Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.16/5
5,095 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:
#1,328
Reviews:
953
Ratings:
5,095
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
335
Gots:
1,466
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,095 |  Reviews: 953
Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Imp Stout. Very dark with little head. Has a sweet licorice taste with a upfront alcohol taste. Smooth finish. Two bottles gives you that relaxed nice buzz. I will drink it again.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sams442
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with mild tan head and minor lacing that fades pretty fast. Smells of burnt molasses, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste, I expected a ABV mess but holy mother this is smooth as it gets and the flavors are out of this world. A very rich chocolate molasses hit up front with some coffee and oat tones. The finish is amazing, this beers flavors builds after your drink to end with a heavenly perfection. I am blown away on this one, I did not think I would enjoy it this much and I do, a new cellar beer for me, perfection and cheers to Sierra Nevada....

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Photo of DioS
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MinerBob
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A better stout than Old Rasputin. Beer pours a motor oil color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is typical stout coffee and chocolate but no hard aftertaste like Old Rasputin. Its smooth and tasty. Overall a great stout.

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ExtraStout
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour evolved into a near pitch black opaque liquid in the glass, with ruby highlights. The head was quite small in size, but it left some awesome khaki lace. The aroma of the beer showed off the roasted malts, with the smells of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The taste was an extension of the smell, but with amped up intensity. The coffee taste was thick in this beer, with a bitter, astringent finish. If I let the sip linger in my mouth, some powder cocoa notes crept in. I usually dislike "Imperial" stouts that have a weak mouthfeel. Luckily, this was not one of those beers. Sierra Nevada has delivered another product to the mass market which is attainable for a fair price vs the quality received.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carolvs
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yowza! Holy Toledo at 10.2 this knocks you flat on your rear but it'll happen without your evening realizing it, smooth as it is. World Class.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a khaki head. Surprisingly low retention and lacing.

Smells sweet, chocolatey, roasted grain, a bit metallic, and some alcohol.

Flavor is very chocolatey with burnt toast.

Feel is creamy, very sweet, and has some alcoholic burn.

Overall, I thought this was better in the past and plan to revisit again because I'm really not enjoying this too much right now. Cheers.

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

Photo of Agriverbear
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DragonsMilk
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a 2014 Vintage

This beer is like deja vu to me, it tastes almost exactly like New Holland's Dragon's Milk with minor differences.
It has a noticeably richer mouthfeel, aroma is similar but a little subdued, tastes exactly the same to me, has that sweet soapy oaky vanilla thing going on.

I get the roast, the chocolate the coffee but no one flavor really sticks out its a subtle blend of many.

I dont get the raisin plum flavors but I dont always get that in DM either only some bottles

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Photo of Mojopin88
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

It's finally getting to be stout and porter season. Yay! Not much of a head on this one, although it does leave plenty of dark tan lace. Nose is coffee and booze and some salty, herbal hops along for the ride.

This is, as the nose hints, a balanced stout, with plenty of hop bitterness to match up against the coffee and roasted and dark chocolate tones. I found nibbling a small piece of dark chocolate with this really improved the experience, as it often does. A lot is going on here, and the octane (abv) is pretty high. You get a good bit of warming from the booze in the finish. Definitely a solid impy stout, but not a huge standout in the style.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Spiegelau Stout Glass. Bottled on August 22nd, 2017.

L: Completely opaque black, two finger beige head has very very good retention.

S: Smells of chocolate and cocoa, coffee, sherry, and smoke.

T: Lots more roasty notes here, like dark roasted malts and coffee and sherry.

F: Light body (dangerous), good carbonation, lingering roasty flavors.

O: A wonderful stout that I will return to.

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Photo of kitekid
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ob512316
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: black with a medium tan head.
Smell: chocolate, coffee, some smoke.
Taste: coffee, chocolate, smoke, then a hint of hops at the end.
Feel: like a normal stout, easy to drink considering the abv.
Overall: great stout, will have again.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one is 2016 release, drank Sep 2017. Literally, one year aging in a bottle.

Black as night yet very deep brown in color with thick creamy tan head, it withstands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a lasting bubble layer atop and leaving some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Very rich and deep in the aroma, I get espresso, dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted bread, roasted barley, light smoke, dark biscuit, charred nut, and hint of fruity hop. All of these aromas are presented in very good complex shape.

The taste is still rich and delight with lots of roasted and burnt malt ranging from charred nut, light smoke, espresso, dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted bread, roasted barley, exactly just like the aroma. There is typical sourness of espresso and roasted grain plus with some bitterness that is also imparted a little bit from hop.

Rather full body but not that sticky with mild carbonation, the mouthfeel is well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish. Great Stout in every aspect, it is so enjoyable sip and alcohol is perfectly concealed.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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