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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (751) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours black with a medium with a medium brown head that settles very slowly. The aroma contains lots of roasted malts and coffee, along with lesser amounts of chocolate, caramel, and hints of licorice. The taste has a potent amount of roasted malts, and I find the advertised molasses as well. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Its kind of boozy at the end. Overall this is rather rich. Chocolaty, coffee aftertaste. More full in body, a slick, oily texture, and soft carbonation. This is a good, solid stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Nice. Oily black pour. Lots of roast malt up front but very smooth. Bitter finish. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (83) - - FEB 7, 2015
Lund, Bangatan, SB flaska. Rostad malt och mild humlearom. Fint gyllenbrunt skum. Svart. Många smaker. Choklad rostad fin spritsmak. Kaffe mm. Mäktig. Inget för mass.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jc1762 (134) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Poured into a teku showing big black and thick with very little brown head despite an aggressive pour. Aromas of overtly sweet caramel/molasses with a strong solid backbone of roasted malts and cacao. Light hints of coffee bean also. Nose is wonderfully complex but completely asymmetrical with the palate. Light bodied and highly carbonated. The first impression gives the illusion of sweetness but immediately switches into extremely dark malts. Alcohol become more apparent upon warming up as a slight burn appears. A lot of strong burnt coffee bitterness appears immediately afterwards and on the finish. Unfortunately the coffee bitterness is overwhelming i.e. heavily burnt coffee. This would need significant barrel aging or aging in general to ease up the bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4460) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2015
Tap . Pours black, small grey head . Smell is bit bitter . Taste is rather bitter , some coffee , bit of oats . Thinner mouthfeel . Good carbo . OK beer , not sure why the fuzz is so big over this one though

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (842) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
This is quite the enjoyable brew. Pour is very dark with a light color head and the glass leaves little lacing. Smell is sweet of chocolates, roasted malt, and booze. This one is oh so sweet and oh so smooth. You almost forget it’s 10+%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (362) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
Aroma has the old chocolates and the roasted malts, but there’s also a hint of alcohol and some fruits in there. The taste comes right up and poke you with its Narwhal tooth/horn/Pinocchio nose and a kinda sweet malt and dark dried fruits blends well with harsher malts and alcohol. The dry and bitter chocolate finish in this one almost makes yo feel thirsty after you had one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (484) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. 355ml. Opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head and "smooth" lacing. Sweet, spicy aroma of roasted malts, with hints of dried fruits, molasses and a slight herbal mintiness. Smooth and creamy, but robust, with moderate to flat carbonation. Sweet and with a considerable bitter undertone. Magnificent roasted character well balanced with the fruity sweetness.Very impressive finish with lots of flavor and complexity with the alcohol well masked. An inmense brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (104) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 2014. I’ll put one away and compared it to the 2015 edition. It’s almost black, no surprise there, a moderate light brown head. A slight caramel sweetness, a little coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. I had this beer for the first time last year and I liked it a lot, they don’t get much better. Try it if you can.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is some semi-sweet chocolate with some roast and brown sugar. Flavor is a strong roast and a heavy molasses malt. Some sugar and intense char malt with a bit of alcohol finish things up. This was a wonderful Impy stout. Plenty of heavy syrupy sugar malts with a warming alcohol. Not a lot of hops but this is a nice malt bomb.


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