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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 153
Gots: 504 | FT: 33
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

zbooks, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights. Not much head; a few bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate and licorice

T: Pile driving, hard core chocolate. malty, smooth. Robust as hell. A coffee aftertaste. Fantastic.

M: Heavy with medium carbonation. Thick, chewy.

O: Glad to have caught this big fish. A great imperial stout. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

brewskifan55, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

MNBeer1017, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

midlifec, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

fehrminator, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mark000, Dec 28, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Slay40, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Kenai4, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JSchock7, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

NonicPanic, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ninaturner, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

sludgegnome, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - very dark brown color. Great brownish head that last for a good amount of time.
Smell - I can smell the alcohol, chocolate, and lots of coffee.
Taste - coffee taste with some alcohol. Sweet chocolate taste as well.
Feel - smooth, with great medium carbonation.
Overall - I let this beer sit for about 6-9 months and it was fantastic.

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

MarvinSnyder, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

juliusseizure, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mattparsons, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BamfBacon, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

hayesjw, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Casey3236, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Stum-pub, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Ego
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$20 for a growl fill on this ? mad props to Copper Mine Pub in N Arlington NJ

eyes...
devilishly black, totally opaque, lacing ? legs? yeah... got that, the head retreats pretty quickly but easily comes back with a quick swirl-o-rama, the head itself is a nice dark cocoa tone, this looks impy...

nose...
burnt wood left outside, the spicy note of licorice, bitter chocolate, hints of smoke and molasses,
hints of mint like toothpaste

taste etc...
initially pretty smooth but man this sucker is heavy, like drinking a cannon ball, woah this thing is thick and weighty, this is big boy territory right here... the first blast is sort of the sweet end of things with the malts parading the molasses across the mouth, then the after bomb drops... we're taking a trip to flavortown folks (can I say that without comping Guy Fierri ?).. anyhoo, the aftertaste slapped me so hard (insert one liner here but it probably involves my mom), you get some deep dark euro chocolate that teeters on barelywine-ish flavors but never loses the RIP style, the booze is there but really lends itself to the mix here.

verdict?
luckily I have my bro and his current girl to help me out with this growldog, cause otherwise I am taking a trip to passoutville. damn, this is one deep dark sucker, maybe not my fave RIS but it is bold, any RIS fan needs to check this out, it might be the spanish fly to your.. well..

Ego, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

wyatt13, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

aorloski, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ridgeline23, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of rjp217
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2013 edition bottle poured...

A - Solid black with a 1 finger brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice sticky lace retention

S - Milk chocolate, nuts, campfire

T - All kinds of chocolate, some smoke, oak, hops, caramel, boozy

M - Exceptionally soft and pillowy, medium body, low carbonation

O - An excellent, fairly easy to find RIS. It's big and boozy with a lot of complexity. I really like this one though it's just a step below that next level.

rjp217, Mar 13, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.