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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,445
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 170
Gots: 570 | FT: 35
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured black with a tan head with nice lacing
S-roasted coffee, licorice, unsweetened cocoa
T-lots of roasted coffee flavors mixed with licorice and finishes with unsweetened chocolate
M-full bodied and low carbonation
O-Not a bad brew, honestly not my favorite for the style, booze is pretty apparent. Interesting to try

atr2605, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mcrago, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

logicerror, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

mkf629, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

sgttibbs, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

BoOmerG, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: thick, rich chocolate malts, black grains, subtle smoke, coffee bean oil and resin. Appearance: pitch black with fantastic lacing. Taste: smooth, velvety thick roasted chocolate, burnt caramel, continuous coffee, toasted bread, plums and red grapes. Overall, amazing alcohol finish smooth full bodied and rich

IAmAPenguin, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SeatsTaken, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dedbeer, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ribbed ale glass

A: solid black; thin head; good lacing;
S: good classic stout aroma: dark malt, anise
T: amazingly more sophisticated than the straightforward aroma; very boozy, complex; cocoa; smooth and sweet; licorice; dark chocolate

Really amazing imperial stout; quite different from other stouts I've had

Arithmeticus, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jammer42, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Bandi, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles around the edge if the glass and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste starts off like the smell with flavors of licorice after which strong flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness kicks in. The bitterness and roasted malts linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite roasty and bitter. Little if any alcohol is perceptible in the smell so it is quite drinkable considering its strength.

Note: 2013 vintage

metter98, Nov 16, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +11.4%

dirtyharry2489, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ChuckHardslab, Nov 16, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Narwhal pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. There is a boozy aroma with hints of licorice. The taste is very bold, lots of coffee, chocolate, and some black licorice flavors, with a big boozy end. Very bold flavors great body. Overall a fantastic big bold stout.

vette2006c5r, Nov 16, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, only the thinnest of ruby edges. Holds a tan thin cover, not much lace.

Smell: Roasted malt, burnt sugar vapor is alcoholic and inviting. A rich tone with some supportive but mild hop notes.

Taste: Heavy malt has a toffee sweetness to it that is smooth and silky. Slight lactic twang of a mild stout, slippery feel of an oatmeal stout, full volume of an Imperial Stout. Somewhere down the British spectrum, definitely not an AMERICAN HOP STOUT, this is much more refined, restrained, civilized.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy milk shake. Great combination of heavy body and lively carbonation that helps keep the whole package together. Full chew, slick oil takes a while to soak in.

Overall: Wow. Serious yum. I'll be seeking more. It's a monster with a friendly face. You note alcohol, but it doesn't taste like the 10% it's swinging. A nice long evening sipper.

HardTarget, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

epoole3, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

gordo7, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

morehooos, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ChanceK, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

LightnerLiquorKS, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

TomTown, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,445 ratings.