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RATINGS: 1186   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dr_MedievAle (198) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Poured from bottle into snifter at slightly warmer than fridge temp. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate and toasty grains. Little bit of earthy/spicy hops. Appearance: Foamy off-white head; minimal lacing, but excellent carb bubbles on the side of the snifter. Taste: Bitter chocolate; charred coffee; with a final and burning note of alcohol. What starts off as a pleasant orchestra of the tastebuds gets cut short by an astringent alcohol burn that lingers. Palate: oily, with lively carbonation. Ugh. This beer was promising until I had a mouthful of it. Does not mask its 10.2% alcohol well at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (593) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2013
2013 12oz bottle.. pitch black brew... the head is dark, dark brown.. nice retention... Big roasty elements... dark malts and some background cocoa... cold brewed beans... very nice. The flavor is rich and unrelenting... dark roast coffee... plenty of roasted malt.. dark chocolate... just enough sweetness to bring out the malty flavors... a bit of dark currant and maybe fermented out raisin.. Body is about right... carbonation is square.... Pretty damn good... seriously.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Black pour, moderate to large tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma dominated by roast and chocolate, notes of darker fruits and lightly vinous. Medium to full bodied, light alcohol in finish, moderate sweetness. Not that creative but pretty well made.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Bev4Less. Pours dark black. Not much foam. Nice roasty aroma. Coffee, leather, and cocoa all come through well throughout the very balanced, consistent palate. Nice finish with just the right amount of bite. Good, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1351) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2013
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with some sediment and a tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, and chocolate. Flavour is much like the aroma – with a bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2565) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle from Great Grog. This inky black beer pours with a quickly disappearing tan head. Flavours of chocolate and liquorice dominate with currants and red fruit followed by roasted coffee on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2013
12 oz. Pours an opaque ebony with a small disc of cream on top. Aroma is espresso, green herb, char and dark bittersweet chocolate. Tastes of the same mix plus some orange zest. Bit of a harsh finish with too much roast, abv and hop is a minor detraction. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, to the bitter side and has a nice tongue tingle. I get the "richness and intensity" but maybe this needs some aging to develop the advertised complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3483) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, coffee, liqurice and almost burnt. A flavor of roasted malt, coffee, liqurice, weak sweets and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (491) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Very dark with tan head. Aroma of cocoa and roasted goodness. Immediate flavor is dark chocolate, syrup, and roasted coffee. Some booziness comes through in the flavor and is definitely warming on the way down. Full bodied. Tasty beer for cool fall nights. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 4-pack of 12 oz bottles for 10 bucks. Pours jet black with a brown head. Looks nice. Alcohol is readily apparently in the aroma, overpowering the chocolate and coffee underneath. Taste chocolate, malt up front and a lingering bitterness on the back end. The alcohol is definitely there as well. Texture is thick and pretty oily, average carbonation. I wanted to like it more but the alcohol is too present in this beer to be a truly great imperial stout to me. They get a couple extra points for doing something different though.


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