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Sierra Nevada Narwhal

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

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  1. vurt

    vurt Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    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. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Jul 9, 2010 California

    yeah it reminds me a lot of Mastodon's covers
  3. TripleDigitIBUs

    TripleDigitIBUs Jun 21, 2011 California

    Just another reason why Sierra Nevada is my favorite brewery.
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  4. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
    Moderator Subscriber Beer Trader

    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 Jul 13, 2010 Florida
    Beer Trader

    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 Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
    Moderator Subscriber Beer Trader

    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 Jul 13, 2010 Florida
    Beer Trader

    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 Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
    Moderator Subscriber Beer Trader

    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. swhite11

    swhite11 Sep 15, 2008 Washington

    Sierra Nevada may have just created the official beer of Reddit.
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  10. litheum94

    litheum94 Dec 29, 2008 California

    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 Aug 17, 2005 New York

    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 Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    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 Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

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

  14. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Jul 9, 2010 California

    yup! great album too
  15. TicoCali

    TicoCali Jul 25, 2010 California

    Very nice **borat voice**
  16. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Apr 27, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

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

    TheRealBigC Aug 10, 2011 Nevada

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

    zappafrank Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

    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. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Tis the season!
  20. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Jan 20, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    It sure looks like it. I got my artists mixed up in my post above. Definitely looks like Ken Taylor to me.
  22. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    For the love of Christ, would this hit the shelves already????
  23. CaptDavyJones

    CaptDavyJones Nov 3, 2010 New York

  24. greggers

    greggers Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

  25. DaveONan

    DaveONan Sep 26, 2009 North Carolina

    Drinking now and mighty tasty.
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  26. zappafrank

    zappafrank Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

    ^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.
  27. Handle

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

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

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    The Oatmeal Stout was my favorite of beer camp this year.
  29. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    What do you think is an example of a good oatmeal stout?
  30. zappafrank

    zappafrank Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

    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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  31. zappafrank

    zappafrank Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

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  32. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    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
  33. TheRealBigC

    TheRealBigC Aug 10, 2011 Nevada

    Velvet Merlin
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  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I liked the Merkin.
  35. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Had one last night. Very good I thought
  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Unfortunately, I think that some places aren't going to start stocking this until Hoptimum is sold.
  37. kpacedo

    kpacedo Nov 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    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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  38. Arherring

    Arherring Nov 10, 2009 Indiana

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

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

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

    zappafrank Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

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