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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1364) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours an opaque black liquid with a small tan head. Rich smoky roasted malt aroma with notes of licorice and dark roasted coffee. Intense roasted malt flavor has hints of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee and dried dark cherries. Amazingly complex and flavorful, this is a great example of a well made imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
12oz bottle poured into snifter malt and cocoa aromas. Little to no head, thick black appearance. Tate its dry and slightly bitter,, but balanced, not sweet,, not too complex. Very smooth on the palate and the 10% abv is masked nicely, a well done stout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Pours jet black with brown tinged 1 finger head. Aroma of coffee and slight milk chocolate. Taste is coffee forward with malty backbone. Mouthfeel is full. No sweetness. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. Well done. I prefer a slightly sweet finish but very well made beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a thick foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, and coffee. Thick oily mouthfeel. Taste of dark cocoa, coffee grounds, burnt sugars, and roasted malts. An awesome Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1458) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 30, 2013
Uhh I guess i didnt rate this last year. Deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and smoky roast malt. Taste of chocolate, booze, licorice, some mild sweetness. Really nice stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novice101 (308) - - OCT 29, 2013
Not a huge fan of this beer, there is a lot of bitterness up in the front and then it goes into coffee, does not taste too much like an imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beezmon (12) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Slight alcohol taste but pretty well masked. Flavors of coffee, chocolate... kinda thick. Need to sample again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Sampler at the brewpub in Chico. Very solid brew. Quite impressive. Wow!! Good thing they bottle it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PlinyTheOlder (5) - - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Wonderful experience in every way. Great pour and color. In the same category as Dragon Milk and Expedition Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1953) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle at Beauchief Cellars, Sheffield - Pours a lovely jet black, almost tar like, with a lasting beige head. The nose is a big hit of liquorice, coffee, black fruits, smoky yet sweet. The palate is a bit cloying, but you let that go once you let the tastes swim in. Excellent


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