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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voyageurmike (266) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Draft in a sampler glass. Definition of a big imperial stout, although it is a quite flavorful beer for something with its ABV. Inky black with medium body, lots of bitter chocolate and coffee nuance to the taste. Really pleasant brief, clean finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Had at Bottlecraft In San Diego. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much in aroma. Flavor is very malty caramel and sweet. Close to a barley wine. Not much roast. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Rather mild on flavors and a fair bit harsh on the alcohol. Some roasted notes with a bit of chocolate and molasses. All in all a good brew but unimpressive. Maybe a year or two in storage will be beneficial.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badhack (499) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Outstanding beer from Sierra. Poors black, medium mouthfeel. Very cocao forward and a bittering finish. Coffee, lots of dark roasted malt and some across the spectrum but to a lesser extent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
George999 (372) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours dark smooth with a Carmel brown head, aroma is alcohol hints of chocolate maybe toffee, taste is rich, creamy, a little smokey, finish is a little bitter but overall a great stout

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7046) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Rich black pour with a wee foamy khaki hued head. Nice rich nose of sweet dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Big powerful flavor of semisweet rich dark chocolate, roasted black malt, coffee, burnt caramel, rich dark malty black sweet tones and a semibitter coffee finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3249) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of coffee, raisins and licorice. Roasted malt galore. Taste is of chocolate, coffee and some peppery alcohol and licorice. Body is full and carbonation moderate. Mouthfeel is airy and smooth. Overall a nice imperial stout and further more a really available one!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFGrind (1992) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Full bodied black Imperial Stout. Coffee and cocoa flavors blend well with moderate bitterness and not-so sweet malts. Well crafted high octane stout from Sierra Nevada.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Minot. Appearance: finger of dark brown head, dark brown to black color, opaque, decent oily lacing. Aroma: roast, coffee, light licorice,, extreme dark chocolate. Palate: full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, boozy bite, bitter finish, dry finish. Taste: full rich sweet malt that lasts briefly, then right into coffee/extreme-black-chocolate bitterness that is a bit more powerful than the sweetness, but rides along with it well. Light booze. Overall, lovely beer, but one that really needs moderation; I do not want more than a bottle at a time of this and even that is a lot. In small amounts, a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (1414) - Mainz, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2014
Aroma: roasted dark malts, dried fruits, bitter chocolate, vanilla. Appearance: nice black color, beige head. Taste: medium bitterness, roasted dark malts, dried fruits, coffee substitute, bitter chocolate, vanilla. Palate: full body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really good imperial stout, recommended.


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