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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,062
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 115
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:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012)
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Ratings: 3,062 | Reviews: 616 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-20-2012 19:03:15 | More by Texasfan549
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic imperial stout appearance... near pitch black, an edge of copper clarity, a finger of khaki head that recedes to a dense collar.

Fresh coffee notes, burnt chocolate... quite impressive actually.

I was a bit skeptical of this beer but Sierra Nevada nailed it - it's a textbook example of the style. Smooth chocolate and a hint of coffee, slight vanilla notes, entirely delicious.

Very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:34:00 | More by yamar68
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Hopstout

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.8%

10-20-2012 04:57:17 | More by Hopstout
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flexabull

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and dark black color with a very fine light brown colored head. This looks just like an imperial stout should.

Aromas are of burnt sugars, espresso, dark chocolate, and notes of cream.

Taste is very full flavored. Burnt brown sugars, dark bitter chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, light cream, and a really bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full, with nice carbonation, but I wish the body was a bit stronger. Still good though.

Overall, a very well made Imperial Stout. For mass produced RIS, this is going to be hard to beat, another winner from the fine folks in Chico.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:23:50 | More by flexabull
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Solid black bodied with just a ring of brown foam coating the edge of the tulip glass. Got some thick sediment out of the last 1/5th of the pour.

Heavy roast, fresh cream, light coffee bean, hint of dark chocolate.

Big boozy and toasted grain taste. Plenty of warmth felt also. Notes of deep dark chocolate, heavy cream and coffee bean. The roastiness lasts throughout and well into the aftertaste. Bitter chocolate and coffee bean. Finishes with a hoppiness on the tongue.

Feels much lighter than a 10% beer. Not thin, but just not as thick as many for the style. Smooth for sure and lacks the slick feel associated with imperial stouts.

A very well done imperial stout all around. Very well rounded, but nothing stands out a ton to me to make it elite. Doesn't matter, this is a satisfying imperial stout that will fit the bill for the upcoming winter months.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:12:05 | More by jera1350
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black like motor oil with a tall, brown head. The head retreats very slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is filled with dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. It's a good smelling stout. The taste follows the nose. The dark roasted malts, the chocolate, and the coffee are prominent without all being strong and overpowering. There are some hops on the back end just adding some back end bitterness to help balance this big brew. The body is full and thick with light carbonation. The beer just coats the mouth and allows the aftertaste to linger. You know this is a big beer when you encounter it, but it doesn't hit you over the head. It helps make this is a very drinkable stout. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:41:30 | More by acevenom
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schoolboy

Ohio

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

Wow. This is an imperial, alright. This tastes like it must have hundreds and hundreds of calories.

It's a bottle of motor oil. - black and opaque. There is a light and persistent head. The aroma is of the cocoa and coffee tastes that are under the hood of this monster. The taste is not for the faint of heart. It is extremely roasty, chocolate and coffee with a nice aftertaste of mostly coffee.

Over all this is a great effort and yields a nice thick stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:40:26 | More by schoolboy
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HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-20-2012 00:37:22 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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scot959

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-20-2012 00:27:20 | More by scot959
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours completely black with a nice head that recedes leaving a nice lacing.

The nose seems subtle coffee and chocolate.

Taste is coffee and chocolate a bit of alcohol on the end. A very nice tasting stout. I really enjoy the coffee notes on this one. Not too much roast.

Mouthfeel is nice and makes for easy drinking considering the abv.

Overall I like this stout; it's big but also subtle. I will put a couple of these away and will be interested to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:30:47 | More by Powderhornphil
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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