on it, Narwhal develops from an Old Rasputin-style big roasty bitter imperial stout to a smoother, more chocolatey Ten-Fidy kind of stout. It's a great beer aged or fresh, but it is a slightly different animal each way.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, with little head or lace. No other way to describe it!

S - Chocolate, hops, cocoa, sweet, dark grains

T - Wow..an amazing DStout. Sweet, but not too much, just right. Hidden ABV

M - Full bodied, well balanced.

O - One of the better stouts I have had. Well done Sierra Nevada!

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

Sierra Nevada Narwhal

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, and a little lacing.

Smell: coffee, chocolate, hops, and mineral water.

Taste: vanilla, coffee, some hops, and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium and a slight chewy sensation.

Overall:
This is quite nice. While not incredibly complex, the flavors mesh very well and are properly proportioned. The mouthfeel is great. This is very drinkable.

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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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