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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,212
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 148
Gots: 497 | FT: 34
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Kips, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

drewone, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

enelson, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mbs11, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

raffy313, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

SalukiAlum, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

TCJosh, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

wattershed, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

EyePeeAyBryan, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ballenc, Nov 21, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -44.4%

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%.

Auracom, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Devi0us, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

MichPaul, Nov 21, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

hardy008, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

pixieskid, Nov 20, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +1%

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.

NWer, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

smutty33, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

switzer, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bmoney, Nov 20, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,212 ratings.