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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 148
Gots: 497 | 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%

Rasmon, Oct 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JakeWright, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

drop6301, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

matheu, Oct 17, 2013
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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.

BMMillsy, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ColForbinBC, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

FortKnox15, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Gasc0igne, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

pottergator, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Smarty_Pints, Oct 16, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +16.2%

A supremely righteous Russian Imperial Stout. Chewy, STRONG, and delicious. Tons of coffee and chocolate right up front. Complex, multi-blend of 6 different malts. The only con would be the strength of the alcohol coming through but that is forgivable given the greatness of this brew. You will be hard-pressed to find a better example of this beer. Enjoy and cheers!

mashedpotatoes, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Phillyz, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Lucoli, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DanSmith17, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

yanosh, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

craigdb, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

garuda, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

terence, Oct 14, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Glennlawless, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Arsenal0328, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

flyingPharmacist, Oct 13, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Mongrel, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

rkf1976, Oct 13, 2013
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.