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RATINGS: 1274   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1986) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Encinitas. Black color. Beige head. Aroma’s: heavy roast, drop, medium sweet, somewhat acidic, hint of cocoa. Flavor is roasted/burnt, medium sweet. Quite strong alcohol feel. Full bodied. Finishes dry, burnt, ashy. Good, but not quite what I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2945) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Very excited to try this one. The appearance is near black with an oily beige head. The aroma offers dark roast, full bodied coffee, molasses. The flavor follows suit. Thick and rich. A touch of dark fruit. Big time dark chocolates and a touch of cacao bitterness. Palate coating with moderate carbonation. Zesty finish. A really nice example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2012 Bottle ... Black pour with a thin tan/beige kind of creamy head ..... Great aroma of cocoa, roasted coffee and some bitter hops .... taste is of bitter roasted coffee, bakers cocoa, some sweet molasses is def there, caramel malts, and bitter hops that lingering on the back end .... finish is bold, hoppy, dry and lingering .... mouthfeel is slick, a little creamy, oily and full bodied .... amazing brew well put together ... abv hidden well ... could drink this all day

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (4258) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
355ml bottle from Slow Beer. Perfect wet weather for a big bold imperial stout and what a cracker this is. Pours like oil thick and viscous. Black as the ace of spades with a light milk chocolate foam cap. Knock your socks off aroma of vanilla, aniseed and coffee. Tastes as good as it looks and smells and fills the mouth with a wonderful flavour that goes on and on and on.Sierra Nevada never cease to amaze and never ever disappoint.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a powdery bitter chocolate, grassy molasses, wild grass. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate, powdery, coffee grinds, coconut, nice and smooth. Tasted at GRMs tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1268) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Jet black pour, small head, good carbonation for the style, aroma of chocolate, coffee malts, roasty flavour, a tad smoke. Thick palate, very smooth, ABV well hidden, good strong beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
It’s about as good as you can get for an imperial stout. Sure, there are a few nit picky things about it, but for the most part this stout embraces a lot of chocolatey characters, slight oak, and nice maltiness too. Overall a great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1673) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from trade with skycracksopen, cheers buddy! Almost black with a brown head. Aroma: roasted, creamy, light spices, fruity. Taste: salty licorice, dark fruit, roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, honey, creamy. Quite full bodied, smooth. If I get the chance, I will try aging a bottle or two, but it’s already very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
12oz bottle, pours black off white foaming head, good lacing throughout drink. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, alcohol. Taste of light sweetness (maybe because of the 10%abv.), floral hops nicely blanced with coffe/ chocolate toast malts. Well balanced, medium bodied, bitter lingering finish. Excellent brew!!

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2992) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
A delicious imperial stout! Aroma was weak and it had me worried. Slightly chocolatey but very distant, even when I had my whole nose in the glass. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was full and delicious. Heavy in the malt. Strong roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. One of the best things about this beer is how thick it is. Almost like a chewy dark chocolate.coffee milkshake. Nice carbonation. Great beer


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