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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mghj (36) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Poured jet black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark malts. Tastes of choclate coffee and a hint of licorice. As I am drinking this there is a taste of alcohol in the back of my throat. Very nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RodrigoPacheco (129) - - NOV 5, 2015
Uma Imperial Stout forte no sabor, forte no teor alcoólico, forte no aroma e equilibrada em todos os sentidos!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1284) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle from Stone in Asagaya for National Stout Day 2015. Pours an inky black with a one-fingered brown head. Aromas of prune, raisin, sorghum, cacao, roasted malt and booze. Taste is sticky with some sweetness, average carbonation. Not really that complex on the palate. Finishes roasty and bitter with some light warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (173) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2015 12 fl ounce bottle. Pours tar black with minimal carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, licorice nose. Taste is biscuty with chocolate. Slight linger with the alcohol warming. FWIW, my first imperial stout that I’m rating. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2015
2015 Bottle. Pours black and thick with a small brown head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, licorice, and fruit. Taste is heavy chocolates, some coffee, and then more chocolate, and finally a light licorice flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
The thicker than oil look from the Narwhal absolutely drew me in but considering my familiarity with Sierra Nevada’s expertise at dumming down most of their attempts of anything potentially complex, ambitious, or unique (hell, even the basics) I knew to keep my expectations low. I’m honestly surprised at some of the rating shown here, because this product sacrifices any drinkability for a directionless, over the top body. Oh, on a side note, I’m pretty sure Narwhals are harmless sea creatures and absolutely not worthy of occupying this intimidating looking label Sierra Nevada has chosen to depict this drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbunting75 (40) - - OCT 17, 2015
Pours jet black with tan head. Strong roasted coffee flavor that doesn’t come through as strong on the nose. A notch below the upper tier stouts but still very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kirk36 (181) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Absinthe is the night air as I sip this big boy. Clear to me is the cocoa nibs and coffee astringency. Ten percent is fast moving and hard hitting. I love it! Narwhals are a myth, this stout is not. A beer mudslide trapping all vehicles in its path. Threat level 9. I would like to basement this bad boy and taste it a year later. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (447) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
12oz bottle 2015. Pours oil-black. Tan head, no lacing. Aroma and flavor: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup. Creamy mouthfeel, rich finish. Excellent RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ctplt777 (382) - - OCT 9, 2015
Black as night, absolute gorgeous looking beer. Smells like chocolate, coffee and big roasty malt. Big thick mouthfeel dominated by chocolate and coffee. Theres a really nice roastiness and black licorice taste as well. Super well balanced, nothing is overwhelming. As it warms up I get a sweet chocolate syrup taste as well. Hersheys chocolate. Awesome Imperial Stout!

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