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RATINGS: 1177   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2681) - 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 (1567) - 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 (1155) - 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 (886) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1088) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sample size in a flight at Central City, Kzoo. Pours black with ruby highlights and a fairly decent sized mocha-brown head that left some thick lace behind. Nose involving a healthy dose of chocolate, plenty of roasted barley, some buttery toffee notes, and a touch of licorice. Very sweet flavor with some bitterness, but not much. Rich, full body, velvet texture, coating and oily, with a nice chocolate finish. Quite enjoyable, but I would have liked some more bitterness to balance on the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 23, 2013
Flöska. Pitch black with a medium light brown fine head leaving a good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet roasted caramel with dark fruits, chocolate and light smoke along with strong alcohol fumes. Good mouthfeel, well filling. Sweet very roasted malty and caramel chocolatey flavour with licorice, dark fruits, bit smoke and plenty of alcohol in the finish. Very nice brew but the alcohol is just too dominating for me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pitch black pour, thin off-white head that fades to almost nothing with a little lacing. Big rich malty nose, dark fruits, slight booze, big milk chocolate, soft sweet coffee. Lovely thick sweetness, big chocolate flavours, molasses, balanced out by rich piney hops and a touch of alcohol warmth. VERY good imperial stout. Thick and sweet but never cloying. Yum!


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