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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 152
Gots: 503 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bca115, Oct 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Metaltildeath, Oct 24, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

mynie, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ncstateplaya, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sachie23, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kguard, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

McUbermensch, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jonada, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

bamarado, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

LanceRobbins24, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Hopmarc, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

MNBeerGeek, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

scantonio, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

nasharm, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

GraduatedCashew, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bob_d_j, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Rainier, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Joey1566, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

JohnWPipes, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TrojanRB, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

de1m0nte, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours absolutely pitch black with a smallish dark tan head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is full of dark chocolate along with roasted caramel and a touch of smoke. There is a healthy dose of vanilla bean and some very light wood as well.

Loads of vanilla up front on the flavor followed by some cocoa, plum, and caramel. A touch of smoke and charred wood along with burnt caramel and a little honey. Alcohol is very well restrained and just becomes noticable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very silky with just a touch of sweet stickyness in the finish.

Overall, a very well put together and nice imperial stout. Not at all too sweet and the alcohol is barely detectable. An awesome, and affordable, imperial stout from Sierra Nevada.

rangerred, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Eazy28, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 (Brewed on the 214th day ) poured into DFH tulip glass.

A- Motor oil black like a Russian imperial stout should be.

S- WOW, getting a lot more tropical hoppy notes than I would expect from a RIS. Malt is present though with coffee , bakers cocoa, ripe banana, cherry, tobacco, slight espresso, molasses and leather.

T-Again, WOW. Definitely a SN take on an imperial stout. Everything I look for in a RIS but with lots of hop presence. I imagine that the malt will come out more with age. Definitely one to set back a 4-pack or two for a few years. Coffee, chocolate, fig, tropical fruits, licorice, lots of roasty malts, slight alcohol, very nice.

M-Huge, as it should be.

O-I wish SN would do more malt forward beers like this, one of their best. If you love imperial stouts this is a must have.

BriantheBeerGeek, Oct 23, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Velvety black in color. Poured with a short dark tan foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Dark roasted malt and powdery dark chocolate aromas with ripe dark fruit and delicate hop notes. Thick, rich, viscous feel with subdued carbonation through the middle. Dark roasted malt flavors first followed by dark chocolate. Sweetness malt and chocolate is quickly overcome by bitter dark roasted coffee and pine hop bitterness. Finishes with a tangy, bitter, pine hip aftertaste with u.derlying dark roasted malt. Beautiful color, delicate aromas, and a rollercoaster of sweet and bitter flavors. 

IronLover, Oct 23, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.