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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
outstanding

3,991 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,991
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 216
Gots: 803 | FT: 35
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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3 Months Age

Appearance- Pours a deep black color, completely opaque. One finger thick, medium tan head, mostly bubbly, slight frothiness. Slight alcohol legs on sides of glass.
Aroma- Almost lacks in aroma overall, big fusel notes, almost a grainy alcohol smell. Lots of bitterness, maybe some bitter cocoa and charred malts there.
Taste- Much more bitter cocoa in the taste, some charred malt as well, but still a ton of boozy alcohol notes. Slight sweeter chocolate, but mainly a bitter profile from charred malt, cocoa, and hops.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, only slightly creamy. Slightly sticky and a modest amount of carbonation.
Overall- Tough one to wrap my arms around, almost hard to get around the fusel alcohol profile in the aroma and smell. An intensly bitter beer, from the malt profile, hops, down to the hot alcohol notes. There is a warmer and sweeter note as the beer warms up in the aftertaste, almost chocolatey vanilla, but the bitterness still remains. This beer begs to be aged.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,991 ratings.