Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged | 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): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This deliciously dark treat is our bold Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in oak Kentucky bourbon barrels. Black as midnight, this intense stout is incredibly complex with notes of dark chocolate, rich roasted grains, and espresso seamlessly blended with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut with a slight touch of honey from aging in the oak spirit casks. Nearly as rare as its nautical namesake, try it out while you can because, like the creature itself, it will disappear into the blackness soon and leave nary a trace behind.

Additional Info:
Narwhal was aged for 8 months in fresh bourbon barrels (a combination of Willett single barrel, Heaven Hill and various Beam brands).

ABV: 12.9
IBU’s: 62
Bittering Hops: Challenger
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa III, Roasted Barley

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#759
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
1,890
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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282
Gots:
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Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of medmo
2.07/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Way to go Sierra Nevada in turning out an Imperial Stout that is pretty much an Indian Pale Ale. Maybe hire another brew master that isn’t a IPA-ologist. It’s pretty decent but totally misses the mark on a Imperial Stout. It’s really an IPA. My score is what it is because I’m rating it as a stout not an IPA.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EMV
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 iteration poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with 1 solid finger of brownish tan head. Falls quickly... nice ring of lacing.

S: Char and sweets... cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and booze.

T/F: Follows the nose. Strong roast character, with charred grains, burned sugars, bitter espresso, and dark chocolate. Bourbon is strongly present with oak and vanilla.. a bit boozy... sweetness to go with the harsh roast. Baked raisin and dark fruit underneath. Smooth bodied... the finish is creamy with more vanilla and roast character.

O: A pretty outstanding big bourbon barrel aged Stout. Great flavor, and at 3 years old still pretty 'hot' so to speak. Lots of things going on... and one to let warm up and sip awhile.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grapeshops
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Anthracite coal black body; thin yet lasting light tan head; sheets of foam clinging to the glass sides. Dark roasted grain aroma; slightly sweet; a tad smokey. Deep, rich chocolate flavor; a fine bitterness filtering underneath. Heavy and silky mouthfeel.

A beautiful RIS, smooth, sweet, luscious. The high ABV is well-hidden and the deep, rich malt sweetness coats and satisfies the palate throughout the tasting experience. An exceptional dark ale...

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle poured into a tulip. Appearance is a typical big imperial stout, but with no head at all, even with a forceful pour trying to get some bubbles. Smell is really nice, with roast malt, chocolate, bourbon and sugar. Taste is also very nice, but completely flat. No froth, bubbles, ring, nothing. Feel is medium-thick, but not overly viscous or sweet. Overall, not sure if my cork was compromised. I didn't detect oxidation, but the beer was completely flat. Otherwise a very tasty BA stout.

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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,890 ratings