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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (812) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Selma’s in Ladera. Great imperial stout. Commercial description is right on, nothing more to add then it is delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Black with an inch of dense tan head and dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a few lines of lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is very rich, with chocolate and coffee notes. It starts out slightly sweet and then turns slightly bitter, but overly pretty well balanced and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2406) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
Well for an ’Imperial’ it holds aloft a lot of tannish foam - a good two fingers worth that messes up the glass well. Typically opaque and black as night but with little evidence of bottle conditioning. Smoky, deep, roasted malt and piney, camphorous hop nose with inklings of cola, molasses and scorched berries. Viscous, thick and smooth on the palate. Lovely mouthfeel and it holds that alcohol well spruiking up only in the lack of being able to physically stand up after a Schooner. Lots of smoke and scorched berry skins lasting after each swallow amongst a mocha, bitter chocolate back end with light hop bitterness aiding. Front end is simplistic, pleasing deep malts that are residually sweet. Very deceiving stuff; would love if it held that alcohol proud. Too easy to drink it may as well be a sweet, session stout. I like it; I don’t,. Completely split, but might crack another if I can get myself up!!! (12fl,Oz. 2012 bottling, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1055) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Opaque black with thin tan head. Not much aroma, faint roast. Taste of some bitterness followed by sweet chocolate. No coffee. Nice malty aftertaste. A little hot on the alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap at Eddie’s Roadhouse. Dark black pour with a slight dark tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and licorice. Great roasted malt flavor with anise and chocolate. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Mouth feel was very smooth and creamy, medium to heavy body with low carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkbachman (179) - - JAN 17, 2013
Chocolate spicy notes. Pit fruit esters. Warming alcohol smell and taste, but soft. Coffee and chocolate taste finishes smooth. A great imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (1981) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours a thick black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and slight licorice. Taste follows but with some tobacco notes. Very thick and viscous. Nice impy stout

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1309) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12 oz. bottle ---> snifter
Appearance - Deep brown, oily, thin head
Aroma - Cherries, hops, milk chocolate, coffee
Taste - Burnt tootsie rolls, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, burnt toast

What an offering from Sierra Nevada, such an intense stout with very-well separated flavors. Very nice stuff here - bottle acquired from the great OmegaX!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. Nose is roasted coffee, leather, grass with hints of chocolate and sage. Taste is sweet with a good strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet somewhat astringent for a portion. Burn. Heavy with a long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Deep brown pour with a thin reddish-chocolate colored head. Roasted malt aromas of chocolate and molasses and just a hint of alcohol. Taste begins somewhat bitter dark chocolate and then some coffee notes come through. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and some grassy/piney hop bitterness. Nice long finish and hides the ABV fairly well.


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