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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,131
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 133
Gots: 466 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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pianoman511

New York

1/5  rDev -75.8%

01-10-2013 05:54:56 | More by pianoman511
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Bhunter

California

1/5  rDev -75.8%

11-10-2012 00:57:19 | More by Bhunter
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josh00


1/5  rDev -75.8%

01-05-2013 17:45:12 | More by josh00
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ThaFATkid

California

1/5  rDev -75.8%

12-19-2012 01:12:05 | More by ThaFATkid
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chippo33

Vermont

1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

03-13-2013 23:39:15 | More by chippo33
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Slay40

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

11-12-2013 22:19:26 | More by Slay40
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nakedninjaturtle

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.7%

09-08-2013 16:46:16 | More by nakedninjaturtle
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JaysusJr

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.7%

12-04-2012 02:24:29 | More by JaysusJr
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cody4prez

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.7%

01-13-2014 00:07:14 | More by cody4prez
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.7%

03-03-2013 17:24:59 | More by tmars13
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mattday25

West Virginia

2/5  rDev -51.7%

06-22-2014 22:22:15 | More by mattday25
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Minn_Joe

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -51.7%

05-31-2013 03:46:05 | More by Minn_Joe
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NathanJoyce

Australia

2.03/5  rDev -51%

This was my first Imperial Stout and I feel like I have diabetes.

Are they all this sweet and sickly?

Sure, coffee, chocolate, etc, etc. Thick and no sense of humour.

I'm willing to consider my lack of inexperience as a huge mark against my review, but honestly—this is strong and heavy and SWEET. I love strong, I love heavy, I just can't understand the attraction to the sweet...

03-30-2014 10:40:25 | More by NathanJoyce
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beerist

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

08-24-2013 18:24:32 | More by beerist
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Auracom

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -44.4%

1/2 share from Dan, thanks man. 6 oz. poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on November 21st, 2012.

A - Standard visual affair - dark brown color, verging on black. Light caramel-colored head. Reduces down to a frothy ring. Marginal lacing but moderate legs.

S - Light milk chocolate, espresso, and honey malts. Very basic an unimpressive.

T - Very bitter throughout the drink, but only partially in the form of dark chocolate and coffee notes. This is a rare instance in which the hops taste like hops (fresh Expedition also comes to mind). Unfortunately, this is a big negative imo. Beyond that, unspectacular coffee beans and a light bready character.

M - Moderate body, low but appropriate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Mediocre. Though I'm sure the cost is reasonable, there's just no reason for me to buy this when I have stuff like Breakfast Stout available. The only thing that impresses me is that this feels and drinks like a 6% beer, not 10.2%.

11-21-2012 15:13:14 | More by Auracom
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Steimie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

11-05-2012 00:37:15 | More by Steimie
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spry

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

01-10-2013 04:35:28 | More by spry
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

08-07-2013 13:48:14 | More by Hoptoudrop
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davet100

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

08-28-2013 19:49:02 | More by davet100
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Thickfreakness

New York

2.7/5  rDev -34.8%

A- An onyx black pour with a fluffy and thick deep tan head that floats near three fingers. An absolute ton of sticky lacing grabs the sides of my Bruery tulip and NEVER lets go. Decently oily legs drip and ooze down the rim.

S- Nicely charred malt, bitter German chocolate, grapefruit peel, mango, slight touches of vanilla and pine. More Black IPA than RIS in the traditional sense.

T- WOW! Lots of char and citrus bite down on the tongue. RIS/Cascadian IPA? Reminds me of Storm King or Wookey Jack. Not my favorite type of RIS. Too much citrus, no dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, vanilla or other flavors/aromas that I normally associate in a RIS. The char and citrus just kind of strip your palate.

M- Dry, burnt malt, and too much citrus for what they call a Russian Imperial Stout! RIS' should envelope you in dark fruit, cocoa and coffee IMHO, not this! I'm getting tired of breweries labeling Cascadian/Black IPA's as RIS' just to sell beer!

O- This isn't bad mind you... it's just not what I consider the style to be, and I am a stickler for rating on style. If they said this was a black ipa, it'd be at least a 4! I'd put this up against Wookey Jack, Black Watch IPA, Hop Noir or some other really good Black IPA's. A world class, or even good RIS it isn't. Sorry SN, you usually wow me. Redefine it, and I'll re-review it!

01-02-2013 02:40:06 | More by Thickfreakness
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ao125

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -34.8%

Serving Type : 2012 bottle. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter glass

Appearance: Pretty standard really for an imperial stout. Black.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too thick. A little more thin than I'm used to for the style, but not undrinkably so.

Smell & Taste: I'm actually going to group these together. My main problem with this beer is the hopping. Whatever hops were used, are not good. At least not in this style of beer. I feel like Mikkeller uses the same hops in Black Hole... which I'm also not a fan of.

Overall: Overall, I'm not impressed by this beer and I think I'll leave it to the fanboys. All I know is that for me to want to drink this, I need for the hop character to be almost completely gone... and for the price point for the 4-pack, I can buy a lot of other things.

12-03-2012 14:19:57 | More by ao125
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grissom51

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

08-24-2013 03:41:35 | More by grissom51
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Danegerous123

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

05-04-2013 10:19:55 | More by Danegerous123
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Wlsr14


2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

08-08-2014 15:26:14 | More by Wlsr14
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

12-15-2013 00:47:31 | More by thedifferencemaker
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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,131 ratings.