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RATINGS: 1095   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (729) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2013
For national stout day! Pours into my goblet with couple inch thick tan head. Jet black. Nice aroma of deep roasted malts and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is slightly roasty and chocolaty. Does not show the alcohol on the palate but definitely in the nose. Lingering nice finish of chocolate as well. Nice beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1673) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Still a little hot for me. Otherwise lots of burnt coffee, some pepper, a little smoke. decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10849) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2013
bottle shared by Kristian. very hoppy and very malty aroma, although dry, also sweet milky notes. powerfull. classic extreme imp stout. Flavor is roasted malts, hops, charred wood bitterness, mild hoppy bitterness, palate is thick. notes of licorice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3180) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
Une bouteille bue dans mon camp de chasse. Une robe ténébreuse comme il se doit et un col épais qui génère une belle et longue dentelle. Un profond nez de malts très foncés, de torréfaction et de grains enfumés qui collaborent avec des parfums citronnés et des vapeurs de réglisse noire. Il faut que je le dise: ces arômes qui font le style me plaisent beaucoup. En bouche, ce sont des notes chocolatées, de la mélasse et des houblons qui se manifestent avec allégresse. Au palais, tout le savoir faire structurel de cette maison de grande qualité. En finale, j’aime le vibrant témoignage laissé par des houblons amers et bien aromatiques. Tout compte fait, une bière qui, malgré sa grosseur, est bien facile à boire.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2725) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2013
On tap at bier 30. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts milk chocolate sweetness and some hop. Taste is as the nose roast smoke sweetness and a bittle bitterness on the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Pours thick and black with a full two fingers of beautiful creamy tan head. Rich malty toffee aroma. Malt sweetness with lots of roasted coffee character and just a touch of smokiness. Thick, rich mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. Take your time with this one. It’s worth savoring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (284) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle from bonefish grill. Pours dark as night. Nose is smooth stout and taste is coffee and cocoa bean with some molasses too. A bid acrid though. ---Rated via my mouth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1181) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 9/24/13 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black hue, no visible carbonation. Pours to a surprisingly large, dark brown, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Black licorice with minor notes of coffee, though alcohol is quite prominent.

Taste: Sierra Nevada is known for their hoppy beers, though Narwhal is probably their most notable stout. It gets a lot of acclaim from my fellow craft beer enthusiasts, though I probably wouldn’t equate it to some of the world class examples of the style. It’s a great example of an imperial stout brewed to spec.

The flavor profile here is familiar, but in a good way. The palette is significantly sweet with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and black licorice. It’s also quite bitter with a strong presence of roasted malt and astringent hops. The alcohol is a major component to the taste as well - imparting a dryness and maybe just a hint of smoke. Definitely satisfying and enjoyable, though it doesn’t exactly break new ground in the imperial stout field (not that I think it’s meant to). A beer that could likely be enjoyed by newcomers and connoisseurs alike.

Drinkability: I was a little intimidating going into Sierra Nevada Narwhal when I saw the 10.2% ABV on the label. I was prepared for a heavy, intense body that could only be sipped. I was quite relieved by how smooth and comfortable it was in the mouth. While there is a significant alcohol component, it’s a gentle warmth that works with the palette rather than against it. The mouthfeel is actually thinner than I’d expect and the aftertaste is a bit cleaner than most of the style, too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Phoenix bottle. Fairly standard dark stout pour with a nice foamy brown head. Big fruity, slightly astringent, aroma with some coffee and milk chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is actually fairly mild with dark roasted malt. A little booze and espresso in the finish. Pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (729) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour looks great with that nice dark chocolate looking head I love so much. A lot of roasted chocolate in the smell. Nice thick texture. Small slight boozy at the end, nothing too much. Got four bottles from 2012 aging, should be quite nice.


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