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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2871) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2851) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2013
Sprightly, but very well balanced imp stout with chocolate, coffee and honey. Very well done! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Taste is heavily roasted, vanilla, a little coffee, and a big bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2829) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Vintage 2014. Dark brown/black colour, dark brown foam. Aroma of chocolate and caramel along with bitter roasty flavours. Sweet with bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced. Good imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2824) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 2014-06-6: 7+3+7+3+15 = 3.5. Bottle, 2013 edition. Black with a medium sized diminishing dark brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate, warming alcohol, vanilla, pine and citrus hops, doughy yeast notes.. Medium body, oily/sticky texture, medium carbonation. Medium/heavy sweet and medium bitter. A bit hot from mid to finish leaving a bit of a stinging sensation on the gums. Drinks ok for the abv, but somewhat forgettable in the big black ocean of imperial stouts.

Looks pretty good. Still a bit too hot on the alcohol for my taste. It starts ok with soft vanilla and chocolate flavours, but then the alcohol takes focus which is a shame. Starts well, but it’s downhill from there. Leaves me alone and disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2823) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Deep black with tannish head... Aroma of roasted malts, alcohol... Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, alcohol is very prevalent in this... Decent, a little too boozy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoked sausage?. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma with a stronger hop presence than I expected. Floral and earthy with resinous, grassy pine character countering the burnt malt, coffee bean and oatmeal notes. I shouldn’t be too surprised coming from SN but the hops are a bit too prominent for this style, in my opinion, taking away from the robust malt profile a bit too much. Even after warming up considerably, the nose is still pretty tame on this beer. Medium bodied with a deeply roasted dark malt flavor that’s complimented by a bitter, earthy hop presence that lingers into a slightly boozy finish. The hops aren’t as strong as the nose hints at but there’s still prominent in the flavor with sticky pine needle bitterness and subtle citrus. The dryness of the hops compliment the bitterness of the roasted malts. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate and espressoo/coffee bean followed by lighter chocolate and alcohol sweetness. The high is relatively well masked but there’s definitely some warmth lingering in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the strong hop character hinders the malt flavors a bit too much for my preference. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary. Great value for the price of the four pack though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2803) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Fruity alcohol, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Light bodied for an Imperial Stout. Easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2798) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
Bottled:
Pours black with medium head.
Aroma is roasted malt, ash, beef stock, soy sauce and some smoke.
Taste is roasted malt, ash, licorice and dark chocolate leading to a warming alcohol finish.
Pretty good, but there’s quite a few Imperial Stouts like this one out there.


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