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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
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4,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,193
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 230
Gots: 957 | FT: 36
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of predikit
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a deep brown, nearly black. Settled black, after a vigorous pour, left a two finger brown head that receded at a moderate rate.

Smells very malty, coffee notes are very present.

Taste is rich, chocolate and coffee malts dominate, with a roasted bitterness taking the aftertaste. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, I can not tell it is there one bit.

Full bodied, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. I can imagine this could cause a lot of embarrassing evenings to less than controlled drinkers.

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4.4/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wiseguywood
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericat78
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Bartm
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.92/5  rDev +18.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sliprk314
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Color is black with a slight brown head.

Can't pick up a smell probably due to a cold.

Taste- Chocolatey malts are the dominating flavor upfront. Followed by a coffee flavor. I do pick up some of the fruity flavors but they are not pronounced.

Overall I would certainly recommend this to anyone. I really enjoyed it and now look forward to trying the BA version.

Photo of schad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle packaged 8/13/14, served in a Spiegelau stout glass.

Color is midnight black with an espresso colored head.

Aroma is rich chocolate, espresso and roasted malt.

Taste is of dark roasted grain, with a spicy alcohol burn. Barely noticeable bittering hop addition. Lots of pleasant dark fruit flavors.

Very smooth for an imperial stout, mild carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +7%

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4.19/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent foamy and tan head that dissipates quickly. The beer leaves some rather nice lacing around the glass. The beer itself is more of a really dark brown that borders on black instead of an actual black color or at least a black color with really dark brown notes.

The beer smell has unusually strong toffee notes for an imperial stouts. The beer has the usual light, bitter hops and roasted malt with dark chocolate smell. However, the roasted malt notes are fairly light and the toffee notes from the malt are front and center, which pulls the other notes together. The smell also has a very light alcohol note and licorice notes.

The beer taste is more roasted and more chocolatey than the smell. The licorice taste is very slight while the toffee taste is still fairly prominent. There is no real alcohol taste. The hops add a very interesting flavor to the mix. The hops give the beer a nice, underlying bitterness but it also enhances the fruitiness of the taste that follows it into the aftertaste.When the beer warms up a little, the beer has a nice toffeeish with dark chooclat taste that comes out very well.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with a little carbonation. However, the beer itself is very smooth and goes down very easily compared to other imperial stouts.

Overall, a very good imperial stout and worth getting when it's available. The taste is more complex and certainly different from other stouts because of the greater focus on the toffee flavor as opposed to the roasty and chocolate flavors that most other stouts have. I would definitely recommend picking this up when you can.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 4,193 ratings.