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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

3,075 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,075
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 119
Gots: 445 | 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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Ratings: 3,075 | Reviews: 616 | Display Reviews Only:
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-25-2013 14:35:33 | More by Chucker17
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CMalenda

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-25-2013 05:42:30 | More by CMalenda
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YoudownwithABV

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2013 03:50:40 | More by YoudownwithABV
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2013 02:14:58 | More by Tayloraphilips
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jaemeno3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2013 01:30:18 | More by jaemeno3
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hbchrisg

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 23:57:28 | More by hbchrisg
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Jimbobebop

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 22:59:30 | More by Jimbobebop
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2013 22:57:04 | More by smithj4
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Pug

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2013 18:03:54 | More by Pug
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Monkeypuker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 05:08:16 | More by Monkeypuker
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised that this beer "only" scores a 92... what in the. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pitch black. Tan head. Poured nicely. A bit of lacing, but not much.

Smell: Chocolate. Some smoke. A lot of roast. Not much in terms of dark fruits.

Taste/feel: Well, that's some damn good stuff. Chocolate and roastiness, as you'd expect. Some smoke. Dark fruits in there a little bit (mostly as it warms), but not too much. Alcohol is hidden well as far as flavor goes, but there's a definite warmth there. A bit more "harsh" than some other RIS's, I suppose. The feel isn't quite as full bodied as some others I've had, which is a slight knock, but still excellent. Drinks a bit too easily.

Fantastic beer. Not much else to say about that. Underrated, in my opinion. Stands up well to some other, perhaps more popular, RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:59:28 | More by Alextricity
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boesesfleisch

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2013 03:58:18 | More by boesesfleisch
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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2013 02:37:59 | More by tmt71883
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tsp247

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2013 01:27:31 | More by tsp247
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger tan head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee, higher ABV is hidden. $2.60 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:02:58 | More by jdhilt
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2013 18:19:15 | More by ROGUE16
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lorkovicb

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-23-2013 16:35:32 | More by lorkovicb
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-23-2013 07:11:50 | More by stortore
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MichaelBigbone

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2013 06:16:20 | More by MichaelBigbone
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2013 bottling - 3284205:07 date stamp) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Totally black ale - no light even coming in at the edges. 1/4" dark tan head upon pouring died back to a thin skin across the top with lots of persistent strands, sheets, and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Mild roasted grain, hints of alcohol, chocolate liquor. With a swirl there are some hops trying to get out but I still can't make them out in regards to their aroma. Maybe a mild citrus and pine. Not as rich as I thought I would be.

Taste: Bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee toward the end - approaching espresso coffee bitter finish, but with some pine notes as well. Hops in the finish complement all the chocolate and other sweetness up at the front.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy up front with the carbonation coming out late in the swallow. Definitely some stickiness on the teeth after the swallow.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a sipping and savoring beer, but also appealing enough that I could drink it faster and not mind, but I would probably pay for it later. A good imperial stout, and was good with butter/sugar cookies - probably would be great with a steak.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:08:33 | More by damndirtyape
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Ankur

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-22-2013 06:09:45 | More by Ankur
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, near black with a one finger dark tan head that fades quickly into a thin ring with very little lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark coffee and chocolate.

Taste of dark roasted malt, nuts, dark roasted coffee with a slight sweet balance of chocolate and molasses.

Moth Feel was medium leaning full body with very little carbonation, creamy and the alcohol is very well masked, there is very little boozy warmth for a 10.2 % ABV beer.

Overall this is a very nice RIS, well balanced with a slight sweetness off setting some of the dark bitterness. This is a nice sipping beer on a relaxing evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 16:33:04 | More by dtivp
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-21-2013 14:43:09 | More by jjd315
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hoosier222002

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-21-2013 14:23:55 | More by hoosier222002
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Jho3325

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-21-2013 05:29:29 | More by Jho3325
Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 3,075 ratings.