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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 118
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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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
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-22-2012 15:12:58 | More by Oboogie
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2012 05:17:33 | More by ilikebeer03
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2012 05:14:40 | More by TheRuss9585
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2012 03:50:20 | More by CoryR
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drevim

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-22-2012 01:58:20 | More by drevim
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-21-2012 19:07:07 | More by baklo
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bzach

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-21-2012 03:27:27 | More by bzach
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Definitely an underplayed aroma of coffee, chocolate and malt. Decent.

T: Tasted of light coffee notes, some dark chocolate, roasted malt, and maybe some dark fruit. There's also a very pronounced burnt quality as well. Not a bad flavor, but it could have used a bit more punch.

M: A very well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't too bad of a beer, but it doesn't necessarily reside among the top tier Russian Imperial Stouts. Still, worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:54:31 | More by avalon07
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,072 ratings.