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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Poured from bottle at Monks Kaffee in Dubuque Iowa. Black with flat head. Light coffee aroma. The taste is hard to describe - a ton going on in this one. A slight fruity cherry taste wrapped around a malty cocoa oily creamy and coffee monster. A pile of. happiness. The high ABV is well hidden. Really good beer. Best Sierra Nevada I've had

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wisdomsolo (456) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This has a nice sweet and toasty, beguiling aroma that hides the bite the flavor has. It's only a bit hot but still pretty tasty with some malty and hoppy goodness. It's nice and smooth on the tongue too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franzen (330) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Aroma contains dark fruits and is vineous and a bit alcoholic. There is some burnt wood but otherwise the aroma is more that of a barley wine than an imperial stout. Strange enough I can actually notice sand in the aroma
Pitch black with thick beige head
A bit sweet with some almond in the taste. There is a pretty intense dark chocolate presence in the taste. Even if the the taste begins a bit sweet the bitterness wins the tug o’ war. The finishing bitterness is really intense and is the typical dark chocolate bitterness.
Full body, creamy and also a bit oily texture
This one is relly fantastic, I was bit sceptic judgin by teh aroma but the taste is fantastic

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Ebony pour, good biscuit head. Espresso, vanilla, chocolate, caramel from the roasted malt, molasses, leather, peat. Earthy, full bodied and decadent. Slight bitterness towards the end. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2014
Bottled. Black colour with tan head. Toasted malt, licorice and black currant in aroma. Flavour is really complex. Toasted malt, black currant, licorice, dark fruits. Body is medium with a somewhat dry mouthfeel, for the style. Medium bitterness, a lot of it coming from the toasted malts. Long finish. This is a delicate Imperial Stout, not as sweet and heavy as many. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
2012 Bottle: lots of herby and grassy hop aromas, toasted and chocolate malts. No head at all, I think due to the age, pitch black. Lots of bitterness backing up the chocolate malt flavours, strong dark chocolate. Bitterness lingers, sweet boozy flavours as well. Drinkable imperial stout, lacking the depth of some others, but really approachable, loads of chocolate flavour.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2014
Unassuming testament to longevity in the industry. Not every brewer can make a beer like the Narwhal. It takes know-how and practice to develop a beer with this much complexity and at the same time hide the high abv with a finish like velvet. Excellent

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AFMcKone (34) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Best imperial stout I've had. Not sickeningly sweet, great hop balance, full palate, still refreshing. Obvious overt cocoa, molasses, and even sour citrus. Maybe just a tad too bitter. Great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Patrik (255) - - JAN 19, 2014
Drycken är Svart som januari natten efter besök på gräddhyllan.. Rejält fyllig nästan tung känsla i munnen. Mest choklad känner mina smaklökar av . Riktigt bra imperial Stout . En av de bästa. Och tipps använd IPA glasen de fungerar utmärkt även på fylliga kvalitativa Anerikanska Stout..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5lickv1c (112) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Sweet aroma with a hint of marzipan and coffee. Quite bitter with a taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, a bit boozy but not overpowering. Pretty good imperial.


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