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RATINGS: 1387   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours black with finger of tan head. Nose is coffee beans, roast, chocolate. Taste has an oatmeal/cereal grain thing going on, sweet upfront, chocolate, coffee beans. Super smooth. Almost a bit of a dried fruit note adding to the sweetness. Really quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3716) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On tap at the Growler Station @ Albertson’s. Dark and heady, smooth despite the elevated ABV. Initial high, fluffy beige head. Sweet dark roast malts, hints of dark chocolate, a little alcohol on the nose, and definite warmth at the finish. Velvety and slick. Worth seeking out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2014
36cl, Vintage 2014, new American brew, thx alot to Wouter for this bonus!, complex Stout, roasted/spicy/sweet and slightly malty/alcoholic/bitter, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
e303 (286) - - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. 2014 brew. Pour is cola brown with a one finger beige head. Aroma is dark coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee is light. Taste is dark chocolate, malt, and a tiny bit of dark roast coffee. The finish is somewhat slick and mildly carbonated. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
citydave (69) - - OCT 31, 2014
Oily black with no head. Aroma of cocoa, oats, malt. Subtle coffee. Taste is the same. Rich and complex. Warming, dry finish. Excellent imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
This is one of the best standard Imperial Stouts on the market. Black pour with a dark tan head. Smooth coffee and chocolate with roast bitterness balancing out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
This is an excellent imperial stout that displays both complexity and drinkability. Thick and creamy with a nice malt bill. Really enjoyable experience ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanVah (239) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
På flaska från systemet. Bärnstensfärgad vätska. Doftar aprikos. Smakar sött av aprikos som rundas av med en härlig beska.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lopisar (249) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2014
chocolate, roasty, coffee, woody, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, full body, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (822) - - OCT 18, 2014
Solid, as always from SN, but not my favorite. Bit rough around the edges this one- and unnecessarily boozy. Pours brown/ black- opaque with small, weak tan head. Some lacing. All the right notes- chocolate and sweet fruit (raisin, fig) upfront with a jolt of coffee at the end. Right weight for a stout. Pretty smooth. Just a bit harsh. Slightly phenolic in not-the-good-way. Needs to mellow. Overly sweet on the front and bitter on the back. Time will work it’s magic on this one. 2013.


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