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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (908) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short, quickly fading head. The color of the head is caramel with shades of mocha. A very nice looking beer. A shame the head dissipates so quickly. Usual dark roast malt and coffee aromas. Nothing remarkable or unique. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, helping the whole experience of the beer venture a little north of mediocrity. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, and plastic. Addendum: as the beer warms it improves. Boldness emerges and becomes much more like a Russian Imperial Stout. A bit of a sour character that seems to accentuate the experience, but I wouldn’t miss it if it weren’t there. I feel the alcohol, so it must be there. I certainly don’t taste it.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ocean82 (81) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Poured into snifter. Opaque black with fizzy brown head. Aromas of piney hops, toasted malts, with light cocoa and coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, pine, and smokey oak. Creamy mouthfeel with hops and warming alcohol on the finish. A balanced beer, but I was expecting sweet not bitter. --- Cheers

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2135) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours near black with a nice foamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, ink, black coffee, graham sweetness. Acidic coffee, molasses, baking chocolate in the flavor. I don’t say this often about breed but this needs some sweetness to round out the overly acidic character.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Very dark and complex. A lot of notes of roasty coffee bean with a hint of bitter sweet and strong after taste on the palate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (969) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a deep midnight black color with a strong cocoa and coffee aroma. Taste is rich and mature. A good Imperial Stout flavor which leaves a very complex flavor on the tongue. Heavy dark coffee and roasted flavor throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2500) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty, with some wood, stone fruit, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet and round, with lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Very nicely balanced, very full-bodied imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cool_Bond (1332) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2013
Nice beer on a Monday. Not so exaggerated aroma but the taste is powerful and rich. Lite as a fierce imperial stout should be. Long and good taste. A pleasure to drink this.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Chocolate, coffee, roast, resin. Full bodied, coats your tongue. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamiepettinger (15) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours pitch black with little off-white head. Boozey on the nose. Big hit of sweet coffee and booze upfront with an almost charcoal finish. Full, thick body. Dark, strong and sweet - but never overdone. Drank with a musical backdrop of analog industrial techno, which somehow feels befitting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Standard imperial porter. Black woth tan head. Lots of chocolate on the nose. Seet and bitter. Very nice beer.


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