Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,041
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
1,446
For Trade:
38
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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bob_roberts
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldDirty
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williahd
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of npendres
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsmith313
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ecto
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 +8.4%
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 -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,041 ratings.
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