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RATINGS: 1039   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

MikeEnIke's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (258) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
12 fl oz bottle sample. Pours a thick, opaque black with a small to mid size mocha head. Aromas are strong black liquorice, wood, nuts, and burnt sugar. Tastes are roasty, some coffee, and a little alcohol. Big body, warming, oily, moderate carbonation, and a medium alcohol finish. Not a huge fan of imperial stouts but this one was pleasant. Did a decent job covering the massive 10.2% abc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (410) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is thick, sweet, chocolate, and mild coffee. Bakers chocolate is coming through. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (218) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pitch black with beautiful tan head, leaving considerable lacing on the glass. This looks like an Imperial Stout all right. Very strong aromas of coffee, alcohol, chocolate etc. Very big on the alcohol. Roasted/toasted barley, cocoa and coffee beans hit the tongue. Very creamy, fairly big body, medium carbonation. As far as imperial stouts go, this stands among the finest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (915) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from 2012 @ DeleteBeach. Pours pitch black with a lasting big creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, soy, licorice, lots of hops - pine, citrus, wood and some dark fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, heavy bitter and light acidic.Body is medium, texture is thick and creamy, carbonation is soft. Finishes chalky, alcoholic and quite warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeB311 (12) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at whole foods. Aroma is all chocolate and coffee and the taste follows suit. Really nice balance with roasted coffee and a sweet chocolate finish. A really thin head and no lacing. Thick body with low carbonation. I would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Thick roasty nose, with raisins, bitter chocolate, coffee, canned cat food, a bit of burnt rubber and some fumes. Opaque dark brown. Strong dark chocolate initial, bussing hops, shredded coconut, bit of licorice. Very nice stuff. Changes nicely throughout the palate. Seems a tad thin for the high alcohol, but still very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
jagad5 (52) - - APR 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pitch black and opague. The aroma suggests an excellent example of Imperial style stout. It was fantastic right up to the point where the burnt flavored liquid hit my tongue. It was all downhill from there. Sometimes stouts get better as they warm up or their high alcohol content kicks in. It did get less bad but never crossed the threshold to average, let alone good. Perhaps Sierra has a quality control problem. I have tried several of their various beers and have yet to find one worthy of the exaulted scores they receive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7798) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are earthy, smooth coffee with mixed berries and dark chocolate. Creamy oak barrel with peppery alcohol and floral aspects. Spicy with nutty notes and plummy raisins. Earthy with light smokiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and dark berries with marzipan. Mellow coffee with dark chocolate and cola. Some lemon with Xmas pudding and light pine. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8580) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
Bouteille:Literally black, presumably clear, big creamy tanned head, sweet toasted malt, chocolate, caramel and dried fruits plus a tinge of vanilla and wood in the complex aroma; medium to solid sweet-bitter flavour, pretty full bodied and quite soft; lingering robust chocolatey, toasty and fruity finish with vanilla and molasses. A very, very pleasant Bier…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingstoni (1339) - FINLAND - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a frothy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolate and citrus. Bitter and sweet taste. Flavors are chocolate, nuts, tar and vanilla. A bit oily feel. Bitter finish. Well balanced.

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