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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (553) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Nose and taste is of rich coffee and a hint of chocolate with plenty of sweetness. Thick black appearance. The taste follows the nose, and the coffee gives a lasting finish. The beer is creamy and full with a pleasant warmth. The beer delivers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (966) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego 12/1/12. Very hoppy imperial stout! Peppery hops aroma with notes of smoke, coffee and currant. Pitch black color and medium to high carbonation. Dry hoppy flavor with lasting flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and espresso. Nice thick body. Thanks to tyson for recommending this!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black thick foamyness with a thick head. Nose is chocolates with dark fruits. Palate is rich and velvety. Flavors of chocolate, plums, skins, oily and slick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1406) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours inky black with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted grains, chocolate, and some black licorice.

The flavor is some sweet lactic chocolate quickly followed by a big roast bitterness, some black licorice and a little dark fruit and coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate, simple, dead on for style and inviting. Pitch black with a tan head it looks exactly as it should. Taste is roasty upfront, coffee comes through next, and there is an accompanying bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (827) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle picked up a Premier Gourmet Niagara Falls New York. Pours super dark, opaque, motor oil, with a tan head that recedes rather quickly to a thin film, with a film of lacing. Nose is surprisingly more fruity than I had expected. Smells rather bourbon like, sweet and boozy. Tastes malty, raisins, dark chocolate bitter, and boozy. Awesome brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresyourball (529) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at Pressbox, poured into a pint glass. Coal black with a small tan head. Nose is chocolate, malts, coffee, hops. Taste is malt and coffee heavy, fairly bitter. Nice thick body with just a trace of detectable alcohol. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (833) - - FEB 10, 2013
Black pour, beige head. Nose is roasted malts, molasses, booze. Taste is roasted malts, molasses, licorice, some bittersweet chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
This is one big bad beer. Boozy nose. Rich thick chocolaty palate. Finish coats the tongue with coffee and cocoa. Bold

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (348) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours black with initially a one-finger darker tan head that fades into a ring around the edge of the beer. Aroma of chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, alcohol, and a hint of hops. Taste is heavy on malts and roasted coffee up front with cocoa and hop bitterness coming in underneath it. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, but comes through in the burn on the throat and slightly in taste as it warms. Finish has a nice lingering taste of cocoa and roasted coffee. Full body, thick and chewy texture, moderate carbonation. Overall very tasty and very well done.


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