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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

3,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,116
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 131
Gots: 458 | 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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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-04-2013 21:29:01 | More by Boone757
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PackPride

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-04-2013 18:02:11 | More by PackPride
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TaylorBrake

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-04-2013 15:00:05 | More by TaylorBrake
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Beersnake1

California

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of light brown head. Head disappeared quickly - probably 20 seconds.

Smell: Not overwhelming. Toasted malts with some hints of dark fruit. Even a bit sweet. A bit smoky and a hint of caramel.

Taste: The taste follows the smell nicely. Fairly mellow, with a taste of toasted malts, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Not as burly as some other imperial stouts, but a nice smooth flavor. The alcohol content doesn't come through.

Overall: Nice beer from Sierra Nevada. Pleasantly smooth, but not extremely distinct from others in its class.

10-04-2013 03:23:41 | More by Beersnake1
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black as motor oil; creamy, tan head; ring upon ring of lacing!
Smell - cocoa and dark chocolate; hint of espresso.
Taste - complex flavors! Starts off creamy, but a surprise rush of hops mixed with a hint of alcohol, follows with malts and coffee flavors.
Feel - a very complex RIS! I was taken back by the very noticeable hop presence, it almost comes off as a hardcore Black IPA! More medium body, not too heavy and very drinkable at 10.2% ABV!
Overall - terrific offering from Sierra Nevada! To me this is a cross between an RIS and a Black IPA! The price point gives this one the nod over many other stouts! I'm anxious to try this alongside a few of my favorite Black IPA's, like Wookey Jack, Sublimely, and Mountain Standard.

10-04-2013 02:20:10 | More by DenverHopHead
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Corburk

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-04-2013 01:54:37 | More by Corburk
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BlakeAM

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-04-2013 01:28:19 | More by BlakeAM
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-04-2013 00:43:48 | More by BostonPhilly
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moarmare

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

10-03-2013 23:53:55 | More by moarmare
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voodoofish65usf

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-03-2013 19:34:00 | More by voodoofish65usf
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-03-2013 17:50:28 | More by Kmlund
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skiofpinsk

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-03-2013 11:19:36 | More by skiofpinsk
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Taycro

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-03-2013 04:35:01 | More by Taycro
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-03-2013 01:18:09 | More by buzzy
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-03-2013 01:06:56 | More by paresis
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-02-2013 22:56:21 | More by sludgegnome
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Lionhawk

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-02-2013 20:25:39 | More by Lionhawk
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-02-2013 20:20:51 | More by MarvinSnyder
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-02-2013 01:56:20 | More by jheezee
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-01-2013 23:33:56 | More by bigfnjoe
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

A 2013 bottle that arrived to Albuquerque in the last month. Poured from the 12-ounce bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours engine oil black and creates a delicious looking, off-brown head. Healthy lacing is present.

The aroma is boozy, smelling like a brandy with some fruity, cherry qualities. A sweetness is present, as is sweet malt. Some chocolate pops up too.

Taste-wise, there is a whole lot going on here: breadiness, caramel and chocolate and a potent blast of booze. Coffee hints drift in and out and linger with the dry aftertaste.

The booze really takes the beer over at this point, giving significant burn and a dry ending and taking away from the beers other flavors.

I will be aging a 4-pack of these and will be revisiting them later on in the winter and down the line and suspect they will improve significantly as the beer settles. Right now, the beer is still to potent to truly enjoy.

10-01-2013 19:03:36 | More by ONovoMexicano
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-01-2013 15:14:36 | More by xk6m6m5x
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Montana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-01-2013 04:22:21 | More by mc4z
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Jtrigonis

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-01-2013 02:36:59 | More by Jtrigonis
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,116 ratings.