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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,067
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
Gots: 445 | FT: 29
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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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 279 of 2012 (October 5). ALC. 10.2% By VOL. 2012 Vintage Narwhal Imperial Stout.

Appearance: As always, love the SN artwork. Pours a a viscous oil black liquid. You could eat this with a spoon. Body is jet black, not a hint of light shines through. Relatively thin, albeit robust, dark tan head with carbonation bubbles that cling to the side of the glass. Overall, very impressive and different from any beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Aroma of muted dark roasted malts. Slightly bitter aroma. Toffee, caramel, definite alcohol smell.

Taste: A lot going on in this one. Big alcohol up front. Bitter roasted malt. Figs, coffee, toffee. Alcohol is predominant in the flavor of the beer. Not very smooth drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Prickly bitter mouthfeel. Heavy aftertaste.

Overall: Too boozy for my liking. I'm sure this will be a hit with Imperial Stout fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:49:50 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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jacob4999

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2012 15:13:48 | More by jacob4999
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 08:33:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2012 08:00:51 | More by TheBishopco
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12oz bottle into frosty pint glass.

A: PITCH BLACK, with half a finger of bubbely mocha head. No light gets through on this one. It looks delicious!

S: Dark and roasted, A bit sweet with dark fruit notes. I get prune. Smells a little astringent from dark malt and a bit of ethanol smell comes through. GOD DAMN does this smell dark and rich.

T: Looking forward to this! yumm. Defiantly and RIS, opens with rich dark malt and a big hit of dark fruit. Again with the prune I got on the nose. Sweet up front that fades slowly into a bittersweet chocolate wave that then fades into hop bitterness. Alcohol comes in at the last and gives a bit of warming. This is good stuff!

M: Rich and chewy, not oily like i expected. It just doesn't let up, this is a full bodied beer to the max. SO GOOD!

O: Well I love it! It is very much an RIS and Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint. I don't regret this bottle of beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 07:38:13 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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Kips

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-22-2012 06:45:14 | More by Kips
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 06:21:18 | More by drewone
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2012 04:45:47 | More by enelson
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 04:06:17 | More by mbs11
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2012 02:57:22 | More by raffy313
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2012 02:52:05 | More by SalukiAlum
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TCJosh

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 02:26:55 | More by TCJosh
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wattershed

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2012 01:48:16 | More by wattershed
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-21-2012 23:16:57 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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ballenc

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2012 23:10:53 | More by ballenc
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Auracom

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1/2 share from Dan, thanks man. 6 oz. poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on November 21st, 2012.

A - Standard visual affair - dark brown color, verging on black. Light caramel-colored head. Reduces down to a frothy ring. Marginal lacing but moderate legs.

S - Light milk chocolate, espresso, and honey malts. Very basic an unimpressive.

T - Very bitter throughout the drink, but only partially in the form of dark chocolate and coffee notes. This is a rare instance in which the hops taste like hops (fresh Expedition also comes to mind). Unfortunately, this is a big negative imo. Beyond that, unspectacular coffee beans and a light bready character.

M - Moderate body, low but appropriate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Mediocre. Though I'm sure the cost is reasonable, there's just no reason for me to buy this when I have stuff like Breakfast Stout available. The only thing that impresses me is that this feels and drinks like a 6% beer, not 10.2%.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 15:13:14 | More by Auracom
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-21-2012 14:34:01 | More by EigenBeer
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-21-2012 12:48:44 | More by Devi0us
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-21-2012 05:05:07 | More by MichPaul
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 1 1/2 inch foamy tan head, with nice retention and lacing. Smells like dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa.

The flavor is nicely balanced with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Both bitter and sweet, without being overly bitter or overly sweet. Very nicely balanced.

Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation. Creamy, and the alcohol is very well hidden for having an abv of 10.20%. Very nicely made, and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:47:42 | More by hardy008
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2012 00:00:29 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-20-2012 22:16:14 | More by pixieskid
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NWer

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this beer. I always anticipate what Sierra Nevada is doing lately to keep engaged with producing great beer in spite of their growth.
Pours dark brown into a tulip.
Minimal head. Carbonation is there, it just doesn't produce much foam.
Burnt dark chocolate nose & taste. A little edgy that should smooth out over time.
Mouthfeel, burnt edginess lingers. Not to the point of distraction however. Very enjoyable with a great price point for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 21:15:55 | More by NWer
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2012 20:06:20 | More by smutty33
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2012 18:11:10 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,067 ratings.