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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:
#1,354
Reviews:
970
Ratings:
5,155
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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341
Gots:
1,485
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,155 |  Reviews: 970
Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Growler Station @ Albertson’s. Dark and heady, smooth despite the elevated ABV. Initial high, fluffy beige head. Sweet dark roast malts, hints of dark chocolate, a little alcohol on the nose, and definite warmth at the finish. Velvety and slick. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of aufie
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of carrollmel7
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdog3838
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An unusual color that doesn't immediately bring descriptive words to mind. I tilted the glass at different angles looking for lighter shades at the edges and found a deep, deep ruddy brown that is striking in it's consistency throughout. Thick khaki cap and good lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt with dark chocolate and cocoa powder with a molasses undertone.

Taste is remarkably rich. The flavors repeat the scent notes with a coffee hit on entry that I missed in the aroma. A molasses like sweetness that quickly dries out mid palate leaving richness at the end. An ambitious brew that flexes it's muscles without trying to show off. Everything is just so well matched and working together in harmony you want to admire it as much as drink it.

Full creamy texture with balancing carbonation.

This is in short a powerful brew that manages to blend bold flavor with rich texture. I was tempted to pour it over vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobtaylor0414
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black. Oily with a one finger khaki head that dissipates leaving a ring of foam around the outside.

Smell has aromas of roasted malts, prunes, raisins, slight boozy character. Slight undertones of milk chocolate.

Taste follows the nose with a savory array of prunes, raisins, roasted malts and chocolate. Slight spice to the beer with a bitter finish. The beer is sweet, but not overly so. There is a slight boozy aftertaste that is reminiscent of a barrel aged beer. Very nice.

Very smooth feel on this one, almost buttery. Bit of carbonation provides an initial tingle on the mouth. Slight boozy tingle at the end. Wee bit thin in the feel, but not distractingly so.

Overall a top notch imperial stout. Love the more savory flavor of this one.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amazing dark black with about an inch of dark tan head and very minimal lacing. No retention on the lacing as well.

Smell: Chocolate, raisins, roasted malts.

Taste: Tons of roasted malts, some chocolate, and raisins. Wish I could get a hint of coffee but I am not with this brew.

Feel: Medium to heavy body.

Overall: Really enjoying this beer. Very solid Russian imperial stout. Its a step below the Great Lakes Blackout Stout in my opinion. I am very glad that I picked up a 4 pack of this to try. I will likely revisit this beer next year when it reappears.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick creamy/soapy brown head. Just a beautiful look for an imperial stout!

Chocolate, raisins, roasted sweet malts...... Oh my good Lord this is exploding with beautiful complex favorites!

Dark malts up front with the the sweet taste of raisins up front. Almost like a dark roasted malt bomb. There is a hop presence, however faint, it is in there.

Mouth feel is thick with a chewy finish.

OMG! Sorry to use that beer advocate bro's. I really find this to be a most wonderful and tasty brew that is so thick and chewy as to be so tasteful. If you like a dark beer go for it! For those not quite initiated into the dark side I would advise caution as this would scare you away from the dark side. For others, come to the DARK side and enjoy!!

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Photo of Klourie
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reis
2.34/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

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

L - Poured black with a dark tan head. Nice lacing throughout.
S - Chocolate with a not overpowering stout smell.
F - Thick feel to it with a semi-dry finish.
T - Roast coffee and dark chocolate.
O - Really good beer. Just a nice balance between the smell and taste.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Providence, RI.

Pours a deep brown nearly black body with a small off white head that leaves no lacing and a little retention.

Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toffee, caramel come through on the aroma. Tongue matches the nose with an added roasty note, coffee and dark chocolate, finishes lightly bitter and charred. Medium body with medium low carbonation.

Solid for a stout thats always available. Love the roastyness on the aftertaste.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubshab
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet-black, very little head. Smells of cocoa, espresso, smoky-ness, dark fruits, very nice. Tastes just like the smell, booze is a little present, very full mouth-feel, covers the tongue and mouth thoroughly. Boozy in the finish, a little hoppy perhaps? A very, very nice beer overall.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, creamy light tan head, some sticky lines of lace. Nose is rich and complex; baker's chocolate, licorice, some coffee, bread crust, heavily roasted malt. Flavor is even more widespread and deep; dark chocolate, roasted malt, somewhat sweet smokey toffee, faint chocolate, undertones of bitter hops, star anise, dry biscuit, faint alcohol and milk sugar-likeness here and there. Supremely dark yet reasonably bitter, even with a mild sweetness. Full, heavy, chewy body with lip-smacking stickiness.
What a great beer. Perfectly enters RIS territory without clashing the hop flavor with the roasted malt, which *rarely* works for me. Huge range of dark flavors to mull over, nicely dry and bitter while still offering a faint oasis sweetness. Please, Narwhal, impale me again ;)

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

Photo of speshuldaddy
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,155 ratings
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