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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 114
Gots: 443 | 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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Jules11788

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-26-2012 06:43:44 | More by Jules11788
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-26-2012 06:29:14 | More by bifrost17
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-26-2012 03:04:33 | More by TonyTalon
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-26-2012 02:16:01 | More by elec
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near solid black. Some super dark reds at the edges when held to the light. Head is dark khaki and creamy. Nice retention with a smallish cap. Creamy lacing sticks to the glass. Big bubbly creamy.

Smell: Big notes of roasted barley. Some minor citrus in the back. Burnt edges and some serious cocoa. Baker's chocolate and some leather. Roasted malt sweetness. Touches of caramel and dark fruits, mainly plum with some dark cherry thrown in for good measure. Orange zest and milk chocolate.

Taste: Rich cocoa. Bitter baker's chocolate layered with sweet milk chocolate. Loads of roasted malt. Burnt with a nice push of char. Building sweetness is tempered by the super roasted malts. Some nice caramel malt and a backing biscuity malt presence. Leather and more burnt. Minor citrus from the hops, mainly orange zest. Fudgey at times, cakey at others. As it warms the burnt malts take the forefront and push a minor smokiness along with the char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A lingering dryness from the sheer volume of deeply roasted malts. It's a sipper and a drinker.

Overall: Hell yeah underwater unicorn!

This isn't going to shatter a tongue or a mind, but damn if it's not one of the most drinkable RISes on the market. A bit of edge will temper the hops and really allow the malt flavors to shine. Great fresh and I can only imagine how great it will be when it's aged.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:03:04 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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McNuts

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-26-2012 01:58:56 | More by McNuts
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-25-2012 05:20:50 | More by Pinche_Oso
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KevSal

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-25-2012 03:55:19 | More by KevSal
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased in Louisiana on a business trip...
Pours a deep black with about 1-2 inches tan froathy head. Slightly sweet belgian-like chocolate. Roasted malt is dominant though.
Taste is smooth but bitter roasted malts, some chocolate, and ever so slight smokey booze. No doubt this would age well, maybe mellow this out a bit. A bit bitter now, but still really nice stout. Although, compared to some "top" RIS, its not quite up to par. Still tastey, but not an RIS in my opinion. Maybe an American Stout is more suited to this brew.It just doesnt have the body and personality Ilike in a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:47:01 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Sparrow


4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2012 01:51:34 | More by Sparrow
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Lantern


4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2012 23:28:17 | More by Lantern
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-24-2012 22:24:00 | More by mattdbh
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2012 21:36:14 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Swervine44

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-24-2012 04:37:28 | More by Swervine44
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see this finally hit WI!
Served in a Duvel tulip, cellar temp

A - pours midnight black, large amount of dark chocolate head, which soon dissipates to leave a ring of lacing

S - impressive nose, roasted chocolate malt followed by a good amount of nuttiness, a hint of coffee, and the slightest bit of booze

T - Very complex taste - first, there is a big sweet cafe mocha presence, followed by the roasted malt, then a big bitter, piny hop note to end off the palate

M - minimal carbonation, nice and viscous, great imperial stout with a fairly big hop presence that I have come to expect from SN.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:48:31 | More by ncketchum
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-24-2012 02:20:02 | More by Hopmodium
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theCoder

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2012 18:01:13 | More by theCoder
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2012 03:08:23 | More by BeerHunter76
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Bung

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Pretty standard black pour, nice layer of light tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, anise, a light pine and herbal hop aroma.

Taste very balanced roast, chocolates and bitter. Dark chocolate, anise, coffee. Coffee and a muted pine linger nicely.

Mouthfeel, probably the best part. A near creamy well coating stout. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Thought this was pretty nice, much better than the beer camp imperial oatmeal stout, not quite as nice as the 30th anniversary stuff. Worth a try at the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:19:33 | More by Bung
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Nage37

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

10-23-2012 01:47:50 | More by Nage37
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-23-2012 00:53:04 | More by beerFool28607
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition
Bottle Stamped
2279207 : 47

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice half finger of dep brown head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells of liqorice and dark roasted malt. Tons of liqorice. A little hoppy aroma comes through as well.

T= The taste is a nice mix of imperial stout styles. It starts as a nice liqorice taste before being swallowed by a nice bitterness. Dark chocolate and a bit of a hop bittereness. Nice roast and coffee character.

M= Nice mouthfeel

O= This is a solid imperial stout. Not the most amazing thing in the world but worth trying and

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:55:27 | More by jjanega08
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2012 23:03:54 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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JohnBender

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-22-2012 22:36:18 | More by JohnBender
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-22-2012 17:20:14 | More by kjkinsey
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,055 ratings.