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RATINGS: 1385   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with small head. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate in aroma. Similar notes in taste, with an unpleasant subtle flavor of ethanol. Oily and acidic mouthfeel with long, bitter finish. Nice, but not the best Imp S. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (2551) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (39:-). Rostad doft, vanilj. Rostad (nästan bränd) smak, mycket salmiak, kaffe, viss sötma, alkohol. Fyllig, oljig i konsistensen, bra beska, torr, lång avslutning.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Thick and mouthy. Pours black with a soft amber head. Aroma in chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is heavy on roasted malt, coffee and fishes with a smooth bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2419) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
355 mL bottle - 2013 versio. Pours just about as black as brown can be, though there is virtually no head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, but there is also anise and a little roast and honey in there. The beer tastes very fresh - I can almost smell it brewing as I taste it. Lots of green hops in there for an IS. Roast, cocoa, a little coffee grounds, chocolate covered cherries - all of these things fighting to make their presence felt, but only barely succeeding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alkolas510 (1143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2014
Kolsvart ganska tjock med litet brunt skum! Mörkt kaffe och mörk choklad i både doft och smak! Ingen alkohol trots 10.2%

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (1302) - FINLAND - JAN 3, 2014
bottle 355 ml from AbM @ home. Pours black with a beige head. Dark chocolate, roasted malts in the aroma.Smooth dark chocolate flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1pintatatime (134) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Poured from a bottle, very dark brown with almost no head. Smells of toffee and licorice with a bit of booze. Leads with a rich toasted, almost burnt sweet malt flavor followed by strong coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Finishes surprisingly dry. More complex and tasty than expected based on the nose. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3184) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle - Black pour with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is dark malt and brown sugar, but when it warms up a bit the rubbing alcohol really comes out. Yuck. Taste is chocolatey and roasty, with light charcoal. Not too sweet, but there’s some vanilla and molasess. Thick and full bodied. I rarely find an imperial stout I like anymore. I thought this one would be different.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esquetee (7) - Bend, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
On tap at Broken Top Bottle Shop; beautifully dark, spicy, vanilla, some dark roasted cocoa-ness. Mouthfeel leaves little fireworks on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a deep black with a very small, filmy brown/tan head. Aroma has a lot of brown malt with light dark chocolate, mild dark roast coffee, light sweetness at the end melding with a modest amount of roasted malt character. Flavor starts off sweet of molassasses, light rum flavor but quickly moves into a bitter chocolate and dark fruity sweetness. Notes of anise, prune and raisin come through with a pronounced coffee ending. The body of the beer holds the flavors and there is a ton of residual sugar to aid in almost completely hiding the high alcohol present in this brew. Mouthfeel is superb with a well balanced mix of sharp, fine carbonation melding with an oily, sugary feeling beer. Overall a very well crafted beer thats impeccably balanced, creating a complex beer. I bought this as a single but will probably end up buying a six pack to age and see what happens to it as it ages.


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