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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,198
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 231
Gots: 962 | FT: 37
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer i seek out time and time again cause its just do wonderful

Pours almost jet black with a small tan head. Lacing is left with some strong legs on it.

Smell is sort of subdued but still great. Coffee, espresso, cocoa, roasted barley.

Taste is fantastic with chocolate, coffee, sort of smokey, vanilla, caramel, bitter hops, some alcohol heat, just great. Improves with warming.

Mouthfeel is superb , slick and oily, medium to full carb, sweetness is well balanced with the flavors.

Over all I suggest people that love imperial stouts try this, its lovely.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have had the 2012 fresh and the now just opened the 2013 @ I year after cellaring.
In both cases found a rich well crafted RIS with very good appearances and excellent carbonation and mouth feel. It drinks perfectly despite the 10+% ABV. On the merits of its brewing it is a top notch RIS and holds it's own against many of the very best RIS available.
What separates it is a distinct rich coffee/espresso like coffee quality that doesn't so much dominate as it is the singular flavor in the midst of a blend of anise/licorice, roasted grains, dark molasses flavors. Like Alesmith Speedway it just has a personal flavor of its own. Seems to be a combination of the brewer's art and the coffee chosen in the blend.
Just a great coffee RIS. Flavor profile is different of course, but I would buy this the way I look forward to Founder's IS, Bell's Expedition Stout and the much more common but still extraordinary Oskar Blues Ten Fidy.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Near black with a thick 1-inch medium brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell:Cocoa powder, roasted barley, coffee, caramel malt, hints of dark fruit. Alcohol isn't really apparent. Very well done, although fairly straightforward as far as imperial stouts go.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor up front, Coffee and dark chocolate come through again. Molasses, caramel malt, and more roasted malt on the fninsh. Definietely more alcohol heat in the flavor than in the aroma, but not in a bad way. Finish is pretty bitter with the heavy roasted malt and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and rich with medium-to-low carbonation.

Overall: Very solid imperial stout. I'd put this in the same class as Old Rasputin.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,198 ratings.