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RATINGS: 1073   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. From a 4 pack. Thin tan head on opaque black brew, leaving some good retention. Aroma brings notes of nice coffee, rich roasted malt, alcohol and burnt barley. There are smooth chocolate malts from start to finish. Espresso notes. Nice finish of coffee and piney hops bitterness which give it a lingering duration. Body is rich with sugar and roasted malts. At 10.2% the alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall when you think about how largely produced and vastly distributed of a brew this is; This is a brewing marvel! And for the price of a four pack well worth a buy. I’ve paid much more money for other Impy stouts that haven’t had the flavor or respectable complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
Pours very thick and black, visibly viscous, with a nice tan head. Aroma is initially nice and chocolatey, but soon loses its power and becomes a bit sour and uninteresting. The flavour is a long-standing affair; intially sweet, tasting akin to chocolate ice cream, it starts to develop astringent roasted malt flavours, before finishing with a sour redcurrant and pine bitterness alongside the malt’s sharp acidity. Lovely body on it, if a little oily and flat. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brenhophead (537) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours oily pitch black with a tan head and an amazing sweet dark chocolate/ roasted coffee aroma. Slight waft of ethanol as i take a sip. Intense roasted coffee/toffee/molasses flavour hit with a slight warming on the way down the throat.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (691) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Good stuff. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee and salt water. Taste is heavy malt and bitter coffee. Finishes sticky malt with an alcohol burn.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
I had this on draft at Hopscotch in Fullerton, CA. This black pour was interesting. The first few sips definitely had a salty finish finish. After about half a pint, the saltiness went away and there were flavors of cocoa and coffee

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
tap at Dash In - Pours black with a long lasting tan head. The aroma is surprisingly mild but includes roast malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It has a very sweet flavor with chocolate, roast malt, and licorice. Full bodied with gentle carbonation, it’s a very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Has a jet black appearance with a finger length dark mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Smells of lots of bittersweet chocolate, good amount of coffee, nice roasted element to it, some oak, molasses, maybe some dark fruit as it warms. Taste starts with the bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Then in the middle, a huge dose of roastiness comes through from the roasted barley, along with more molasses. Then the finish is more of the roasted flavors, almost like a smokiness, along with lots of bittersweet chocolate, more molasses, some coffee or expresso, a tiny bit of hop presence, get some fig as well. Definite alcohol presence on the finish as well, but does not detract from the other flavors. Pretty full body with a sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation that livens up the body of the beer. This will age nicely. Nothing too flashy, but a solid imperial stout at an affordable price.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours oil black with medium cocoa head. nose with acid bite and element of choolate. medium bodied with well balanced elements of toffee, chocolate, bitters, and light grassy hop. slight nip of cinnamon and alcohol finish this well-crafted beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (2292) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amazing stout, drank right after the Wreck Alley so it’s a tough competition but very good overall

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (917) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2012 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a small dark tannish brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of dark roast coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, hints of coffee and a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes with a touch of boozy dark chocolate.


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