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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
92
outstanding

3,129 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 132
Gots: 465 | FT: 31
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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Hydes

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-05-2014 03:09:17 | More by Hydes
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obrike

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-04-2014 04:47:56 | More by obrike
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Bryan_Kessler

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-04-2014 03:24:39 | More by Bryan_Kessler
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hockeypuck

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-04-2014 01:16:58 | More by hockeypuck
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mebummer

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-03-2014 04:16:09 | More by mebummer
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watermelon

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip and finished in a snifter.

A: Pours an inky black with a thick carmel head. Excellent retention and tons of lacing. This is everything one would hope to see when drinking an RIS.

S: Chocolate and dark fruits in the nose as well as lots of toasted malt. Alcohol in the nose could have one thinking this was BA. Nose could have gotten more points if it was stronger. and more complex.

T: Lots of chocolate up front. Lots of roasted flavors some licorice. Bitter flavors on the back end, its hard to tell whether these come from hops or coffee notes. Some alcohol present as this warmed up but fairly well hidden for a 10.2 percent beer.

M: Nice and oily up front lots of chewiness as well. There is a bit astringency on the back end which I could do without. Some alcohol warmth but not much considering the ABV.

O: I really enjoyed this. I would love to see a barrel aged version of this. I think Im going to let my last bottle sit to see if aging mellows out the hop bite a bit. For the price defiantly pick this up.

01-03-2014 03:36:41 | More by watermelon
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Punisher

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-03-2014 02:21:45 | More by Punisher
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

OK looking, about what you'd expect from an imperial stout that doesn't stand out looks-wise.

Aroma and flavor are pretty good. Standard roasty, toasty, burnt and charcoal notes present from the dark malts. Coffee and chocolate make balanced appearances. There is a touch of dark fruits, brown sugar. There's also a bit of hoppiness that you might expect from an American stout.

The body is pretty thick, good for the style. Finish is bitter dark chocolate with slight burnt notes and a slight lingering sweetness.

Overall it's enjoyable, about standard for the modern day definition of an American imperial stout.

01-02-2014 02:32:28 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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iBorracho

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-02-2014 01:28:58 | More by iBorracho
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Neddyboombox

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2014 00:57:35 | More by Neddyboombox
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-02-2014 00:26:23 | More by rwshelton2
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SierraJosh

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-01-2014 15:21:06 | More by SierraJosh
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MattTastrophee

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-01-2014 14:40:53 | More by MattTastrophee
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johnmac

Idaho

3/5  rDev -27.5%

01-01-2014 04:25:43 | More by johnmac
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J_Dub

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-01-2014 02:42:00 | More by J_Dub
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.59/5  rDev +10.9%

Pitch Black pour with a creamy two finger caramel-colored head with nice retention and lacing. Unique, sweet, roasty nose with hints of espresso, licorice, toffee, cocoa, and a fair amount of hops, almost like a Black IPA. The taste is quite unique as well. Rich, roasty espresso and dark chocolate fudge dominate along with hints of piney hops, licorice, toffee, cocoa, sweet caramel malts, and some subtle soy sauce. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with absolutely perfect balance. Overall, I am totally amazed at how good this beer is. It's absolutely right up there with any Imperial Stout. Probably has taken over Ten Fidy's spot as the best readily available Imperial Stout out there!

12-31-2013 19:27:04 | More by beerdrifter
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-31-2013 14:26:36 | More by AnitaBrewski
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camartin27

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-31-2013 14:15:26 | More by camartin27
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%

Reviewed: 8/10/14

previous quick rating of 4.0 on 12/31/2013

Narwhal by Sierra Nevada
poured from a 12 oz.bottle into my Sam Smith Snifter

P-Classy black, white and gold with a horned Narwhal 4.5

A- Deep Black small brownish tan head. Some decent lacing 4.25

S- Coffee malt dark fruit and alcohol 4.0

T-Dark Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and hops 4.5

M- Full Bodied and bright, rich and complex flavor explodes and fades slow mellowed by a slightly hoppy finish 4.0

D- very flavorful, but a little much for more than a sipper 3.5

O- very, very good, loving this style and this brew 4.25

Re-Visited this Beer and found it more to my liking second time around. if you get a chance, give this one a try ---- J

12-31-2013 05:27:20 | More by Extrajoker00
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MrMaestoso

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2013 03:34:10 | More by MrMaestoso
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-31-2013 02:34:30 | More by davemathews68
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-31-2013 00:50:00 | More by dheacck11
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%

Big black body with 8/10 tan head but thick set

Pear drops on the aroma with chocolate

Takewise Smooth coffee with a cocoa smoothness and finishing with quite a complex bitterness avoids the over sweet aspect of a stout so strong

A great MF pitch perfect carbonation

this is really up there

12-31-2013 00:34:57 | More by EmperorBevis
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-30-2013 16:34:16 | More by rudabegga9
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vidisad

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-30-2013 08:22:37 | More by vidisad
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.