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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,197
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 147
Gots: 496 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Aschap, Feb 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
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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!

tvl89, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mkennedy119, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Billz187, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

cleeze, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

thedoer, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
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

ONUMello, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Dunkelhund, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DonDonLongJohn, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

stuttle13, Feb 02, 2013
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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.

evanforbeer, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JWing, Feb 02, 2013
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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.

Phelps, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

johnhenryconway, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

meehandennis, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

XenonX, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Ohio_Stevo, Feb 01, 2013
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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...

philbe311, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

vinhgoh, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ucfalum08, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dendroaspis, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

brotherloco, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,197 ratings.