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RATINGS: 1091   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1219) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black, with a big, creamy, brown head. Milk chocolate, syrup, cinnamon, and some herbal/resinous hops. Very sweet, with just a touch of burnt bitterness and some light hopping. Heavy body, creamy, and smooth, but with a sticky and bitter aftertaste. This is a nice, well made, and tasty stout, but nothing unique.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (165) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2013
Pitch black, clear liquid with a beigebrown, fluffy, two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Nose: Red fruit, coffe, roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Taste: A really great, hoppy, taste! Newly brewed coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar and pine, Medium body with just a little carbonation. Almoust no taste of alcohol, and it’s 10.2 % ABV! Great work Sierra Nevada!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks Sebastian! Pours black with a small dark brown head, rests down to a thin film. Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt and coffee as well as some vanilla in aroma. Very dark bitter chocolate, rye bread, lots of roasted malt but not overpowering anything else. Slight alcohol heat at the end. Smooth mouth feel, full bodied, low carbonation. Roasted bitter after taste with a slight alcohol bite.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chuckstout (247) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Cocoa in the aroma, pours a deep black with minimal head retention. Booze, peppers/chiles, roast, cocoa. Not for me

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hiero (127) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Coffee and chocolate dominate this taste with very little carbonation. It has a mild bitterness and alcohol with the finish. Pretty good overall.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TylerGreenDC (294) - - NOV 30, 2013
12 oz bottle. There is a lot going on here. Aroma of vegetable stock and chocolate. Tastes vaguely chocolatey, then coffee, licorice and alcohol. Maybe that?s a good progression, but it seems kind of like a dark mess to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5242) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle - Black in colour. Liquorice, roasted malt and plain chocolate in he aroma. Malt, coffee, liquorice and plain chocolate features in the rich and roasted taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1289) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours an opaque black with a brown head leaving some nice lace. Aroma has cocoa, molasses, lightly burnt spices and some hoppy presence. Taste is of heavy roast, some molasses and bakers chocolate, some pine and perhaps cinnamon. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry. Finishes bittersweet and roasty. Very nice solid - surprising, a bit, from SNevada.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1882) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Wow. How have I not had this before? Bottle from a four pack. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Pours black black black with blackness and a tan sticky foamy head. Taste is dark with roasted coffee, semi-dark chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit and licorice. This is big and roasty and damn near perfect. It gets a little sweet and boozy towards the end but by then, I don’t care.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gschrade (678) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 27, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste coffee, chocolate. I thought this was not good (I don't like coffee). I wouldn't drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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