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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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


Westmeister's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark black with medium brown head. Smell is sweet malts, roast, expresso. Taste is bitter hops and expresso with some dark chocolate, char hints and sweet toffee. The char and sweetness with the bitterness linger. Mouthfeel and texture remind me a bit of the Oatmeal stout that was in this year’s Camp Pack. Rich, full, creamy. Nice. Will continue to be a SN fanboy with this offering.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1521) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. A- Roasty, chocolate syrup. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bitter, roasty, cocoa. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, dry bitter finish. O- Looks and smells good but the flavor is something weird. I can’t quite but a finger on it but it’s an odd bitterness. Can’t imagine this is normal because if so, it’s way overrated.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kolasni13 (4) - GREECE - JUN 12, 2016 does not count
2nd best imperial stout i ve tasted. This is one special beer Its on the sweet side of imperial stouts. Chocolate and caramel are noticed on the first sip. After that the alcohol shows up and from there on it unleashes all the ingredients. For this kind of beer this one goes down very easy

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
colui72 (605) - HONG KONG - JUN 4, 2016
Deep black with a thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Smooth and fullbodied in the palate, with strong roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, booze. Sweet/bitter, rich and well balanced, sticky and tasty. Gorgeous ale!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle share @ DLD 2016. Pour is black with a very small tan head. Aroma and aroma of roasted coffee grounds, light chocolate, and booze. Finish is similar with pretty much only booze and coffee coming through.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparf (211) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
Tappad 31/7, 2014. Komplex, mogen arom. Mycket välbalanserade toner av melass, kaffe, malt och en lätt kryddighet. Alkoholen anas och det finns en svag ton av instängt rum. Fullständigt svart och ogenomskinligt öl, ett av de färgtätaste jag sett under 25 års provning! Enormt stor smak, köttig, malttung och med gräsinfluerad beska. Kaffebönor och en avrundad kakao sätter nyanserna mitt i prick. Enastående väl balanserad utan att bli ointressant. Här finns en något för stor sötma med bara en touch syrlighet som ackompanjemang, en snyggt avslipad rostning gör sällskap med en halvtorr avrundning. Eftersmaken är diskret, lång och mycket angenäm. Överväldigande stor och fyllig kropp — jag kapitulerar fullständigt. Kolsyran är nästan overkligt elegant och lättar upp den sötbemängda viskositeten perfekt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1958) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap. Poured a black color with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coffee, bit of caramel and alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit with a bit of coffee and caramel in the background. fairly mild bitterness and a dry finish. Fully body, smooth, with a bit of alcohol and hopped feel. Enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (809) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2016
2014 bottle from my cellar. Pours black with nice tan foam that leaves heavy lace. Aroma is smoke, anise, black malt, booze, leather, and coffee. Taste is similar with a mild marshmallows, and dark and milk chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7701) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted, slightly spicy nose with dark fruit, dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dried figs, molasses and sweet liquorice. Malty, roasted, fruity taste with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, figs, treacle, molasses, liquorice and a generous cacao bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. A bit sweet, but really tasty and well rounded. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (401) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Flaska från SB, ca 9 månader. En av mina tidiga favoriter som jag ännu inte rate:at. Kolsvart med brunbieget högt skum. Stor doft av inlagda körsbär, fina rostade kaffertoner, mörk bitter choklad, fudge, soja, lätt syra. Stor kropp. Fyllig i smaken. Rejäla rostade kaffetoner och riktigt bitter mörk choklad ligger i förgrunden. Även här en lätt syra som ligger lite mer i bakgrunden. I avslutningen går den över i något mer rökiga charktoner, som balanserar sötma och syrlighet fint. Efterbeskan hänger kvar en bra stund med tydliga kaffetoner. En riktigt bra imperial stout. Perfekt till en bra vaniljglass!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (4638) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2016
ON bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Pitch black color, some foam. Medium/full aroma intensity;licorice, leather, roasty, some cherries, choclate and vanilla. Full body & high complexity. SOme immediate sweetness, good bitterness- balances well. Very enjoyable


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