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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,782
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 193
Gots: 706 | FT: 38
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Ri0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Tawny
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Tawny, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a jet black w/ a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma is bitter, roasty: coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. All that's missing is the bourbon.

Taste follows nose. Rich bitter chocolate, deep roasted malt, coffee.

Mouthfeel is just right. Medium-bodied, balanced; crosses the palate effortlessly. Nice bitter finish.

Overall a rock-solid imperial stout. Well done Sierra Nevada. Once again a no-nonsense, straightforward, excellent beer.

draheim, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

CelticAleMan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ChopsMeister, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of LilBilly666
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Stout! I didn't think I'd ever find a replacement for Founders Breakfast Stout, but this is damn close. This beer opens up beautifully as it warms. A great aftertaste with plenty of coffee kick. Thick tan/brown head into a Duvel "tulip" glass. I'm not sure what the official style term of that glass is. I've been holding out to try this guy, and I wish I hadn't, because Sierra is known for it's more hop forward beers. I'd love to have one of these year round or daily..

LilBilly666, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jmccraney, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of h4ger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

h4ger, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mcdsports, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Brown120
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Brown120, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of dahlen22
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a decent head.

Aroma: Chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste: Same as the nose. Cocoa, coffee, with a nuttyness and smooth and velvety on the palate.

Overall: Good beer for the colder winter months (forget this in the warmer months). Was well balanced, smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden considering the abv. For you casual stout (guinness) drinkers, this one might be too big, but if you love real stouts, this is a keeper. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Obsidian, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Ravenacht
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Ravenacht, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of thood6
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

thood6, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

rderedin, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black in color with a minimal head and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some espresso and a hint of dark chocolate and alcohol.

T: Tons of espresso with nice roasted malts, nuts, and some dark chocolate. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink for an Imperial Stout.

O: This is a very nice example of a Coffee Imperial Stout. It could use a little more body, but overall it's very good, especially for the price. I will be buying more.

nUgZ, Dec 15, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and cocoa

Taste: big time espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and light traces of nut

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: An above average roasty RIS. If you like your RIS to have big coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I would like to see a bit more creaminess with this. This is not a bad beer, but with so many great RIS, this is just above average for the style.

tigg924, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Hophead717, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MarkyMOD, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I love how dark this pours. Two fingers of light brown head leaving spotted lacing. A very heavy looking RIS.

S - Bold roasted notes of coffee, cocoa and molasses.

T - Smoky with cocoa nibs and black coffee upfront. Slight earthyness, malt and dark fruit on the finish. Alcohol is hidden decently.

M - Med to Full with low carbonation. Not as full as I would want a RIS but still quite lush.

One of the best bang for the buck RIS on the market. Very impressed with the quality. Would love to try it on tap at some point. I'll have to cellar a few to try this time next year.

CheeseheadNation, Dec 15, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a thin, short-lived, creamy, light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, espresso, dark fruit and citrusy hops. Body is full and creamy. Taste is burnt toast, brown sugar, cappuccino, chocolate dark fruit and a lot of citrusy hops. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew should improve with age.

mikeg67, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

koes0024, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Satchboogie, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

stpaulsipper07, Dec 14, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,782 ratings.