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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2014
Bottled. Black colour with tan head. Toasted malt, licorice and black currant in aroma. Flavour is really complex. Toasted malt, black currant, licorice, dark fruits. Body is medium with a somewhat dry mouthfeel, for the style. Medium bitterness, a lot of it coming from the toasted malts. Long finish. This is a delicate Imperial Stout, not as sweet and heavy as many. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
2012 Bottle: lots of herby and grassy hop aromas, toasted and chocolate malts. No head at all, I think due to the age, pitch black. Lots of bitterness backing up the chocolate malt flavours, strong dark chocolate. Bitterness lingers, sweet boozy flavours as well. Drinkable imperial stout, lacking the depth of some others, but really approachable, loads of chocolate flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2014
Unassuming testament to longevity in the industry. Not every brewer can make a beer like the Narwhal. It takes know-how and practice to develop a beer with this much complexity and at the same time hide the high abv with a finish like velvet. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AFMcKone (35) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Best imperial stout I've had. Not sickeningly sweet, great hop balance, full palate, still refreshing. Obvious overt cocoa, molasses, and even sour citrus. Maybe just a tad too bitter. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrik (587) - - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Drycken är Svart som januari natten efter besök på gräddhyllan.. Rejält fyllig nästan tung känsla i munnen. Mest choklad känner mina smaklökar av . Riktigt bra imperial Stout . En av de bästa. Och tipps använd IPA glasen de fungerar utmärkt även på fylliga kvalitativa Anerikanska Stout..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5lickv1c (113) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Sweet aroma with a hint of marzipan and coffee. Quite bitter with a taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, a bit boozy but not overpowering. Pretty good imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlainG (1915) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
C’est noir et c’est recouvert d’un mince col de mousse, digne d’un bel espresso allongé avec sa créma qui le recouvre. Les arômes sont doux et précis. Torréfaction, mélasse et une touche lactée. Un café alcoolisé à je ne sais trop quelle liqueur? Une caresse pour la bouche. C’est soyeux, velouté, ça fait glisser une amertume, douce et agréable sur la langue, laissant le grain rôti s’exprimer librement, avec un bon chocolat noir et un alcool réconfortant. Bel équilibre. Belle surprise. Édition 2013 (948-291213)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (596) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours opaque black with a nice coffee brown head that leaves great lacing. Smells of lots of espresso, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is initially lightly sweet - milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla , then the bitterness kicks in and transitions it to bitter dark chocolate, espresso and a dry finish. Full bodied. Very good but not up there with the very best RIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2301) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Really nice. Pours very dark with a slight ruby tinge on the edges. Limited tan head and no lacing. Nose is raisin and roasted grain. Notes of raisin, earthy bitterness, espresso, some dark chocolate, roasted grain, and maybe a slight cherry in the background. Taste is heavy sweet and petty heavy bitter. Reasonably oily body with medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish and a long lasting bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4954) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, prunes, light spice, earthy notes, light raisins, and faint vanilla. Flavor is dry roast malts forward with chocolate, ash, light earthy notes, and faint dark fruit esters; dry roast finish. Full body and low carbonation.

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