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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

3,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,058
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 114
Gots: 444 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-02-2014 21:31:29 | More by ralerwen
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Washington

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Australia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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blackcompg

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This rating is on a bottle of Narwhal from 2012...

Appearance - Pours a solid finger of cinnamon colored foam, body is a completely opaque dark burnt sienna to black, and the lacing coats the entire glass, and just barely starts to break during the last few sips - gorgeous.

Smell - Rich dark chocolate, dark ripe fruits, molasses, roasted dark coffee, warm pumpernickel bread, touch of sweet black licorice and a whiff of black cherry.

Taste - Begins with a wonderful balance of dark chocolate, lightly sweetened rich french roast coffee, dark fruits and licorice, followed almost immediately by slightly astringent cherry and plumskin, then lightly burnt pumpernickel crusts with just a touch of pepperiness, with a ribbon of molasses throughout. Delicious and bold, with some very complimentary heat a little behind all of these flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, silky and creamy, mouthcoating in a very good way. Carb is on the lower side and provides just enough of a smooth foaming light scrub to allow some astringency and bittering roast to finish off the quaff. Latent carb provides a few tingly edges late after each sip.

Overall - Just a delicious and very satisfying RIS, a sipper for sure. Take your time with this one to fully enjoy the complex flavors here, and the wonderful transition from mouthcoating and creamy to lightly astringent and bitter, then repeat... This is a fairly easy RIS to get your hands on - do yourself a favor and get about 2 years on a few of them, well worth the wait. My favorite by far is FIS, and after 2 years this comes Really close, just a tad lighter, but not light by any means. An excellent RIS, highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 03:01:17 | More by blackcompg
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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Pennsylvania

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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New York

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Minnesota

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paladinjoe

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First off, I'm not a huge fan of Stouts, with that said, I AM a huge fan of IMPERIAL Stouts, and this son of a gun fits that bill, without a huge bill (price) which again is something Sierra Nevada offers with this one! Most of the time, Imperial Stouts are expensive as hell, where as this one, is barely more expensive then their regular beers.

To the beer itself, very smooth, coffee, chocolate, some licorice, and a definite alcohol presence in this one, it literally warms your innards, no joke! This beer leaves you feeling very smooth, and very relaxed at the end of the evening, a perfect beer at the end of a cold/cool night in fall, winter, or early spring.. or whenever!! Very sellarable as well, this thing can last for many years if you want to sellar it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 04:02:37 | More by paladinjoe
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Foyle

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1” head the color of which is like coffee with lots of cream. Moderate lacing left on the glass. The color is black – no opacity even with direct sunlight. Carbonation seems to be moderate.
Aroma: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smokiness, some citrus peel
Mouthfeel: body is heavy and very similar to a strong cup of expresso. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Flavor: coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, smoke flavor similar to grilled meats, strong citrus peel. Overall: this is not a training wheel beer. A finely crafted product from Sierra Nevada, this beer is outstanding on a cold day when you want something to sip in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 01:37:17 | More by Foyle
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Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this RIS! I know it's popular and has a good rating score, but I was skeptical.

It's extremely tasty and the carbonation and mouthfeel are just right.

If I had to pick something negative, it would be the dry, bitter/lingering after taste. But that's nitpicking.

Overall- outstanding offering, especially from Sierra Nevada, which doesn't have many offerings that appeal to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 22:12:09 | More by OldRickSputin
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California

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Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,058 ratings.