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RATINGS: 1082   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 Nevadas High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold with notes of bakers 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
12 oz poured into a snifter. A - Black as the deep sea with a healthy cappuccino head that has plenty of staying power. The head forms a micro bubbled ceiling with a creamy uniform collar. S - Deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate, underlying mint leaf, cold espresso, hard root beer candy. Smoke and perfumy alcohol come out as it warms. T - Creamy and dense chocolate malts, espresso, toasted cocoa, cooked pine sap, bitterness seems to come from the coaco and the pine hops. Smokiness comes out as it warms. The finish is bitter, roasty, and very satisfying. M - Creamy, silky, full bodied, low carbonation. Sierra Nevada brings it Like a Boss. This is fresh and bursting with raw but perfect flavors for a fresh Impy. I would drink this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! For the price point, Its a no-brainer. I will be buying ALOT of this. Thanks again Ken! Serving type: bottle 11-09-2012

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WilleLW (177) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2013
Black beer with a dark wonderful head. Strong, distinct aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also with a slight malt sweetness and a hint of mollasses with some liquorice. Fantastic flavour of dark chocolate and coffee with a strong, good coffee/cocoa bitterness. Smooth, full body. You feel the taste of the alcohol in it as a slight sting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (904) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a pitch black with nice tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa and some burnt notes. Taste is espresso, roasted coffee and a stickiness that lingers in your mouth. Can only slightly taste the alcohol. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (316) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Pours black with a fluffy light brown head. Looks pretty thick when whirled. smell is packed with chocolate, coffee and is really nicely burned. not too sweet, but some dark berries though. a slight licorice too. The taste is pretty bitter with some dark dark chocolate at first, followed up by a nice dark roasted coffee. Some fruit i cant really specify, but maybe blueberries or plum? Fits very well with the chocolate at least. Dry in a wooden or vinous way, but its still a full bodied fella.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1095) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, cocoa beans, mellow chocolate fudge, dark sweet berries, coffee and some vanilla. Taste of bitter liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, some darker berries, warming alcohol at the end and a bit dry woody feel to it even though it is not barrel aged. Really enjoyable (for the price as well).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Multiple bottles. Black colored pour with a tan head. Smells roasted, full of chocolate, coffee, hops, citrus. Taste sweet and smooth, easy drinking, rich, and rivals alot of the better stouts. Pretty good stuff that I can find in my grocery store.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of coffee, molasses and chocolate. Flavor is sweetish roasted malt, molasses, coffee, chocolate and some bitterness. Medium to full body and bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eruizgarcia (198) - - JUN 14, 2013
Sadly this is one of my least favorite stouts. A bit too smokey, almost burnt, with a super bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4713) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a very thin, fast-dying light brown head leaving an oily glow on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, grapes, oak, vanilla, alcohol and a bunch of earth. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep roasty and peaty flavours up front with a bunch of alcohol, toffee, chocolate and some oaky notes. Aftertaste shows a lot of depth, but some rather smokey and bitter tastes throughout with oak, peat, chocolate, earth and a strong alcohol flavour. Overall, a nice beer, but perhaps a bit too rough around the edges, at least right now, showing too much bitterness, alcohol and peat notes. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (2012) purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$3.39 sampled at home in Washington on 13-June-2013.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (532) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black, with very little tan head from the bottle. Aroma is rich and complex, notes of coffee and malt. Taste is slightly sweet, malty, with complex tastes of chocolate and coffee mixed with licorice. There is a touch of hoppiness underneath as well. Thumbs up! a nice imperial stout.


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