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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
93
outstanding

3,988 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,988
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 213
Gots: 800 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of njtmayhem
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Period.

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 edition. 12oz bottle, dated 08/13/14, served in pint glass. Beer pours pitch black and slick like oil, with nearly zero head. Dark aromas suggest molasses. Flavors are immediate and complex: layers of toasted barley, burnt toast, treacle, and of course ethanol, but there's also an assertive hop flavor. I find the combination spicy, very appropriate for winter, and decided American (a high gravity, high IBU stout? why not!). Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation, which is perfect for the style.

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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours squid ink black with a small smidgen of deep dark caramel head.
Smells a bit light, but certainly elements of roasted malt and coffee.
Taste is glorious. Deep roast, deep coffee bitterness.
A nice mouthfeel not too thin which I appreciated since there was no barrel aging.
Overall, this beer is delicious. Now on to BA Narwhal!!!

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wotfofftw
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.12/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CA_Jim
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Burnt malts on the front, boozy on the back. Not too bitter, and it's got a lighter mouthfeel than I expected it would have.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of PayDay
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A really drinkable Imperial Stout that's full of flavor without being overpowering, and at 9 bucks or so for a 4 pack it's a bargain.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,988 ratings.