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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,206 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,206
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 147
Gots: 497 | FT: 33
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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Photo of kdahnke123
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a snifter at room temperature. 2013 Vintage.
A - Poured a nice dark color with a medium brown, quickly dissipating 1/4" head.
S - Chocolate and coffee upfront with a balanced hop and malt finish.
T - A little bite from the hops at first, followed by medium roast coffee/chocolate with a bite of the alcohol at the end. The malt is somewhat subdued with the rest of the flavors going on.
M - Very smooth, medium viscosity mouthfeel. Very little carbonation.
O - A very good example of an imperial stout. The incorporation of 10% alcohol and 60 IBU into a beer with this kind of balance is well done. Everything is in good proportion to one another.

kdahnke123, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

hansenm72, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jdlive, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

DarkUnity, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

2013beer101, Feb 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Demon_Lung, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Inglewood, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

blange3, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Nostrajonus
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

A-This pours pitch black with a two finger brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves faint lacing.

S-The smell is wonderful. Rich roasted barley, faint coffee notes with background sweetness..no hops.

T-The taste was not as full bodied as the nose, I am missing the malt and getting too much sweetness....no hops.

M-The texture is not what I am accustomed to with this style. The carbonation was good, but I needed it to be a bit more heavy.

O-Overall this is a good beer. I have not been big on Sierra Nevada in the past, I will sample their newer offerings.

Nostrajonus, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mbeerdino21, Feb 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

MassachusettsBeerFan, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Lamdawg420, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JoeMans, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Griffith, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

KolbMarley, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Look - very dark brown color. Great brownish head that last for a good amount of time.
Smell - I can smell the alcohol, chocolate, and lots of coffee.
Taste - coffee taste with some alcohol. Sweet chocolate taste as well.
Feel - smooth, with great medium carbonation.
Overall - I let this beer sit for about 6-9 months and it was fantastic.

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

hop_devil, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CasanovaCummins, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

random846, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Black as midnight.

S: I get those familiar Sierra Nevada hops, chocolate, spice, rum.

T: Sweet chocolate, bitter hops, rum soaked raisins, pretzel, salt, burnt toast, roasty malt, nutmeg, gingerbread, and some caramel.

M: Thick but not super viscous. Nice though, no doubt.

O: I have had this beer before and forgot about it. Good thing I decided to pick another one up again, because the flavor is complex and it's an overall pleasant beer. I love the RIS's and this beer does the style good.

titty_mcbitty, Feb 21, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,206 ratings.