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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: 3,458
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 173
Gots: 575 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

BJasny, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Mongo65, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

manutdfan, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jessicapreuss, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pitch black with a finger's width brown head and lacing down the glass.

Roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and grassy hop aromas.

A nice sweet roasted malt and cherry fruit flavor up front. The dark fruit is then overtaken by an alcohol and grassy hop flavor which continues into the finish with a lingering smoky roasted bitterness.

Full bodied and a little oily. Good carbonation to add a peppery feel.

A nice strong RIS. Quality stuff here and not for the light beer crowd. Packed with flavor and a strong alcohol presence, yet it remains smooth and drinkable.

Kromes, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on October 25, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours pitch black, very thick looking, produces a couple fingers of mocha head that recede to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, booze is just barely noticeable.

T- Big roasted flavors, lots of coffee, dark chocolate and maybe a bit of spice, cocoa, and just a little bit of molasses. The booze is pretty spot on and lends some fruity warmth. The flavor has a very nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors, although it inclines a bit towards roasted and hoppy bitter flavors.

M- Full-bodied, has a smooth, rich feel, alcohol warmth is perceptible but isn't hot.

O- A really tasty RIS, very drinkable and a great addition to Sierra Nevada's seasonal beers, good stuff.

WillCarrera, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jhhollier, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

erlenmeyer, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

brez8791, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

st9647v3, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

RandyKemka, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

DarthKostrizer, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

steve8robin, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of founder26
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle poured into snifter, pretty cold right off of fridge.

Apperance: black with a dark khaki 2 finger head. disapates fairly quickly. Nice lacing!

Aroma: didn't care so much for the smell, too much anise, couldn't get a chocolate/roast smell till it warmed up. once warm I could really smell the abv.

Taste: when cold it had a slight hoppy/bitterness to it. got some coffee/chocolate flavor as well which really stood out once warmed up. also notice alot more of the burn once warm.

Mouthfeel: pretty cream, nice carbonation. got a little thin once warmed but not too bad.

Overall: if you are a fan of overly bitter/hoppy stouts this will be for you. I think with some age this beer has potential.

founder26, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 279 of 2012 (October 5). ALC. 10.2% By VOL. 2012 Vintage Narwhal Imperial Stout.

Appearance: As always, love the SN artwork. Pours a a viscous oil black liquid. You could eat this with a spoon. Body is jet black, not a hint of light shines through. Relatively thin, albeit robust, dark tan head with carbonation bubbles that cling to the side of the glass. Overall, very impressive and different from any beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Aroma of muted dark roasted malts. Slightly bitter aroma. Toffee, caramel, definite alcohol smell.

Taste: A lot going on in this one. Big alcohol up front. Bitter roasted malt. Figs, coffee, toffee. Alcohol is predominant in the flavor of the beer. Not very smooth drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Prickly bitter mouthfeel. Heavy aftertaste.

Overall: Too boozy for my liking. I'm sure this will be a hit with Imperial Stout fans.

JednoPivoProsim, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jacob4999, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

InfernoBoss, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheBishopco, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12oz bottle into frosty pint glass.

A: PITCH BLACK, with half a finger of bubbely mocha head. No light gets through on this one. It looks delicious!

S: Dark and roasted, A bit sweet with dark fruit notes. I get prune. Smells a little astringent from dark malt and a bit of ethanol smell comes through. GOD DAMN does this smell dark and rich.

T: Looking forward to this! yumm. Defiantly and RIS, opens with rich dark malt and a big hit of dark fruit. Again with the prune I got on the nose. Sweet up front that fades slowly into a bittersweet chocolate wave that then fades into hop bitterness. Alcohol comes in at the last and gives a bit of warming. This is good stuff!

M: Rich and chewy, not oily like i expected. It just doesn't let up, this is a full bodied beer to the max. SO GOOD!

O: Well I love it! It is very much an RIS and Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint. I don't regret this bottle of beer by any means.

N3rdM3t4l, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Kips, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

drewone, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

enelson, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mbs11, Nov 22, 2012
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,458 ratings.