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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

3,027 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,027
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 111
Gots: 440 | FT: 28
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Ratings: 3,027 | Reviews: 616 | Display Reviews Only:
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jlindsey

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-23-2013 01:24:44 | More by jlindsey
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weezarc

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 21:34:54 | More by weezarc
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2013 20:42:59 | More by Cramerican
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 20:21:10 | More by smartassboiler
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cliff1066

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-22-2013 03:41:18 | More by cliff1066
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Charlie_Hoss

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2013 19:58:25 | More by Charlie_Hoss
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justinbrown

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

02-21-2013 16:36:16 | More by justinbrown
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maleman

Mississippi

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a dark coffee color with a thick, dark one-finger head.

S - not as much nose as the color might have represented, but coffee and chocolate were detectable.

T - a tiny bit of phenol up front, but the coffee and dark chocolate take over in the aftertaste.

M - above medium-bodied with a short lingering aftertaste. Very pleasant.

O - I'm beginning to like this genre more and more. This is one of the better offerings I have recently. Will partake again!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 00:31:11 | More by maleman
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SamJory

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a thick, dark tan head.

Aromas of sweet roasted malt and coffee.

Big roasted malt upfront with a hit of dark roasted coffee and dark cocoa. Restrained hop bitterness, letting the roasted malt give most of the bitterness.

Really full mouthfill and a long lasting finish. Incredible richness yet I could keep drinking this all evening (although probably not as it is 10.2%!)

Absolutely outstanding

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 19:41:13 | More by SamJory
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Bakker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2013 05:06:49 | More by Bakker
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-20-2013 04:57:27 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black, with tons of tan suds and exquisite lace.

Nose is charred wood, dark bittersweet chocolate, and roasty coffee. I can sense the strength and richness already.

Taste is indeed rich, but oh-so-smooth. More of the roasty, charred chocolate, with some fruit near the finish. The 10.2% ABV is well-hidden here, and this is an exceptionally smooth and satisfying imperial stout. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 20:31:31 | More by secondtooth
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DStoked

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2013 18:15:31 | More by DStoked
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-19-2013 15:06:00 | More by Slatetank
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-19-2013 04:09:44 | More by Blanco
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Named after the horned cetacean - that's a whale for you Bud drinkers - this is a well made Imperial Stout that combines great taste with a smooth body. It opens in a swift rush of thick beige foam that subsides into a foreboding body of tar colored liquid. There is a pleasant nose of coffee ground that wonderfully supplements the semi-sweet dollop of baker's chocolate and burnt toast. Include a moderately dry smoothness to tingle upon the palate and you've good one velvet elixir.

While it may not be the greatest imperial stout out there, it is still a damn good one and one that must be tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:06:42 | More by jjboesen
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-18-2013 23:45:58 | More by OleDixie
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BlesstheHarvest

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-18-2013 22:19:56 | More by BlesstheHarvest
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2013 20:42:24 | More by DIPAFAN
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-18-2013 19:17:40 | More by Danielr26
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz Bottle into a Smutty pint.

Appearance- Pitch black with super thin mocha head. Very nice lacing on this one.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate roasted malts, some dark stone fruit, booze.

Taste- Chocolate, tons of coffee, vanilla oakiness, bittering hops, mild booze. Coffee finishes this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, thick, nice carbonation. Full mouthfeel, but not too viscous.

Overall- I really enjoy this RIS. Really nice flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:27:53 | More by Seanniek91
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GarretD

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2013 02:22:36 | More by GarretD
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MikeF11


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2013 22:43:50 | More by MikeF11
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a solo bottle from Sicialiano's market

A - Deep motor oil black, thick and syrupy, 1 finger thick of khacki head with not much lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee, charred wood, and a whisper of smoke.

T - Silky smooth bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, booze, slightly bitter and drying finish, but not overpowering. Overall, velvety soft mouthfeel.

O - One of the smoothest and drinkable Russian Imperial Stout I have had. A definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:04:27 | More by andrewjraab
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smonice

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-17-2013 16:50:32 | More by smonice
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,027 ratings.