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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 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
12 oz bottle from Imbibe Wine. Nose is light amounts of chocolate, and hints of sweet molasses and mocha. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is sweet chocolate, a little coffee, and white pepperiness. Finishes with some light alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (4102) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (4092) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Stasí place. (2013 bottle, BBOTMC). Black with tan head. Smooth cocoa and a little dry aroma, rich, bitter dry taste. Smooth, full-bodied, dry bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
I was surprised that I didnít like this very much. Maybe Iím losing my taste for Imperial Stouts, but I found this one too roasted and almost burnt, leaving...not really a bitterness...but an off-putting note. Decent palate, and I didnít find the alcohol problematic at all. It just didnít appeal much to me. Bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4059) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dark fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate and a little coal. Full bodied and creamy. Excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2014
taster @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black with a light, tan head cover, specks of lace. Taste is thick syrupy malt that adds a bit of a bitter edge in the palate, then moves to obvious warm alcohol in the finish. A strong sipper, although not a presentation I would pick - too much like cough syrup without complexity. Average.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Pours black with medium, frothy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hints of dates and burnt sugar. Taste is creamy chocolate sweet at first followed by a huge coffee bitter that rounds off with a licorice and molasses finish. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 pack from the Weave. Had not heard about this. Dark brown, approaching black with a minimal tan head. Nose is very roasty, lots of bakers chocolate, light tobacco, and char. Flavor is similar, light grassy hops, roasty chocolate bitterness, mild sweetness. A bit boozy on the palate but a well made imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Great dark brown near black pour with decent brown head. Big sweet roasty nose with slight hints of coffee and dark chocolate, hints of cherry, honey, and faint coffee on flavor. Roasty earthiness. pretty good impy stout. Hides the abv pretty well too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12 oz bottle. Big black pour with a small tan head. The aroma is lush and intoxicating. A whirlwind dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Mild dark fruits and touches of honey. Flavor is big and bold. Strong bitterness imparted from the richness of the roast. Lots of chocolate with touches of coffee and mocha. Nice big mouthfeel. Very nice beer from Sierra Nevada.


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