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RATINGS: 1110   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2157) - 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 (999) - 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 (2566) - 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 (1492) - 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 (1108) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (867) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours a dark molasses producing a great thick coco colored head and good retention. Aromas - bready/yeasy/hop/burnt grain. There’s come other notes of chocolate, caramel, and light toffee. Flavors - strong smoke/pine hop/coffee/dark chocolate. More on the subtle side of wood and roasted grains (as they come through more burnt. Highly bitter, high smoke flavors, strong burnt/bitter aftertaste, slightly cloying, and just a hint of alcohol. Overall a top rate Imperial Stout that leaves a sting of aftertaste flavors on the palate to let you know they put quantity and quality ingredients in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shhmoke (32) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, malts, and sweetness. Flavor has roasted malts, some dark chocolate, with some mild bitterness. The Alcohol is masked well and makes this an easy to drink Imperial Stout.


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