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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: 4,289
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 235
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 39
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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: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up late last year. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: A gentle pour gave off a dirty sand colored head of about one finger. Quickly dissipated and reduced to a thin ring with a film. Didn't expect much anyways given the high abv. Black body with some very faint reddish highlights. I can smell it as I pour. This is going to be big.

Smell: Nice nose. Burnt malt, big brown sugar, molasses, used coffee grounds, a bit of sweet plums and prunes. Some cardboard, little spicy alcohol, tar, and ashtray. The most dominant note here is definitely that thick, big brown sugar coming from the malts.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, more of that sweet brown sugar, burnt marshmallows, rice krispies treats, french press coffee, some alcohol bite and burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation makes it an ideal sipper. Very chewy. Finishes dry.

Overall: Big stout with a really chewy body. Excellent night cap. One bottle would be fine for sharing with someone else. I can see how with more time, if the sweet malty notes keep coming out, this could turn into some almost port like material. Curious to try one again in six months and see how it's progressed.

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

Has a jet black appearance with a finger length dark mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Smells of lots of bittersweet chocolate, good amount of coffee, nice roasted element to it, some oak, molasses, maybe some dark fruit as it warms. Taste starts with the bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Then in the middle, a huge dose of roastiness comes through from the roasted barley, along with more molasses. Then the finish is more of the roasted flavors, almost like a smokiness, along with lots of bittersweet chocolate, more molasses, some coffee or expresso, a tiny bit of hop presence, get some fig as well. Definite alcohol presence on the finish as well, but does not detract from the other flavors. Pretty full body with a sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation that livens up the body of the beer. This will age nicely. Nothing too flashy, but a solid imperial stout at an affordable price.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,289 ratings.