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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

3,147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,147
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 136
Gots: 474 | FT: 32
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle, a nice snag from doktorzee on his recent jaunt through Vegas. Cheers, man!

This beer pours a solid black, with noticeable cola-tinted basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and fairly creamy light brown head, which leaves some awesome craggy sea cliff lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of well-toasted, almost meaty caramel malt, wet rye bread, powdered cocoa, stale ashes, dark-roast coffee beans, a hint of black licorice, earthy, leafy hops, and a subtly burbling alcohol astringency. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, a consequentially reduced caramel malt, some persistent dark bready notes, edgy and earthy anise, gritty wet ash, well-roasted day-old coffee, the kind with too much nut flavourings added to it, and surprisingly (really?) bitter leafy, earthy, and dry citrus hops. A wee twinge of metallic alcohol sort of turtles as things barely warm.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, but hardly absent, a subtle bubbly edginess wafting about, the body a solid medium weight, dead smooth, and agreeably creamy, in a sort of milk-chocolate sense. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, roast, and hops forming one swell collection of lingering party goers.

A pleasurable and enjoyable RIS, the initially apparent unchecked sweetness duly run off at the pass in the typical Sierra Nevada way - mo' hops! It all seems to work - full-bodied, tasty and with the north of 10 points of booze doing its best shark impression by keeping its head under the surface (fin-free!*), I can just sit back and appreciate this hefty, well-made brew.

* This is a pun that only (especially new) dads will appreciate, so Imma just gonna keep it to myself for now.

04-02-2014 04:37:42 | More by biboergosum
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gfg0020

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-02-2014 03:27:38 | More by gfg0020
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Swettenham_Shire

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -8%

Poured into pint glass...

Appearance: pours a dark brown/black color with 1 finger tan head; lacing doesn't stick around
Smell: amazing malt, chocolate, and coffee scent mixed with alcohol
Taste: follows the nose; getting a sweet and bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: heavy; can feel the booze
Overall: I was happy to try this stout from Sierra Nevada, but probably won't seek it out anymore. I prefer others in this beer style

04-01-2014 23:36:22 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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NWHopinator

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-01-2014 05:02:07 | More by NWHopinator
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-31-2014 23:02:55 | More by SavvyStudent
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BMos

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-31-2014 23:02:13 | More by BMos
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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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Jlu73183

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-30-2014 00:58:50 | More by Jlu73183
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-29-2014 19:53:26 | More by Haybeerman
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-29-2014 00:22:15 | More by larryarms847
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-28-2014 19:07:36 | More by innominat
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chewy6935

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-28-2014 03:54:53 | More by chewy6935
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-28-2014 01:42:18 | More by SlightlyGrey
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wsd627

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-27-2014 22:00:39 | More by wsd627
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Jeffh84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-27-2014 13:13:02 | More by Jeffh84
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archero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-27-2014 08:19:20 | More by archero
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leitmotif

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-25-2014 19:50:30 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-25-2014 19:19:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-25-2014 04:10:24 | More by brpendergast85
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-24-2014 00:15:27 | More by dbarny76
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Viperman1316

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-24-2014 00:00:57 | More by Viperman1316
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-23-2014 19:47:50 | More by SaCkErZ9
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SteveB24

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-23-2014 04:17:11 | More by SteveB24
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2014 19:37:46 | More by LostHighway
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-22-2014 16:45:24 | More by CreekyJarls
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,147 ratings.