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RATINGS: 1094   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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GIJOE (635) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours jet-black with a thick, foamy, brown head that stays a while. Copious lacing. Nose is malt with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. Taste is devilishly bitter and some leathery, burnt-sugar notes come through on the palate. This full-bodied beast delights with moderately lively carbonation and a long caramel toffee finish. Home run, Sierra Nevada! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
S_Side_Smitty (459) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is molasses, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is molasses and prunes with deeep dark maltiness. Thereís a creaminess to this one, as well. Donít really pick up any coffee or chocolate in the taste. The finish is kinda sweet for a stout with just some faint bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iggynelix (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
On tap at Unos, this rich coffee noted stout had great malts and a strong flavor with big bold finish. Boom.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiMuBai (174) - - NOV 19, 2013
Pours a dark brown to ebony color with a very thin, tan head. It has a thick, heavy and alcohol-warmed mouth feel. The taste of molasses is present with a nice bitter finish. AND the 10.5 ABV is a beast. A session beer for vikings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (173) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Deep coffee-brown beer with a thin beige head that is not much more than a surface film. Nose of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Flavor has a medium roast coffee bitterness up front followed by a touch of sourness with undertones of bitter chocolate and black strap molasses. This is not an overly powerful imperial stout, having a more subtle flavor, but that doesnít mean it lacks complexity. Not the best beer Iíve had in this style, but one of the smoothest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
A solid imperial stout. Lacking a little in taste compared to some of the better imperial stouts. Has a solid bitter finish though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1290) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Deep dark brown color, nearly black. Healthy cardboard brown head. The lace says hi and then jets. A chalky aroma: nutty, a bit toasted. There are more berries, though. The booziness manifests itself as a quasi-cherry liqueur. There is some horseblanket, but itís very subtle. Itís much sweeter in the nose than I expected. Iíve never seen a cocoa nib, but I feel like there is one in the aroma. The flavor is much more burnt and roasted than in the flavor. There is a nutty finish that blunts that casual saccharine sweetness. The coffee and cocoa on the label are an accent, not the main event. As the heat comes in, the more dark, burnt flavors really emerge. Feels dry and chalky, but there are some softer finishes on the palate. Iíll bet this one ages nicely. Letting it warm up a bit is an absolute must: take one out of the fridge and put it on the counter while youíre leading up to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2196) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
It is a bit rough around the edges, alcohol is pretty hot, finish is dicey. This is a middle of the road IS. Got it at Wegmans in Erie.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwyu (26) - - NOV 16, 2013
Roast with lots of coffee dark chocolate. Nice hop bitterness to balance the richness

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (311) - - NOV 16, 2013
Had better imperial stouts. Pours black with hints of a brown head that never really forms, and quickly goes away. Some roasted malts on the nose - but it is faint. I am not getting the multiple tastes that others are - for me, this is roasted malt, some bitterness, and some booze. Maybe there is some bitter coffee, but this does not have the range of flavors in other imperial stouts. I do like the mouthfeel - it has a chewy quality to it. Overall, it's fine - just not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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