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:
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:
#1,472
Reviews:
979
Ratings:
5,202
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured like thick espresso with a thin caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. Dark and oily looking, very inviting.

S-Toasty sweet malt with some french roast coffee notes

T-Dark chocolate, coffee and caramel malt. Surprisingly sweet, almost like a milk stout. Despite the sweetness, it was not at all cloying and finished with a nice balance.

M-Smooth, full and perfectly carbonated. There is some alcohol heat which served as a reminder that this is a beer to respect.

O-Glad I picked up a four pack instead of just a single. Now I can compare it to the Old Rasputin which is another favorite RIS.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First review. Bottle (2012 vintage) poured to Black Tuesday glencairn glass.

A - Pours opaque black with an inch of of tight mocha head. Spotty lacing lines the glass.

S - Licorice, smoke, baker's chocolate, slight coffee notes. As it warms I sense some darker fruits (plum, date, and sweet grape). Nice smelling beer.

T - Sweet plum, slight roast, coffee grounds, and vanilla. Long lasting dark chocolate on the finish. Really impressed.

M- on the thinner side of medium-bodied. A bit syrupy, which helps bring out a bit of the coffee and darker chocolates.

O - Really Impressed by this beer. Really dug the darker fruit and chocolate notes. Excited to see where this goes in a yea or 2.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as night, no light gets through. Smell is a slight mix of coffee, chocolate, and toffee, slightly burnt. Taste is similar and the mouth feel is lighter than expected for an imperial stout and more carbonated. In this style, I prefer a flatter beer. I really like it though, a definite A-, but I don't think it quite lives up to the other world-class beers in this style. But hey, it's a cheaper and a great runner-up if you want to save a couple of bucks.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,202 ratings