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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
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3,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,121
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 131
Gots: 459 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

02-03-2013 20:13:14 | More by eulerthegrape
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tvl89

Texas

4.86/5  rDev +17.4%

This is an amazing imperial stout from sierra nevada. It is a very complex brew. This is actually my first imperial stout , and I'm in love with it. The color is amazing: pitch black, very dark. The smell is awesome, chocolate and coffee are the most predominant ingredients I can smell. The taste is amazing with a delicious chocolate after taste. It is not as strong as I was expecting. I highly recommend it!

02-03-2013 19:27:02 | More by tvl89
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 18:36:47 | More by mkennedy119
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Billz187

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 18:05:38 | More by Billz187
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cleeze

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 15:13:12 | More by cleeze
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thedoer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-03-2013 15:09:19 | More by thedoer
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

2012 edition poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pitch black color with a one-finger mocha colored head
S: Rich with coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and hops rounding it out
T: Also very rich with flavors that perfectly match the nose
M: Wow. Full-bodied, incredibly smooth but with a bit of a bite from the hops
O: This is a very well-made RIS that's incredibly enjoyable to drink

02-03-2013 03:19:03 | More by ONUMello
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Dunkelhund

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 02:30:38 | More by Dunkelhund
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DonDonLongJohn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 00:26:17 | More by DonDonLongJohn
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stuttle13


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-02-2013 22:30:48 | More by stuttle13
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evanforbeer

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured black with tan head

On the nose cocoa, anise, dark fruit (cherry) and a touch caramel

Mouthfeel is rich and robust with some hop bite. Boozieness is there but not as potent as many 10% beers.

Taste follows with lots of cocoa, anise, vanilla, touch of coffee, cherry, caramel, hop citrus finishes with dry roasted barley and bittersweet dark chocolate.

A great brew from SN, top notch imperial stout. Huge but very drinkable, lots of complexity.

02-02-2013 22:20:59 | More by evanforbeer
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JWing

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-02-2013 21:48:11 | More by JWing
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Phelps

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Tap into a goblet at Whole Foods Chandler. Was told this was based on the 30th anniversary stout I love so much.

Syrupy dark brown edging on black. About a finger of silky khaki head.

Beautiful nose. In this order: burnt toast, dark chocolate, oats, licorice.

Very smooth blend of roasted coffee bean, bitter dark chocolate, oats, licorice and smoke in the flavor. Alcohol emerges as it warms and is hard to avoid.

Syrupy. Thick, creamy medium body. Light, tickly carbonation. More than a little alcohol warmth.

Super duper. Very drinkable for its size and strength.

02-02-2013 20:48:41 | More by Phelps
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-02-2013 09:06:13 | More by johnhenryconway
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meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-02-2013 02:19:54 | More by meehandennis
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XenonX

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-01-2013 22:45:19 | More by XenonX
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Ohio_Stevo


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-01-2013 14:12:51 | More by Ohio_Stevo
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6%

A - One finger's worth of slightly active crisp two toned (part khaki / part medium brown) swirled head... Modest at best retention yields a splotchy veil of lacing in the center of the glass surrounded by a moderate to thick collar... The color isn't quite black, but rather a deep dark sweet caramel that lets the slightest bit of light leak in around the edges... A few small streaks of carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Sweet to start... Caramel... Milk chocolate... Toffee... Brown sugar... Dark molasses... A slight hint of dark fruits... A bit of nuttiness as well...

T - A bit of the sweetness fades on the palate and is replaced by a brisk roasted malt component.... The sweet and roasty place nice together throughout... Good balance... Nice complexity with each sip... A slight bit of coffee emerges on the finish...

M - Full bodied, but not harsh... Smooth and sleek... Very limited carbonation... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - This is a very nice yet unremarkable Russian Imperial Stout... Tasty but a bit understated for the power and umph I typically expect for the style which isn't necessarily a bad thing... Goes down easily and is surprisingly drinkable given the 10+% ABV... I would gladly drink again...

02-01-2013 03:57:10 | More by philbe311
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vinhgoh


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-01-2013 02:56:08 | More by vinhgoh
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ucfalum08

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-01-2013 00:53:31 | More by ucfalum08
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dendroaspis

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-31-2013 18:13:45 | More by dendroaspis
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-31-2013 06:48:02 | More by brotherloco
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GlassHalfFull

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-31-2013 05:19:53 | More by GlassHalfFull
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LocalPoke

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-30-2013 22:38:16 | More by LocalPoke
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-30-2013 18:27:55 | More by MrVonzipper
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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