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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial StoutNarwhal Imperial Stout

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3,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,023
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 111
Gots: 438 | FT: 28
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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-22-2014 01:24:09 | More by rfgetz
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srandycarter

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black. Nice thick tan head. Slow to leave. Some lacy stuff too.

S - Light musky cocoa, slight coffee.

T - Yum. Malty, cocoa, small coffee, very creamy.

M - Good carbonation, nice balance, very easy, likeable beer.

D - Not hard to drink. Could session.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:54:09 | More by srandycarter
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-21-2014 23:49:46 | More by mklisz
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 edition

a- appears black with a finger of dark brown head leaving minimal lacing on the side of the glass

s- roasty malts with a hint of caramel sweetness along with some chocolate, strong alcohol smell almost giving it a barrel aged smell

t- tastes very dark roast with a bit of a hoppy floral flavor along with the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel

m- full bodied beer with a nice smooth drinkability to it

o- this was a 2012 edition so it had a year on it which I think made it even better, overall it had great taste and smell and I will defiantly be wanting more

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 17:14:34 | More by Stu_Grimson
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nygannon

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-21-2014 07:48:01 | More by nygannon
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AndyH

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2014 17:55:21 | More by AndyH
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-20-2014 02:22:50 | More by mattreitz49
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-19-2014 20:37:55 | More by kevinlater
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Premo88

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into "stout glass" (tulip)
Oct. 17, 2013 born-on date

L: motor oil black that percolates like nothing I've seen short of a nitro -- the beer looks like it's not going to form a head, then from almost nowhere, the layer just under the surface starts to spin and cycle and pop and explode into a full inch of the thickest head of tan foam, and it sticks in classic Sierra Nevada fashion. wow! the brew might actually be 100% clear -- the very bottom appears so and shows dark, dark red -- but good luck passing light through this thing. black black with just a hint of dark brown around the edges and a constant tan collar ringing the surface.

S: huge everything -- BOOZE, chocolate, coffee, wine/grapes ... fully-roasted barley ... maybe a bit of oak -- and this thing is still almost ice cold. you can't mistake it for a pale ale, that's for sure. the boozy smell here is mostly like vodka, almost even gin more than whiskey, but it's not off-putting or medicinal.

T: oh, my ... similar notes as in the nose but in a different order: the alcohol doesn't show up until the afterburn, whereas the booziness seems to hit first on the nose. big dark malt extravaganza -- chocolate, coffee again with some definite oak-wood thrown in. very interesting and both classic and different; the notes seem to hit just a bit different tune from other big stouts I've tried, especially with the oak and the fact that so far nothing here tastes burnt. starting to detect a massive hop presence ... yes ... there's a bitter hop bite trying to chew threw all of this malt. and it's having some luck. wow! hard for me to tell what these hops taste like other than bitter, but they are really balancing out the quaff.

F: full. enough carbonation to make it drinkable, but silky and full.

O: it's a lot, and it's good. everything you could ask for from a Russian Imperial Stout, ABV included. i'm not the biggest fan of high ABV brews, but this brew is so full of the sweeter dark malts I love that it's perfect for sipping.

and I can tell aging it is going to be fun. in fact, I'll be off to the store soon to get at least another four-pack for *next* winter.

aging this brew is going to be fun.

three months of aging in the bottle has just barely tamed this beast. it's still relatively boozy, but it doesn't seem to be as big a bother as other boozy stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:55:27 | More by Premo88
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Black with a large, foamy, off-white head.

s: Rich dark chocolate with some molasses. Hints of red wine and espresso.

t: A bit on the sweeter side and it works. Lots of dark chocolate backed by vinous fruits and molasses a nice lingering ashy char.

m: Full bodied and chewy.

o: Absolutely a top notch stout, and a relatively inexpensive one at that. Sign me up for a case next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:35:45 | More by DIM
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2014 14:50:35 | More by mellowmark
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comrade_tony

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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rockrob

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-18-2014 21:57:42 | More by rockrob
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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eet_fuk

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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PaulD

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2014 03:57:01 | More by PaulD
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chooch5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2014 03:23:57 | More by chooch5
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 01:53:21 | More by Syraquse
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-17-2014 00:56:25 | More by mattmarka1
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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pokey44

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-15-2014 21:34:23 | More by pokey44
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Eindacor_DS

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-15-2014 15:08:08 | More by Eindacor_DS
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TonyJ815

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-15-2014 14:42:01 | More by TonyJ815
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,023 ratings.