Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
92.7%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 5,073 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,317
Reviews:
942
Ratings:
5,073
Liked:
4,703
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
335
Gots:
1,448
Trade:
36
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,073 |  Reviews: 942
Photo of OldManMetal
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This stout is a well-nigh-impenetrable black with no highlights, capped by a brief-lived medium pebbly brown head that leaves nice rafts and splotches of lacing. The nose is moderate in intensity, predominately sweet molasses and cocoa with lesser alcohol overtones. The palate is more assertive than the nose: a very nice sweetish, complex, seamless blend of milk chocolate, molasses and chocolate ice cream with boozy overtones. The finish is quite boozy chocolate, followed by a moderately bitter coffee flavor that lingers for a few minutes, balancing the experience by countering the sweetish palate. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the full body, and warming from the alcohol; the texture is creamy, nicely sticky and a bit peppery for the style from some overenthusiastic carbonation. Narwhal is a rotating stout that is worth looking forward to. (12 oz bottle, 94 days after pkg)

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Photo of Tilly
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Nice deep dark black/brown pour, light brown frothy 1" head. Leaving very nice and typical of an IS
A: Dark roasted coffee, sweet bitter chocolate, roasted malt
T: Rich dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, berries, sligh hop.
M: A lot going on here. Well balanced, medium to bold, slight high alcohol, dry finish.
O: This is a very good IS from Sierra. Looking forward to the next one.

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

Photo of walaguh
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeM417
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDW4195
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cubbyZilla
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dripa8
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BEER88
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SpaethJam
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of m_hetrick
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redgoatman
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into snifter glass. The color is jet black with a rather thin, light tan head and minimal lacing. The smell features dark chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. The taste includes abundant dark fruit with burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. It's like a rich dessert. This stout has a rich, creamy mouthfeel and is very easy drinking notwithstanding its 10.2% ABV. Overall, it's a very good imperial stout. I particularly like the prevalent raisin and dark fruit. I'm a big fan of the barrel-aged version of Narwhal but the base stout does not disappoint. I don't think it's quite as good as Founders Imperial Stout, but it's excellent

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

Photo of PSully1021
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 5,073 ratings
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