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:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,051
Reviews:
932
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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1,445
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Photo of Heeenrik
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beaz18
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of arini10
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maz
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an obsidian, liquid black death of 0% transparency. Forms a head of 2 fingers, almond color, and lace stays stuck to the head while it recedes.

Aroma of melted chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice, roast malts, coffee, and finally, leather. A complex, although quiet, bouquet.

Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, charred malts, molasses, and a little brown sugar. As it warms some fig comes out, too. A touch of ash. The profile overall is robust and roasted. Coffee bitterness is moderate, but not overwhelming. At least, not more than any other Russian Imperial Stout. It increases as the beer warms.

Feel comes alive right away in a Coca-Cola like carbonation, tapering off to a crisp nip, and then an alcohol dryness.

Overall Narwhal is a winning stout. A solid representation. I'd rate it just under Old Raspy, maybe about on par with FBS...perhaps even more enjoyable due to the muted coffee notes (FBS is very coffee-forward).

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dradair
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waltmanis
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonpp85
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jams1220
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwsipkins
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a pint glass, the beer is an opaque black with a clingy brown head.

The nose is of dark roasted malts, brown sugar and dark fruit.

It has nicely roasted malts. They add a slight char to the mix of dark fruit, a bit of molasses, a hint of coffee. This a big beer but is easily approachable. There is a hint of warming heat from the alcohol.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation.

Part of a long line of very solid beers from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of hophead7117
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Angerhaus
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MJ64
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 4 - nice dark black/brown espresso colored beer with a nice mocha head that dissipates but still leaves nice lacing.
S - 4 - big roasty notes, dark chocolate, cocoa, char, black malt
T - 4 - roasty, creamy/umami character, dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter
M - 4.25 - big thick impy stout. alc covered. aftertaste is burnt marshmallow, roasty malts
O - 4 - definitely a more roasty imperial stout. At 10.2% it feels a little lighter than some of the beers I'd compare it to - Founders IS, Bells Expy. That said it's still a legit imperial stout.

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Photo of thevillagebum
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of torr99
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,051 ratings.
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