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RATINGS: 1177   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 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


kdm1984's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Amazing head; less amazing lacing. Practically a pitch black appearance. Classic impy aroma of licorice, booze, coffee, and some dark chocolate, in that order. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, and booze. A little too acidic and boozy for this profile to compete with the best impies, but itís still a good one. Sierra Nevada never makes lousy stuff, after all...


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bootlegger007 (70) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2014
Pours Black, very black with a small diminishing head which clings to the glass, roasted malts very earthy aroma high alcohol fumes, flavour was heavily roasted malts, coffee and chocolate mixed in had a very earthy bitterness to it, soft carbonation, found it refreshing even on a 33 degree evening slick in the mouth, excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (34) - - DEC 18, 2014
Pours black, thick with light brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is very faint toasted malt, faint cocoa. Taste is toasted, chocolate, dried dark fruit with barely a hint of alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel. This is a great stout and the ABV is barely noticeable, which could be dangerous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
12 oz. bottle from Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, poured into a snifter. Thereís a nice light brown head that you donít always see when pouring a heavy beer like this. Just coming out of the bottle I notice that itís not as thick-looking as others either. Still, itís jet black and completely opaque. Smell isnít as complex as I had expected. Itís certainly roasty, like a burnt toast kind of scent, with a little dark chocolate. Smells like a stout, not really an imperial stout. Really shines on the palate, though. Thereís a lot going on, but not so much that it overwhelms you. Bitter up front, sweeter on the finish, lots of roasty flavors and a lot more coffee to it than expected. The mouthfeel is perfect, Iíd never believe that this is a 10.2% beer. Goes down like a normal stout. This beer is of the style and high-quality that I expect from Sierra Nevada. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1116) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz bottle from Total Wine. Home with a snifter. Pours a thick black with deep mocha head. Aroma is booze, chocolate, cocoa powder, graham crackers. The taste isnít as boozy as the aroma. Chocolate, cocoa powder, graham cracker, caramel, and vanilla. Hint of coffee bitterness at the finish along with the booze. Better as it warmed. Medium mouth and carb. Slick. Full body. Great flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Big old beer here. Rich and thick with a ton of roast with smooth hop bitterness. Nice full bodied mouthfeel without being too thick or heavy. Big flavors but balanced with nothing sticking out or harsh. Not a killer but a well brewed beer.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hambon47 (1) - - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
I love Sierra but the taste is very high alcohol for the end result. Color is black. Taste is chocolate still like it. As my brother used to say Absurd yet Flacid ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2305) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle. Aroma sweet, milk chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, some warming alcohol. Inviting. Pitch black colour. Taste is mostly sweet, chocolate, intensely roasted, some alcohol. Decent hoppy bitter base, which reveals itself in the finish.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JerseyBrew (39) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma is lacking unless you enjoy smelling high alcohols from bad brewing beer is way to thin for style and has zero malt complexity. How do you even let a beer like this leave the brewery? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Underdogs88 (134) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Chocolate, alcohol aroma. Appearance is jet black with a thick brown head with excellent retention. Chocolate and coffee notes. Balance is slightly towards the bitterness side. High alcohol flavor is prevalent. The mouthfeel is thin with a medium carbonation and a slight astringency. Overall, it's a poorly made imperial stout. The high alcohol flavor overwhelms the beer and it's way too thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, bakerís chocolate, oats, roasted barley, molasses and dark coffee. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Excellent.


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