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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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
jagad5 (66) - - APR 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pitch black and opague. The aroma suggests an excellent example of Imperial style stout. It was fantastic right up to the point where the burnt flavored liquid hit my tongue. It was all downhill from there. Sometimes stouts get better as they warm up or their high alcohol content kicks in. It did get less bad but never crossed the threshold to average, let alone good. Perhaps Sierra has a quality control problem. I have tried several of their various beers and have yet to find one worthy of the exaulted scores they receive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8037) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are earthy, smooth coffee with mixed berries and dark chocolate. Creamy oak barrel with peppery alcohol and floral aspects. Spicy with nutty notes and plummy raisins. Earthy with light smokiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and dark berries with marzipan. Mellow coffee with dark chocolate and cola. Some lemon with Xmas pudding and light pine. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8797) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
Bouteille:Literally black, presumably clear, big creamy tanned head, sweet toasted malt, chocolate, caramel and dried fruits plus a tinge of vanilla and wood in the complex aroma; medium to solid sweet-bitter flavour, pretty full bodied and quite soft; lingering robust chocolatey, toasty and fruity finish with vanilla and molasses. A very, very pleasant Bier…

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingstoni (1498) - FINLAND - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a frothy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolate and citrus. Bitter and sweet taste. Flavors are chocolate, nuts, tar and vanilla. A bit oily feel. Bitter finish. Well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
terrybail (594) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
12 oz bottle from Steve Guess what it pours a pitch black:) rich thick and chewy just how I like it coffee chocolate not too boozy really good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1621) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
With grateful thanks to my learned off-sider, Bartlett. There’s just something about the bigger beers that I just fall for hook, line and sinker. This one is a good exemplar of Imperial Russian Stout with its inky body, coffee coloured head and aromas of Chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, licorice and dark oak. In the silky, oily body there were flavours of the same with caramel roastiness and a definite savoury licorice note. It sat on the palate and developed slowly, alternating between sweet, vegetal, savoury, bitter, sweet again and moreish. It was difficult to imagine anything I didn’t like about this beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2014
BBOTMC. Pours opaque black with a huge beige to brown head, aroma of coffee and chocolate with some fruity tones, flavor of caramel, coffee and chocolate with lots of alcohol, medium bodied

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
Big Brown head. Chocolate, red fruits and domen caramell on thé aroma. Beryktade big mouthfeel with a smoothies roasted taste and some alkoholen. To big to be enoyed in larger amoubts Tham ons glas.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2285) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Stas’ place. (2013 bottle, BBOTMC). Black with tan head. Smooth cocoa and a little dry aroma, rich, bitter dry taste. Smooth, full-bodied, dry bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Buongiorgio00 (757) - - MAR 26, 2014
Imperial stout assolutamente pazzesca, magistrale, forse il più buon prodotto di Sierra Nevada che abbia assaggiato fino ad ora. Corpo denso e cremoso, nero come una notte di sogni profondi, gusto intenso caratterizzato da profumate note di cioccolato fondente, caffé, malti tostati e una sfumatura intrigante di cocco, un carattere equilibrato tra dolce e l’amaro del caffé tostato, presenza alcolica ben mascherata. Birra magnifica.


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