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RATINGS: 1258   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (1944) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
Smak och doft av främst choklad och mörkt kaffe men också av rostade toner, torkad frukt och en aning vanilj. Krämig, rund, len och samtidigt frisk och med en lagom beska. Kraftfull och välbalanserad. Riktigt gott.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JBill42 (11) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Absolutely look forward to this beer every year. Dark, creamy, smooth, little burn, but totally awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (541) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 350ml bottle, pours brownish black with a small creamy tan head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, roasted malt, muscovado and a little alcohol. Light-medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall a very tasty Imperial Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasty, chocolate, malty aromas. Thick, chocolatey, roasty, malty, brown sugar flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Sweet and roasty taste with some bitterness. Medium to full body, smooth mouthfeel, long warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Smooth malty drink. Deep roasted character with subtle chocolate and coffee. Nothing aggressive. Well meshed flavors. Lightly sweet with a slight boozy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
plinythederek (22) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Harpooned this sucker out of a 12oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a medium to light beige head. With the smell you get big hits of coffee and malt. I’m also getting some hints of hops with the aroma that sometimes don’t come through with an imperial stout. A nice coffee flavor comes through with an aftertaste of dark chocolate and malt. As far as the palate is concerned the malt flavor really sits heavy on the tongue. It’s a little too much for me. Very tasty beer that I would try again. But not one of the best Imperials out there. In my dang opinion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1826) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle from Cornelius. Dense black body with a medium beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of salt, espresso, herbs and blackcurrant. Flavour of black coffee, salt, dark chocolate and underripe plum. Faint peppery finish. Medium body with an slick, oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation fizz for an Imperial Stout. Honestly, I was expecting more from this. Virtually no hop character and the end result is a bit one-dimensional.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (3105) - FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle/SB. Black. Burned rubber, roasted barley, slight anise, sweet licorice hitting the nose. Black lush berries, but overall a pretty (burnt-) rubbery nose. Soft, sweetish, slight oily palate. A bit of woody flavours, some forestry things I suspect come from the hops (like licking a tree, or chewing on bark). This feels a bit unbalanced. Intensive flavours, but haphazardly thrown together. BBE 2014 says the add-on sticker, but this feels like something that just came out of the tank. Even though the body was ok/smooth, there’s too much poking my eye to make it enjoyable. I might venture it best AFTER 2014. Or 2015. Right now, it’s an engine- oily, salty mess.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2211) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle from Starmore and Boss, Sheffield. Nearly black. Brown halo of head. Aroma is licorice, blackcurrant sweets. Some leather. Taste is big toffee apple sweetness initially, that gives way to a burnt, dry, roast bitterness. Palate is full, and oily. Dry and bitter, but not harsh finish. Good beer to end an evening.


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