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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

3,143 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,143
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 135
Gots: 473 | FT: 32
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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Kcman91

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-19-2013 20:49:08 | More by Kcman91
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-19-2013 15:23:04 | More by Jonbw
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RaggaD

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-19-2013 15:11:27 | More by RaggaD
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tazzman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-19-2013 14:44:26 | More by tazzman
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-19-2013 04:21:05 | More by jakea
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-19-2013 02:46:07 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-19-2013 02:22:37 | More by weeare138
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-19-2013 00:30:17 | More by Johncnh
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squack

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-19-2013 00:14:15 | More by squack
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bwarren82

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-18-2013 23:19:38 | More by bwarren82
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a little warm alcohol, and dark fruits.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, tobacco, molasses, a little smoke, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warm alcohol, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS by the boys from Stone. Might have to move up to their 22 RIS and the espresso version as well. This beer definitely got better as it warmed up too.

10-18-2013 07:45:49 | More by Flounder57
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-18-2013 04:03:13 | More by tweezer159
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Thelonious_Mahler_Crate

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%

2013 Narwhal

http://i.imgur.com/MXtQ9Mg.jpg

Appearance: Black as it should be. Narwhal resembles a textbook imperial stout.

Smell: Deep, rich, malty greatness.

Taste: See 'smell.' This beer packs a flavorful punch, especially after warming a bit. Coffee, malt, maybe some nuttiness. I haven't been to beer school. I just know it's awesome.

Mouthfeel: If one aspect of his beer hits the 'perfect' mark, it's this one. Narwhal's a nice creamy, chewy number, and the alcohol content bites your mouth at the end. To me, that's pleasant, and reminds me what sort of fine genre beer I'm drinking.

Overall: Narwhal, while not particularly rare, was somewhat of a whale for me. It's been hyped quite a bit by both the internet, and a few friends of mine, and it did not disappoint. I'd really like to taste it back to back with Old Rasputin and Stone Imperial Stout. Regardless, it's a fantastic brew I'd recommend to any fan of the genre.

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HawkeyeJosh

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Trish_NG5

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Rasmon

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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JakeWright

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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drop6301

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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matheu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-17-2013 01:28:45 | More by matheu
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured pitch black into generic snifter with small brown head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, and more roasted chocolate. Flavor follows with bittersweet chocolate and a very nice roasted finish. Extremely smooth with just the right carbonation. Thick but easy drinking. Like velvet. I would compare this closely with Oaked Yeti, with less sweetness and more bittersweet. This is a phenomenal brew feom SN. Easily rank this above some of the more hyped impies. I really can’t find anything wrong with this one.

10-17-2013 01:13:59 | More by BMMillsy
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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FortKnox15

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-16-2013 05:08:06 | More by pottergator
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,143 ratings.