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RATINGS: 1148   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13029) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Draft. Black color, thick brown head with decent retention. Aroma of bitter cocoa, caffe macchiato. Taste is vanilla, intense milk chocolate, chicolate covered espresso beans. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1826) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
I love this brewery. So consistent. This beers pours pitch black with nice cocoa head. Nice dark chocolate aromas. Flavours are anise, molasses, chocolate and booze. Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (616) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 6, 2013
It pours thick and dark chocolate brown, from the bottle, with a thin sheet of tan bubbles quickly dissipating and leaves no lacing. Aromas of chocolate, booze, vanilla, some honey, caramel and coffee. The flavor is sweet and roasty, coffee, milk chocolate, honey. It’s think, rich and smooth. Great imperial stout, no need for a lot of aging, in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2279) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Dark and a bit on the sweeter side of imperial stouts. Chocolate, coffee. Overall, very good,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1423) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
This is a very tasty beer. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa. Also some licorice. Sierra Nevada is easily the best macro, micro brewer, IMO!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
Medium head bubbly a tan colour medium carbonation darkest of pours aromas roasted coffee dryness liccorice dark fruit cocoa flavours very dry but well done cocoa roasted coffee liccorice has a nice touch resin rich chocolatemedium ibu sweet caramel has some pine through it the finish enjoyeddrinking this it was dry sweet and bitter at the mouth some hop goodness throughout dark tastes the cocoa and coffee done well sweet maltiness something to remember lovely imperial

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tanned head. Big chocolate, roast, and cocoa on the nose. Medium bodied, cooca, roast, touch warm. Roast and cocoa. Chocolate, long big roast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1045) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium tan head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is almost Scotch-like, with iodine and warm alcohol, as well as dark chocolate and some pine hops. Pine hops up front lead into bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso, with bitter cocoa in the mid-palate. The finish is full of warm roasted malt, with a lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is a lovely imperial stout. It is weighty yet well-balanced, rich and warming, and to top it all off features a fantastic label design!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours black with tan head. nose/taste of dark fruit, roast coffee, roast chocolate malt and Baker’s cocoa. Slightly dry. Medium body.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1312) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout has a thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, and the taste is of black bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, charcoal, bitterness, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, heavy, warming, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it in the strongest way! RJT


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