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Sierra Nevada Narwhal

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by gatornation, Aug 30, 2012.

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  1. vurt

    vurt Advocate (605) Oregon Apr 11, 2004

    Long version: There is a whole bunch of styles going on there. The textured fill around the central illustration has that geometric Art Deco feel, but is ornate enough for Art Nouveau. Yet the illustration of the narwhal and the ship is very representational, not the flat/abstracted style of Deco. The containing shapes and the typeface for "Imperial Stout" suggest late 19th/early 20th century financial documents, while the Narwhal wordmark has an almost "wild west" thing going on.

    Short version: That's another great looking label for Sierra Nevada, and I can't wait to try this beer.
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  2. yeah it reminds me a lot of Mastodon's covers
  3. Just another reason why Sierra Nevada is my favorite brewery.
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  4. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (860) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    Looking forward to this, for sure.

    I full expect $9.99 or $10.99 a 4-pack for this. Ain't too shabby.
  5. shand

    shand Advocate (670) Florida Jul 13, 2010

    It'll be the same price as Hoptimum was. The big thing for breweries right now is to have more annually available SKUs to attempt to get shelf space in grocery stores - Many grocery stores won't make room on the shelf for a beer unless they're going to have something to fill that spot at the same price all year. That's the point of the Hoptimum-->Narwhal-->Bigfoot cycle, in theory. Same thing with Terrapin's four pack lineup.
  6. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (860) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    I figured that was the case, hence why I thought it would be the $9.99 that Hoptimum rolled for around these parts. Atleast Sierra Nevada has this "High Altitude" series, of bigger beers in 4 packs for a good price. Terrapin has some session beer this year they released in 4 packs for the same price as their bigger beers!

    And to put it out there, who the hell buys session beers in 4 packs?!
  7. shand

    shand Advocate (670) Florida Jul 13, 2010

    From what I understand, the brewers at Terrapin thought it was bullshit that Easy Rider was sold for that much, but the "marketing department" (read: Tenth and Blake) said they needed to fill their four-pack SKU.

    And I guess I'm part of the problem, because I liked Easy Rider so much that I picked up a ten dollar four-pack.
  8. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (860) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    I got easy rider on tap and enjoyed it, so I also bought a 4 pack because I wanted something to drink one night during the week and wanted volume but not be blasted for work in the morning.

    I stopped after that though. If they were smart, they'd make it 6 packs, and price it like their normal year round offerings and I think THAT would be a better marketing take on it.

    But whatever... Good beer around, SN or Terrapin aside, glad it's expanding and glad there is always new stuff.
  9. Sierra Nevada may have just created the official beer of Reddit.
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  10. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) California Dec 29, 2008

    Absolutely love that art work. Looks like I'll need to stop by the brewery next time I'm in the area for a free poster :)
  11. aibkstaff

    aibkstaff Aficionado (205) New York Aug 17, 2005

    I'm pretty sure there's already a narwhal beer in brooklyn ny. And I think barrier brewing had the name ruthless rye before sierra or something... damn it sierra try being a little more original!
  12. benbking

    benbking Savant (320) Massachusetts Dec 11, 2009

    not to trash some start up, but I think Sierra Nevada wins since they aren't calling the brewery Narwhal, just the beer. Also Since Narwhal isn't bottling and producing, there is every chance that they never will. Hopefully they make it and maybe someday could collaborate on something with Sierra.
  13. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    took the words right out of my mouth...looks like this one

  14. yup! great album too
  15. TicoCali

    TicoCali Savant (460) California Jul 25, 2010

    Very nice **borat voice**
  16. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (315) California Apr 27, 2011

    its not a whale with a unicorn horn, its a narwhal
  17. TheRealBigC

    TheRealBigC Aficionado (230) Nevada Aug 10, 2011

    This looks awesome. And I love that it's in 12oz bottles instead of bombers.
  18. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

    Finally in stores! Or, at least, in the SN gift shop. $9.99 for a 4 pack of 12oz. bottles.

    "Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest Arctic seas, Narwhal Imperial Stout is midnight black and bold--with notes of baker's cocoa and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex and explores the darkest depths of malt flavor."
  19. Tis the season!
  20. Thank the beer gods. I've been eagerly waiting for this to start showing up. Not that I don't already have a ton of stout for the cold months.
  21. It sure looks like it. I got my artists mixed up in my post above. Definitely looks like Ken Taylor to me.
  22. For the love of Christ, would this hit the shelves already????
  23. greggers

    greggers Disciple (50) Illinois Apr 27, 2012

  24. Drinking now and mighty tasty.
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  25. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

    ^Yup. Silver medal, plus Estate Harvest Organic got Gold.

    Narwhal is pretty damn tasty. Makes up for the mediocre Oatmeal Stout in the beer camp variety pack.
  26. Handle

    Handle Savant (405) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    This hit Charlotte today. I haven't made it out to grab a four-pack, but will soon.
  27. Handle

    Handle Savant (405) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    The Oatmeal Stout was my favorite of beer camp this year.
  28. What do you think is an example of a good oatmeal stout?
  29. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

    I know! Lot's of people liked it. I just thought it was too alcohol-rich, and not oatmealy enough. But that's compared to the best beer ever, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Maybe I should buy another SN Oatmeal Stout and compare again. I think they have singles around here.
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  30. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

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  31. The Oatmeal stout was BY far the standout in the Beer camp series this year... BAR NONE
    That being said cant wait to try NARWHAL
  32. TheRealBigC

    TheRealBigC Aficionado (230) Nevada Aug 10, 2011

    Velvet Merlin
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  33. I liked the Merkin.
  34. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (545) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Had one last night. Very good I thought
  35. Unfortunately, I think that some places aren't going to start stocking this until Hoptimum is sold.
  36. kpacedo

    kpacedo Savant (275) California Nov 24, 2009

    Sierra Nevada is just the fucking tits. What amounts to a $5 bomber+ of 10% imperial stout? Uh yea, I'm in...
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  37. Arherring

    Arherring Aficionado (245) Indiana Nov 10, 2009

    Interesting that it shares the same UPC as Hoptimum. That implies similar pricing.
  38. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (545) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    The new high altitude series. 4-pack seasonal. Bigfoot, Hoptimum, and then Narwhal. All will share SKU. All with have same case price IIRC
  39. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

    Yep. $9.99 for a 4 pack, just like the Hoptimum
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