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RATINGS: 1296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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

mjg74's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2887) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottled from Casa De Oro. Black in color. Strong roasty nose. Might be a hint of alcohol and some hops. Roasty up front with some burnt coffee. Some hop character and some alcohol. A little thinner bodied than expected. Finish leaves a little to be desired as well. Not terribly tasty for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBobCA (8) - Campbell, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015 does not count
12oz Bottle. Yummy! 2015 version not as good as last year. I am a huge stout fan and I like this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1223) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Delicate aroma of raisins and hard roasted malt. The taste has both strong espresso coffee, dark chocolate, anise, raisins and a little hint of sherry (or maybe itís a little cherry) towards the end. In addition there is a taste of dried peat, oak and a little vanilla. The finish is moderately hoppy with extravagant taste of bitter dryness mixed with bitter roasted cocoa beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
samsmith33 (627) - - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle to pint glass. Nice looking pour. Dark black , Nice tan head. Aroma is toasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste is mostly burnt toast, coffee, tobacco leather. Strong and bitter flavors, not bad, but not smooth at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Giochaurand (209) - FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark with pretty tanned head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, vainilla, molasses and malts. Taste is dark chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (3128) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
0,33l bottle from Susanís Fine Wine & Spirits. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is dry roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and hops. Hides the ABV well. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2012 bottle. Canít believe I didnít rate this before when I bought it.... and really surprised at how wonderfully this held up and aged. Most of my forgotten cellar has gone to crap but this is beautiful. Thick dark chocolate pour little head 4.5. Not much in the way of aroma but it is old and still cold. Flavor screams dark chocolate in a very natural way. Reminds me of what Brooklyn used to taste like. Big alcohol up front but the syrupy richness catches up to give some balance. Long roasted barley finish. The carafe and roasted stand out. For only having 5 malts this is incredibly complex. Perfect mouthfeel. Chewy fluffy, wonderful. In a world of crappy Imperial Stouts this one stands out. Donít remember it being like this when I bought it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3722) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Black with tan head. Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, roast. Tastes of licorice, dark chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (696) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2015
12 oz bottle, 2015 version. Opaque with a dense tan head and sticky lace.
Aroma is creamy chocolate, molasses, coffee, prune.
Flavor is dark roasted malt, burnt toast, vanilla, molasses, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Unlike previous years, the alcohol is well hidden. No heat on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElCapitan22 (282) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Pours a perfect jet black color with excellent lacing and great head retention. It smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes like burnt toast and burnt coffee. This is an epic stout and is one that is most memorable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njager246 (645) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Aroma is chocolate and coffee, taste is super chocolaty with a great coffee finish...fantastic finish!

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