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RATINGS: 1185   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eruizgarcia (225) - - JUN 14, 2013
Sadly this is one of my least favorite stouts. A bit too smokey, almost burnt, with a super bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a very thin, fast-dying light brown head leaving an oily glow on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, grapes, oak, vanilla, alcohol and a bunch of earth. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep roasty and peaty flavours up front with a bunch of alcohol, toffee, chocolate and some oaky notes. Aftertaste shows a lot of depth, but some rather smokey and bitter tastes throughout with oak, peat, chocolate, earth and a strong alcohol flavour. Overall, a nice beer, but perhaps a bit too rough around the edges, at least right now, showing too much bitterness, alcohol and peat notes. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (2012) purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$3.39 sampled at home in Washington on 13-June-2013.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (560) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black, with very little tan head from the bottle. Aroma is rich and complex, notes of coffee and malt. Taste is slightly sweet, malty, with complex tastes of chocolate and coffee mixed with licorice. There is a touch of hoppiness underneath as well. Thumbs up! a nice imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Black color with tan sheen. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark roast, sugary aromas. full body, average carbonation. Dark chocolate, tobacco, sugared up coffee flavors with a deep roast malty finish---good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1750) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Pours deep black with a medium tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, dark chocolate, wood and smoke. Taste is sweet with some acrid bitters, very very balanced. Smooth, full bodied with some stickiness on the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2013
I love this beer. Beautiful pour in the glass with frothy brown head with holes in it like swiss cheese. Milky cocoa notes jump from the glass. Lots of cocoa nibs with some dark coffee flavors. Just a silky smooth mouthfeel. Perfect on the tongue. Hoppy bite at the end. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MLe (6) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2013 does not count
Dark chocolate, herbs, lether and smoke.black, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish, great imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours opaque black with decent tan head. Big malty aroma, complex chocolate salty caramel tarry coffee mocha and light citrus hinting in the background. Med full body, complex malt character salty chewy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1406) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head that fades to a slick. Aroma is chocolate, hop bitterness, and darker fruit notes. Taste is chocolate, molasses, slight roast, pine and bitterness, raisin, and a smidge of alcohol spice. Clean, even mouthfeel. Solid, very enjoyable imperial stout with a nice, complimentary hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 30, 2013
355ml bottle. Pitch black colour with small to average, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense dark malty aroma with hints of molasses, cocoa. some coffee. Taste is minimally sweet dark malty, hints of coffee, cocoa, molasses, a touch of honey, slightly bitter hoppy counterweight; oily texture; lasting bitter hoppy and roasty finish.


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