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Narwhal Imperial Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malt-forward monster, highlighting the depths of malt flavor.

Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,352
Reviews:
961
Ratings:
5,131
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
1,482
Trade:
36
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,131 |  Reviews: 961
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a small tulip glass.

A- Pours jet black as carbonation quickly builds up and forms a thick, syrupy inch-thick head

S- Bittersweet dark chocolate; some roasted malts; some coffee

T- The dark chocolate taste and roasted malts is strong up front; As the beer sits, the black licorice and fruits begin to stand out

M- Thick and creamy; Decent carbonation throughout; Goes down pretty easy for being nearly 10%!

O- At $9.99 a 4-pack, this is a bargain buy stout! Wouldn't expect anything less of Sierra Nevada.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TemplofBeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Ale-Be-Damned
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This is a beautiful Imperial Stout, black with little head. I served it from the refrigerator so it was cold. As it warmed up I could pick up on more of the licorice. Nice maltiness, and the presence of hops which gave the beer a little bite, but just enough to fill out the balance and overall taste. I can see how this stout could be dangerous with over all ease of drinking and the ABV T 10.2%. Overall, I really like Narwhal and will pick it up again.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of predikit
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a deep brown, nearly black. Settled black, after a vigorous pour, left a two finger brown head that receded at a moderate rate.

Smells very malty, coffee notes are very present.

Taste is rich, chocolate and coffee malts dominate, with a roasted bitterness taking the aftertaste. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, I can not tell it is there one bit.

Full bodied, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. I can imagine this could cause a lot of embarrassing evenings to less than controlled drinkers.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,131 ratings
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