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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,116
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 131
Gots: 458 | FT: 31
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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vissai

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-03-2013 13:30:17 | More by vissai
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Appearance:
Completely black. Even the pour was black. Not much head, it went away quickly. I wasn't that aggressive with the pouring though, so maybe that's why.

Smell:
Like most others to be honest. A bit of chocolate, a bit of coffee. Maybe even steak sauce. haha. Interesting. And it lingers, which is always nice.

Taste:
Nothing distinguishable here. It's good, I just can't pick up anything with my rookie taste buds. Cocoa, maybe even some licorice.

Feel:
Heavy, with moderate carbonation. Great really. Everything I'd expect from a stout.

Overall:
This one is near the top of my list as I get more and more into stouts. The abv being where it's at is almost indistinguishable. This is one I'll revisit when I go for more stouts, just as a constant when I try others.

03-03-2013 00:37:32 | More by JackMcAwesome
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 17:01:21 | More by ssimpson89
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Pencible

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%

A: This poured a totally opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some alcohol and subtle citrus zest.
T: It tasted like unsweetened dark chocolate and espresso, with some bitter resin hops. It had a harsh bitter aftertaste with notable alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: This had great looks and body, but the scent and taste weren't as impressive. It was hot and unrefined, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Maybe age will help tame this beast, but fresh is kind of rough.

03-02-2013 16:37:36 | More by Pencible
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piconaut

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-02-2013 14:15:35 | More by piconaut
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Miller650

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 07:11:39 | More by Miller650
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JMUbrew

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-01-2013 20:08:45 | More by JMUbrew
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jdellico

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2013 19:55:40 | More by jdellico
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2013 01:31:57 | More by wonothesane42
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raukerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2013 21:34:02 | More by raukerman
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DuffDaddy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2013 20:24:18 | More by DuffDaddy
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2013 19:08:41 | More by imyourhero21
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BigBarley

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%

Live review! First ever Narwhal and I'm pretty anxious to give it a try.
A - Very dark, not quite as thick as a lot of RIS I've had lately, but still looks formidable. Head was atoundingly big, coming at about 2.5 fingers, and retaining 1.5 worth for quite awhile. (I pour hard, high, straight into the middle of the goblet so these things happen...) Head is deep khaki with good lacing.

S - Well... the first thing I smell is the Sierra Nevada Pineforest Hop Heavy Aroma (I think that's the official name at this point) with a definite roasty undertone. Smells much more like I'd expect a black IPA to smell like, but the black malt character is definitely there. Smells good, just not as RIS as maybe one would expect.

T - Not bad. Different. Exciting. Definitely not bad. You get hops throughout the whole mouth, I'll say that. But underneath is rich dark chocolate, deep bitter coffee and a very mild vanilla wrapping it all up. Sweet and exciting, while maintaining a unique balance between the aggressive hop profile and the black strong flavors of the stout body.

M - Creamy, velvety, thick. Not much carbonation, but works out in this beers favor. Smooth and delicious.

O - I was not let down, and I was definitely given a unique experience. I will drink this beer again!

02-28-2013 19:08:17 | More by BigBarley
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-28-2013 14:12:48 | More by shehateme
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Deep brown with a mocha head. Good retention and lacing. Malty and roasty aroma... somewhat campfire like. Taste is more aggressive with a solid kick of bitterness derived from both, hops and roasted malt. Long burnt finish. Medium body, apt carbonation. Will drink again.

02-28-2013 11:51:20 | More by tewaris
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NFMSKRS

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-28-2013 05:10:51 | More by NFMSKRS
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2013 02:53:20 | More by JohnnieNepal
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carolinared

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-28-2013 01:37:02 | More by carolinared
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leprakhan

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-27-2013 09:32:08 | More by leprakhan
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-27-2013 05:59:15 | More by Hopsiam14
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-27-2013 03:41:40 | More by MaseFace
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-27-2013 01:12:59 | More by JoninVT
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle shared with Ruds in the Cask (Pimlico) 26/2/2013 Served in a half pint tulip. Hats off to him for buying it to split with this poor student!

Pours an opaque dark brown/black colour, velvety in texture. Little carbonation.

Smells strong and malty - chocolate, slight coffee

Tastes strong though mostly quite well hidden. Heavy dark malts - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, slight vanilla. Nicely hopped too, fairly bitter aftertaste. Thick and still.

Overall quite a lovely beer. I'd definitely have this again, wish they'd import it properly.

02-26-2013 22:39:31 | More by CwrwAmByth
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2013 15:20:20 | More by UnderPressure
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2013 06:31:40 | More by oglmcdgl
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,116 ratings.