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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
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3,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,061
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 114
Gots: 444 | 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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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-14-2013 12:27:13 | More by garuda
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terence

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-14-2013 03:16:20 | More by terence
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Tulip

A - pretty much 2 finger beige/ hazel head and poured just about jet black. almost a reddish tint to the head at times in the right light haha...a really good looking beer. after head dies down a half a centimeter puck of foam remains slicing over the top of the beer.

S - Getting dark chocolate at first/and a little bit of strong espresso coffee like too... and when i really get into it i get hints of very dark fruits and a little booze. Has almost a roasted smokey feel to it as well.

T - when swishing i can definetley taste the booze...but in the finish it dies in a matter of seconds and is taken over by sweet cherry and plums and subtle hints of chocolate. not getting much coffee at all. more of a porter feel to it actually. warms your chest as it goes down....a nice sipper type beer.

M - definetley a porter type feel, creamy and medium carbonation...but not getting that thick charachteristic most R.I Stouts tend to have.

Overall, the high abv kind of scared me away....and at first your like wow this is boozy but im loving how that is taken over in the end for a really smooth finish.take your time drinking this and enjoy it... this is a big, deep beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:59:28 | More by Glennlawless
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2013 21:34:58 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-13-2013 21:24:08 | More by Arsenal0328
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-13-2013 19:45:45 | More by BamfBacon
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flyingPharmacist

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-13-2013 18:16:48 | More by flyingPharmacist
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a little 9 oz snifter. I swear there was no smell whatsoever coming off this beer. Maybe it was served too cold.

Drinks more like a porter than a stout - supremely roasty with coffee and hop bitterness and a little roasty tang. Creamy center and mouthfeel that's really the star of the show. Like any good stout/porter, it grows in complexity as it warms, bringing out a little vanilla, caramel, anise and chocolate syrup. Despite the sweet flavors, this beer still finishes extremely dry.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very solid stout/porter, but not quite up to the level of luxury and complexity of something like an Expedition Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 13:20:31 | More by Mongrel
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rkf1976

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-13-2013 02:34:02 | More by rkf1976
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-13-2013 02:24:49 | More by Denzo
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2013 00:33:46 | More by williamjbauer
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Bustersuess

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-12-2013 20:07:43 | More by Bustersuess
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davegray

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-12-2013 17:54:21 | More by davegray
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RWACKO

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-12-2013 12:34:06 | More by RWACKO
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1FatJ

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-12-2013 04:23:59 | More by 1FatJ
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-12-2013 04:12:25 | More by jpd026
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jjwisenheimer

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-12-2013 03:57:04 | More by jjwisenheimer
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BSharpy

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-12-2013 03:56:58 | More by BSharpy
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-12-2013 02:25:35 | More by notdriving
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robwestcott

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-11-2013 04:45:43 | More by robwestcott
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-11-2013 01:48:09 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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Evarigan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-11-2013 01:10:29 | More by Evarigan
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-10-2013 23:23:43 | More by jfcaa193
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (2013 Vintage) into oversized snifter with a solid inch head that was mocha colored and took it's time to settle down. Color of the beer is pitch black.

The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

Taste includes dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, very noticeable booze, some hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel is rather thick, but not as much as you'd think at over 10%, medium carbonation, leaves a nice coating on your mouth and throat.

Overall it's a very enjoyable RIS, as I like boozy stouts, though I could see how some might think this is too hot. Looking forward to see how this changes with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 21:36:33 | More by maxcoinage
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

10-10-2013 04:23:52 | More by Beerswag
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,061 ratings.