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RATINGS: 1072   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1646) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 11, 2013
Bottle from Hazel’s beverage world. Black color, brown head. Roasty, salty taste with chocolate, liquorice, coffee, nuts, bread and roasted malts. Smooth body with nicely balanced hops and malts. Roasty finish with burnt coffee and liquorice. Excellent imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Sweet ass pour, thick and inky black with an oily cappucino head. Strong roasted malts and barley in the nose, with potent coffee and super resinous hops. Fresh and skull-fucking. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, a bit of grit here and there, and a dry finish. Bitter, grainy, and uncompromising.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1140) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2013
A pretty good imperial stout. Good but nothing special either. On draft at ace and ales. Not to bitter pretty good mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Nice brew though. No head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
The ole’ 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup. Aroma is pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though. There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. It’s very simple - maybe even more clean than you’d like. But there’s just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout. Again, the mouthfeel is pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one. Overall, it’s pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If you’re more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. I’m not writing grandma about it, but I’m sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you can’t get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess I’d have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Balazs (785) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
0,355 l bottle, Csakajósör. Poured black, with a small, lacing beige head. Licorice, molasses, honey, roasted arabica, plum, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruity sweet taste well balanced with pleasant hoppiness, all mixed with a tarty, burnt wood, ash base. Dense body, oily, well carbonated. Fruity, dry, lasting finish with a bitter note at the end. This is outstanding!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
November 2012. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. The alcohol is very present throughout. Coffee, dark roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Very rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Really good, if a little too boozy aftertaste. Got accused of slurring tonight... good job I don’t have to taxi anyone anywhere

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours inky black with a quick brown head. Nose is pleasant coffee and cream with a touch of booze and chocolate. Flavor is less potent than many IS’s, but very well balanced and drinkable. Long sticky finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (553) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
Just about everything is right with this stout but I thought it ran a little to the heavy and overly sweet side to warrant the super high ratings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle from Beers of Europe cons 2013-04-01 Uddingston AR: heacy roasted malt, pine, fruity AP: black on black, wee dark brown head, 1 bonus point for the label! F: thick fluid, sugary feeling, heavy roasted malt, black coffey, dark chocolate, spicey vanilla


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