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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

3,128 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 132
Gots: 465 | 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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Ratings: 3,128 | Reviews: 620 | Display Reviews Only:
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

09-13-2013 01:12:01 | More by sansho
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-13-2013 00:40:06 | More by ubenumber2
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Morockm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-12-2013 23:45:06 | More by Morockm
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swaghawk

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-12-2013 20:27:55 | More by swaghawk
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-12-2013 02:52:49 | More by BeersAndBears
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Highstplz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-12-2013 01:10:33 | More by Highstplz
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-11-2013 03:38:06 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-10-2013 01:22:58 | More by andylipp
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khargro2

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-10-2013 01:18:39 | More by khargro2
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beepill

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-09-2013 19:46:41 | More by beepill
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JDice20

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2013 19:07:13 | More by JDice20
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victory09

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2013 19:05:50 | More by victory09
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2013 11:24:07 | More by Travcofarms
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2013 04:30:43 | More by bsuedekum
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Warlocks-Passage

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2013 03:15:34 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-09-2013 00:08:30 | More by ridgeline23
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kemoarps

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

Well finally something good comes up today.
The beer pours a sexy onyx black with a satiny brown head. Decent retention and lacing. I'm quite excited.

This excitement is mildly tempered as the nose is not as rich as I was hoping. There is some creamy dark chocolate, a touch of char and some candi sweetness lurking in the background.

Luckily once it hits my lips, all concerns aroused by the aroma are put to rest. Beyond the silky smoothe mouthfeel contrasted by tiny pinpricks of carbonation, there is a an inital sweet dark cocoa note that fades into more of the char and roasty malts before finishing bitter as bakers chocolate. Excellently blended, and immenently smoothe on the palate. This is another extremely well done beer from a reliable brewery, and one that I am excited to see how it transforms as it ages. Go and buy it if it's available in your area, it is WELL worth seeking out.

09-08-2013 21:32:54 | More by kemoarps
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nakedninjaturtle

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.7%

09-08-2013 16:46:16 | More by nakedninjaturtle
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-08-2013 15:44:22 | More by aasher
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JasonMinck

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-08-2013 09:53:39 | More by JasonMinck
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance- Pours up a reasonable amount of head which looks as if it will have excellent retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. A bit of sheeting forms above the surface of the beer.

Nose- A bit subdued and the only thing that has real presence is the slight bubblegum that I smelled while pouring. There is some caramel, some roasted notes, and hint of cocoa but I'm a little concerned about the dominant bubblegum. The bottle shows the same thing. This, however, begins to dissolve and is taken over by cocoa. Swirling shows the bubblegum as banana.

Taste- Definite cocoa on the front with a hint of raisins lying around the edges as this moves into more and more cocoa with noticeable heat appearing on my tongue and in my cheeks. Dark chocolate and coffee notes rise with a some burnt caramel and toast bringing up the rear of the finish. Slight cardboard but it's hardly noticeable. Some hint of cherry as well with notes of oak and vanilla. A little bit messy and a little bit boozy. Very complex malt bill that echoes oatmeal as well. Probably would benefit from a little bit of age as it is a little too sweet and a little hot. Some nuttiness. I like almost every aspect of the flavor profile but the integration seems to be lacking. A little bit of banana as the finish and linger fade? Still, a pretty solid beer. Reminds me a little of Founder's Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives it a chewy, chalky, gritty feel. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Drinkability- After the heat subsides a bit, this becomes a pretty easy drinking beer. Great price for a four pack of such a boozy and heavy style. Less than 10 bucks for a 4 pack is a bargain. It's not in the same league as the best imperials I've had but at the price, it's hard to say no to.

Overall- Very good, solid beer. Definitely should give it a try. It looks as if will be my highest rating for a Sierra Nevada beer, knocking off SNPA. I will definitely be buying this again. And also aging a bottle.

09-08-2013 06:00:18 | More by artoolemomo
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Theniz

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

09-08-2013 05:29:17 | More by Theniz
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-08-2013 01:24:14 | More by mpayne5
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cleve00

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

09-08-2013 00:53:22 | More by cleve00
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-07-2013 21:03:23 | More by ThrashMaster
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.