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RATINGS: 1387   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolatye, roastiness, coffee and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Solid beer, but yet another Impy Stout (yawn)?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (12596) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Bottle [from trade with mista] @ home. Opaque black color, medium sized brown colored head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly mocha, some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture, suitable carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, juniper, chocolate, fennel, and lactose. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, honey, and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12573) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Vintage 2012, end of 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma of licorice, coffee beans, caramel and dark sugar, with quite a bit of alcohol showing. Thick and sweet flavour with licorice and burned notes, and plenty of hop presence and a bit of warm alcohol. Classic American imperial stout, in no need of barrel aging and rare coffee blends...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a powdery bitter chocolate, grassy molasses, wild grass. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate, powdery, coffee grinds, coconut, nice and smooth. Tasted at GRMs tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (12075) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
2014 bottle. Almost black, opague. Malt, roast and a hint of licorice in the aroma. malty salty flavor with roast and licorice. Hint of chocolate. Pleasant, slightly alcoholic beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle, 2012, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Pours deep black with a small, staying, creamy, brown head with good lacings. Aroma has pleasant figs, chocolate and light roasted malts. Some mild vanilla and toffee. Low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of dark chocolate, light roasted, nuts, vinious, plums. Lingering, warming and malty bitter finish. Very solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11838) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2013
bottle shared by Kristian. very hoppy and very malty aroma, although dry, also sweet milky notes. powerfull. classic extreme imp stout. Flavor is roasted malts, hops, charred wood bitterness, mild hoppy bitterness, palate is thick. notes of licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes, licorice, and oak with pine and herbal hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, oak, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11784) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle at CP&K. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, toast, earth, cake and cocoa powder. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, mild acidity, nice bitterness, earth, dark chocolate, vanilla and toast with dry, roasty finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Not the most complex imperial stout, but very drinkable. Tasty.


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