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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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3,463 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 578 | FT: 35
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BarrytheBear, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a huge mocha brown head. The head has got some nice staying power. Spotty lacing once the head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Nice milk chocolate note and mild yet crisp roast note. Got a hint of fruitiness. It also smells like its got an oatmeal note going on as well. The nose is really great on this beer probably my favorite part the beer as a whole.

Taste: Moderately roasted coffee kick that mixes with a hint of black licorice. The beer finishes with a mildly sweet and bitter flavors that are best described as lingering bakers cocoa, tobacco, and molasses notes. Maybe even a hint of charcoal in there too. Bold and complex without being abrasive.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is a little bit creamy while also being slick. Really smooth not a hint of booze in this beer that is just over 10%. Carbonation is really well done adding a touch of finesse because it has a soft feel to it as well.

Overall: This is probably the second best beer I have had drank that is brewed by Seirra Nevada; only trumped by the Black Barleywine they put in the large format bottle a few years ago. This is a well made Russian Imperial Stout. It got an hier about it; to me its an approachable beer for people new to the style and its good enough to satify some people with those "hard to please" palates. Bold flavors and smooth drinking. Sierra Nevada would be wise to make this a seasonal beer no doubt in my mind! This one blows away old raspy by north coast.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Mcvs1507
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Mcvs1507, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of 12packpoet
4/5  rDev -3.4%

12packpoet, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Slikpitt, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev -3.4%

bubseymour, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Renegrenade
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Renegrenade, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of infi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

infi, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BigTrubble, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of RyBern
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

RyBern, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev -3.4%

outsider, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Restaurant. Dark brown with no head. A rich aged beer aroma. A good carbonation and full mouthfeel. Chocolate is important, coffee-like roasting is incredible. Fruity, a little syrup. Very good drinkability, no obviously booziness, other than its slight resemblance to the new Manhattans.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bighorn, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ale207, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ddedhed
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black, with a thick dark tan head, which leaves nice lacing. Smell is chocolate sweet with a whiff of hops. Taste is chocolate, smooth roast, slight licorice, some dark fruit, and roasted, bitter finish. Defintiely some booze noticable. Mouthfeel is thick, yet soft and smooth. Overall, I really like this a lot. Very nice sipper.

ddedhed, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dumptruck81, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

csurowiec, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pitch black, motor oil pour. No light penetration. Less than 1 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Dark chocolate, roasted barley, espresso, fudge, vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste
Dark chocolate, roasted barley, fudge and vanilla bean. Espresso, toffee and dates. Some citrus and pine hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, oily, bitter and warming.

Overall
Sierra Nevada hit this one out of the park. It's got everything that an Imperial Stout needs.

justintcoons, Dec 09, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a De Struise snifter. 2012 bottle (duh).

Appearance - Murky in the pour. I bought it today, so maybe it was agitated, but still, shouldn't be that icky looking. A temporary brown head. Settles to the slightest of rings and not much else.

Smell - Roasty. Alcohol all over. Gives it a fruity aroma. Coffee roast most persistent, though.

Taste - Quite a bitter stout. Bitterness from start to finish. Coffee and deep roasted malts. Sweet molasses. The finish gets almost ashy in its roast. Like a tobacco flavor, I guess. That's the hip word to use. Alcohol bite in the finish with a licorice, raisin fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. It's boozy, but I like the alcohol in it. Really adds to the profile. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well, it's Sierra Nevada, so it's always going to be well-made. I might have to stock up on this the way I do Bigfoot. I could see myself getting a hankering for this in June when it's not on the shelves anymore.

Alieniloquium, Dec 09, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some more of this showed up. Got a 4 pack for a reasonable price.

Pours black with a medium brown head and great lacing.

Smell is charcoal, malt.

Wow, this one hits you in the face. This is the bitterest stout I have had. Loads of malt bitterness. Charcoal, oak, chocolate and sweetness as well.

The mouth feel is very creamy and I don't notice too much alcohol warmth. Overall this is a great example and unique as well.

daledeee, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mattparsons, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

NickyDee21, Dec 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narwhal pours black into the glass with a big, tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of pine, roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. The aroma improves as the beer warms.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. The rich flavor is nice and malty with a bitter finish. It begins with roast malt and chocolate. Some dark fruit and nuts come through in the middle. It finishes with some bitter pine flavors. Once gone the chocolate and piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

For 10% abv this is a quite drinkable beer. Well balanced with full flavors as the beer warms.

WanderingFool, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Bubbles, Dec 08, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.