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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,458 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,458
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 173
Gots: 575 | FT: 35
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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Dark black like crude oil. Even the minimal layer of head is tinged black. The nose is very appealing dark roasted barley. This is not to be taken lightly. Mouthfeel is silky and thick. Dark roasted barley, treacle, and molasses. This might be better in February rather than the middle of August. This is a real treat for imperial stout lovers like myself. A must try!

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3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Update after 1 year on the bottle.

A: An ever so thin head of mocha quickly recedes to a large bubble in the center. Absolutely no lacing or retention. Makes me sad.

S: No updates. Slightly muted.

T: Up front you get some dark fruits and caramel. Flavor transitions to loads of dark chocolate, nuances of roasted coffee beans and almond milk. This beer continues to be much more heavy on the backend flavors.

M: Silky as ever. Not a hint of the ABV.

O: I thought the flavor was more intense the first year, but this one has aged wonderfully. Overall the flavors become more tightly integrated and mouthfeel silky smooth.

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2012 Edition

All hands on deck!! We have a 'boozy'!

A: Poured half finger mocha colored head that settled to a thin rim of foam around the edges of the glass. Color is midnight black. Carbonation is very fine and no floaties can be seen through the murky darkness. 10 minutes after the pour, I wanted to see lacing, but it has evaded me.

S: Roasted malt, toasted almonds, espresso, bakers chocolate. Really fantastic.

T: The flavor is more pronounced on the backend is it courses through the plate. Begins with some clove and vanilla. Transitions to flavors of molasses, plums, and milk chocolate with some roast and smoky ash. I find it quite amazing that I can't detect the ABV at all. Well done.

M: This stout is feels wet and slick much like the foamy sea during a storm. Velvety smooth, almost too smooth for the style however. Carbonation is very fine and beer is slightly sticky.

O: Solid RIS from Sierra Nevada. This brewery just keeps delivering the goods!

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,458 ratings.