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RATINGS: 1187   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
I had this on draft at Hopscotch in Fullerton, CA. This black pour was interesting. The first few sips definitely had a salty finish finish. After about half a pint, the saltiness went away and there were flavors of cocoa and coffee

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2945) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a lovely big crema head. The nose has earthiness with cream and dark chocolate notes. There’s just a hint of hops in there. The taste has big notes of dark chocolate and herbs, perhaps getting into mint chocolate. The palate is medium to full bodied and similar in the texture with such an elegant finish. Overall, a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2944) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Motor oil black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt. Tastes are bitter chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and burnt notes. Slick medium palate. Nice and drinkable. Covers alcohol well.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2917) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle - Black pour with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is dark malt and brown sugar, but when it warms up a bit the rubbing alcohol really comes out. Yuck. Taste is chocolatey and roasty, with light charcoal. Not too sweet, but there’s some vanilla and molasess. Thick and full bodied. I rarely find an imperial stout I like anymore. I thought this one would be different.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2901) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
The aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, chalk. The appearance is a lovely jet black, deep tan head. The flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, licorice. The finish is sweet, chalky, pine, roast. Thick in body, oily. Nicely done. Sierra Nevada is the quiet performer, always turning out quality beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a thick dark brown color with a half finger thick tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, dark esters, and chocolate. Finish is bitter and slightly roasty. Full body. A very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Picked up a 4-pack last month. Last one so I should review it. 12oz 2012 vintage (was there a previous year?) Pours a nice roasted dark black. Decent coffee colored head. Smells of almonds, milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is decent. NIce carbonation, nice balance of sweet birch syrup and coffee with a hint of cocoa. Some vanilla

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
A delicious imperial stout! Aroma was weak and it had me worried. Slightly chocolatey but very distant, even when I had my whole nose in the glass. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was full and delicious. Heavy in the malt. Strong roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. One of the best things about this beer is how thick it is. Almost like a chewy dark chocolate.coffee milkshake. Nice carbonation. Great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and get lacing. Light pine, grapefruit, cocoa, dark fruits, roasted coffee, grapes, and blue spruce needles in the aroma. Taste is sticky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, deep roast, red grapes, and bread with a light bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Great roasty characteristics with no signs of booze at all, balanced nicely with sweet grapefruit notes and a lingering chocolate finish. Well-done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #128. Inky black pour with a nice brown head. Mild roast up front with an underlying chocolate sweetness. Nice flavor, mild roast again with a bit of bitter chocolate coming through in the finish. Good stuff. (2566)


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