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RATINGS: 1096   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


4.2
   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 (2003) - 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 (1310) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Taste is the same with lots of hops, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Long roasted hoppy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap. Appearance is jet black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste. dark chocolate and roasted coffee with just a little alcohol. Body is creamy and thick with a bit of carbonation. Very good imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4647) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle sample @ The White Horse. The pour’s a deep brown color with a tiny tan head. The nose is roasted malts. Wood. Bitter chocolate. Some cake. Light grassy hop aromas. The taste is surprisingly hop-forward. Woody, earthy hops. Charred grain. Sticky caramel and chocolate. Long finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall, pretty decent. Still, this is a middle-of-the-road imperial stout. I drank this alongside a Plead the 5th, and Narwhal was clearly the junior of the two.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Odd...once you taste it, you can’t smell it anymore. I think it smelled pretty good. Taste is pretty hop forward for a stout...then chocolatey, and dark roasted barley. Finishes with what I would imagine vodka would taste like if you added a hint of liquid smoke.


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