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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.

Style: Imperial Stout
Hops: Magnum, Challenger
Malts: Two Row Pale, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: October, 2012


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Purchased at a corner liquor store in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a rainy Friday night at home. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, light tan rim around the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit. Taste is dry and finishes with a light burn, molasses comes out in the flavor, bitter coffee, pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle with dutchdrebus and benzai. Black color with a small white head. Smells and tastes sweet, roasty, chocolat, coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5540) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. Black colour with a lovely medium sized light brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, alcohol. Tastes sweet, alcohol, mocca. Sounds weird but it’s lacking in taste a little bit for me. Full body, soft carbo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
draft at Sierra Nevada Taproom, Chico, CA. Kind of shocked that i have not rated this yet, big stout, heavy roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Rich, intense stout, well done

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2015
355 bottle enjoyed @ home, 2013 vintage. Pours black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and alcohol, a little boring. Flavour is roasted malt and bittersweet. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and very flavourful, roasted malt, dried fruits and on the boozy side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1681) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Dark brown with thin head. Smells dark fruity & boubony & chocolatey. Flavor follows. Some dryness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1295) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2015
Immediate smell upon popping was licorice...smelling directly gives a complex smell though, mostly of coffee, deep and smooth, very dark black, can’t see through, taste is coffee and slightly bitter, alcohol fairly strong, milky smoothness in background and lightly on finish...licorice still in there though

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2015
Chocolate, caramel, coffee, and dark fruit in the aroma. Rich flavor with chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Boozy finish with coffee/chocolate bitterness. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerseyjohn71 (295) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2015
very hot,,, a bite to match,,,, 4pack,, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, resin, spruce, leather, earthy, alcohol, clove, cough drop, licorice, black, clear, rocky head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near pitch black color with a thin tan head. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt notes with a hint of molasses. Excellent flavor with rich bitter notes. Very nice!


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