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:
#1,449
Reviews:
979
Ratings:
5,200
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,200 |  Reviews: 979
Photo of npendres
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsmith313
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MTKATL
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours solid black. Held my iPhone flashlight at point blank range and no translucence at all. Modest head. Smells ok, typical stout smell but with more booze. Taste is where this unloads-chocolate mousse, roasted malts, dark coffee, balanced bitterness. Not quite the nuance of Rasputin; this goes dark and roasted and stays there with only slight subtlety. Have had before and will have again.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Narwhal is about as good of an imperial stout as you can find. This is probably one the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted in a very long time. Even better, you are getting an amazingly high quality product that doesn't break your bank. Super black color on the pour. Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and other flavors stand out immediately. This bad boy is smooth. Not very boozy , like some Russian Imperials. A very nice thick and chewy mouth feel with an amazing taste to boot ! I can not find one thing wrong with this beer. I bought a case and put 1/2 of the case in the cellar for next year ! I highly recommend this gem . For those who have not crossed over to the dark side...take a chance ..give this one a shot and make your way to the dark side ! You wont regret it.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Casterbridge
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klister
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Commandophile
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I think i like the aftertaste this beer leaves on your lips rather than the actual flavor while drinking it. Smooth as fook for a beer that has 10.2 ABV.

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

Narwhals live their lives in darkness and harmony... The beer is dark and is in harmony .

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Photo of mdt88
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kamahl16
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Narwahl is about as good of an imperial stout as you can find for the money. The one I just consumed has been aging in my cellar since last October. Pours a very black color with about half inch of head that disapates pretty rapidly. Definitely one of the best off the shelf, non barrel aged R.I.S. oyt there. Looking forward to the 2016 release.

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Photo of jsquad
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,200 ratings