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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

3,137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,137
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 134
Gots: 471 | 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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Ratings: 3,137 | Reviews: 621 | Display Reviews Only:
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-14-2013 03:01:57 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Mersh

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-14-2013 02:14:14 | More by Mersh
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AuzBlackhand

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-13-2013 20:35:13 | More by AuzBlackhand
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-13-2013 19:26:04 | More by djre4orm
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andysc83

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-13-2013 03:17:12 | More by andysc83
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: It has a beautiful jet black color to it. It has a nice thick dark tan head that stays around for ever and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit and an earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

06-12-2013 20:45:51 | More by SebD
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-12-2013 19:33:16 | More by JMUbrewz
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gleemonger

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-12-2013 17:51:39 | More by gleemonger
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-11-2013 01:29:02 | More by TKEbeerman
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PincheNorteno

Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -22.9%

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. It was a bit underwhelming. How does this qualify as an imperial stout? My benchmarks for this class is Bells Expedition Stout, and Narwal seemed more like a porter.

The mouthfeel was far too light and the flavors were not intense enough for me.
Dark roasted malt flavor, medium body, notable clarity and overall thinness. Thin tan head, hints of soy sauce and mild bitterness. I tested this beer in a selection of a dozen stouts and it was near the bottom of my list.

06-09-2013 16:21:34 | More by PincheNorteno
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geocool

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-09-2013 10:06:13 | More by geocool
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HowlingTurkey

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-08-2013 20:40:58 | More by HowlingTurkey
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-08-2013 12:54:45 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-07-2013 04:42:45 | More by megamass
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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-07-2013 02:44:30 | More by ohyayitstrey
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woodenbones

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-06-2013 19:45:00 | More by woodenbones
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Also picking up a hint of dark fruits.

T - Lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and dark chocolate are also well represented. Nice alcohol burn in the finish.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Leaves a stickiness on the tongue.

O - I really enjoy this stout. For the price this is hard to beat. Lots of big flavors going on.

06-06-2013 04:11:40 | More by TreyIsWilson
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-04-2013 16:16:39 | More by pisano
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Amp

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-04-2013 01:13:04 | More by Amp
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-04-2013 00:52:40 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Westmi

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-03-2013 02:40:14 | More by Westmi
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-02-2013 19:24:22 | More by itracy63
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%

2012 Vintage

Pours a dark black, soft brown head, very still and calm appearance.

Huge malty nose, sweet, smells like licorice. Chocolate and coffee fight to come through, but are muted.

Tastes are dominated by dark fruits, sweet flavors. The roasted barley taste shows up and it finishes with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and rich.

Overall this is good. Personally, I enjoyed it more fresh, but could also be better with more time on it as well.

06-02-2013 18:33:21 | More by nmann08
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SmashPants

Australia

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle: solid dark brown 355mL stubby with a funky label. A good package.

Appearance: pours incredibly dark- almost an impenetrable black. A huge tan head pops up to over two-fingers before slowly settling to a thin, creamy cap. Looks good.

Aroma: roast coffee, dark cocoa chocolate, a touch of dark fruits and anise, and a wonderful smokiness

Taste: roast coffee, dark cocoa chocolate, a touch of dark fruits and anise, and a wonderful smokiness round out this beer.

Aftertaste: hangs around for quite a while, with a slight warming alcohol feeling at the back.

Mouth feel: very full-bodied with a creamy, silky texture. Though I can't see through the beer, I am sure it must have plenty of fine sediment to make it this smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: if any United States-based brewery was going to produce an exceptional Russian Imperial Stout, I would have put my money on Sierra Nevada. The outcome is a rousing success - rich and complex in flavour, full in body and with a fantastic drinkability. One of the best Russian Imps I have had to date.

06-02-2013 01:40:38 | More by SmashPants
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-02-2013 00:31:48 | More by foxyaardvark27
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,137 ratings.