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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JimmyBoy74 (536) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2015 355 cl systembolaget. En mycket god dryck som antagligen kommer att drickas igen och igen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (922) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2015
bottle. Pours a black color with small beige head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and roasted chocolate malt. Roasty chocolate malt flavor, somewhat sweet. Lingering coffee on the palate. Full bodied and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (984) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Aroma - roasted barley malts, with espresso, licorice, honey like booze, and resin hops. Appearance - black body, with a 1/4" beige head that rings out. Taste - have a fair amount of roast - with a bit of astringency, some licorice, espresso, richest of dark chocolate - even a bit of honey or caramelized sugars. Palate - is medium, the texture, slick and sticky, the carbonation is soft, the finish astringent from the rich roast. It is long and strong. Beasty of a beverage. Kudos Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (1954) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours inky black with large spongy tan head, roasted malt aroma, medium carbonation, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and caramel taste, thick body alcohol undertones, long bitter finish. Very thick and satisfying brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
linusb (544) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
A: Pitch black with a nougat two finger head. N: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, chocolate fudge, some dried fruits, butterscotch, liqourice, seaweed T: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, liqourice O: Lovely stout! Well hidden alcohol. Loads of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedro_Pinho (87) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
Pitch black. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Taste, even more pronouced. Really good stuff. I loved the 2013 edition, thought the 2014 was slightly worst, but this brings it back on track! One favourite is back!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (159) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch-black with a smal mocha head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Taste reflects the aroma, but its more straight forward, with more roast and burnt coffee. Full-bodied. High bitterness. And low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5104) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Lenox. Dark black body with thin head. Nose is oily, malty, spicy. tasty. Flavour is nice of oils and malts and fruts. Good stuff. Warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (321) - - NOV 29, 2015
Aromas of alcohol, dark fruits and dark chocolate, as well as roasted coffee and malts. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, as well as dark fruits and dark chocolate. Some faint black licorice as well in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1163) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Packaged on 11/3/15, my bottles of Narwhal are still pretty fresh. While Iíve decided to write my review and record my notes after the initial tasting, Iím planning to age the other two and update my notes as needed. If I can be allowed to milk the nautical theme, Narwhal pours black as the deepest sea with tan colored foam on the surface. Aroma propels cocoa, bold coffee, booze. Flavor is bettersweet, roasty, and complex. Feel is full and dry. Even Sierra Nevadaís malt-forward beers tend to be aggressive. With 60 IBUís, I thought Narwhal might be like that too. Surprisingly, itís more rich than bitter, even in its freshest state. Iím looking forward to seeing how this will change.

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