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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, 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 (961) - 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 (572) - 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 (1150) - - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (447) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours almost-black with a fairly small brown head. Not much retention or lacing. Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and raisins. More chocolate than coffee, with a lot of roasted malts and some dark molasses. Somewhat metallic finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Black with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma is primarily roasted barley with some underlying notes of dark fruits. Roasty, and moderately sweet with some licorice flavors. Hops shine through a bit in the finish along with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours deep black with a nice tan head. Notes of strong alcohol content, coffee and chocolate. Goes down very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
This is one of the better imperial stouts I’ve ever gotten to try. A beautiful blend of barley and malts, with a great hop medley to boot. A great high gravity beer with superb notes of caramel, molasses, and richness that deepens as you drink it. A beautiful beer.


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