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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

3,115 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 129
Gots: 456 | FT: 31
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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MattyIce21

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-25-2013 23:01:02 | More by MattyIce21
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Adamostella

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

10-25-2013 21:51:56 | More by Adamostella
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2013 03:43:58 | More by IPAIsaac
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bca115

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-25-2013 02:22:44 | More by bca115
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-24-2013 20:11:14 | More by Metaltildeath
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mynie

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at The Pint in West Lafayette, IN. Ordered it because why not, what the hell.

Smells fairly tame, even as it warms. Big nodes of roasted barley combined with some light wisps of espresso and alcohol fire.

Tastes quite good, much stronger than its relatively tame ABV led me to anticipate. Very nice balance between sweet and roasty nodes, coming across both lively vinous and bitterly dark. Back end is a wee bit thin which blots out some of the complexities.

Nothing to write home about, really; just a nice, aggressive double stout.

10-24-2013 19:59:46 | More by mynie
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 19:41:31 | More by ncstateplaya
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sachie23

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-24-2013 19:37:12 | More by sachie23
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 15:13:50 | More by kguard
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McUbermensch

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-24-2013 12:58:14 | More by McUbermensch
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

2012 vintage served in a snifter

Appearance: Pours black with less than a finger of a dark tan head. Body is opaque.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, booze, fudge.

Taste: More of the same. Roasted malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of full bodied with medium prickly carbonation. Not super boozy, but the alcohol isn't exactly hidden well either.

Overall: A bit boozy, which holds this back from being great. I've had higher ABV beers that have hidden their ABV much better. Still decent, but with all of the other great imperial stouts out there, I probably won't get this again.

10-24-2013 05:54:18 | More by Jonada
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bamarado

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 04:33:12 | More by bamarado
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LanceRobbins24

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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scantonio

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 00:12:59 | More by scantonio
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nasharm

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2013 22:19:46 | More by nasharm
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2013 21:57:28 | More by GraduatedCashew
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bob_d_j

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-23-2013 19:57:00 | More by bob_d_j
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Rainier

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Joey1566

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-23-2013 02:11:39 | More by TrojanRB
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de1m0nte

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-23-2013 02:00:11 | More by de1m0nte
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,115 ratings.