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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
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3,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,021
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 111
Gots: 438 | FT: 28
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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Ireland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-07-2012 23:25:37 | More by Hellpop65
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a creamy, express colored head that has a good long retention period.

S: A solid roast with some licorice, moderate coffee and light citrus hop aroma. There is a low caramel malt sweetness and a light alcohol sweetness as well.

T: A huge malty flavor with rich dark flavors of roast, coffee and caramel along with a moderate sweetness. There are some underling burnt sugar and slight charcoal in there as well. The citrus hops flavors and bitterness are at a medium level. The balance is about equal between the bitterness and sweetness and almost out to a medium finish. The hops bitterness lingers a bit an edges out the dark roast flavors.

M: A full bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: Rich and full with equally strong malt and hops character; simply an excellent beer. I'm hoping this will be easy to find than Night Stalker where I live because Narwhal is running neck and neck with it as my favorite Imperial Stout. There will have to be a side by side tasting to for me to call a winner though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:58:29 | More by MadScientist
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 16:48:08 | More by brewskifan55
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2013 14:01:23 | More by ant880
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jriggins6

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-02-2012 12:43:42 | More by jriggins6
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Lucnifter

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-29-2013 17:49:08 | More by Lucnifter
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-27-2012 03:51:32 | More by pearljam118
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

11-03-2013 16:48:20 | More by DerrickW
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ninaturner

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-25-2014 19:44:30 | More by ninaturner
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-16-2014 18:46:39 | More by salthemonster
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-06-2013 01:39:37 | More by lonewolfcry
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-05-2013 07:02:13 | More by HumphreyLee
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-30-2013 16:43:09 | More by ahbithwabm
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle

A - Appearance is stunning. Rich, black body with a tan mocha head that leaves behind a highway of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dry bakers chocolate and vanilla.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of molasses to start off. Bitterness all the way through with coffee on the finish along with a lingering smokeyness.

M - Medium body that is somewhat more carbonated than other RIS I've had. Doesn't feel "thick," but somewhat creamy/chewy and airy all at the same time.

O - Well done SN, well done. Continually impressed with how this beer comes alive as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 17:41:29 | More by cvm4
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2012 16:09:02 | More by throwback
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-08-2013 00:04:42 | More by abcramer
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting Notes from 11/2/12. Poured from 12oz bottle into CBS snifter. This was served at cellar temperature.

A) Pitch black as expected. Nice thick 2 finger mocha head, which settled to a dusting relatively quickly. Decent lacing+ some legs.

S) I found the aroma pleasant, but not as pronounced as I expected. Dark roast, light coffee, malt sweetness that came off like brown sugar+ vanilla, kind of like a cookie dough. There was a whiff of booze.

T) Wonderful... Heavy roast+ some coffee flavor. Plenty of chocolate, and pleasing sweetness. Then some nice earthy hops for a little bitterness. The alcohol gives a little warmth, but is well hidden.

M) Rich, quite supple... This has a full body, with light carbonation. Feels rather thick, but goes down nice and smooth. Good aftertaste...

O) Excellent RIS right here. I enjoy a little extra hops in the flavor, and kind of expected that from SN. I love their regular stout. This one is a fantastic sipper for the cold months ahead. Glad to recommend this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:24:30 | More by RoamingGnome
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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-30-2013 03:05:04 | More by MNBeer1017
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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Illinois

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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-11-2012 05:04:53 | More by Focusf111
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-16-2012 17:31:19 | More by Ri0
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-24-2014 18:54:39 | More by WVUbrew
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,021 ratings.