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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

3,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,135
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 134
Gots: 470 | 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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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
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Pookie

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-07-2013 20:59:10 | More by Pookie
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Morgoth

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-07-2013 17:47:10 | More by Morgoth
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jburd19

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

09-07-2013 03:04:44 | More by jburd19
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GABrew

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-07-2013 01:25:11 | More by GABrew
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Zach136

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

32oz counter pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA.

A - Pitch black, light caramel head that disapates quickly. Ok lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee notes, bit of roast coffee and cocoa as well. No hop profile to speak of.

T - Deep roasted malts, earthy coffee, noticeable hop profile that gives the brew a hint of that motor oil profile fresh RISs tend to have.

M - Slightly over carbed for my tastes - giving it an almost chalky mouthfeel.

O - Great RIS. Excited to set up a verticle.

09-06-2013 21:15:00 | More by Zach136
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Birdlegs

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-06-2013 17:10:53 | More by Birdlegs
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2013 11:31:50 | More by crbnfbr
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crob3888

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2013 04:24:21 | More by crob3888
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-06-2013 02:16:19 | More by RobinLee
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ThirdWorldChrist

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-05-2013 22:00:40 | More by ThirdWorldChrist
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jklecko2

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-05-2013 15:05:44 | More by jklecko2
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myuncle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-05-2013 10:45:58 | More by myuncle
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jdhowe

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle of 2013 vintage from Davis Beer Shoppe enjoyed on 1 September 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours an opaque black with 1 finger of mocha-colored head. Very little bits of light show brown through the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is left down the glass.

S: Strong malts up front with roastiness and smoke predominating. Alcohol and some dark fruit are also evident and follow the stronger malt and smoke character.

T/M: Smooth and smoky up front with dark fruits following. Cacao mid-sip leads into roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick but not oily with plenty of carbonation.

O: The smokiness is a little strong, but otherwise I really enjoyed this beer. I'm a bit dismayed that I forgot to pick up a 4-pack before I left; the price point is pretty good.

09-05-2013 08:31:53 | More by jdhowe
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canudoa9

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-04-2013 19:57:11 | More by canudoa9
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hopluva1

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-04-2013 18:04:58 | More by hopluva1
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TheDoak

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-04-2013 03:33:11 | More by TheDoak
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6%

Bottle Into Tulip

Appearance- Jet Black, 1 finger tan head

Aroma- Coffee, big roasted malt, some chocolate, some dark fruit, Slight piney hops, but mostly malt forward. slight alcohol, nice

Flavor- Roasted malt, coffee, less chocolate than the nose, dark fruit, creamy, alcohol shows up as it warms but for 10.2 its well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, lower carbonation, some astringency at the end which take this down a bit. Alcohol warmth

Overall- First time I've seen it, and its tasty. Not the best RIS but a very good one that would make an excellent entry to the style as it hits all the right points, but could be more complex. I could see myself grabbing some more, maybe even to age for a while.

09-04-2013 02:40:47 | More by LI_PO12
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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-04-2013 02:07:40 | More by danwho
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,135 ratings.