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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

3,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,068
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
Gots: 445 | FT: 29
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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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-17-2013 02:04:08 | More by sneaks2210
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-17-2012 04:58:25 | More by CaptDavyJones
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-09-2013 03:55:50 | More by avisong
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-06-2014 00:45:34 | More by jacewg
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2013 02:53:20 | More by JohnnieNepal
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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-07-2013 04:04:43 | More by dogfishandi
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured a thick black syrupy liquid into a tulip. two fingers of tan head and some nice lacing left behind. excellent retention. looks very nicely carbonated for a RIS.
smells of chocolate, dark roasted grains, dirt, coffee.
the taste is definitely different than most RIS i've had. nicely hopped up front. lots of very dark, rich notes. coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, dirt.
a rich and creamy full body, slight alcohol warmth, mild carbonation. as the beer warms up, it develops more and more. i love drinks like this because they can last you a good amount of a night, tasting different every 5 minutes. you can barely taste or smell the alcohol. really bitter for a stout, which makes this one right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:23:17 | More by facundoCNB
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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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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 17:01:21 | More by ssimpson89
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-30-2013 22:10:09 | More by Keith_R
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with thick espresso head and light lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, espresso, some dark fruitiness, and alcohol. Not as much molasses as many Imperial Stouts.

Taste: Cocoa and coffee lead the way on the taste buds as well. More dark fruit than burnt molasses, making this have a titch of what I like about Belgian Imperial Stouts. Finish is char, smoke, roast and hops.

Feel: Very smooth and creamy. Warming. Finish could be a tiny bit drier - the only thing stopping a perfect score here.

Overall: Can't believe it took Sierra Nevada so long to make an Imperial Stout (not counting the one-offs). Worth the wait. Will be fun to see how this ages alongside other affordable 12oz Imperial Stouts (Bell's Expedition, Founders, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Victory Storm King, Old Rasputin).

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:32:16 | More by bsp77
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Pitch-black, almost purple hue, with a moderate head of cafe mocha.
Aroma-Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Baker's chocolate, dark roasted coffee. A big, rich, flavorfull stout, full of character and complexity. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 15:30:48 | More by hosehead83
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Lantern


4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2012 23:28:17 | More by Lantern
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-09-2013 00:06:54 | More by cadaugherty
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-10-2013 00:23:51 | More by randylangford
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CHickman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-06-2013 00:24:34 | More by CHickman
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Spider889

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-03-2013 23:21:26 | More by Spider889
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woemad

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 4-pk purchased at J.B.’s in Spokane for $10.99. It was literally the last they had of it, which was fitting, as I somehow missed this when it was released. The name reminds of an utterly absurd moment in the movie Elf.

Super viscous-looking when poured into a funky Sam Adams glass. From the looks of it, I could run my car off of it. Modest tan head that dropped fairly quickly into a sudsy ring, but never quite disappeared. Spotty and streaky lace.

Fairly standard aroma for the style. I get brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate. The high abv percentage is not noticeable in the smell.

A little more bitter tasting than the nose indicated, but that helps balance things nicely. In addition to the qualities I noted above, there’s also a prune-like dark fruit flavor, and a little bit of smoke. Quite dry at the swallow. Again, there’s no sign of the high alcohol content.

Fairly full-bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel.

A very tasty addition to the Imperial Stout ranks. Not quite as complex as some, but still very good. Dangerously drinkable at 10.2% alcohol - not a session beer! Glad to see SN do this style of beer.

"Goodbye Mr. Narwhal."

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:26:56 | More by woemad
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2012 00:00:29 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-07-2012 04:42:09 | More by bbadger
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black in the glass, light coming through coffee brown at the edges. Two fingers of mocha brown head, good retention and nice lacing. Solid.

Smell is faint for an imperial stout. Light cocoa makes up the most of it. A little milky. Not bad, but I want more potency.

Taste starts out roasty, and quickly takes a downturn. I initially thought it was chili pepper spice, but now it's coming through as an off, bitter, cardboard-paper-glue sludge. This is truly foul. I'll drink enough to finish my review, but no more. So I drank a little more, and a strange thing happened. It warmed up, that nastiness faded, and it became, well, consumable. And then it warmed up a bit more, and it became passable. Still not something I'd call good, but no longer something I'd call bad.

Mouthfeel is fine. At least, what I can perceive through the nastiness is fine. Heavy body, medium carbonation, lasting finish.

This beer is weird. Based on comparisons to other reviews, I wonder if I got a bad bottle. Or maybe my sense of taste is just that different. As it warmed up, the bad flavors faded, and it became, well, okay.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:37:33 | More by zeledonia
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2012 01:25:41 | More by Rekrule
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-20-2013 04:14:41 | More by Kmat10
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

08-24-2013 16:46:37 | More by bacher468
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-27-2013 18:21:17 | More by dfhhead25
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,068 ratings.