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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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (924) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
I knew the Narwhal was out there, and tonight my favorite bottle shop just happened to have it on the shelf. Narwhal is roasted to hell and back and that is definitely the predominant feature of this ale. I like most of what is going on with this one, but damn does that alcohol shine through on the back end, which is not a great feature. Very happy to try finally the Narwhal, and very happy I just picked up one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigMalt (13) - - MAR 15, 2013
I was really surprised with how excellent this Sierra Nevada seasonal was, especially given the price ($8 for a 4-pack). It compares really favorably to well know big stouts like Old Rasputin and Founders Breakfast, and coasts 30% less. Jet black, heady pour. At the correct temperature (just a little colder than room temps) the nose is all coffee and chocolate and roasted wheat. It has a very bold coffee-focused flavor that gives way to a sweet dark chocolate malt. The body is thick and oily. Fantastic stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
355ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines.14th march.Black coloured pour with medium sized tan head.Chocolate,roast malt and coffee aroma and flavour.Alcohol seemed well hidden in the background.Tasty balanced brew but to me although i enjoyed i was hoping for a little more and will try again after 2 or 3 years cellaring which i think will help a lot.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
atlrizzob (161) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Sofa king tasty. Smells of chocolate, toffee, and hops. The taste is a robust blend of dark chocolate, hops, roasted malts, and barley. I almost want to get a tattoo of this beers Narwhal symbol its so good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (1102) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 14, 2013
black colour, moderate brown head; aroma of coffee, berries and sourness; taste of fark chocolate, coffee, with some well hidden alcohol and spicy bitter aftertaste; despite that I don’t like stouts, I have to admit that it is a brilliant imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2012 Release. thick, motor oil black. Minimal dark head that dissipates. Great roasted, bitter chocolate on the nose. The flavor carries a lot of the bakery’s chocolate character like the bottle says, but there’s an interesting bitter character, and a lot of roast flavors going on too. The aftertaste is all bitter cocoa. This is a great imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2013

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear dark brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, coffee, alcohol, dark dried fruit, smoke notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, coffee, dark roasted, roasted, plums, alcohol, molasses. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130216]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2013
(bottle) pours a black colour with a frothy light brown head. aroma of salt water, roasted malts and dark chocolate, quite musty, with a hint of cherries, liquorice and cocoa. flavour is mostly heavy roasted malts, slightly acrid, with light notes of honey, alcohol and dark chocolate. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2013
The head is robust, body black. It smells darkmalty, thick, a bit alcoholic, maltaromatic, Taste is roasty, maltaromatic, roasty, coffee, a bit alcoholic. Good! 11/12/11/11/12/12

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swanny6193 (18) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2013
Definitely hoppy on the aroma. VERY hoppy in the taste to start, roasted coffee and malt in the aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden, but there is something that tells me this is a strong beer. I think it's the strong, strong aroma of hops. Also the strong hoppy taste, which is actually sensational. Baker's cocoa lastingly present; feels like I've had a spoon of cocoa on my tongue. Smooth beer. Not too much carbonation. Thin dark tan head that has disappeared quickly. Minimal lacing. Went super with a thick, creamy Belgian chocolate mousse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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